George Lopez & Larry King
Two die-hard Dodger fans, two very different backgrounds. King, 78, attended his first game in 1943 -- in his hometown of Brooklyn. Four years later, King was on hand for Jackie Robinson's first game at Ebbets Field (the talk show host interviewed Robinson twice). King moved to Miami to break into broadcasting in 1957, the last year the team played in Brooklyn. When he moved to L.A. in 1997, he renewed his love for the club. "I've bled Dodger blue all my life," says King, a season ticket holder who can be seen regularly in the Dugout Club. Lopez, 51, a Mission Hills native who has a "Lopezuela" jersey in honor of former star pitcher Fernando Valenzuela, recalls fondly his grandfather taking him to his first Dodger Stadium game when he was 6. Says Lopez, "I've been to Rome, I've been to the Vatican, and this is the Vatican west."
Photographed Aug. 2 outside Dodger Stadium, Parking Lot D
5 WAYS LARRY KING WOULD FIX THE DODGERS: The season ticket holder and superfan has some suggestions for the team's new owners
1. New Clubhouses!: King says the team facilities, like the locker rooms, are antiquated. "A free agent, they've played in all the places, they know what the clubhouses look like."
2. Naming Rights!: He's a purist, but it wouldn't drive him nuts. "I understand the reality of modern economics. If you're going to put that money back into the ballclub -- done.
3. Build on the Lots!: King would build beyond the outfield, but judiciously. "There's no vista like this; it's a beautiful ballpark." Of course, he'd also address car ingress/egress issues.
4. Change Seat Colors!: He's tired of the yellow Field level seats and thinks the Reserve level isn't the right shade of blue. "I'd make the bottom dark blue, maybe the top white."
5. Quiet Please!: King is a fan of organ music and has tired of prerecorded music and the clips shown on the video screen. "The kiss cam -- I've had enough of that already."