Angle of the Week
by Nick D'Arienzo
Apr 23, 2009 | 2329 views | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
You might say that Brooklyn native Alyssa Milano, a much-renowned LA Dodger fan, finally came home this Saturday – well, metaphorically anyway. Milano was on hand at citiFIELD to commemorate the grand opening of her flagship TOUCH BOUTIQUE, which features team logo fashion for the female fan. (The boutique is located on the Excelsior Level of citiFIELD, adjacent to the Pepsi Porch.) It was a personal appearance that definitely got Milano back in touch with her baseball roots, and her father’s boyhood heroes, given how many nods to Ebbets Field and Dem Bums the METS ballpark contains. In her recently published memoir, “SAFE AT HOME,” Milano recalls how critical bonding with her father over baseball proved to be during her more-than-somewhat-daunting first trip to Los Angeles at the age of 11, her first season of ABC’s “WHO’S THE BOSS.” With Mom back home all year tending to younger brother Cory, it was Dad and baseball that proved Milano’s greatest solace, and the resulting connection made her a life-long fan, one of the most passionate you may ever find. Since 2007, she’s turned that passion into a rather impressive cottage industry, specializing in women’s apparel for sports fans – sweaters, jeans, caps, jackets, etc. – and has just begun branching out beyond baseball. And yet, what Milano is proudest of these days is not just how successful the entire venture has become, but that it has helped to give female fans more of a voice in a vastly predominant male culture. "It was very intimidating to actually come in and meet with MLB," she recalls with a laugh. "These ten guys in suits, all over 50, and I'm trying to pitch a women's clothing line?" But give Milano a ton of credit, because this is one Brooklyn girl who definitely stuck to her guns. So much so, you just might be asking, “Hey, who’s the boss… now?”
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