Bryan Cranston: Golden Globe winner, Dodger fan
By Cary Osborne
Sunday, actor Bryan Cranston won his first Golden Globe award for playing Walter White on one of television’s most talked-about shows, “Breaking Bad.” The three-time Emmy Award winner and Canoga Park native is also a huge Dodger fan.
On July 26, Cranston threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Dodger Stadium. But before he tossed the pitch, he bent over and touched the dirt on the mound — obviously taking in every moment.
Cranston, who was also nominated for Emmys three times for his role on “Malcolm in the Middle” and who was a prominent castmember in 2013 Oscars best picture “Argo,” spoke about his love of the Dodgers for Dodgers Magazine in August.
Falling in love: “I’m a big, big Dodger fan. Have been all my life. My first Dodger game I was 5 years old. It was 1961 at the Coliseum, and I loved going. Wally Moon was my favorite player back then because as a 5-year-old, the name ‘Moon, Wally Moon’ was so interesting. And the ‘Moon Shots’ he used to hit to left field. It was fantastic. And then I was here in 1962 when Dodger Stadium opened up. It’s hard to believe it’s been 50 years.”
Playing baseball as a kid: “Since I can remember I wanted to be a baseball player. I also realized I had nowhere near the talent to even compete at the high school level, so I really loved the game more than I was good at it. But baseball was a touchstone for me. No matter what was going on in my life, if there were problems in the family or anything like that, if I heard Vin Scully’s voice, it brought everything down to a level that made sense and it calmed me. His voice to me was like being hugged. I only met him once, but it was in passing. It wasn’t like I got the chance to sit down and talk to him. I would love that. That would be my dream to sit down and actually have a conversation with him. It’s probably more frustrating to meet somebody quickly than to not have met them.
“I played Little League through grade school and junior high. When I got into high school it was a bad time for me. I was confused, and I wasn’t very confident and I wasn’t able to put together a work ethic that was required to show whatever skill you had. To bring out the best, the Pete Rose mentality, a good solid player but his mentality made him a great player, I never had that chance to put that all together. I look back on that now and think if I really put an effort together in high school I wonder if I could have played. But I didn’t. It just didn’t work out. I got hurt one summer in a baseball league, torn ligaments. It just didn’t work out.”
Favorite players: “I love them all who put on this uniform. One of the things I loved about shooting ‘Breaking Bad’ is we shot it in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and I got to go to a lot of those Isotopes games. Beautiful ballpark, and those kids are playing for all the right reasons. They have a dream and they want to get up to the show. To root them on and see them play their hearts out is special. Anytime a player can take that into the Major Leagues and maintain that enthusiasm, that childlike enthusiasm that reminds them of when they were a kid and how much fun they had playing this game, if they can keep that, then I’m with them. I’m an Isotopes fan, big time. They’re doing pretty well. I keep track of them.
“I love the utility players, the scrappy little guys. … And of course I love the stars. Anyone could pick the stars — Yasiel (Puig) and Clayton (Kershaw) and the others.”