Originally posted on NBC Los Angeles  |  Last updated 12/20/11
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Don Mattingly traded his Dodger blue for a powder-white wig and an oversized hoop skirt during the weekend to perform in his hometown ballet's production of "Nutcracker." In the name of helping children express themselves artistically, the Dodgers manager returned to his hometown of Evansville, Ind. to play the role of "Mother Ginger" -- the larger-than-life character who opens her skirt to unveil dancing children, one of whom is wearing a Dodgers uniform in the Evansville production. Here's the video. Mattingly took artistic liberty with the character by making a bat-swinging motion and cycling through some signs to the batter. The ballet's artistic director told WTVW that Mattingly's wife helped get the life-time .307 career hitter involved in the performance at Evansville's Victory Theater. Mattingly told WTVW that it was "kind of cool" to get out of his comfort zone. "I think it's a good thing for these kids," Mattingly told the station. "They're doing something they love." Th...
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