Friday, May 25, 2012

Upcoming Series vs Astros - Fireworks, Bark in the Park, Garvey, Viva Los Dodgers, "Vicious" Victor Ortiz

What's going on at Dodger Stadium for the three game series against the Houston Astros?

Friday, May 25 - 7:10 p.m.

Clayton Kershaw vs Lucas Harrell

It’s The Beach Boys night at Dodger Stadium Friday. Prior to the start of Friday’s game, the Dodgers will treat fans to the legendary band’s most memorable tunes as The Beach Boys’ recorded music will be played in-stadium. At the conclusion of the game, fans are invited to go onto the playing field to watch a Friday Night Fireworks set to The Beach Boys’ music. The Dodgers and The Beach Boys co-branded official MLB merchandise is available now at Dodger Stadium and will be available on the band’s 50th Anniversary reunion tour.

X Games Gold Medalist and Street League professional skateboarder Nyjah Huston will throw out the ceremonial first pitch Friday and Ellie Smith, a 15-year-old Dodger fan who has been performing at Dodger Stadium since age 9, will sing the national anthem.

The Dodgers honor a Veteran of the Game at every home game by treating them to Field Level tickets, a batting practice experience and recognizing them on the field during pregame ceremonies. Friday’s Veteran of the Game is United States Army Specialist Gus Rodriguez of Hollywood. Rodriguez recently returned home from serving one year in Afghanistan with United States Army 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment Bravo Company and the Stryker Brigade Combat Team 25th Infantry Division.

Saturday, May 26 - 7:10 p.m. 

Chad Billingsley vs Bud Norris

The 3rd annual Natural Balance Pet Foods Bark in the Park at Dodger Stadium is Saturday starting at 5:30 p.m. Once a year Angelinos are invited to watch a baseball game with their dogs. 

Dodger alumnus Steve Garvey will participate. Tillman the Skateboarding Bulldog will make a special appearance and lead all dogs with their owners and celebrity guests in a Pup Rally in center field for a pre-game Pup Parade. The event is sold out and a portion of ticket sales proceeds support the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). The next Natural Balance Pet Foods Bark in the Park at Dodger Stadium is September 1 and full details are available by visiting

Saturday’s Veteran of the Game is United States Army Master Sergeant Anthony Coates of Los Angeles. Coates’ deployments include Operations Desert Shield and Storm, three deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn in Iraq.

Sam Harris, singer, recording artist and Broadway star, will sing the national anthem, Dodger alumnus Steve Garvey will start Saturday’s game with “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball” and Tillman The Skateboarding Bulldog will deliver a ceremonial first pitch as part of Natural Balance Pet Foods Bark in the Park.

Sunday, May 27 - 1:10 p.m. 
It is Viva Los Dodgers Day, presented by State Farm, Chevrolet and Time Warner Cable. The season-long initiative is 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.

Sunday, starting at 11:10 a.m., indie music star Ceci Bastida and Latin Grammy-nominated Latin pop fusion band La Santa Cecilia will provide entertainment.

Former WBC Welterweight Champion “Vicious” Victor Ortiz will sign autographs for fans at Viva Los Dodgers from 11:30 a.m. to noon Sunday in promotion of his upcoming fight at Staples Center against Joselito Lopez Saturday, June 23 in a 12-round championship elimination match. Dodger Alumnus Al “The Bull” Ferrara will also sign autographs for fans. For more information, visit

Dodger pitcher Aaron Harang will host a group of 30 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 during batting practice along with an autographed Aaron’s Aces t-shirt.

The Veteran of the Game is United States Army Lieutenant Colonel Tom De La Garza of Inglewood. De La Garza is currently at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, NC, and recently returned from a combat tour in Afghanistan with Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command Afghanistan. 

The La Cañada High School Choir will sing the national anthem.

Nikki Sixx, co-founder and bassist of Mötley Crüe, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.  Former WBC Welterweight Champion “Vicious” Victor Ortiz will also throw out a first pitch then join the Dodgers Spanish-language broadcast team – Hall of Famer Jaime Jarrín, Pepe Yñiguez and Fernando Valenzuela – as a special guest on the Univision Radio KTNQ 1020 AM radio broadcast during the first inning.

Jr. Dodger Broadcasters will call the game and fans can listen to the Jr. Dodgers Broadcast at Sunday’s Jr. Dodger Broadcasters are Lukas Balen, age 10 of Manhattan Beach, Max Ferregur, age 11 of Newbury Park, Skyler Rivera age 12 of Alta Loma and Waylon Sall, age 13 of Hollywood. Following the game, children age 14 and under can participate in Kids Run the Bases.

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