February 15th, 2012

2/16/12-Something Historical-Dodger Stadium Handyman-Kevin Waters 1998

If you know the Dodger Stadium better than this guy then you probably have a future with the organization. But this man knows every nook and cranny of the entire facility better than ANYONE. Kevin Waters has been “Mr Fix It ” for  2o plus years even though prior he was an usher. Right after the 1994 Northridge earthquake, he invited me to go tunneling with him throughout the stadium looking for cracks that might have occurred so I could document it. I remember literally crawling under the Stadium Club kitchen with him relying on his one flashlight to get us through safely where there was absolutely no light. I was thinking if that flashlight dies, we might never be found. Who would know where to look for us. I fired my on camera flash whenever I could to get a perspective of where we were. We tunneled through the lower level by the Dodger Clubhouse doors and by the visiting clubhouse hoping there wouldn’t be any aftershocks while we were down there. To this day you can see Kevin driving around his handyman cart fixing seats, replacing signs, hanging frames, driving a nail gun through his finger or maybe even a darkened thumbnail from one hammer stroke too many. This photo was taken in 1998 while he was fixing a field level seat. When you think of the 50th Anniversary of Dodger Stadium, you need to think of someone like Kevin who has dedicated his life to keeping Dodger Stadium beautiful.     © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

2/15/12-Something Historical-Foul Ball-October 2009

I always feel bad when fans can’t pull in the foul ball and both of these guys made a valiant effort only to get the brutal booing of others after..haha. I hope to someday do an entire book of fans and foul balls from everywhere I go throughout the season. Just remember that I might be aiming your way someday so make the play without dropping or knocking over your children ….© Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

2/15/12-Something Historical-Mondesi, Rodriguez and Martinez-April 1998

Raul Mondesi, Henry Rodriguez and Ramon Martinez pose for me in April 1998 during batting practice.

© Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers