HOW IT STARTED
The initial idea came about when Alex Soto and a few of his friends decided that it would be fun to attend an away game for the Dodgers. Little did he know that what he was about to do was going to change the Dodger fan experience for the better.
On September 12, 2009, Alex, along with 55 of his closest friends and family, boarded a charter bus in Los Angeles en route to San Francisco’s AT&T Park. The bus ride was amazing. Being able to have fun and let loose with his family and friends proved to be worth the long trip.
Upon arriving, they all sat together in section 143 located out in left field. The whole game was like no other. To be able to go to an away game and be surrounded by people who are cheering for the same team as you are is truly amazing. The Dodgers were victorious that night, with a final score of 9-1, but it wasn’t only the win that made their trip worth it, it was the experience!
That trip became an annual tradition and while it first started off as just family and friends, it quickly grew to be known as Pantone 294.
Pantone 294 was created with the hopes of uniting loyal Dodger fans from all over the world in efforts to support our Boys in Blue while they are away from home. To be able to show our love and support to our Dodgers at an away game gives new meaning to the full fan experience and we strive to provide a unique, fun and safe environment for everyone who attends our trips.
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
We are constantly asked what Pantone 294 stands for and why we chose it as our name. Many people don’t know but the Dodgers official blue-tone color is listed as Pantone 294. The Dodger blue is so symbolic to the city of Los Angeles that we want to “show it off” on the road in hopes that Pantone 294, the group, will prove to be just as symbolic.
MEET THE TEAM
Alexander Soto | Owner, CEO
I'm a first generation 34 year old native from the city of Los Angeles, CA living out his wildest dreams. I was born and raised in the city of Huntington Park to two immigrant parents from Guatemala. I have two beautiful daughters Khloee and Kylie. I love sports and I love to travel the world, so I decided to create a company that combined both passions. Although I do have a BA degree in Computer Drafting and Design I decided to follow my dream.
Hello, Pantone 294 Fam! My love for baseball started when I was a young girl and knew I wanted to work in the sports industry and now at 27, it is my honor to be a part of the baseball world. I am currently a Promotions Assistant at 710 AM ESPN where I create content for the radio station and I'm ready to create content for Pantone 294.
Kevin Chan | Videographer
Steven Garcia | Graphic Designer
Kim Cisneros | Contributor
Tephannie | Contributor
Hiiii, my name is Tephanie Martinez and I am 25 years old. I started my journey here at P294 back in 2019 as an Intern. As I stunned Alex and Desiree with my amazing people skills and creativity, I received an opportunity to become a paid volunteer. P294 isn’t just a company, they’re my family and I’m very thankful to be a part of such an amazingly fun team. If there is one piece of advice I can give future P294 participants PLEASE CHECK THE WEATHER AND DRESS ACCORDINGLY (fun fact: almost died of a heat stroke in SF). On that note, I can’t wait to meet Dodger fans from all over the world at away games cheering on the best team in the West Coast!!!! #WestCoastIsTheBettsCoast **mic drop**
Mercedes Ayala | Contributor
I'm 22 years old, born and raised in South Central, with parents originally from El Salvador. I'm currently attending college to receive my BSN in Nursing. I've always loved baseball, and I have hopes to visit as many stadiums as I can. Due to Covid-19 last season I didn't get the whole experience, but hopefully this season is great and can't wait to make so many memories!
Rudy Aguado | Editorial
My name is Rudy Aguado, I attended California State University, Northridge, and earned my Bachelor's Degree in Broadcast Journalism in Spring 2020. I got accepted to grad school at Arizona State University to pursue a Master's Degree in Sports Journalism beginning this Fall 2021. During my time as a Journalism major, I have written and anchored sports stories for my school's weekly television newscast and also worked as an on-air anchor for CSUN's on-campus radio station. I grew up to be a huge Dodgers and Lakers fan, I have been a huge Dodgers for as long as I can remember. I have traveled on a lot of trips with Pantone 294 and I am thankful to be given the opportunity to intern with them. My goal is to visit all 30 Major League stadiums, my favorite Pantone trip of all time was the Boston trip back in July 2019, I would do anything to relive that trip one more time. I look forward to someday be a successful sports journalist in my career. I hope to someday work as a sports journalist for ESPN or for any local news station.
Charlotte Walker | Editorial
My name is Charlotte Walker and I am super excited to be interning for Pantone294 as a Sports Writer. I grew up a huge Los Angeles Dodgers fan and am super excited to see what this season brings. Go Dodgers!
