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Zeile’s ‘Deeds’ Don’t Go Unnoticed

Times Staff Writer

Former Dodger Todd Zeile and partner Bill Civitella own a production company that made the recently released movie “Dirty Deeds,” a teen comedy about a high schooler trying to complete 10 challenges, some of which are quite raunchy.

Barry Bonds was at the premiere in Hollywood last week to show support for his friend Zeile. Asked what he thought of the movie, Bonds said, “I loved it.”

When it was suggested that he might have enjoyed doing the deeds, he said, “Sure. I’m in trouble all the time anyway.”

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Trivia time: Zeile is married to an Olympic gold-medal winner. Who is she?

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Kids’ stuff: Another happy movie-goer at the “Dirty Deeds” premiere was Wayne Gretzky’s 12-year-old son Travis, who was there with his parents.

The Gretzkys and Zeiles are neighbors in the Lake Sherwood area, and Travis and 12-year-old Garrett Zeile are best friends.

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“Travis and Garrett have seen the movie about 16 times,” Wayne Gretzky said. “They’ve been to five or six screenings, and when they’re home, they’re always popping it in the DVD.”

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A bettor idea: The six-game suspension the Florida Marlins handed out to one of their batboys for taking part in a milk-chugging bet may have seemed a bit harsh.

He was trying to drink a gallon of milk in an hour in order to win $500 from Dodger pitcher Brad Penny, who proposed the challenge.

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An Internet sports book registered in Panama, seizing an opportunity to get some free publicity, has offered the batboy and his parents an all-expenses-paid trip to Panama. If he accepts, he’ll get another chance to try the milk challenge. And if he does it without throwing up this time, he’ll win $2,500.

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More Penny: The Dodger pitcher owns a thoroughbred racehorse, Excess Temptations, who ran at Del Mar recently in a race that included two horses with names associated with baseball: Slide Home and Maximum Heat.

A $1 exacta bet on Slide Home and Maximum Heat paid $86.10.

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Penny’s horse was just a bit outside, finishing fourth.

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Good point: Rodney Peete of FSN’s “Best Damn Sports Show Period,” on Terrell Owens: “He can’t behave day-to-day, let alone all season.”

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Looking back: On this day in 1993, jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. won his 8,000th race aboard El Toreo in the seventh race at Del Mar.

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Trivia answer: Gymnast Julianne McNamara, who met Zeile while both were students at UCLA.

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And finally: The San Francisco Giants have been sinking in the National League West without Bonds, and his absence has had an impact on a number of businesses around SBC Park.

Ted Choi, the owner of City Kayak, which rents kayaks to fans looking to retrieve home run balls in McCovey Cove, told Associated Press: “It has been disastrous. Basically, the kayak rentals are down to practically none.”

In other words, they’ve hit rock bottom.

Larry Stewart can be reached at larry.stewart@latimes.com.

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