LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers are continuing their "Viva Los Dodgers" initiative, which celebrates Los Angeles' Latino culture and the legacy of Latin American players past and present with family-friendly events before Sunday home games.
Shortstop Hanley Ramirez will make an appearance on Sunday at the first "Viva Los Dodgers" event, as the organization recognizes the 2013 World Baseball Classic champion Dominican Republic. Ramirez played for the squad, but tore a ligament in his right thumb during the tournament.
Ramirez said he's itching to get back on the field and will be out of his cast in less than two weeks. The three-time All-Star said he's proud to be a part of the Dodgers tradition.
"It's unbelievable," Ramirez said Friday. "Coming from the Dominican, the Dodgers down there are really big, doing this stuff and helping the community and helping a lot of people down there. For me, to be a part of this team is something that I'm always going to be proud of. My whole family always watches this team from the Dominican."
Sunday's pregame festivities begin at 11:10 a.m. PT and will feature musical entertainment from Yari More y su Orquesta. Dodgers coach Manny Mota will join Ramirez on stage at noon. Mota will sign autographs for fans. Admission is free with a ticket to Sunday's series finale against the Pirates.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter and Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.