One Sunday afternoon at Chavez Ravine in 2019, something incredible happened. Dodgers fans had been waiting all year for Hyun-jin Ryu to get ahold of one, and he finally did against the Rockies. Not only did it tie the game, but it also led to the 100th win of the season.
Alanna Rizzo was there covering the game and sitting in the left-field pavilion at the time of his homerun. Rizzo was with Nomar Garciaparra as part of the SportsNet LA broadcast team. Like virtually everyone else in the stadium, the two Dodgers analysts went crazy when the ball clear the fence in right-center.
As it turns out, that was one of Alanna’s favorite games covering the Dodgers. She talked about it with The Athletic recently, just a few weeks removed from leaving the team.
For me, the one game that stands out was when Hyun-jin Ryu hit a home run. Nomar and I were working out in the left-field pavilion during that broadcast, and we’d all been waiting forever for Ryu to homer and then he finally did…I had (Joe Davis’) call in my ear. To be out there with the fans when something like that happened was so cool because it made me really feel like a fan.
Looking back at the highlights of that game, you can really see just how excited the Dodgers broadcast team is. They had been waiting all year to watch Ryu hit one out after seeing him crush balls in batting practice all year.
Of all Dodgers games that Rizzo has been a part of, this was a fun one. Thanks for everything Alanna!
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