Dodgers Press Release
Dodgers conclude series against Pirates tomorrow, kids' batting helmet presented by Orion Choco Pie and Yasiel Puig at Viva Los Dodgers
What: The Dodgers' fourth homestand of the season and four-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates concludes tomorrow, Sunday, June 1 at 5:07 p.m. (RHP Edinson Volquez vs. RHP Zack Greinke). All auto gates open at 2:30 p.m. and all stadium gates open at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow. The first 15,000 ticketed kids 14 and under in attendance will receive a Kids' Batting Helmet presented by Orion Choco Pie. Yasiel Puig will be at Viva Los Dodgers from approximately 3:30 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. taking photos with fans for donations that will go toward purchasing baseball and softball equipment for up to 180 youngsters at Department of Recreation and Parks, Lou Costello Recreation Center in Boyle Heights.
For the series against the Pirates, Levy Restaurants is offering the Pittsburgh Dog an all-beef hot dog topped with cole slaw and shoestring fries, inspired by the traditional Primanti Brothers sandwich. It is available through tomorrow at extreme loaded dog concession stands on the Field, Loge and Reserve levels.
Tomorrow, Dodger Alumni League member Al Downing will sign autographs in the left-field pavilion plaza from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Dodger Alumni Leaguer Tim Leary will be at Viva Los Dodgers. A face painter will also be in the right-field pavilion plaza for youngsters to enjoy. The national anthem will be performed by Lonnie Jordan and the band WAR. The Urban Youth Academy will partake in the ceremonial first pitch.
Viva Los Dodgers, presented by State Farm, Chevrolet and Time Warner Cable, at the historic 76 station, begins at 3:00 p.m. Yasiel Puig will take photos with fans from approximately 3:30 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. Tickets to tomorrow's game are required to partake in the Puig photo opportunity and to attend Viva Los Dodgers. One photo per fan will be taken by Blue Prints who will also provide a complimentary printout. No autographs will be permitted. Puig will take photos with fans for monetary donations that will go toward purchasing baseball and softball equipment for up to 180 youngsters at Department of Recreation and Parks, Lou Costello Recreation Center in Boyle Heights that serves the East LA community. The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and the Wasserman Foundation will match the donation total tomorrow in support of Puig. Lou Costello Recreation Center offers activities for all ages and for families to enjoy daily. It plays host to Summer Night Lights and is a positive place for residents to access and at which to play sports. Lou Costello Recreation Center's youth programs also engage high-risk neighborhoods, Estrada Courts and Wyvernwood. The center supports youth baseball and is currently in need of baseball and softball equipment. For more information on Lou Costello Recreation Center visit www.laparks.org.
Musical entertainment at Viva Los Dodgers will be provided by Las Cafeteras, who will present a remix of traditional Son Jarocho sounds, Afro-Caribbean marimbol and cajón, poetry in English and Spanglish, and instruments like jarana, requinto and a wooden platform called the Tarima.
Sunday's "Héroe de la Comunidad" honoree at Viva Los Dodgers is Roderick Hales-Hurtt of the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission (SFVRM). Hales-Hurtt began his role as Overnight Shelter Staff in December 2013. His responsibilities include supervision, coaching, counseling and case management of the shelter guest families. Prior to his tenure at (SFVRM), Roderick served as a Commissioned Officer (Chaplain) in the U.S. Air Force. In addition to his responsibilities at the mission, Roderick is also part-time student at Grand Canyon University, seeking an MBA degree. The San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission experienced a devastating fire earlier this month. Hales-Hurtt was the first to alert all inside of the fire.
Adrian Gonzalez, through the Adrian Gonzalez's Viva Los Dodgers community program, will provide all-inclusive tickets and parking for families in greater Los Angeles by partnering with various non-profit organizations. This Sunday, Gonzalez will also host families from PUENTE Learning Center. PUENTE (People United to Enrich the Neighborhood Through Education) exists to ensure its constituents are given opportunities to achieve their full potential as members of their families and their communities. The organization provides educational services to the residents of East and South Los Angeles, two predominantly minority communities challenged by high levels of unemployment and poverty, and low levels of educational attainment. What began as a tutoring program for first- and second-grade students now offers tuition-free classroom instruction to more than 4,100 students of all ages each year.
The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) will have a Mystery Bag fundraiser at Viva Los Dodgers at the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation tent. For a $40 donation, fans can get an official Major League baseball signed by one of ten Dodger Alumni featured, including Fernando Valenzuela, Nomar Garciaparra, and Tommy Davis and current players including Adrian Gonzalez and Matt Kemp. Only 84 Mystery Bags available. All proceeds will benefit LADF and its programs in sports and recreation, education and literacy and health and wellness which help children and families throughout the greater Los Angeles region.
