Photo from Cris Bolado’s Facebook accountFormer Philippine Basketball Association player Cris Bolado was killed Sunday in a motorcycle crash in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia.He would have turned 48 in October.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Bombers, Generals clash It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up How to help the Taal evacuees The 6-foot-6 Bolado, drafted 13th overall by Alaska Milk in 1994, won 11 PBA championships, including a Grand Slam with Alaska in 1996.He also suited up for Ginebra, Purefoods, Pop Cola/Coca-Cola, San Miguel and Red Bull before retiring in 2013 with career averages of 2.4 points and 2.1 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAccording to reports, Bolado was working as a basketball coach in an international school in the Cambodian capital.He was likewise managing a Filipino restaurant with partner Anne Christine Waje at the time of his death. Bolado, who played for National University in college, also left behind two children.Ginebra mentor Tim Cone, the late player’s coach in Alaska, and former teammates expressed shock over the incident.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments
They spoke in hushed, reverential tones. Almost as if they were touring St. Peter’s Basilica. Noel had no reason to fear this group of worshipers would step on the grass. Only a heathen Giants fan would commit that sort of sacrilege. The most poignant moment? When a young father from South Gate propped up his toddling son on the dugout bench and handed him the phone that connects with the bullpen. The little kid jammed the earpiece under his Dodgers cap – as if he were ready to tell someone to get Jonathan Broxton warmed up. Dad, wearing his “Garciaparra” jersey, snapped a photo. “They will have that picture forever,” another visitor said, and they probably will. Twenty years from now, the kid will show it to friends and say, “See? I was a Blue fan before I could talk!” LOS ANGELES – Noel swung open the gate, and 10 wide-eyed Dodgers fans stepped onto the warning track behind home plate at Dodger Stadium. “You can touch the grass. You can pet it,” she said, smiling. “But please don’t step on it.” Step on the grass? No risk of that sort of desecration among the true-blue fans who take the official Dodger Stadium tour. For the next 15 minutes, the visitors wandered through the empty dugout, peered into camera wells and looked back up at the pastel-colored heights where they usually sit when they visit the stadium. Those of us who are sports insiders of some sort – media, athletes, officials, operators – forget that 99.9 percent of the public don’t have the access we do. For insiders, it’s no big deal to be in the press box. Or the dugout. Or a luxury box. Nothing new to step inside a stadium restaurant, or admire the memorabilia in the Dugout Club. But it is exotic and probably memorable to the average fan. Which is why the Dodgers’ creation of stadium tours is a good and handy thing. Most everyone who has been inside Dodger Stadium recognizes it to be a huge and organic thing. Honeycombed with passages, hollowed out for offices and clubhouses. But all they really know of it is the walk from the parking lot to their seats. And for most of them, those seats are several levels above the field, or out in the pavilions. Where ushers limit their movement. Each Tuesday and Thursday, the Dodgers attempt to fill some gaps in fans’ knowledge of the ballpark with 90-minute tours of the stadium. At 10 a.m., and again at 11:30. The tours cost $15 per adult and begin and end outside the Top of the Park gift shop (“people on the tour get a discount!”), which is no coincidence. But for seriously curious fans, it’s worth doing. (The Angels conduct one-hour tours of Angel Stadium every Tuesday during the offseason, at $3 per person.) Some fans might pay $15 just for the 15-minute video of Dodgers highlights shown in a conference room on Level 8A. If you’re younger than 20, you have no memory of the last time the Dodgers won a World Series (that would be 1988, kids), and there’s nothing like a Charley Steiner-narrated videotape to remind us that this franchise had a knack for winning things, for about 30 years there. There is Johnny Podres, preparing to pitch the opening game here, in 1962, recalling that “the beauty of the ballpark stunned everyone.” There is Kirk Gibson coming out of the dugout in the ninth inning of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series as Vin Scully says, “And look who’s coming up!” And Jack Buck moments later shouting, “I don’t believe what I just saw!” And owner Frank McCourt solemnly intoning, “The Dodger jersey is not just another jersey. It’s perhaps the most famous jersey in sports.” Which is hyperbole, of course, as long as the Yankees, Red Sox, Lakers and Real Madrid still field teams. But you get the drift. Our tour guides were young and enthusiastic women, Noel and Eva. They knew their stuff, stadium facts and figures, franchise trivia, right down to the derivation of the Dodgers nickname “From the fans who dodged trolleys” to get to Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. “We’re the only sports team named after our fans,” Noel said. The 10 fans grinned. After the video highlights, the tour works its way down the elevators, to the Vin Scully Press box (“Vin sits over there … (organist) Nancy Bea sits over here”) to a luxury box (“go ahead and try out the Barcaloungers”) and the stadium club restaurant. Then down to the new dugout club restaurant – with stops to admire old uniforms, bats, balls and gloves. And then past the umpires’ locker room (“You’ll notice the sign is also in Braille”) and out to the field. Where you can sit where Nomar sits, and spit where Jeff Kent spits. Sorry, no access to the Dodgers clubhouse, though most everyone wants to see it. Noel told the fans (and we can back her up on this) that the locker room is old, small and decidedly non-glamorous. “Kind of like a glorified high school locker room,” she said, “with the difference being the great players who have been in there.” Frankly, we originally were skeptical about the tour idea. Charging $15 to run people up and down the elevator and stand on the warning track? But when it’s new and special, and for fans it is … and involves a team and a sport you care about … Yep. That toddler will cherish that photo his dad took of him in the dugout. The day they took the tour and saw parts of Dodger Stadium they never will see again. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The La Fetra Center and Human Services Division volunteer program has now doubled to more than 85 workers serving as receptionists, staff assistants, group leaders, class instructors, special event staff and general office support. Other specialties might include plant care around the center, data input, or helping with fundraisers such as assisting with weekly bingo, Casino Night, or the Holiday Boutique coming up in mid-November. Working with the nutrition program might involve helping set up for meals in the center or working with Meals on Wheels, which delivers food to the homebound. Volunteering for special events might include helping plan for and working at the Senior Barbecue, the Grandparents’ Breakfast, and at various dances. You could even volunteer to be a trip escort on local outings. In the new Foster Youth Mentor program, older people help children, usually between the ages of 6 and 12, teach crafts, help with reading, or go to the nearby park. The mentoring program is closely monitored by county supervisors. According to its mission statement, the center strives to maximize the quality of life for older adults by providing programs that: 1) promote dignity and self-esteem 2) foster independence 3) facilitate social interaction and 4) dispel negative stereotypes about aging. In 1989, the La Fetra and Ludwick families purchased and donated the 1904 Craftsman home to the city of Glendora to be used as a senior center and named for Clement and Mary La Fetra, of Rain Bird Sprinklers. The home was restored to its original floor plan and made compliant for handicapped access. Later work included updating plumbing, electrical, and earthquake retrofitting, trying to keep the house as nearly historically accurate as possible. If you would like more information on volunteering, please call Carol at (626) 914-8235. Send information about your organization to email@example.com, (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2252; or fax to (626) 856-2758.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Glendora Seniors Club was active from the late 1960s through 1990. They met at the American Legion Building for cards, bingo and company. In 1990, a Tuesday afternoon meal program was begun with the assistance of these volunteers and others. When the La Fetra Center opened in May of 1991, a more “formalized” volunteer program was needed. With the 10,000-square-foot expansion of the center in 1997, the volunteer program needed to expand also.