Monday, August 20, 2012

Upcoming Series vs Giants - Valenzuela Bobblehead, George Lopez, Autism Speaks day

What's going on at Dodger Stadium for the three game series against the San Francisco Giants?

Monday, August 20 - 7:10 p.m. 

 “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 - 7:10 p.m. 

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.

More than 1,000 residents of Gardena will be in attendance on the annual City of Gardena night at Dodger Stadium.

Wednesday, August 22 - 7:10 p.m. 

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 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.

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