Between lightning storms, last-minute injuries, a then-homeless MLB team, racial justice demonstrations, several new MLB rules and a date four months later than usual, Thursday’s opening day will likely go down as one of the oddest in baseball history.
And yet, the oddest moment of the day appeared to come out of nowhere.
During the eighth inning of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ season opener against the San Francisco Giants, a deflated balloon descended into the middle of the field, greeted by a timely playing of “99 Luftballons” by Dodgers organist Dieter Ruehle. Given that no fans were at Dodger Stadium and that the ballpark is nestled in the Chavez Ravine, no one knew where the balloon could have come from.
It was hard to imagine the source of the balloon ever coming to light. No real resolution ever came when a sack of flour inexplicably fell into Dodger Stadium in 1971, so what chance did sleuths have with a drifting balloon that could have floated in from anywhere?
And yet, we might have an answer.
Celebrity stylist claims responsibility for Dodgers balloon
Chaz Dean, a celebrity stylist with a haircare line and salons in Los Angeles and New York, happened to be celebrating his birthday on Thursday. And, as AM 570 LA Sports unearthed, he lost a very familiar looking balloon.
Dean posted a video of the floating balloon on his Instagram story later Friday night, saying it had escaped from his party.
One of my birthday balloons got away today. It said it was an honor of Millie my birth mother who passed away four days ago.
Little did we know that it would end up at Dodger Stadium for the first game of the season and land on the field at the first homerun of the season
Unless another identical balloon was released into the skies of Los Angeles around the same time, this is probably the origin of baseball’s little floating mystery.
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