Dodgers Press Release
First-place Dodgers return home Monday to take on NL West rival San Francisco Giants
Homestand features Fernando Valenzuela Bobblehead Night Tuesday, August 21, Friday Night Fireworks on August 24 and and Kids Back to School Backpack on Sunday, August 26
LOS ANGELES - The first-place Dodgers begin the 10th homestand of the 2012 season as they take on their NL West rival San Francisco Giants (Monday, August 20 - Wednesday, August 22) and Miami Marlins (Friday, August 24 - Sunday, August 26). The homestand features Fernando Valenzuela Bobblehead Night presented by State Farm Tuesday, August 21, Friday Night Fireworks August 24 and Kids Back to School Backpack presented by Northrop Grumman Sunday, August 26.
Tickets to all Dodger home games are available at www.dodgers.com/tickets and a complete list of the season's giveaways is available at www.dodgers.com/promotions.
Monday, August 20 vs. SF Giants - 7:10 p.m. LHP Clayton Kershaw vs. LHP Madison Bumgarner
Monday is the start of a three-game series against the Dodgers' NL West rivals.
The ninth edition of Dodgers Playbill features Dodger shortstop Hanley Ramirez sporting his familiar "I See You" gesture for the camera. Inside the playbill are features on Ramirez, Hall of Fame Broadcaster Vin Scully, Dodger prospect Yasiel Puig and Star Trek's William Shatner. Also included are ticket specials and promotional information. Fans receive Dodgers Playbill at all parking gates.
"American Idol" season 10 finalist Haley Reinhart will sing the national anthem and "God Bless America.'
Misty May-Treanor, winner of a third consecutive Olympic gold medal and wife of Dodgers' catcher Matt Treanor, will be recognized during the game. May-Treanor recently returned home to Los Angeles after having won the Olympic gold medal for an unprecedented third consecutive time in beach volleyball with partner Kerri Walsh Jennings at the London Olympics.
The Dodgers honor a Veteran of the Game at every home game by treating them to Field Level tickets, inviting them to watch batting practice and recognizing them during the game. The Veteran of the Game Monday is U.S. Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade Hiram Gonzalez of Los Angeles. Gonzalez enlisted in 1997, serving eight deployments throughout the world and most recently completed eight months in the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The Dodgers will also recognize 14 U.S. Marines - Chief Warrant Officer Kevin Bera, Master Sergeant Stanley Lewansky, Sergeant Sergio Rosas, Sergeant John-Thomas Stokes, Sergeant Raphael Surratt, Corporal Kyle Bettis, Corporal Michael Branchparks, Corporal Johnny Mapp, Corporal William Turner, Lance Corporal Cleveland Edge, Lance Corporal Lawrence Pajibo, Lance Corporal Krystal Pearson, Lance Corporal Johnny Singleton and Lance Corporal David-John Tucker - who are training with the LA County Coroner's Office for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. They will be charged with the difficult task of recovering and processing the remains and personal effects of fallen heroes and sending them home to their families.
Tuesday, August 21 vs. San Francisco Giants - 7:10 p.m. RHP Joe Blanton vs. RHP Tim Lincecum
Tuesday is Fernando Valenzuela Bobblehead Night presented by State Farm. The ninth bobblehead in the Dodger Stadium Greats series will celebrate one of the most beloved pitchers in Dodger Stadium history. Valenzuela, an integral part of the 1981 World Series Champion Dodgers, was named Rookie of the Year and won the Cy Young Award in 1981 and remains the only player to win both in the same year. This marks the fourth time that Valenzuela will be featured on a Dodger Stadium bobblehead, the most in Dodger Stadium history.
This season's bobblehead celebrates Valenzuela's no-hitter on June 29, 1990. Valenzuela tossed the first Dodger no-hitter in a decade, blanking the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-0. It also marked the first time in the modern baseball era that two no-hitters have been pitched on the same day as Oakland pitcher Dave Stewart threw a no-hitter in Toronto prior to Valenzuela's. The Dodgers will pay tribute to Valenzuela during pre-game ceremonies and fans with the first 50,000 tickets on Tuesday will receive a Valenzuela bobblehead.
