The Baseball diamond.
Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?
A. A baseball
diamond where Luke and Ryan are attacked by gay-bashing punks.
Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?
A. In Newport
Beach, where Luke's dad went to his son's Little League games.
Q. When did we see it on the show?
A. In Episode
12 (of season one), "The Secret", in which Luke finds out
that his father is gay. Later, after the whole town has found out, Luke
& Ryan are talking about it (after dark) at a baseball diamond,
when two jocks (from rival Del Vista) start calling them names. They punch
out the two jocks, but then find out that the thugs have six other friends
Q. What is it actually in real life?
A. A baseball
diamond, in a park - but far from Newport Beach.
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. At Dominguez Park, which is located at 200 Flagler Lane, in Redondo Beach (between 190th & Beryl Streets).
The O.C. baseball diamond is right in the middle of the park, and is home to the South Redondo Little League.
This park also contains Heritage Court (on its western edge), where the city has relocated two of its historical homes.
Here is a map link.
the photo below in 2006.
A. This is where
Live Local's new "Bird's Eye View" aerial maps (which show incredible
detail) came in handy. There are a zillion baseball diamonds in L.A. County,
and I couldn't look at all of them, so I had to hope that they shot it
close to "home" (meaning, close to Manhattan
Beach Studios or close to their usual Redondo Beach/Hermosa Beach stomping
ground). So I started looking at the aerial maps of the Redondo/Manhattan
area first, checking out all of the baseball diamonds. I had two key items
to look for. One was a small building located right behind home plate (which
is visible in the scene), and the other was the semi-circular backstop
(most of the backstops in the area are squarish). Luck was with me, and
I only had to look at a dozen or so baseball diamonds before I spotted
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