Thursday, September 13, 2012

Upcoming Series vs Cardinals - Fleece Blanket, Fireworks, Dustin Brown, Viva Los Dodgers

What's going on at Dodger Stadium for the four game series against the St. Louis Cardinals?

Thursday, September 13 - 7:10 p.m 

Tonight is Fleece Blanket Night presented by Carl’s Jr. Fans with the first 30,000 tickets will receive a fleece blanket.

The Dodgers are thanking and paying tribute to the men and women of our nation’s armed services by honoring a Veteran of the Game at every 2012 home game.  Military members are given Field level tickets, complimentary parking, are invited to watch batting practice and are recognized during the game.

The Veteran of the Game Thursday is Marine Corps Corporal Sherman Watson of Texarkana, TX. Watson enlisted following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 and served three combat tours in Iraq. His numerous awards include three Purple Hearts and the Global War on Terrorism Medal.

“American Idol” Season 7 finalist and international recording artist Michael Johns will sing the national anthem and “God Bless America.”

An honorary first pitch will be thrown by actor Joe Massingill. Massingill plays a batting phenomenon in Warner Bros.’ upcoming film “Trouble with the Curve,” which stars Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake.

Helio Castroneves will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Castroneves is a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner who will be driving the Auto Club sponsored Penske Racing IndyCar this Saturday in the MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. He will also be competing in the upcoming season of ABC’s All-Star edition of “Dancing with the Stars,” after having won the fifth season of the hit show.

The Dodgers will honor all employees with 25 or more years of service to the organization on the field prior to the game.

At the top of the list of more than 80 individuals that have been with the Dodgers for decades are Hall of Famers Vin Scully (63 seasons), Tommy Lasorda (63 seasons) and Jaime Jarrín (54 seasons). Special Advisor to the Chairman Don Newcombe (55 seasons), Dodger Coach Manny Mota (43 seasons) and former Dodgers Rick Monday (27 years) and Ron Cey (27 years) are also long-timers with the organization. Longtime usher Ira Hawkins (Lake Arrowhead, 54 years), ticket seller Jerry Mickelsen (Los Angeles, 50 years), assistant security manager Edward Gonzales (El Monte, 49 years) and assistant security manager Mas Miyatake (Monterey Park, 43 years) will also be recognized.

Dodger front office staffers on the list are former Traveling Secretary and current Advisor, Team Travel Billy DeLury (Monterey Park, 63 seasons), Vice President of Ticket Operations Billy Hunter (Sherman Oaks, 41 years), “Sweet” Lou Johnson (Los Angeles, 31 years), Manager Stadium Services April Thompson (Culver City, 37 years), Manager of Transportation Arnold Douglass (Los Angeles, 33 years), Receptionist Dolores Buonauro (Hacienda Heights, 29 years) and Senior Vice President and General Counsel Sam Fernandez (Manhattan Beach, 28 years).

The Dodgers’ Baseball Operations department has had the following individuals on staff for decades: Batting Practice Pitcher Pete Bonfils (Arcadia, 42 years), Scout Hank Jones (Vancouver, WA, 37 years), Scout Mike Brito (Los Angeles, 34 years), Visiting Clubhouse Manager Jerry Turner (Diamond Bar, 33 years), Special Advisor to Amateur Scouting Director Gib Bodet (San Clemente, 33 years), Scout Carl Loewenstine (Hamilton, OH, 32 years), Great Lakes Manager John Shoemaker (Vero Beach, FL, 30 years), Scout Bobby Darwin (Corona, 30 years) and Dodger Clubhouse Manager Mitch Poole (West Covina, 27 years).

The following Dodger employees will also be honored on the field prior to Thursday’s game:

·         Assistant Security Manager Edward Gonzalez, 49 years (El Monte)

·         Merchandise Stand Captain Robert Natelborg, 46 years (Huntington Beach)

·         Ticket Taker Captain Miguel Yanez, 43 years (Los Angeles)

·         Ticket Taker Eduardo Becerril, 42 years (Lynwood)

·         Usher James Harvey, 42 years (Canyon Country)

·         Usher Howard Levine, 40 years (Sherman Oaks)

·         Usher Rick Angona, 37 years (North Hollywood)

