LOS ANGELES -- Nomar Garciaparra, his wife, Mia Hamm, and his twin daughters hosted the first ever "Carne Asada Sunday" at Dodger Stadium after Sunday afternoon's game against the Blue Jays. Garciaparra posed for photos, sang along with the Mariachi band and greeted his most loyal fans during the event. "This is something I did, I remember as a family on Sundays. We would get together, have carne asada and listen to Mariachi music," Garciaparra. "I thought, you know, what a great thing. Come out to Dodger Stadium, have a chance to relax and hang out with the people"
The special event, which benefits the Dodgers Dream Foundation, took place on the Loge Terrace. The 250 fans in attendance received an autographed photo of the hometown hero and were able to meet and talk to Garciaparra and his wife. "This is fantastic. I mean, you couldn't talk about two more gracious hosts than Nomar and Mia," said Gene Bedmarchik, who attended the event with his daughter. "My daughter got a photo and an autograph from Mia and Nomar. This is great for the fans." All the fans were treated to a carne asada meal, courtesy of Cacique, and live mariachi music from Mariachi Guadalajara Grill of Baldwin Park. The event, which cost $50 and was sold out, raised $10,000 for the DDF and there are plans for future "Carne Asada Sundays" this season. "This was Nomar's idea. He wanted all his diehard fans to come out and join him," said David Brennan, the team's community affairs manager. "This is the first time we've done this, and it's awesome." The DDF was founded in 1998, and its main initiative is the Dream Fields program, which is a partnership between the Dodgers and the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. The program has fielded seven Dream Fields in the city and an eighth is currently in progress for a Playa Vista Little League. The foundation hosts several fundraising events each year, including the DDF Message Board, Community Wall of Fame and silent auctions. In addition, the program also sponsors Lowe's Bowling Extravaganza and the Charity Golf Invitational. "On Sunday's you get together with the family at the park and you barbeque and cook carne asada outside," Garciaparra said. "The great thing is we get to raise money, too."
Jayson Addcox is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.