Hey, it’s Juls!
Thanks to Twitter, I had the chance to meet Alanna Rizzo. This was back in May when the dodgers were playing the Braves, and it was one of the many games I went by myself. Alanna posted on Twitter and by some luck, she responded to my tweet. Within that response, I asked if I could meet her. I waited on the field level, down by the dugout, and waited for my moment. Alanna noticed me, waved me past fan services and approached me.
Let me just say, in that moment of me standing waiting for her. . I was NERVOUS. I was worried I was going to say the wrong things, or make myself look like a fool. As a young woman who grew up loving baseball, it has been amazing to see women IN baseball. Alanna is a beacon for other young girls that want to one day work within some type of capacity in the field of baseball.
Alanna came up to me, I thanked her for allowing me to come meet her. She was completely engaged in our conversation, and asked if I wanted a picture.
After the picture, I asked if I could speak a little more with her. Alanna removed her earpiece and let my “word vomit” spill out. I went on to say so much (that felt like a blur) but essentially telling her that I appreciate all she does in not only baseball but in her animal rescue.
If you haven’t checked out her Instagram, @Alannarizzo, she does sooo much work to help raise awareness/money for animals that need help. She is starting her own foundation “guidrysguardian” on both a website and Instagram. Please check out her Instagram and the stories of the animals that she is helping out. Who knows, maybe you’re looking to adopt.
Alanna thanked me for what I said to her, I thanked her for her time, she shook my hand, and we both went on our own ways. That time with her was probably max, a 5 minute conversation, but it was the most genuine moment I’ve had with someone “in the business”. Despite anything people may say or think about her, she is a woman doing what she loves and trying to help others gain access to that same love.
So thank you, Alanna. Thank you for doing what you do with the Dodgers, with the animals you support, and all the interacting you do with any of the Dodgers fans that you encounter. We truly are lucky to have you be apart of this organization, so thank you.
Till next time,