·         Merchandise Stand Captain Bruce Dinowitz, 36 years (Stevenson Ranch)

·         Merchandise Stand Employee Susan Meser, 26 years (Simi Valley)

·         Merchandise Stand Captain Marcia Natelborg, 35 years (Huntington Beach)

·         Ticket Taker Captain Errol Coffey, 35 years (Los Angeles)

·         Usher Andrea Garcia, 35 years (Monterey Park)

·         Usher Captain Mario Villegas Jr., 35 years (Los Angeles)

·         Usher Anthony Lopez, 34 years (Whittier)

·         Security Guard Gil Garciacano, 34 years (South El Monte)

·         Ticket Seller Bob Kanner, 33 years (Santa Monica)

·         Press Box Attendant James Mims, 32 years (Los Angeles)

·         Press Box Attendant Robert Allen, 32 years (Los Angeles)

·         Ticket Taker Juan Franco, 32 years (Los Angeles)

·         Maintenance Lead Attendant Adeline Tamez, 32 years (Santa Fe Springs)

·         Maintenance Attendant Carlos Deleon, 32 years (Los Angeles)

·         Maintenance Attendant Maria Miranda, 32 years (Los Angeles)

·         Security Officer Fernando Sierra, 32 years (Palmdale)

·         Security Officer Rafael Castellanos, 32 years (Los Angeles)

·         Security Officer Louie Ocampo, 31 years (South El Monte)

·         Usher Mary Jane Babyak, 31 years (Van Nuys)

·         Security Officer Richard Montano, 31 years (Pico Rivera)

·         Security Officer Eddie Alcala, 30 years (Montebello)

·         Security Officer Juan Prada, 30 years (Palmdale)

·         Gardener Petronilo Serna, 30 years (Los Angeles)

·         Maintenance Attendant Rosa Sandoval, 30 years (Los Angeles)

·         Stadium Operations Utility Kevin Waters, 30 years (Northridge)

·         Ticket Seller Roy Tyler, 29 years (Pasadena)

·         Merchandise Stand Captain David Richard, 29 years (need place of residence) Granada Hills

·         Ticket Taker Valerie Jones, 28 years (Los Angeles)

·         Ticket Seller Paula Shorter, 28 years (Thousand Oaks)

·         Security Guard Pete Reynoso, 28 years (Whittier)

·         Usher Vickie Gutierrez, 28 years (Temple City)

·         Gardener Jose Luis Toscano, 27 years (Huntington Park)

·         Assistant Stand Captain Jamie Moreno, 27 years (Van Nuys)

·         Maintenance Attendant Efren Gonzalez, 27 years (Los Angeles)

·         Maintenance Lead Attendant Roberto Cervantes, 27 years (Rancho Cucamonga)

·         Security Officer Gary Hedman, 27 years (Moreno Valley)

·         Maintenance Attendant Adelina Solano, 26 years (Lynwood)

·         DodgerVision crewmember Shane Shanahan, 26 years (Wrightwood)

·         Usher Maria Ramirez, 25 years (Los Angeles)

·         Maintenance Attendant Asminda Hernandez, 25 years  (Los Angeles)

·         Maintenance Attendant Maria Salceda, 25 years  (Los Angeles)

·         Assistant, Mailroom and Office Services George Barajas, 25 years (Glendale)

·         Lead Stadium Attendant James Jelks, 25 years (Los Angeles)

·         Merchandise Stand Assistant Rosemary Cochran, 25 years  (South Pasadena)

·         Merchandise Stand Captain Patrick Cochran, 25 years  (South Pasadena)

·         Merchandise Stand Employee Adriana Kano, 25 years  (Quartz Hill)

Friday, September 14 - 7:10 p.m 

Friday Night Fireworks will be set to a soundtrack from KLVE 107.5 FM celebrating Hispanic Heritage. At the conclusion of the game, all fans are invited to go on the field to watch Friday Night Fireworks.

LA Kings Captain Dustin Brown will throw the ceremonial first pitch and be joined by his two sons in officially starting the game with “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!” In the 2011-2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, Brown had 8 goals, 12 assists, 20 points and a plus minus of plus 16. These stats tied him for most in each category with teammate Anze Kopitar.

Melora Hardin best known for her role as Jan on NBC’s “The Office” will sing the national anthem and “God Bless America.”

