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Alyssa Milano launches boutique store at Citi Field

Alyssa Milano just may be the baseballequivalent of Kentucky basketball superfan Ashley Judd.

Milano is best known for her roles on the television series"Who's the Boss?" and "Charmed." She also has season tickets toher beloved Los Angeles Dodgers, recently finished a tour for hernew book "Safe at Home: Confessions of a Baseball Fanatic" andhas a baseball-themed apparel line called "touch."

The actress was at Citi Field on Saturday to help launch thefirst boutique store for the clothing line. She was struck by howthe New York Mets' new ballpark captured some of the flavor ofEbbets Field, the cozy bandbox where her father once watched theBrooklyn Dodgers.

"Anything that pays homage to the greats before these greats isimportant," Milano said, sitting in the shade of the home dugoutbefore the Mets played the Milwaukee Brewers. "Baseball is builton the history of the sport."

Milano recalled how her father, film editor Thomas Milano, was"heartbroken" when the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles. Eventuallyher family followed them to California, and their love for the teamwas rekindled.

"I realized (baseball) was something he loved and I could lovethrough his eyes," she said.

The 36-year-old actress, who recently announced her engagementto Hollywood agent David Bugliari, tries to keep up with the dailygrind of the 162-game season.

She called an iPhone feature that allows her to listen to radiobroadcasts of major league teams "the greatest invention ever,"and has a blog where she riffs on everything from the success ofPadres pitcher Chris Young to "Opening Day and other Mumblings."

Her new book, with a forward by Dodgers manager Joe Torre, is aretrospective focusing on how the game has influenced her life. Butshe warned that it's anything but a tell-all about herrelationships with star players such as Brad Penny and Carl Pavano.

As for the clothing line, Milano said approaching baseballexecutives to get licensing approval a few years ago made all thosemeetings with Hollywood big shots seem like a joke.

"It was a very intimidating to actually come in and meet withMLB," she said. "These 10 guys in suits, all over 50, and I'mtrying to pitch a women's clothing line?"

Milano said she hopes the apparel, featuring everything fromsweaters and jeans to caps and jackets, will help draw more womento the game.

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