Two dozen boys wearing Dodgers shirts invaded the dugouts and started pulling on their baseball cleats.
It was early on a cool, sunless Saturday morning in July at Watkins Park in South Los Angeles and some of the teenagers had been waiting since 8 a.m. for the Dodgers youth clinic to end.
Now it was time to play — really play — and as their families unfolded lawn chairs and laid out picnic blankets, the boys jogged toward the outfield to get their arms loose.
While they warmed up, about 40 children walked to a Dodgers-themed festival behind the left-field fence. They had their eyes checked for free, took pictures with Dodgers alumni and had the former...