Something new has been added to the experience at Dodger Stadium. It is something that will bring new fans to the ballpark, as well as reintroduce long-time fans to the greatest game in the world. It is a program established by Jamie McCourt, which I know will be a tremendous success.
The program is called Dodgers WIN, which stands for the Dodgers Women?s Initiative and Network.
WIN will offer women special access to the game experience through events and ongoing programs, including baseball clinics, seminars, and forums involving Dodger players, coaches, and staff. The program will also play an active role in promoting community involvement and educational programs, while providing women with invaluable professional and social networking opportunities.
When Jamie told me about her idea, I wanted to get involved right away. I?ve always said that we have the greatest fans in the world, and when we, as baseball executives, have an opportunity to bring the game to the fans, we must sieze that opportunity.
Jamie invited me to one of the WIN clinics, and the overflow of women who participated was outstanding. We had Jeff Kent and Odalis Perez instructed the women, and everyone not only had fun, but learned about the game of baseball. Now, when these ladies return to Dodger Stadium with their family and friends, they can talk baseball all day long. In fact, they will end up teaching some of the things they learned at the WIN clinic.
Years ago, baseball had Ladies Day, which offered discounted tickets to women. However, Ladies Day has been gone for a long time. WIN takes the idea much further because the ladies who attend learn the game. And not only do they learn through conversation and observation, they learn through participation.
In all my years in baseball, I have never seen anything like WIN. I salute Jamie McCourt for her vision and dedication. I salute all women who are interested in learning about baseball. Last, but certainly not least, I salute Dodger fans everywhere!