Except in Malibu, CA. That's where the Pepperdine University Waves have become the trendy hometown team for the bourgeoisie Hollywood-type. So trendy in fact, that actress and uber hottie Pamela Anderson has adopted the Pepperdine baseball squad as "her" team.
She participates in fundraising activities for the Waves, going so far as to allow dinner dates with her to be auctioned. Her winnings in an NBA.com fantasy league are earmarked for the baseball program. Last spring, after Pepperdine reached the NCAA tournament, she hosted a barbecue for the Waves at her beachside home. Her sons - Brandon Thomas Lee, 10, and Dylan Jagger Lee, 9 - serve as part-time batboys for the team. ...How flippin' sweet is that? Pamela Anderson a friend and fan of a program -- when she doesn't even have a kid on it? She's like the Ashley Judd of Pepperdine baseball, only she didn't go to Pepperdine. I think I might have to check out a game or two. Or three.
Her presence serves as a distraction to Pepperdine opponents, says former Waves pitcher Paul Coleman, a Dodgers farmhand. "They're warming up, stretching," he says, "and their necks are turned toward the stands looking for her."
"The very first time she came down, I remember that everybody was just goo-goo-eyed," he says. "Everybody was distracted. We didn't get much practicing done. Everybody was in awe.
"But as she started coming around more, it was just like having any other supportive person there in the stands."