BOY TO JOIN DODGERS GROUNDS CREW.Byline: Mary Schubert Daily News Staff Writer
John Ryan's fantasy will be fulfilled this week at Dodger Stadium • • [ , under the gaze of thousands of cheering baseball fans.
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On Friday, the 14-year-old will be an honorary groundskeeper as part of the Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. Dodgers' annual Think Blue Week promotion. Ryan was among 40 people chosen to live out assorted baseball fantasies.
After his name is announced on the public address system, Ryan's duties will entail dragging the base paths during the third inning. For a kid who loves to mow lawns and do yard work, this is as good as it gets.
``My life goal has been to be on the grounds crew of the Los Angeles Dodgers "Dodgers" and "Brooklyn Dodgers" redirect here. For the American football team, see Brooklyn Dodgers (football). For the Eastern Basketball Association team, see Brooklyn Dodgers (basketball). ,'' Ryan said in his contest entry letter. ``I know the grounds crew help set the stage for the players by giving them the most consistent and beneficial surface for ball playing.''
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``I like working out in the open. I like mowing lawns,'' Ryan said. ``I don't like seeing brown grass.''
Besides the perks of sunshine and fresh air, outdoor work appeals to the teen because he can't envision taking a desk job when he grows up. During the past school year, Ryan left the house at 6 every morning to help Vega clean the junior high before he headed off to class at Canyon High.
Vega said Ryan's volunteer efforts eventually paid off, with the school district agreeing to hire him for 50 hours of work during the school year and 250 hours during summer vacation Summer vacation (also called summer holidays or summer break) is a vacation in the summertime between school years in which students are off for 3 months, depending on the country and district. . Ryan, who played Canyon Country Little League ball for several years and freshman football at Canyon High, recounts with excitement how much fun he had helping Vega install and repair sprinkler lines at Sierra Vista.
``John's real good,'' Vega said. ``He's got a lot of energy that he needs to burn off, as long as you keep him busy.''
Some of Ryan's energy is in the form of butterflies about his major league debut against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates This article is about the baseball team. For the National Hockey League team, see Pittsburgh Pirates (NHL). For the National Football League team (1933–1940), see Pittsburgh Steelers. on Friday night. ``I'm getting a little nervous, and thinking, Oh no, what if I mess up?'' he said.
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``They traded Mike Piazza,'' Ryan lamented. ``I don't like that. Mike Piazza has been there his whole career. Why trade him?''
PHOTO (Color in SAC Edition only) John Ryan, 14, of Canyon Country will get to be a Dodgers groundskeeper Friday during a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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