Let it be said that the guy who will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch for SCGA Golf Night at Dodger Stadium on Saturday is about as true-blue as a Dodger fan can get.
His name is Blue.
Blue Montez – who says he was named after a family friend who loved the Dodgers – was selected at random in the SCGA First Pitch Contest.
He’s certainly been true to his birthright. Montez, 39, of Bellflower, who is an SCGA member through Los Angeles County GC, said he has been a fan of the team all his life – he even named his dog Dodger.
“My first Dodger game was sometime during the mid-1980s with my family,” he said, “and I enjoyed the game and atmosphere of the stadium so much that I remember taking a summer job at a local swap meet to earn money to buy tickets for me and a few of my friends.”
This is sure to be a memorable night for Montez. Before the game starts, he will stride out to a mound that was once the province of Koufax, Drysdale, Sutton and two of his boyhood favorites, Fernando Valenzuela and Orel Hershiser. Then he’ll wind up and send a pitch toward home plate to signal the start of the SCGA’s night in Chavez Ravine.
Montez said that the game will mark the first visit to the stadium by his 4-year-old twin daughters, Sierra and Sydney. “Though they are a little young to golf, they like swinging their plastic clubs in the backyard,” he said.
Montez generally swings his clubs at SkyLinks GC and Lakewood GC near his home, and also at his favorite course in Southern California, Champions Club at the Retreat in Corona. He’s been golfing for about seven years.
When he’s not playing golf or cheering on the Dodgers, the guy named Blue works as a director for American Apparel, an international retail company.
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