Fries with that?: LA pitchers serve up fast food

Kershaw plays ping pong with kids at literacy center

August 25th, 2022

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers fans who were craving fast food on Wednesday morning were in for a bigger treat than just a burger, fries and a milkshake.

As part of Day 3 of the Dodgers Love L.A. Community Tour presented by Bank of America, , and made an appearance at a Jack in the Box in Hollywood. The pitchers traded off at the cash register, serving up dine-in orders, working the drive-thru and even fulfilling some orders themselves.

“I think people were just stunned to see us in Dodgers jerseys, helping pass out food and take orders and whatnot,” said Phillips. “I think people got a real kick out of seeing us there. … I think for them to see us outside of the stadium was really special.”

Gonsolin met one fan who showed up wearing a shirt with his likeness as well as plastic cat ears. Getting to meet the All-Star moved her to the point of tears.

For Phillips and Vesia, the experience was somewhat reminiscent of service jobs they held in their youth. Phillips worked in a grocery store in high school, while Vesia had a front-desk job at a Bay Area country club.

Still, restaurant work is an experience all its own, as they learned Wednesday.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Vesia. “I really enjoyed it. Puts it in perspective what it’s like to work fast food, and I have a lot of respect for them, because it's hard.”

Elsewhere in the city, attended the opening of a literacy corner and recreation center at Miguel Contreras Learning Complex, an LAUSD high school with a 94 percent Latino population.

“[Literacy is] super important, obviously, and it's something that I know we take for granted at times,” said Kershaw. “But when you have some place to go, like the Learning Center that they have, it’s just a huge asset for them, and I’m thankful that we can be a small part of it.”

Kershaw helped celebrate the occasion by hosting a ping pong tournament for the students. The left-hander, of course, has a long history of combining his passion for charitable work with his love of ping pong. His annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose fundraiser at Dodger Stadium is always a hit with his teammates and the celebrity participants.

“It's a great way to raise awareness for what you're doing,” Kershaw said of ping pong. “At the same time, when you find something that everybody can kind of do, it just helps everybody feel involved and have a little fun with it, too. And it's a great way to talk about Kershaw's Challenge, and then, at the same time, have a thing to play with the kids.”