LOS ANGELES - Four-year-old Ella Mason Annear, who has battled cancer for the past two years, and Hall of Fame Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda have been named to throw honorary first pitches for games one and two of the National League Division Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets.
Annear, who also goes by "Ella The Great," is the daughter of Dodgers Vice-President of Merchandising and Retail Allister Annear and his wife, Amanda. Ella will do the honors on Friday night prior to the 6:45 p.m. game.
Ella was diagnosed with Heptoblastoma and a lung tumor seven months ago. After surgery on April 20 and seven rounds of chemotherapy, the youngster was cleared of cancer and pronounced NED (no visible disease). Ella has a website, where fans can check her journey--http://ella-the-great.tumblr.com.
Lasorda will get the call on Saturday prior to the 6:05 p.m. start of game two. The Hall of Fame skipper, who is the special advisor to the chairman, is baseball's greatest ambassador. Lasorda is currently in his 66th season in the Dodger organization. He managed the club for 20 seasons before retiring to the front office in 1996. Lasorda won two world championships, four National League pennants and eight division titles. He recently celebrated his 88th birthday.
Dodger fans are urged to arrive early to avoid rush hour traffic and alleviate congestion. Fans also are urged to carpool to Dodger Stadium or enjoy one of the many alternative transportation services offered.
The Dodgers are also adding a number of pregame activities to add to the fan experience.
For specific route and schedule information, fans can visit www.metro.net/dodgers or call 323.GO.METRO.
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