Valenzuela will throw the ceremonial first pitch and Dodger infielder Luis "Cochito" Cruz will catch. Valenzuela and Cruz are both native sons of Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico, and Cruz was introduced to Valenzuela when he was a young boy by his father, Luis Cruz Sr., a former center fielder in the Mexican League.
Comedian George Lopez will announce the Dodgers' starting lineup. Lopez was recently photographed alongside Larry King, another Dodger celebrity fan, for the August 17 Hollywood Reporter issue that includes a special feature on the Dodgers. Lopez's all-time favorite Dodger is Valenzuela.
Valenzuela's daughter, Linda, will officially start the game with "It's Time for Dodger Baseball!"
The Veteran of the Game is U.S. Army Sergeant Chris Kim of Los Angeles. Kim enlisted in the Army in 2005 and served in Baghdad, Iraq, in the role of Combat Engineer Team Leader.
Dodger alumnus Kenny Landreaux will be in autograph alley signing for fans from 5:10 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
More than 1,000 residents of Gardena will be in attendance on the annual City of Gardena night at Dodger Stadium.
Wednesday, August 22 vs. SF Giants - 7:10 p.m. LHP Chris Capuano vs. RHP Matt Cain
Dodger pitcher Chad Billingsley will host a group of 10 youngsters from Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA as part of his community program, Chad's Champs. Kids receive a Chad's Champs program T-shirt, meal voucher courtesy of Coca-Cola and a ticket to the day's game. Billingsley meets and takes photos with the group during batting practice at 5:20 p.m.
It is Autism Speaks day at Dodger Stadium. Autism Speaks was founded in 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend, Bernie Marcus, donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism.
As part of pre-game ceremonies recognizing Autism Speaks, Ari Greenburg and Stephanie Mauldin will throw the ceremonial first pitches. Greenburg's family has raised more than $1 million for LA Walk Now for Autism Speaks during the past six years.
Boyz II Men's Shawn Stockman will sing the national anthem. Stockman's son, Micah, is affected by this disorder. Matthew Asner, son of actor Ed Asner and Autism Speaks Executive Director for Southern California, will ceremonially start the game with "It's Time for Dodger Baseball!"
A portion of every ticket sold by visiting www.dodgers.com/autismspeaks using the promo code "Autism" will go to Autism Speaks.
Dodger alumnus Kevin Gross will throw the honorary first pitch in celebration of the 20th anniversary of his no-hitter, which was on August 17, 1992 versus the Giants in a 2-0 victory.
The Veteran of the Game is U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Victor Leanos of Los Angeles. With more than 16 years of service, Leanos has completed tours in Japan and Iraq and now serves as Chief Drill Instructor at the Marine Corps Recruit Station in San Diego.
Friday, August 24 vs. Miami Marlins 7:10 p.m.
It is Kings Night at Dodger Stadium. Fans that purchased tickets in the sold out Coca-Cola All-You-Can-Eat Right Field Pavilion will receive a LA Kings branded scarf and enjoy unlimited Dodger dogs, nachos, popcorn, peanuts, Coca-Cola products and water. Kings' mascot Bailey, the LA Kings Ice Crew and members of the Kings will be on hand for pre-game ceremonies including the ceremonial first pitch.
Friday Night Fireworks will be set to highlights from the Kings Stanley Cup season. At the conclusion of the game, fans are invited to go on the field to watch Friday Night Fireworks.
Dodger Jerry Hairston Jr. continues his season-long community program, Hairston's Heroes, before Friday's game. Hairston will host youngsters from Challenger's Boys and Girls Club. Kids will receive a T-shirt, meal voucher courtesy of Coca-Cola and a meet and greet on the field during batting practice with Hairston.