As part of Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball, 250 youngsters will be in attendance from Nuevo Amanecer Latino Children's Services and Thinking About Tomorrow. Thinking About Tomorrow is a non-profit organization dedicated to impacting everyday lives of at-risk youths by establishing within them a solid foundation of values. As a reward for perfect attendance, Thinking About tomorrow will bring students from Glassell Park Elementary School and Grant Elementary School. Nuevo Amanecer Latino Children's Services is a treatment foster care program serving more than 10,000 foster children and it has helped more than 80 percent of them achieve their reunification with their families
The Veteran of the Game presented by Bank of America is U.S. Army Sergeant Cris Ramirez of South Gate. Ramirez enlisted in 2002 to follow his family's military heritage and to become a US Paratroope. Ramirez serves with the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and has served in Germany, has been deployed to Iraq and most recently returned home from his fourth combat tour to Afghanistan. His accolades include the Valorous Unit Award, Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the National Defense Service Medal.
The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) will hold a silent auction on the Club level by the Vin Scully Press Box. The auction ends at 6:45 p.m. with more than 25 items up for bid, including a Matt Kemp autographed baseball, Yasiel Puig autographed LA Dodgers jersey and an Andre Ethier autographed photo. All proceeds will benefit LADF and its programs in sports and recreation, education and literacy and health and wellness which help children and families throughout the greater Los Angeles region.
The Dodgers will also hold their final Little League Parade prior to the game. Fans can organize a group outing this summer by visiting www.dodgers.com/groups.
Season ticket holders will be invited on to the field after the game to play catch. Playing catch on the field at Dodger Stadium is one of the many benefits offered to season seat holders. The Dodgers offer one of the best values in Los Angeles and all of sports with season tickets and mini plans starting at $14 per seat per game. More information on season tickets can be found by visiting www.dodgers.com/seasontickets or by calling (323) DODGERS.
WHEN: Tomorrow, June 1
Media gates 12:15 p.m.
Clubhouse open to media 12:45 p.m.
Auto gates 2:30 p.m.
Stadium gates 3:00 p.m.
Yasiel Puig at Viva Los Dodgers 3:30 p.m.
Pregame ceremonies 4:55 p.m.
Game time 5:07 p.m.
WHERE: Dodger Stadium
Tomorrow's game will be broadcasted on ESPN as part of "Sunday Night Baseball."
Tickets are available for all games against the Pirates and can be purchased by visiting www.dodgers.com/tickets or by calling (323) DODGERS.
"Where the Action Is," a catchers' roundtable featuring A.J. Ellis, Drew Butera and Tim Federowicz in which the trio converse in depth about baseball's most challenging position, is the featured story June's Dodger Insider magazine, on sale now and featuring a cover story on slugging first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Dodger Insider offers more than two dozen stories, including inside-the-game pieces on platooning, the cut fastball, base stealing (with Dee Gordon) and player development, as well as a special Father's Day-themed piece on how Dodger players stay in touch with their families while on the road.
Dodger Insider serves as a companion to the Dodger Insider blog, located at www.dodgers.com/insider and published multiple times daily. Dodger Insider magazine and the 2014 Los Angeles Dodgers Yearbook, featuring a 21-page commemorative section dedicated to Vin Scully in his own words, are on sale throughout Dodger Stadium, including the Top of the Park store and online at www.dodgers.com/magazine. Subscriptions to the magazine can be ordered at any time. A digital version of Dodger Insider magazine, featuring embedded video links, is also available.
The Dodgers offer one of the best values in Los Angeles and all of sports with season tickets and mini plans starting at $14 per seat per game. More information on season tickets can be found by visiting www.dodgers.com/seasontickets or by calling (323) DODGERS.
Fans are urged to arrive early and they are encouraged to utilize the many transportation alternatives that serve Union Station and will connect them to the Dodger Stadium Express, which will operate starting 90 minutes prior to first pitch. Fans can find specific route and schedule information by visiting www.metro.net or calling 323.GO.METRO (323.466.3876). Dodger Stadium transportation and parking information can be found by visiting www.dodgers.com/parking.
Dodger games are televised on SportsNet LA, the exclusive new 24/7 TV network of the Los Angeles Dodgers and includes live pre-game programming "Leadoff LA" and "Access SportsNet: Dodgers." Spanish-language telecasts take place for each home game. Time Warner Cable customers can watch live Spanish-language Dodger game telecasts in high definition on channel 382 in Los Angeles, 324 in the Desert Cities and 664 in Barstow. For more information about SportsNet LA's Spanish-language games and standard definition channel numbers, visit the "ESPAÑOL" tab on www.sportsnetla.com. The network will also offer Korean-language Secondary Audio Programming (SAP) for all live Dodger games on its air this season, a first for any MLB team. The Dodgers have partnered with Radio Korea, the team's Korean radio broadcast partner, to provide this service. For more information about SportsNet LA or to demand the network, visit www.ineedmydodgers.com or www.quieromisdodgers.com or call 1-844-I-NEED-MY (1-844-463-3369)