The Los Angeles Dodgers will host game 1 of the NLDS at Dodger Stadium tomorrow at 3:37 p.m. against the St. Louis Cardinals (RHP Adam Wainwright vs. LHP Clayton Kershaw). All auto gates will open at 12:30 p.m. and stadium gates will open at 1:00 p.m. NLDS Game 1 is sold out. The first 50,000 fans in attendance will receive a blue rally towel presented by 76.
Hall of Fame Manager and Special Advisor to the Chairman Tommy Lasorda will throw the ceremonial first pitch tomorrow. Lasorda, who compiled a 1,599-1,439 record as Dodger manager, won two World Series titles (1981, 1988), four National League pennants (1977, 1978, 1981 and 1988) and eight division titles (1977, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1988, 1994 and 1995). Lasorda retired in 1996, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, 1997, and his uniform number was retired at Dodger Stadium that same year.
One hundred fifty members of the Armed Forces representing the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard will unfurl a giant flag in center field prior to the national anthem. Mother, daughter, sister, actress, dedicated philanthropist, NY Times best-selling author and five-time GRAMMY award winning artist Wynonna Judd will perform the national anthem.
From 1:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., Dodger alumni league member Al Ferrara will sign autographs in the right-field pavilion plaza and Alumni Leaguer Tim Leary will sign autographs in the left-field pavilion plaza. Pregame entertainment will also include face painters in the left-field pavilion plaza and musical entertainment in the right and left-field reserve plazas. Dodgers Radio KLAC AM 570’s Petros and Money show will broadcast live from the left-field pavilion plaza from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday’s game will be carried on FS1. All Dodger postseason games can be heard on Dodgers Radio KLAC AM 570 with Vin Scully, Rick Monday and Charley Steiner and in Spanish on Univision America KTNQ 1020 AM with Jaime Jarrín, Pepe Yñiguez and Fernando Valenzuela. The games also can be heard in Korean on Radio Korea AM 1540.
Dodger fans should plan to arrive early to avoid rush-hour traffic and alleviate congestion. Fans also are urged to carpool to Dodger Stadium or utilize one of the many alternative transportation services offered. Complete details can be found by visiting www.dodgers.com/express. For specific route and schedule information fans can visit www.metro.net or call 323.GO.METRO. The Dodger Express will begin shuttle service from the South Bay for postseason games to assist fans in their travel plans.
The Dodgers also are asking fans who have purchased postseason tickets to purchase their parking passes in advance online to assist in traffic flow and expedite movement through the auto gates. Purchasing parking in advance also guarantees parking onsite. The parking price for advance purchase is $10 and parking at the gate is $20 for the Division Series. The Dodgers also will offer premium parking in advance at $35 and for $50 at the gate for the Division Series. For further information on Dodger parking, visit www.dodgers.com/parking.
The Veteran of the Game presented by Bank of America is U.S. Army Colonel Matthew Ruedi. Ruedi is the 916th Support Brigade Commander at Fort Irwin National Training Center in San Bernardino County. He has served deployments to Kosovo and three deployments to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
October 2014 magazine cover a review of the 2014 regular season and a look ahead to the playoffs are featured in October’s Dodger Insider magazine, with reigning NL Player of the Month Matt Kemp on the cover. The issue also offers a feature on closer supreme Kenley Jansen, a recap of the progress of the Dodgers’ top minor-league prospects, inside-the-game and historical stories, photos, games for all ages and much more. 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 during the NLDS, 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.
All official postseason Dodger merchandise is available for sale throughout Dodger Stadium including on-field T-shirts, hats and hooded sweatshirts.
Levy Restaurants will offer an Extreme Loaded Dog, “Playoff Dog,” an all-beef hot dog on a Pretzel Roll topped with Pastrami, pickle spears and Oktoberfest mustard. It will be available at three Extreme Loaded Dog locations on the Field, Loge and Reserve levels. Levy Restaurants will offer two WOW! Items including a BBQ Beef Brisket Burger which features an one-third pound burger topped with American cheese, Think Blue BBQ beef brisket, Stout BBQ sauce and fried onions and pickles. The BBQ Beef Brisket Burger will be available at Elysian Park Grills on the Loge, Reserve and Top Deck levels and Field level Dodger Dog Stands at sections 22 and 23. Levy will also offer a WOW! Item, Think Blue BBQ “Grand Slam” Playoff Platter, which includes beef brisket, pulled pork, roasted corn, potato salad, coleslaw and corn bread. It is available at the Think Blue BBQ at the left-field pavilion plaza. A Gelato Ice Cream Sandwich, Lasorda’s gelato ice cream smashed between two chocolate chip cookies, will be available at Tommy Lasorda’s Trattoria located at the right-field pavilion plaza.
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 5:15 p.m. with more than 25 items up for bid, including a Vin Scully autographed baseball, Clayton Kershaw autographed photo and Yasiel Puig framed autographed LA Dodger jersey. 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.