The Dodgers will also be hosting the Promoting a Lifetime Activity for Youth (PLAY) Clinic from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Approximately 100 kids from LAPD's Hollenbeck Division's Cadet Program and the Boyle Heights Technology Youth Center will participate in this Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) public awareness campaign in conjunction with the Taylor Hooton Foundation. The PLAY Campaign promotes healthy living and decision making among children in America. All participants will receive a Dodgers cap upon registration and a Dodger goodie bag which includes four tickets to the Sunday, September 2 game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Dodger alumnus Lee Lacy will be in autograph alley signing for fans from 5:10 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Dodger infielder Luis "Cochito" Cruz will make an appearance prior to the game from noon to 1:00 p.m. at Staples located at 3090 E. Slauson Avenue in Huntington Park.
The Veteran of the Game is U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Rolando Flores of East Los Angeles. Flores enlisted in the Army in 2002 and has served four combat tours, totaling 51 months of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Saturday, August 25 vs. Miami Marlins - 6:10 p.m.
Dodger All-Star center fielder Matt Kemp will host kids from Baldwin Hills Recreation Center for his Kemp's Kids program. Kemp will host more than 25 kids who will receive Loge level tickets to the game, a "Kemp's Kids" T-shirt, a sandwich courtesy of Subway, $25 in Dodger Dollars and will meet and take photos with Kemp during batting practice.
Saturday's ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by members of the London Olympics Gold Medal-winning US Women's Water Polo team. Players Brenda Villa, Tumua Anae, Annika Dries, Kami Craig and head coach Adam Krikorian will be present.
Grammy-nominated singer songwriter Stephen Petree of Shiny Toy Guns will sing the national anthem and "God Bless America."
Dodger alumnus Derrel Thomas will be in autograph alley signing for fans from 4:10 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Veteran of the Game is retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Steven "Scuba" Stillings of Fresno. Stillings enlisted in 1988 and has been honored with several accolades during his service including the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal among others.
Sunday, August 26 vs. Miami Marlins - 1:10 p.m.
Kids 14 and under with the first 15,000 tickets will receive a Back to School Backpack presented by Northrop Grumman on Sunday.
Viva Los Dodgers Day, presented by State Farm, Chevrolet and Time Warner Cable, is a season-long initiative in its third year and celebrates Latino culture in Los Angeles at a family-friendly pregame festival held in lot 6 two hours prior to each Sunday's game.
Viva Los Dodgers Day begins at 11 a.m. and includes live performances from Ana Tijoux and Chico Trujillo. Dodger alumnus Matt Luke will sign autographs for fans from 11:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.dodgers.com/viva.
It is First Responder Appreciation Day at Dodger Stadium. Members of local law enforcement and fire departments will partake in pre-game ceremonies. The Long Haul Bombers will also bring their Stadium Power Tour to Dodger Stadium pre-game.
Mexican-American Banda and Norteña star Jenni Rivera will sing the national anthem and "God Bless America." Rivera will also make an appearance at Viva Los Dodgers Day at noon.
Dodger pitcher Aaron Harang will host military families as part of Aaron's Aces which occurs every Sunday home game. Harang's guests receive game tickets, complimentary parking and meal vouchers courtesy of Coca-Cola. The group also gets a meet and greet on the field with Harang along with an autographed Aaron's Aces T-shirt.
The Veterans of the Game are a father, Ignacio Avila, and his sons, Robert Avila and Reggie Avila, who reside in Gardena. Ignacio is a retired Army sergeant and served by maintaining tankers in Germany during the Vietnam War. Brothers Robert and Reggie each enlisted in the Air Force in 2000 and both currently serve as technical sergeants.
Kids Run the Bases will take place following the game in addition to Dodger season ticket holder catch on the field. As part of several exciting benefits offered this season that add exceptional value to being a Dodger season ticket holder, season seat holders will play catch on the field with friends and family after Sunday's game. Complete details on benefits exclusive to season seat holders and information on plans for the remainder of the 2012 season can be found by visiting www.dodgers.com/seasontickets.