Beware 75-year-old women bearing baseball bats

A week ago the staff of Central City Action Committee, a non-profit youth program in Angeleno Heights, was honored at Dodger Stadium for its community work. Central City director Maryanne Hayashi (pictured above on the stadium’s big screen) accepted the “2010 Good Neighbor Award” baseball bat in a pre-game ceremony on the field. But there was a minor hitch once the 75-year-old Hayashi left the field and walked up into the stands with the wooden bat, reports Central City employee Gloria Sohacki:

“She used [the bat] to steady herself as there were a lot of stairs
to walk up back to our seats. Well, much to everyone’s surprise, when Maryanne reached the top and people were clapping for her, a Dodger security person came and informed Maryanne she could not take the bat into the stands.”

Baseball bats are on Dodger Stadium’s list of prohibited items, which includes weapons as well as beach balls. The security guard took Hayashi’s baseball bat away and let her know the award could be picked up after the game. Hayashi said she was not upset at the guard – “He was just doing his job” – and enjoyed the game with her family and staff. Later, Hayashi had the Good Neighbor Award brought to the Central City office, where weapons are banned but baseball bats are OK.

Photo courtesy Central City Action Committee

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