Hi! My name is Jason (J.D.) Hernandez. I was born and raised in southern California (born in East LA, now living in Chino less than an hour from my home park) and I bleed Dodger Blue. Right now, I’m a 30-something returning college student after trying out the work force, only to discover that I still thrive on learning new things, and furthering my education. I’m currently molding young minds… by teaching math!
Instead of long walks on the beaches of California, I enjoy long walks along the warning track of my favourite stadium, Dodger Stadium. There is more than meets the eye here, but you’ll just have to read my blog to learn more about me.
When I attended my first Dodgers game the season they last won the championship, I was immediately hooked. During those great seasons going into the early 1990’s, I got to see great players like Eddie Murray, Orel Hershiser, and the great Fernando Valenzuela. From that point, I would spend my summers at the place affectionately known as “Chavez Ravine,” which is the inspiration for the name of this blog. Then I started scorekeeping, and I never looked back. I would be totally engaged in the game in front of me, but also know what happened a few innings ago, or who could possibly be hitting for the cycle, or if “something special” was happening with one pitcher. That love of score keeping indirectly led me to score keeping at other sports…
Aside from teaching math and attending baseball games, I’m not only a goal judge/clock operator/stat keeper for major indoor soccer (The Ontario Fury of the MASL), I’m also an off-ice official for the AHL currently. My main team is the Ontario Reign, so you can usually see me working in the press box at Citizens Business Bank Arena. You guessed it, I’m one of those guys in the black jackets that writes a bunch of numbers down and talk in hockey lingo. It’s funny how keeping score at a baseball game helped prepare me for keeping track of every plus, minus, penalty, shot, save, blocked shot, missed shot, Corsi, faceoff, goal, and assist on the fly on a consistent basis. I’ve now been doing that for seven seasons, and hope to continue to work in hockey for many years to come. Because of my work as an off-ice official, I’ve met many wonderful people, made great friends, and even got to meet a few former Kings players, like Luc Robitaille, and Marty McSorley!
I have a plethora of interests in my crazy life. Aside from frequently attending Dodger games, I enjoy going to school and learning new things (More than one major, and more than just a silly degree). I’m also a professional swing dancer for a local southern California swing dance troupe. Oh, I am also a game show contestant veteran having been on a few, most recently on “Trivial Pursuit: America Plays.” I guess that would make me a game show fan, wouldn’t it? I’m also into theatre, trying to dabble in other forms of music, including singing… and writing.
Most recently, I was an ABC Student in “Les Miserables,” and still do some acting.
Aside from all that, I still manage to find time to watch my Dodgers try to win their first World Series since 1988. It’s been long enough now… let’s bring the trophy back to Los Angeles!