Sunday, May 25, 2014

Reds Series Starts Tomorrow - Chan Ho Park to Sign Autographs, a Ryu Bobblehead and Other Stuff!

The next homestand starts tomorrow evening with the Cincinnati Reds, and several old-time Dodgers will be in the house to sign free autographs for fans.  Below are the scheduled autograph opportunities and other odds and ends for this upcoming homestand.

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Monday, May 26 at 5:10 PM

Tonight's game starts at 5:10 PM.  Auto gates open at 2:30 PM, and stadium gates open at 3:00 PM.  It is Memorial Day, and the Dodgers will wear specially-designed caps and jerseys featuring an authentic military digital camouflage design licensed from the United States Marine Corps in honor of Memorial Day.  See the Dodger cap on the right.  BTW, 100% of all net proceeds from the sale of these caps to fans go to Welcome Back Veterans (www.welcomebackveterans.org).


The first 40,000 fans through the gates on Monday will receive BBQ apron from the Dodgers.  Check it out on the left.

Memorial pre-game ceremonies will include flag unveiling in center field along with six stars representing each U.S. military branch, Marines, Navy, Army, Air Force and Coast Guard as well as Prisoners of War (POW). Wives of service members who died in service of our nation will officially begin the game with “It’s time for Dodger baseball!” and children of these families will be amongst the children who partake in Kids Take the Field Monday.  Former Dodger, Vietnam Veteran and Purple Heart recipient Roy Gleason will throw the first pitch.  The national anthem and “God Bless America” will be performed by U.S. Coast Guard MK2 Mike Dalager and the U.S. Army will provide the color guard.

  • The Veteran of the Game presented by Bank of America is U.S. Navy Quarterman (QM1) Luis Villegas. Villegas enlisted in 2004 and currently serves onboard the USS Essex. His deployments have been in support for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and his accolades include four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals. In honor Memorial Day, Bank of America will be presenting a special flag and display case to Villegas. Navy Veteran Sean Gass, who serves as Bank of America Vice President, Senior Financial Advisor at Bank of America- Merrill Lynch, will be on hand for the presentation.

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Tuesday, May 27th at 7:10 PM

Tonight's game starts at 7:10 PM.  Auto gates open at 4:30 PM, and stadium gates open at 5:00 PM.

It is Korea Night at Dodger Stadium.  The first 50,000 fans through the gates on Tuesday will receive a Hyun-Jin Ryu Bobblehead from the Dodgers.  See it on the right.

Dodgers legend Chan Ho Park will sign autographs for fans in the right field pavilion plaza starting at 5:30 PM.  He will also throw out the first pitch.  Korean pop star Yong-hwa Jung of CNBLUE  will sing the Korean national anthem, and the US national anthem will be sung by South Korean R&B singer Ali.

  • The Veteran of the Game presented by Bank of America is U.S. Army Sergeant Jose Martinez. Martinez enlisted in 1996 having always dreamed of being a soldier. He serves with the HHC 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division in Fort Wainwright, Arkansas. Martinez has served deployments three times in Iraq and most recently in Kandahar, Afghanistan and his accolades include multiple Army Commendation Medals and National Defense Service Medals.
  • 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 8:45 p.m. with more than 25 items up for bid, including a Clayton Kershaw autographed Baseball, Hyun-Jin Ryu autographed LA Dodgers jersey and a Yasiel Puig autographed photo. 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.
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Wednesday, May 28th at 7:10 PM

Tonight's game starts at 7:10 PM.  Auto gates open at 4:30 PM, and stadium gates open at 5:00 PM.

Rina Cervantes of Norwalk will perform the national anthem and one of Korea’s top superstars, singer and actress SUZY will throw the ceremonial first pitch.  Ryu is scheduled to catch for SUZY.  BTW, Ryu and SUZY co-starred on a Korean reality show called “Runningman” this past winter.  Watch an episode of the show with Ryu at the very bottom.

  • The Veteran of the Game presented by Bank of America is U.S. Air Force Senior Airman (SrA) Darien Barrett Foster. Foster enlisted in 2011 and currently serves with the 61st Medical Squadron as a dental technician. Foster is an active member of the L.A. Air Force Base Honor Guard and was recently honored as the 61 Air Base Group Airman of the Year.

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