Antonio Valle | Editorial
My name is Antonio Valle, and I attend California Lutheran University and am majoring in Communication with an emphasis in Sports Communication and a minor in Sports Management. During my time at Cal Lutheran, I wrote for the school's newspaper, The Echo primarily working on sports stories. I wrote articles on cyberbullying and also won the Article of the Year award for my article about the death of Kobe and Gianna Bryant. I am a huge Lakers, Chargers, and Dodgers fan and have been since I was a kid. I grew up playing basketball and baseball and now I am a head coach for my younger brother's little league team and have been doing that since I was 13. My passions consist of: family, friends, sports, and movies. My end goal in life is to be a sports broadcaster or sports writer for a major LA sports team or ESPN.
Amanda Nicole | Editorial
I am so grateful to be working with Pantone294 for the Dodger season. I am currently a Junior studying Sports Journalism at ASU Cronkite. I have a passion for baseball and the Dodgers and can't wait for all to come.
Anthony Vallesteros | Editorial
My name is Anthony Vallesteros and I’m a passionate writer. I’m a family man who puts the values of transparency and honesty before anything else. I reflect these values in my writing. I have big goals for the future. So join me on my writing journey while we root for the Dodgers together.
Olivia Hanks | Editorial
Hi, my name is Olivia Hanks and I am a senior at Sacramento State. I am graduating in May with my degree in Communications with an emphasis in public relations. During my time at Sacramento State, I held a position on the Executive Board in the sorority, Alpha Phi. During my free time, if I am not watching the Dodgers or other sports games, I like to hang out with my friends or watch a good movie.
Mitchell Ross | Editorial
Mitchell is a life-long Dodger fan and baseball fanatic. He enjoys the old school style of play where managers call for the hit and run more often and defensive shifts are few and far between. One of his greatest life moments was sharing a ball game with his grandfather when the Yankees came to town in 2019.
Michael Higgins | Editorial
My name is Michael Higgins. I am a local journalist/writer for Pantone294 and am a student at California State University, Northridge. Ever since Manny Ramirez joined the Dodgers, I have been a die-hard Dodger fan. I look forward to bringing together the fan aspects, as well as the journalist aspects together in each of my articles.
Mateo Valle | Editorial
My name is Mateo Valle. I strongly believe hard work pays off and I set my standards high. I devote this work ethic to my writing. I love sharing my baseball opinions with the world and I have been a Dodgers fan my whole life. Writing about this team is a dream come true.
Ethan Kassel | Editorial
Raised an Oakland Athletics fan, Ethan picked up the Dodgers as his National League team during the past decade. His prior experience in sportswriting comes from following high school sports at Prep2Prep.com, and he follows baseball across the major and minor leagues at all levels. He regularly catches the Dodgers and Rancho Cucamonga Quakes when they visit the Bay Area.
Baily Brown | Editorial
My name is Bailey Brown and sports have been the top priority in my life since the moment I was able to comprehend the idea of competition. For as long as I could remember, I have been the most obsessively competitive person I know. My medium for fulfilling my competitiveness since the age of 3 has been Dodgers baseball. My very first career goal was to play shortstop for the Dodgers. I was obsessed with baseball all throughout my childhood and if I wasn't playing baseball then I was thinking and talking baseball. I grew up a Dodger fan in a Dodger family who is 100% from the Bay Area so I've had the full experience of growing up in the enemy territory while still bleeding blue. My very first Dodgers memory was Shawn Green's 4 home run game against the Brewers in 2002. Shawn Green is the reason I wore #15 in high school baseball and football games.
Currently, I attend San Francisco State University and majoring in Communication Studies with the intent to be a sports writer/commentator/analyst. I'm also on the wrestling team at SF State so I'm always balancing being am NCAA athlete with school, work, and my other hobby/sport, disc golf, in which I am locally sponsored in. All in all, I love all forms of sport competitions and am addicted to writing and talking about each of them. I have so much enjoyment when I write about the Dodgers and so I hope you get the same amount of enjoyment reading my articles!
Zachary Kufka | Editorial
Hi my name is Zachary Krufka and I am graduating with a degree in Journalism this May from Boise State University. I previously written for Boise State's newspaper and wrote about many different sports, but baseball has been in my life forever, whether it was playing or watching. I am from Southern Orange County, California and have been a fan of baseball and the Dodgers my entire life. One of my life goals, along with being a sports journalist, is to visit all the stadiums in the MLB and I am almost half way over with a few of the older stadiums. Go Dodgers!