Dodgers to honor Lima on Sunday

Dodgers to honor Lima on Sunday

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers will celebrate the life of the late Jose Lima at Dodger Stadium on Sunday during one of the team's Viva Los Dodgers days, prior to a 1:10 p.m. PT game with the Braves.

Lima, a 13-year pitcher in the big leagues who led the Dodgers to the playoffs in 2004, passed away at 37 on May 23 and was honored this past weekend in his hometown of Santiago in the Dominican Republic.

Lima, a musician as well as a ballplayer, had performed on a Viva Los Dodgers day in 2004 and was planning to again this season. Lima's longtime friend and the bandleader of L.A.'s Conjunto Amistad, Johnny Polanco will perform a set on Sunday, followed by Estrellas de Tuzantla. Polanco has performed with notable musicians, ranging from Prince to Tito Puente Jr.

Several of Lima's friends and family members will recount stories of his life while fans will be encouraged to sign a book of memories for his family.

Before the game, a rendition of the national anthem and "God Bless America" that Lima performed in 2004 will be shown on DodgerVision. There will be an in-game video tribute to the animated right-hander, and Lima's son, Jose Jr., is expected to throw out the first pitch.

Viva Los Dodgers days, presented by State Farm, take place every Sunday of a Dodgers homestand in Lot 6. Auto gates open at 11 a.m., Estrellas de Tuzantla will perform at 11:15 a.m., and Johnny Polanco and Conjunto Amistad will take the stage at 12:15 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advanced at or or by telephone at 1-866-DODGERS.