The location: 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 behind them...


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.

    I shot the photo below in 2006.


    Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

      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 it.



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