Welcome to ThinkBlueLA.com
First and foremost, thank you for taking the time to check out ThinkBlueLA.com.
Although ThinkBlueLA.com is relatively new to the blogging world, we have actually been around for several years. ThinkBlueLA.com was born during the exciting 2009 season as a fan-based interactive Dodgers forum with members from sea to shining sea. We have members from the birthplace of the Dodgers (Brooklyn, New York) as well as members from Florida, Ohio, Idaho, Arizona, Nevada and, of course, many from California. We even have members from Nova Scotia and British Columbia, Canada and Morelos, Mexico.
ThinkBlueLA.com is the brainchild of Scott Harvey and Ron Cervenka, known around Dodger Stadium as “Fan Since 53.”
Scott Harvey is a relatively new Dodger fan but he is not lacking in his passion for the Dodgers – not by any means. Scott is an I.T. supervisor for the County of Los Angeles and is definitely the brains behind ThinkBlueLA.com. Scott hails from Northridge, California and can be frequently seen around Dodger Stadium with his lovely wife Yvette and their softball superstar daughter Lexy. In addition to his passion for the Dodgers, Scott is also a professional photographer and enjoys tournament poker.
Ron Cervenka was born and raised in Burbank, California and was blessed to have had a father who was a huge baseball fan (albeit a Cubs fan). His earliest memories of the Dodgers are those of spending warm summer afternoons at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum watching the newly arrived Boys of Summer from Brooklyn. His fondest childhood memories, however, are those spent in the Left Field Pavilion at brand new Dodger Stadium watching his heroes Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax, Wally Moon, Tommy and Willie Davis, and Maury Wills bring championships to Los Angeles in 1963 and 1965. Ron attended game-3 of the 1963 World Series with his father and brothers and vividly recalls the jubilation of sweeping the highly favored New York Yankees.
Ron recently retired as a detective from the Burbank Police Department after 30 years of service and is blessed to have a wonderful daughter (Christina) and son (Tim) who are, of course, huge Dodger fans. Christina currently lives in Brooklyn, New York pursuing a career in theater arts. She is frequently seen wearing her Dodgers garb around the City and has no problem sharing her opinion of the Yankees when being heckled by Yankees fans. Tim recently graduated from Valencia High School and is currently enrolled at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita. Ron and Tim were featured in the DVD movie “Bluetopia – The L.A. Dodgers Movie” which chronicles the Dodgers’ incredible 2008 season. In addition to being a life-long Dodger fan, Ron is also a longtime Dodgers season ticket holder and can be found at (nearly) every Dodger home game out in the Left Field Pavilion.
Harold Uhlman is a frequent guest contributor to ThinkBlueLA.com and a longtime Dodger fan who hails from about as far away from Dodger Stadium as you possibly can get – Nova Scotia, Canada. One evening in 1952, young Harold was slowly turning the dial on his radio and happened to hear a man with a golden voice describing a baseball game. The man, of course, was Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully and the baseball team was the Brooklyn Dodgers. Aided by Vinny’s call of a Duke Snider home run, Harold instantly became a Dodger fan for life. Ironically, had Harold turned his radio dial a fraction of an inch more, he would have tuned into a Giants game in progress and the unthinkable may have happened. Harold’s passion within his passion is his love of the Dodgers minor league affiliate teams which he closely follows. This gives Harold an intimate knowledge of the youngsters coming up within the Dodgers farm system, which he frequently shares with ThinkBlueLA.com readers.
Harold is a retired school teacher and school administrator. He is an avid baseball card collector with more that 30,000 cards in his collection – most of which are Dodgers and Dodger prospects.
Evan Bladh is an occasional guest contributor to ThinkBlueLA.com and brings with him tremendous blogging experience. Evan administers the popular Opinion of Kingman’s Performance blog site, which has been around for several years. Like the rest of us, Evan is a lifelong Dodger fan. Unlike the rest of us, he lives behind enemy lines in the Bay Area, where he is constantly subjected to endless verbal abuse from intellectually-challenged Giants fans. Evan was born and raised in Southern California and grew up a short half hour from Dodger Stadium. As a kid, Evan participated in many sports but was very partial to Little League baseball and he, too, grew up listening to Vin Scully on his transistor radio. Evan graduated from Cal State L.A. and later received his MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, AZ.
Evan is a supervisor for U.S. Customs and Border Protection and is currently assigned to the San Francisco office. He is an avid tournament softball player.
Robb Anderson, also an occasional guest contributor, was born and raised in Iowa and now lives in Tepoztlan, Morelos, Mexico. His family has a long history with the Dodgers dating back to the Brooklyn Dodger days when his grandmother, then a nursing student in Brooklyn, won a date with Hall of Famer Pee Wee Reese in a contest.
Robb became a Dodger fan himself in 1976 when he and his family would travel to Busch Stadium in St. Louis to watch the Dodgers play the Cardinals and was amazed at how many Dodger fans attended these games. Robb later played college and semi-pro baseball but was forced out of the game due to an elbow injury.
After a successful career as a lawyer, Robb moved to Mexico in 1997 where he and his wife, noted Chef Ana Garcia, opened a small culinary-focused hotel called La Villa Bonita which is located in the beautiful mountains surrounding Tepoztlan.
Robb caught the baseball bug again and got back into shape at age 39 when his (then) five-year-old son Matias wanted to play baseball. Seeing the poor state of children’s baseball in the state, Robb decided to form a Little League team called the Chinelos and travel teams for the state of Morelos that compete throughout Mexico. Robb also began playing semi-pro baseball again as a pitcher for various teams including a Nuevo Leon team that won a national championship in 2010 in the over 40 category. Robb suffered a torn labrum and underwent shoulder surgery, which his Little Leaguers thought was pretty cool because it was the same injury that their favorite Dodger Matt Kemp had, although Robb didn’t quite see it this way.
It is our goal at ThinkBlueLA.com to share with you a fresh new perspective of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Dodgers organization as seen through the eyes of their loyal fans. In addition to offering stories and interviews from within the Dodgers organization (Major League and Minor League), we plan to offer stories and interviews from the very heart and soul of the Dodgers – their fans. We will also provide an arena where fans can share their own Dodgers experiences and photographs, in addition to sharing their thoughts and opinions through comments to the articles posted by our ThinkBlueLA.com writing staff. We will also feature the latest zany YouTube videos from Bobby “dodgerfilms” Crosby along with some of our own videos clips. Additionally, we will provide direct links to some of your other favorite Dodgers websites and blog sites in our blog rolls and links.
Our ultimate goal is to provide you with a new and exciting Dodgers blog site that we hope you will add to your list of daily ‘must read’ sites.
We encourage you to submit your comments, opinions, ideas, photos, and constructive criticisms to help ThinkBlueLA.com grow right along with the revitalized Dodger organization. We also encourage you to register for and participate in our original long-running interactive ThinkBlueLA.com forum, which is accessible with a simple click of the ‘Forum’ tab above.
Thank you and GO DODGERS!