First-place Dodgers return home on Friday

LOS ANGELES – The Dodgers begin their fifth homestand of the season tomorrow as they take on the Houston Astros (Friday, May 25 – Sunday, May 27) and the Milwaukee Brewers (Monday, May 28 – Thursday, May 31). This homestand features Memorial Day $1 Dodger Dogs courtesy of Farmer John Monday, May 28 and “The Infield” bobblehead presented by State Farm Tuesday, May 29.

 

Tickets to all Dodger home games are available at www.dodgers.com/tickets and a complete list of the season's giveaways is available at www.dodgers.com/promotions.

 

Friday, May 25 vs. Houston Astros – 7:10 p.m.

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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.

 

Dodger alumnus Lee Lacy will be in Autograph Alley signing for fans from 5:10 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

 

X Games Gold Medalist and Street League professional skateboarder Nyjah Houston 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 vs. Houston Astros – 7:10 p.m.

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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 www.dodgers.com/barkinthepark.

 

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 vs. Houston Astros – 1:10 p.m.

 

Description: Description: Viva Los DodgersIt 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 www.dodgers.com/viva.

 

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 www.dodgers.com/jrdodgers. 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.

 

Monday, May 28 vs. Milwaukee Brewers – 5:10 p.m.

 

Description: Description: C:\Users\YvonneC\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.Outlook\HB3A7U4D\LAD_11-dollar-dodger-dogs.jpgMonday is Memorial Day at Dodger Stadium featuring $1 Dodger Dogs courtesy of Farmer John.

 

Major League Baseball unveiled the 2012 Stars & Stripes caps, which will be worn by all clubs including the Dodgers on Memorial Day (May 28) and Independence Day weekend (July 4) as part of Major League Baseball’s fifth consecutive year of national fundraising and awareness initiatives for Welcome Back Veterans, a program which addresses the needs of returning American Veterans and their families. With the support of Major League Baseball and its clubs, Welcome Back Veterans since 2008 has awarded more than $11 million in grants to more than 30 non-profit agencies across the country targeting veterans’ greatest needs.

 

This year, the caps will remain in each team’s official color, but a digital camouflage appliqué will fill the logo on the front of the cap. These MLB Authentic Collection caps, produced by New Era, are available for sale to the public at MLB.com. MLB Properties, Inc. and MLB.com each will donate all of their respective net proceeds received from the sale of the caps to Welcome Back Veterans.

 

Welcome Back Veterans is an MLB Charities initiative in partnership with the McCormick Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation. The program is supported by Major League Baseball Advanced Media and MLB Network. Additional information on Welcome Back Veterans can be found at www.WelcomeBackVeterans.org.

 

The national anthem and “God Bless America” will be performed by United States Air Force Reserve

Staff Sergeant DeJon Fruga from March Air Reserve Base. A Joint Services Color Guard will accompany the national anthem performance. United States Marine Corps Sergeant Michael Mejia will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. A United States Marine since 2003, Mejia served two deployments in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. Making a full recovery after stepping on an improvised explosive device (IED) in combat operations, Mejia spent seven months in the hospital in recovery and is now back on full duty as platoon Sergeant.

 

The Veteran of the Game is United States Army Sergeant Luis Garcia of Orange, CA. Garcia enlisted in 2005, served two tours in Iraq and earned the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon, among other accolades.

 

United States Marine Corps Corporal Ernest Aleman, United States Lance Corporal Nathaniel Boldt and United States Marine Corps Sergeant Christopher Johnson of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) in Twentynine Palms will start Monday’s game with “It’s Time for Dodger baseball!” Aleman, of South Gate, joined the Marine Corps in 2008 and deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Boldt, of Orchard Park, NY, joined the Marine Corps in 2008 and deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Johnson of Walnut Ridge, AR, joined the Marine Corps in 2002 and deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

 

Four pre-selected youngsters of military families will participate in Kids Take the Field prior to Monday’s game.

 

Tuesday, May 29 vs. Milwaukee Brewers – 7:10 p.m.

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The record-setting Dodger infield of Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell and Ron Cey that played together from 1973-81 is reunited for the third bobblehead in the Dodger Stadium Greats Bobblehead series Tuesday. The group combined for 21 All-Star appearances during their time together, leading the Dodgers to four National League pennants and a World Series championship in 1981. This is the first Dodger Stadium bobblehead for Lopes and Russell and the second for Garvey and Cey. Fans with the first 50,000 valid tickets will receive “The Infield” bobblehead presented by State Farm.

 

“The Infield”Garvey, Lopes, Russell and Cey – will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and start Tuesday’s game with “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball.” Lowell Bassett, who has performed the national anthem each season for the past 37 years, will perform the national anthem and “God Bless America.”

 

The Veteran of the Game is United States Army Staff Sergeant Samantha Sanchez, a 12-year veteran of the US Army Reserve and California Army National Guard, of Benicia, CA, who has served several deployments including to Iraq.

 

Dodger alumnus “Sweet” Lou Johnson will be in autograph alley signing for fans from 5:10 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

 

Wednesday, May 30 vs. Milwaukee Brewers – 7:10 p.m.

 

Dodger first baseman James Loney will host a group from the Muscular Dystrophy Association prior to Wednesday’s game as part of Loney’s Lounge. Participants receive a program T-shirt, meal voucher courtesy of Coca-Cola and a meet and greet on the field during batting practice with Loney.

 

The 2012 MLB Breaking Barriers Dodgers’ contest winner Trinity Harper, a 5th grader from Morgan Kincaid Preparatory School in Victorville, and her teacher, Michelle Diggs, will be recognized on the field as part of pre-game ceremonies Wednesday.

 

The 2012 MLB Breaking Barriers national and club winners have been selected from nearly 6,000 entries. Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life was developed by Major League Baseball, Sharon Robinson and Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company. The Breaking Barriers essay contest asks students in grades four through nine to submit an essay about barriers or obstacles they have faced or are still facing in their lives, and how they overcame those obstacles using one or more of the values demonstrated by Jackie Robinson: commitment, citizenship, courage, determination, excellence, justice, persistence, teamwork and integrity. Since its inception in 1997, Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life has reached more than 22 million children and 2.9 million educators in the continental United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

 

World Boxing Hall of Famer Freddie Roach will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Roach is a boxing trainer and a former professional boxer. One of the most well-known boxing trainers in the world, having been voted Trainer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America in 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010, Roach is currently the boxing coach of eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, former world champion Amir Khan and current WBC Middleweight Champion Julio César Chávez, Jr., just to name a few.

 

Following the first pitch, Roach will 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 of Wednesday’s game.

 

“American Idol” alumnus and current “American Idol” correspondent Didi Benami will sing the national anthem and “God Bless America.”

 

Thursday, May 31 vs. Milwaukee Brewers – 7:10 p.m.

 

Dodger Jerry Hairston Jr. will launch his community program, Hairston’s Heroes, before Thursday’s game. Throughout the season, Hairston will host youngsters from local Boys and Girls Clubs. Thursday’s group is visiting from the Boys and Girls Club of San Fernando Valley. The kids will receive a T-shirt, meal voucher courtesy of Coca-Cola and a meet and greet on the field during batting practice with Hairston.

 

Gossip mogul Perez Hilton’s boy band IM5 will perform the national anthem and “God Bless America.” The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by MTV series “Teen Wolf” star Tyler Hoechlin.