Opening Day at Dodger Stadium couldn't come any sooner. This years 50th anniversary of Dodger Stadium is marked by the commemoration of the first Dodger team to play there. The 1962 Dodgers won 101 games that year, but lost a three game playoff against the Giants whom they tied at the end of the season. Maury Will was voted the league MVP and Tommy Davis was the batting champion. Below are some of the highlights for later today. Festivities begin at 12:15 PM.
- Larry Burright, Tommy Davis, Tim Harkness, Ken McMullen, Wally Moon, Ron Perranoski, Pete Richert, Ed Roebuck, Norm Sherry, Daryl Spencer, Stan Williams and Maury Wills of the team will be on hand for pre-game festivities.
- Vin Scully, Jaime Jarrin and Nancy Bea Hefley will be honored.
- Opening Day’s veteran of the game is Marine Sergeant Eric Rodriguez of Los Angeles, who has been deployed overseas eight times and was severely injured while in Afghanistan last year.
- The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Terry Seidler, whose mother Kay O’Malley threw out the first-ever pitch at Dodger Stadium in 1962.
- F-18's from Naval Air Station Lemoore flown by WARHAWK pilots of VA-97 will do a fly over, and be introduced on the field during the seventh inning stretch.
- The Beach Boys will play some songs and sing the National Anthem.
- Drew Drysdale, Don Drysdale’s daughter, will perform “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch.
All fans in attendance will receive Opening Day Magnet Schedules when entering the game. The Dodgers Playbill this homestand features the 1962 Dodgers on the cover and includes a look back at Opening Day 1962. Fans receive the playbill upon entering the Dodger Stadium parking lots.
The parking lot and stadium gates open at 10:00 AM. Stadium Express bus service from Union Station in downtown Los Angeles to Dodger Stadium starts at 9:45 AM. Tailgating will be allowed, but LAPD will be on hand to enforce public intoxication and drinking policies. Did you read that... TAILGATING WILL BE ALLOWED! It said so on the @Dodgers twitter.
Four new hot dogs will be available at the Extreme Loaded Dog Stand that is on the Loge Level, Sec. 135. In order to access this area you need to have LOGE LEVEL tickets or bring your MVP card (a Season Ticket holder special pass). From left to right: Big Kid Dog (Mac 'n cheese with Fritos); Doyer Dog (Nacho cheese, jalapenos, chopped tomatoes and onions); Frito Pie, The Heater (Buffalo wing sauce and blue cheese cole slaw); and Tailgate Dog (not sure what that is).
The Big Kid Dog looks especially delicious. My arteries are clogging up by just staring at it. My mind is screaming, "get in my belly!"
Available in the stands will be the:
- 2012 Edition of the Los Angeles Dodgers Yearbook.
- Dodgers Playbill this homestand features the 1962 Dodgers on the cover and includes a look back at Opening Day 1962. Fans receive the playbill upon entering the Dodger Stadium parking lots.
- Dodgers Magazine featuring a special gatefold cover with a photo from Opening Day at Dodger Stadium in 1962. The April magazine features NL Cy Young Award winner and Opening Day starter Clayton Kershaw on the cover. Inside the April magazine are a story about Kershaw and his trip to Zambia this offseason, features on Dodger players and a look at Maury Wills’ and Don Drysdale’s award-winning 1962 seasons. Fans can purchase Dodgers Magazine at merchandise stands throughout the stadium.