Obviously since Anthony Rendon opted to sign with the Los Angeles Angels, the term ‘Hollywood Lifestyle’ has taken on new life as it pertains to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Now, we have a first-hand testimony as to what this is like. Many of us will never experience what it’s like to play baseball in a city like Los Angeles. Thankfully, someone who has is on-hand to do just that. Recently, former Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Paul Lo Duca joined Barstool Radio to talk about the subject. You can see the two-minute clip below.
As always, let’s comb through the highlights.
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Notably, Lo Duca says that playing in front of a celebrity crowd was something he really embraced. Still, he mentions that leaving the stadium was a headache for players.
“For us to even get out of the parking lot, we had to get police escorted out of the stadium. It would take us 15 to 20 minutes to get out of the stadium. That was always the issue. But I loved playing in LA – the people there – and you get to meet so many celebrities. Snoop Dogg would come with his diamond LA Dodgers’ jersey, Pat Sajack was behind home-plate every night. Mary Hart behind home-plate every night. They’re just die-hard Dodger fans. Scott Boras – super agent – goes to Dodger games every night. he’s just a big baseball fan.”
Then as a sidebar, Lo Duca mentions that Alan Thicke attends a ton of games. However, Thicke passed away in 2016.
Next, in true Lo Duca fashion; he tells a funny story about Hugh Hefner in the diamond seats. From there he mentions many more celebrity encounters due to his playing days with the Dodgers.
Without question, this is an example of a player who was a perfect personality fit for the Hollywood Lifestyle. However, not all players are created the same. And in the end, Rendon did not want these same amenities that come along with Dodgers baseball.