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The star-studded Dodgers' first-pitch video with Sandy Koufax

April 02, 2013|By Steve Dilbeck

Hollywood doesn’t love the Dodgers?

Check out the video the team unleashed Monday just before their season opener against the Giants.

This puppy took some work, and includes superstar athletes (and race car drivers), comedians, movie and TV stars, singers, a rapper and two kids known for being cute.

It was nicely conceived by Dodgers employees Jon Chapper and Cat Belanger, and features the following in order of appearance supposedly throwing a baseball around to get it to Dodger Stadium for the first-pitch ceremony:

Kobe Bryant, Landon Donovan, Dustin Brown, Wayne Gretzky, George Lopez, Kevin Hart, McKayla Maroney, Sophia Grace & Rosie, Snoop Dog (Lion), Oscar De La Hoya, Hillary Duff, Alyssa Milano, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Rob Reiner, Jessica Alba, Matthew Perry, Jimmie Johnson, Paul “P-Rod” Rodriguez Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Britney Spears, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson.

After the stars pass a baseball around until it ends with Magic, the second half of the video shows him walking to the mound for the first-pitch ceremony, only for Manager Don Mattingly to yank for that left-handed reliever:

Sandy Koufax.

I actually not only got chills watching the latter part live, but again watching Koufax walk out in the video. Hard to imagine he fully recognizes how much he means to so many.


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