It was part of Dodger Stadium tradition for fans at Chavez Ravine for decades. Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack. And you wanted those peanuts tossed to you from LA’s favorite peanut man Roger Owens.
But the Dodgers told him he can’t do that anymore.
As the season has progressed, fans on Facebook and Reddit have voiced their growing concern over the change. Roger has politely been handing fans their bag of peanuts and offering an equally polite explanation of the change.
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times recently penned a column about it as well, shining a spotlight on the unfortunate restriction.
If fans asked why he could no longer pitch his peanuts, Owens said he was told by Levy representatives to say the decision was made for the safety of the fans. That, indeed, is what the fans who reached out to The Times said Owens had told them.
“They have time to see it coming,” Owens said. “It’s not some bullet that goes straight through. I’m always wanting to make sure that whoever I am throwing to will catch the bag of peanuts. I want them to catch it, because they feel a sense of accomplishment.”
In his story, Shaikin says he reached out to multiple Dodgers contacts and no one responded. The team is hoping the issue just goes away. However, the issue is the removal of a long standing tradition at Dodger Stadium. Fans look forward to the peanut guy. And long-time fans bringing in first time visitors with the idea of giving them the full ballpark experience they’ve enjoyed while coming to the stadium all their lives now are left with old wives’ tales.
It’s a sad end to something — another great thing — that makes Dodger Stadium unique.