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08/06/11 4:12 PM ET
Fans take to street, Twitter in scavenger hunt
By Ben Platt / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- The hunt was on throughout Los Angeles as Dodger fans, armed with their cell phones took to the streets for the Dodgers first "Think Cure" scavenger hunt. The more than 200 fans who signed up online for the event stood by their phones at 10 a.m. to get their orders via the team's Twitter account to find out the locations of five special Dodger items that were hidden throughout Los Angeles. The items included a Duke Snider Bobblehead that was located at Vin Scully's star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Dodgers Kids Backpack located at the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club Dreamfield, a 1944 throwback jersey that was located at the Los Angeles Coliseum, a strip of grass from Dodger Stadium located at the Angel's Flight railway station and, finally, the Dodgers 1981 World Series trophy that was located at Parking Lot P at Dodger Stadium. The top five winners received two field-level tickets to each game during the club's upcoming six-game homestand (Aug. 8-14) and will be brought down onto the field prior to a designated game to meet Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and watch batting practice. The participants at each location, had to photograph themselves with an item and tweet the photo at the Dodgers' Twitter account using the hashtag #ThinkClue before moving on. For the people taking part, strategy, knowledge of Dodger history and a hunch gave them an advantage. "My son-in-law said, 'We have to start at the Los Angeles Coliseum,'" said James Douglas of Redondo Beach, who teamed up with his son-in-law, Matthew Javier, as team Penguino for the hunt. "That was the key to getting off to a fast start. We were right there." "If you know the history of the Dodgers, they started at the Coliseum, so I figured something would be there," Javier said. "The Coliseum was a good place and from there you could spread out to all the other places, ending at Dodger Stadium. I was a little worried about getting to the Dream Field because you had to use side streets, but it worked out." "Angels Flight is right near where I live," said Tito Altamiramo, who teamed up with his niece, Alexis Ayala. "That helped me out a lot. From there we came down the hill to USC (where the Coliseum is located) to Hollywood. It was a nice little path, you knew they were going to keep it local and the strategy paid off." "This was a lot of fun," said Steve Chai, who participated in the hunt with two buddies. "It was chaos because we first went to Universal City Walk (where the Dodgers have a team store), you have to gamble -- big risk, big reward -- but then we saw the clues and we were sprinting all over the place. None of the places were hard to get to and we thought we were going to win when we saw the Dodger backpack at the Dream Field over in east LA. I know that area really well and I know where that field was, so I felt we had a distinct advantage." As a matter of fact Chai and his group were the first to drive up to Lot P to be photographed with former Dodger Kenny Landreaux and the 1981 trophy. Chai and his buddies were simultaneously celebrating and tweeting the last photo as team Penguino drove up to the parking lot. "We went into the wrong entrance and had to drive all the way around," said Javier as he and his father-in-law sprinted over to the table to get their photo with Landreaux and the trophy. In the midst of their jubilation, Chai's team failed to get their Twitter shot in and quickly took another shot with Landreaux, opening the door for team Penguino to get their shot in first. "We got second?," said an incredulous Chai. "Javier got in first? Man, this is an outrage." "Hey man, we all love each other, we all love each other here," said Javier. "He's right," said Chai. "That's all that matters, we are all winners, but between me and you, we all know who really was No. 1." The team of Attamiamo and Ayala came in fourth. "This feels really good," said Ayala. "I'm very proud of myself. We worked as a team and I handled all the tweets." "This was a lot of fun today," said Landreaux, who has always been linked to Dodger history, having caught the final out at Yankee Stadium in 1981, giving the Dodgers the championship. "It was great seeing everybody running up here and having so much fun. I'm not a Twitter person, but these people are and they really enjoyed this hunt, which is what this whole thing was about."
Ben Platt is a national correspondent for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.