February 2012

2/16/12-Something Historical-Rest In Peace Gary Carter (1954-2012)

Gary Carter was one of the nicest gentlemen to wear any uniform.  I feel blessed to say I got to know him during the 1991 season when he was a member of the Dodgers. This photo was taken during Spring Training at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida.   © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

2/16/12-Something Historical–Mattingly Takes Out Rawitch–Dodgers Night at the LA Kings-January 2011

In honor of tonight’s Dodgers Night at the LA Kings game where our GM Ned Colletti will drop the ceremonial puck, I thought this would be a cool photo to add to my blog of Don Mattingly taking out our then VP of PR Josh Rawitch with a stick across the chest during Dodgers Night last season. Rawitch has left the Dodgers and is now in the same role with the Diamondbacks.   © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

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.

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2/14/12-Something Historical–Tony Gwynn and Tony Gwynn Jr-June 19, 2011

Tony Gwynn and Tony Gwynn Jr. taken on Father’s Day June 19, 2011 at Dodger Stadium. © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

2/14/12-Something Historical-Scully and Jarrin-September 2006

Vin Scully and Jaime Jarrin smile for me for the cover of the Dodgers Magazine back in 2006. Walking through the stadium with these Dodger icons before the gates opened was a lot of fun as workers from the Reserved Level were very excited to see them.  © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

2/13/12-Something Historical-Blue Crabs at Camden Yards in Baltimore with Mitch Poole and Glenn Hoffman in 2002

Sitting in the storage area of the visiting clubhouse at Camden Yards in 2002, Mitch Poole and Glenn Hoffman devour two big cardboard boxes of blue crabs. Shortly after this and a couple other images, I tossed the camera down and joined in along with Guillermo Mota. We were up to our arms in Old Bay seasoning and crab meat which made my visit there an awesome one.    © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

2/13/12-Something Historical-Brian Jordan with Dennis Fukazawa at Bank One Ballpark2002

Brian Jordan sits up on the trainer’s table with then assistant trainer Dennis Fukazawa who is also an acupuncturist. I remember Brian watching Dennis do his handywork on my sore knees and he decided if the photographer can do it then so could he.  This was also captured on my Leica M6 shot on TMAX 3200 black and white film in 2002. © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

2/13/12-Something Historical-Ross Porter Interviews General Manager Dan Evans 2002

A familiar face in my earlier years with the team was Dodger Broadcaster Ross Porter. Here he is interviewing then General Manager Dan Evans in 2002. This was one of my first trips with my Leica M6. And yes I do miss shooting black and white film.  © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers