Friday, July 22, 2011

Upcoming Series vs Nationals - $1 Dodger Dogs, Honoring Don Drysdale, Viva Los Dodgers

What's going on at Dodger Stadium for the upcoming series against the Washington Nationals?

Friday July 22 7:10 p.m

Chad Billingsley will host a group of 10 children from Mattel’s Children’s Hospital at UCLA at Friday’s game as part of his Chad’s Champs program. Each child will receive a program t-shirt and will meet Billingsley on the field during batting practice. All participants will also receive a meal voucher courtesy of Coca-Cola.

Friday is Mormon Night at Dodger Stadium and more than 4,100 members of the Mormon community will be in attendance at the game. Christian-Country group Joshua Creek will perform the National Anthem and God Bless America and a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. All attendees will receive “Mormon Night 2011” wristbands.

Following Friday’s game, fans can enjoy Friday Night Fireworks from the field, presented by Pizza Hut. Fans will be able to take in fireworks at Dodger Stadium following all five remaining Friday home games this season.

Saturday July 23 7:10 p.m.

Fans at all Saturday home games in July can enjoy Farmer John Dodger Dogs for $1. There are two $1 Dodger Dog Days remaining in July.

The Dodgers will honor Don Drysdale on what would have been his 75th birthday and Drysdale’s sons D.J. and Darren will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. More than 50 of Drysdale’s family members and friends will be at the game and special videos and tributes honoring him will be shown during the game.

Singer and model Kimberly Locke, best known for season two of “American Idol” will perform the National Anthem and God Bless America.

This year’s winners of the 31st Congressional District Student Art Competition will be honored on the field before the game. Each year, members of the United States House of Representatives recognize hundreds of young artists nationwide and one winner from each district has his or her artwork displayed in the halls of the U.S. Capitol. This year’s first place winner is Brenda Barajas, a recent graduate of Thomas Jefferson High school in South Los Angeles who will be attending California State University, Los Angeles in the fall. Second place winner Alondra Ramirez is also a recent Thomas Jefferson High School alum and will be attending California State University, Dominguez Hills next year. Emerita De la Cruz, a recent graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School in Highland Park, is the local third place winner and she will be attending University of California, Berkeley in the fall.

July 24 1:10 p.m.

Fans at Sunday’s game will receive blue and white Dodger Caps, presented by Amtrak.

Sunday is Cheer Day at Dodger Stadium and 13 teams, including the California Cheer Cats, Salesian Mustangs, California Bombshellz, West Coast Rush, LA Dream and Culver City Cheer, will perform in center field before the game. More than 2,100 cheerleaders and their families will be in attendance at the game.

ESPN X-Games athlete Robbie Maddison will throw out a ceremonial first pitch on Sunday. Maddison is a freestyle motocross rider who has held several world records.

American Idol alum Ashley Rodriguez will sing the National Anthem and God Bless America. Rodriguez was a finalist on season nine. Singer and guitarist George Thorogood will announce “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball” at the start of the game.

Dodger third base coach Tim Wallach will be honored during a special pre-game ceremony for his recent induction into the College Baseball Hall of Fame. Wallach was an All-American first baseman at California State University, Fullerton and a member of the 1979 National Championship team. In his career at Fullerton, Wallach posted a .392 batting average (2nd all-time at CSF), 39 home runs (7th all-time at CSF) and 182 RBI (6th all-time). Several of Wallach’s college teammates will be in attendance for the ceremony, as will his college coach Augie Garrido, who is now the head coach at the University of Texas and is the winningest Division I baseball coach of all time. Tickets to the game are available at

Sunday is a Viva Los Dodgers Day, presented by State Farm, Time Warner Cable and Chevrolet. Starting two hours prior to each Sunday game, fans can enjoy live music and a family-friendly celebration in Lot 6 and admission is free with a ticket to the game. The initiative culminates with La Gran Fiesta: Viva Los Dodgers on Saturday, Sept. 17. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or

At this Sunday’s Viva Los Dodgers, Fernando Valenzuela will sign autographs for fans from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and platinum-selling recording artist Frankie J of the musical group Kumbia Kings will perform. Frankie J will also sing God Bless America during the seventh inning stretch.

Jr. Dodger Broadcasters will call the game from the Vin Scully Press Box. Fans can listen to the Jr. Dodgers Broadcast at

Following the game, children age 14 and under can participate in Kids Run the Bases.

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