CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH: Bret Saberhagen, who was the MVP of the 1985 World Series, will throw out tonight's ceremonial first pitch. Saberhagen delivered a complete-game shutout performance in the decisive Game Seven of the 1985 Fall Classic to clinch the organization's first championship.
GAME BALL DELIVERY: Jazmen Fowler, 17, from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lawrence (Kansas), will deliver tonight's official game ball to the mound with Royals Hall of Famer and member of the 1985 World Series Champion Royals Mark Gubicza.
GAME SEVEN PERFORMANCES: Joyce DiDonato will perform the National Anthem prior to Game Seven. Winner of the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo, Kansas-born DiDonato entrances audiences and critics alike across the globe, soaring to international prominence in operas by Rossini, Handel and Mozart and as a fierce arts advocate. DiDonato's acclaimed discography includes Grammy-Award-winning Diva Divo, Drama Queens, ReJoyce!, and most recently Stella di Napoli (Erato/Warner Classics). Other prizes include a Gramophone Award (Artist of the Year), a place in the Gramophone Hall of Fame, and a German Echo Klassik Award (Female Singer of the Year). Recent engagements include the Last Night of the BBC Proms, the title role of Maria Stuarda (Covent Garden; Metropolitan Opera), Elena La donna del lago (Covent Garden; Santa Fe), the title role of Cendrillon (Barcelona), Sesto La Clemenza di Tito (Chicago), and Angelina La Cenerentola (Metropolitan Opera). Much in demand on the concert and recital circuit, DiDonato holds residencies this season at both the Carnegie Hall, New York and the Barbican Centre, London.
Singing "God Bless America" before the bottom of the 7th inning will be Master Sergeant Jennifer Sherman from Whiteman Air Force base.
BUCK O'NEIL LEGACY SEAT: Kansas City, Missouri, Police Officer James Cisneros spreads his love of baseball to youth across the community, especially in the neighborhoods of the East Patrol Division. He often heads to early morning baseball games after an overnight shift to coach the 11-under "KC Premier Sluggers," inspiring the boys to be great citizens on and off the field. Officer Cisneros is from a police family, a father of four, and works off-duty security at Kauffman Stadium throughout the season. He also mentors at-risk students from De LaSalle Charter High School and volunteers as a coach at William Jewell College.
BUDWEISER OUR HERO SEAT: Sergeant First Class Dominic Baruelo joined the United States Army immediately after high school at the age of 17, and served as the senior supply sergeant with the 325th Combat Support Hospital in Independence, Missouri. In 2002, Sergeant Baruelo deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and again in 2003 for Operation Iraqi Freedom. He and his men were constantly on dangerous roadways, charged with protecting all convoys going in and out of Iraq. Sergeant Baruelo is a highly-decorated native of Russell, Kansas, and has received many awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal twice, the Army Commendation Medal six times, the Army Achievement Medal four times and a Good Conduct Medal four times.