The Veteran of the Game is Army Staff Sergeant Robert Lewis of Jacksonville, FL. Lewis served as Special Forces Medic and has been deployed twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. Lewis was awarded the Purple Heart and a Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal.

Friday is the 12th annual Strike OUT AIDS at Dodger Stadium presented by The Wall Las Memorias Project. The project constructed the only publicly funded AIDS Monument in the nation. The organization provides HIV prevention and testing services to the Los Angeles County residents. More information on the Wall Las Memorias Project can be obtained by emailing
State Farm Go To Bat program honoree St. Anne’s will be recognized on the field. Founded in 1908 as a 12-bed hospital for pregnant, unwed youth mothers, it has evolved into one of Southern California’s most highly regarded social service agencies. St Anne’s remains committed to providing targeted programs and support services that support their mission of helping at-risk young women, children and families in need, without regard to race or religion.

Dodger Mark Ellis will receive the American Legion Graduate of the Year Award on Friday.

The American Legion is the largest veterans’ organization in the world with 2.3 million veterans and has sponsored a youth baseball program since 1925.  Nearly half of all Major League players participated in Legion Baseball as a teenager and 55 members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame are alumnus of American Legion Baseball.

Awarded by The American Legion, the annual Graduate of the Year award is presented to the professional baseball player who played American Legion Baseball as a teenager, and who best exemplifies the principals and purposes of The American Legion – community service, leadership, sportsmanship, general good conduct, and integrity and playing ability.

Ellis is a 1995 graduate of Rapid City, SD, Stevens High School and was one of three players to reach the major leagues who played for the Rapid City Post 22 American Legion Baseball program. He was the starting shortstop for the 1993 Legion Baseball team which won the American Legion Baseball World Series title with a team record of 70-5 and also earned South Dakota American Legion Player of the Year honors in back-to-back years, 1994 and 1995.

Saturday, September 15 - 6:10 p.m

Nickelodeon will bring the iconic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Dodger Stadium on Saturday. The promotions will support Nickelodeon’s new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles CG-animated series set to premiere on September 29 at 11 a.m. on Nickelodeon.

Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo will be on hand to meet and greet fans in Autograph Alley when gates open, will present giveaways to lucky row prize winners and be on the field prior to the game.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will also join Sean Astin as he throws out the first pitch. Astin, an actor, writer, director, and producer of hit films Lord of the Rings, The Goonies, and Rudy, is the voice of red-masked Raphael in Nickelodeon’s new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series.
The Veteran of the Game is Army Sergeant Doc King from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. A third generation serviceman, he was awarded two Purple Hearts for injuries sustained in battle as a combat medic in Iraq.

More than 1,000 fans will be on hand from Jang Mu Won Hapkido, a martial arts organization that has six branch schools. They will be part of a pre-game demonstration on the field. More information on Jang Mu Won Hapkido can be found by visiting and

Sunday, September 16 - 1:10 p.m

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 Grammy-nominated and Latin Grammy winning band Los Amigos Invisibles and the Boogaloo Assassins. For more information, visit

Kellogg’s® Frosted Flakes® and the Dodgers will celebrate more than 140 years of Latino contributions to baseball with Hispanic Heritage Family Day. The first 30,000 fans will receive a Nomar Garciaparra booklet commemorating Hispanic contributions to Major League Baseball. Additionally, Kellogg’s will be showcasing a commercial documenting a clinic held by Nomar Garciaparra for under-privileged children and Tony the Tiger will be making an appearance at the Viva Los Dodgers pre-game festival to commemorate the day.

Skylar Laine will sing the national anthem and “God Bless America.” Laine was a popular country artist on Season 11 of “American Idol,” placing 5th overall.

Apolo Ohno and Karina Smirnoff, who are partners on ABC’s All-Star edition of “Dancing with the Stars,” will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Ohno is an 8-time Olympic medalist for short track speed skating.

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 Veteran of the Game is Navy 3rd Class Petty Officer PJ Walsh of New York. Walsh served as a Field Medic and Dental Technician at Camp Lejeune and was deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. While serving at the Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, he was the primary Dental Technician for the First Family and the Vice President’s family.

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 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 can be found by visiting

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Why don't the Dodgers honor the food service workers with 25+ yers of service?