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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Who is that masked Dodger?

Photo by LBT

Buckets of blue paint, a skateboard and tarp were some of the signs of artists at work this weekend painting a new Dodger-themed mural on an Echo Park retaining wall on Sunset Boulevard at Sutherland Street.  Perhaps the upcoming change in team ownership inspired the new mural, which replaces an older piece (click on the link below to view the old mural) that had been partially obscured by vines.  The new mural features caricatures of people in Dodger uniforms.  Who are these folks supposed to be? Players? Random fans? And who is that masked that Dodger?


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23 comments

  1. switch a moustache for the sideburns on the black dude and you’ve got Pedro Guerrero. the orange guy has got to be Lasorda, no?

  2. There are also two more characters not pictured here, who I think are supposed to be Jackie Robinson and Fernando Valenzuela.

  3. well obvious that’s lasorda

  4. what’s next, murals of Burger King and Auto Zone? not a baseball fan, so I just see a huge corporation taking over a neighborhood for a good chunk of the year and cultivating some sort of local pride to make a buck. why are people so devoted to a corporation that could care less about them?

    • In reply to well’s question all I can say as a baseball fan is that it’s not about the corporation, it’s about the game, and offer an excerpt of Terrence Mann’s monologue to Ray Kinsella from “Field of Dreams”:

      “And they’ll watch the game and it’ll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they’ll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh… people will come Ray. People will most definitely come.”

      • i’ll accept that. I don’t get it at all, but I can accept it. suckers. : )

        • DOES EVEY F**CKING WALL HAVE TO BE COVERED IN GRAFFITI sorry “STREET ART”?

          JESUS F**CKING CHRIST!!!!

          Not everyone is a doyer fan. And not everyone finds this shit amusing or cute or artistic.

          Some walls are better off left alone. Especially when it’s this kind of bullshit.

          • Drunk typing leads to overreaction (all caps, cursing, taking the Lord’s name in vain), typos (“Doyer” fan?) and a general crankiness about something like a cartoon mural that brightens up an otherwise bland wall. Maybe when you sleep it off and re-read your post you’ll lighten up and enjoy your life in beautiful, mysterious LA.

          • Not a typo dude. Thats how it is pronounced by most of their fans… GO DOYERS!

            There is nothing “mysterious” about the same predictable boring cartoon “street art” . And I am being quite generous by saying “art”…

          • You mad bro?

      • Jeezy H Christy-Christ

        “memories will be so thick they’ll have to brush them away from their faces”
        - that sounds kinda gross. i wouldnt want anything thick on my face. at the end of the day it is a corporation. Coca-cola also has ‘history’ too and has been there for me longer than the Dodger stadium has, so why not a coke ad instead, at least i know its not something thick that I’ll have to ‘brush away from my face’ and its something that i would actually be glad to swallow.

        - J

    • I’m with you ‘well’- all corporations are equally dastardly and destructive. each and every one should be rounded up and eliminated. (I’m even planning on making a bumper sticker to that effect)
      if i believed in god or was spiritual in any way I’d say corporations are “EVIL” and clear evidence of the devil himself.
      in any case, good work.
      nice critique.
      we need more people like you in the neighborhood.

    • Well, no offense, but you must be a miserable person

  5. Why must every square inch of public space be painted like a cartoon, whether solicited or not? This style of ‘public art’ is a limp concession to the lowest common denominator of teenage manchild bullshit. Whenever I see graffiti like this, I just can’t believe how much official flavor the hood has. If the recent debate over the Saddle at Sunset Junction were to happen here in EP, my submission would inevitably be a Jeff Koons style Giant bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. So quirky!

  6. Who’s wall is this and why are they allowing this vandalism to take place?

  7. buncha Angels fans trolling the eastsider, damn.

    • “Clueless” and “Peter Pan” are the same drunk person getting madder by the second over a cartoon. It’s the Internet, get used to it…

  8. That mural is fun. GO DODGERS! Hopefully Vin Scully makes the cut. He is Dodger Baseball.

  9. Looks great in its completion! Quit your bitchin.

  10. I like the mural on the retaining wall. At least it’s an actual mural instead of random graffiti tags. I think it gives the neighborhood character, instead of being just another beige wall that most likely would get tagged pretty quickly.

  11. The masked man represents all the players that have not been there yet. I think it is lovely.

  12. Dodger Blue Who-

    The Masked dude in the Blue is Frank McCourt, buuuuh-

    Frank and wife Jaime for causing Dodger Drama-go away…

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