WHAT: The Dodgers begin a five-game homestand with a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals tomorrow night, 7:10 p.m. (RHP Lance Lynn vs. LHP Chris Capuano). The fifth homestand of the season concludes Tuesday after a two-game series against the Angels. Following tomorrow night's game, all fans are invited down to the field for Friday Night Fireworks presented by Denny's.
The fifth edition of the Dodgers Playbill debuts with Dodger Hall of Fame Spanish-language broadcaster Jaime Jarrín on the cover. Inside is a feature on Jarrín and stories on Maury Wills' 2,000th hit, a recent Vision to Learn event and on Dodger minor leaguer Ryan Mount. Also included is information on upcoming promotions and ticket discounts. Fans receive Dodgers Playbill when they enter the Dodger Stadium parking gates.
For the series against St. Louis, Levy Restaurants is offering a special extreme loaded dog, the St. Louis BBQ dog will feature an all-beef hot dog topped with pulled pork and crispy onions. Extreme loaded dogs concession stands are located on the Loge and Reserve level.
Lil Jon, rapper, record producer, entrepreneur and international DJ who was a member of the group Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz, will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Lil Jon will also announce the Dodgers' starting lineup.
It is YMCA Night at Dodger Stadium. Several local YMCAs will be on hand.
Tomorrow's Veteran of the Game is from Glendale. There is a special surprise element to this recognition. Please contact the Dodgers' PR department for details.
Tomorrow, U.S. Army Specialist Tyler Jeffries will officially start the game with "It's Time for Dodger Baseball!" Jeffries was deployed to Afghanistan in April 2012 and spent six months overseas until he was severely injured on a clearing mission in October 2012. Jeffries lost both of his legs and is undergoing vigorous physical and occupational therapy at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington D.C. He is currently in Los Angeles to meet his new Red Cross service dog and service dog trainer, Brandon McMillan, who has been preparing Jeffries' new dog to be of service to him.
Tomorrow, A.J. Ellis and Brandon League will host a total of 500 guests from Vision to Learn, including kids who received eye glasses through the charity and their families. The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation recently partnered with Vision To Learn, a non-profit organization that provides free eye exams and free glasses to elementary students in low-income communities throughout Los Angeles, and held a launch event on May 13 at Dorris Place Elementary School, where Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti, Ellis and League joined the charity's founder, Austin Buetner, to distribute glasses to students. The youngsters will be recognized on the field as part of pregame ceremonies. The Vision to Learn Mobile Eye Exam vehicle will be in lot F.
On Saturday, the Dodgers face the Cardinals at 4:10 p.m (LHP John Gast vs. LHP Ted Lilly). It is Jaime Jarrín Bobblehead Night presented by Time Warner Cable. Auto and stadium gates open early at 1:45 p.m. The first 50,000 fans in attendance will receive the first-ever Dodger Stadium bobblehead of Jarrín. The first 20,000 fans will receive a Universal Studios coupon for a free kids' ticket with a purchase of an adult ticket.
The Hall of Fame Dodger broadcaster and "the Spanish Voice of the Dodgers" is in his 55th season at the helm of the Dodgers' Spanish-language radio broadcast on Univision Radio KTNQ 1020 AM. A native of Ecuador, Jarrín began his professional baseball broadcasting career in 1959 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the same year the club won the World Series, the first in Los Angeles franchise history.
He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998 as the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award. During his unprecedented Spanish-language broadcasting career, he has called three perfect games, 16 no-hitters, 26 World Series and 21 All-Star Games. Jarrín called the Dodgers' World Championships in 1959, '63, '65, '81 and '88. Since broadcasting his first game on April 14, 1959, Jarrín has called countless iconic moments in Los Angeles Dodger history.
Saturday's Veteran of the Game is U.S. Army Master Sergeant Bobby Farmer of Bluefield, West Virginia. Farmer enlisted in 1992, took Special Forces training and was assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group. Farmer was an engineer with Operational Detachment Alpha 391. He has served in Kosovo, Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan on several deployments. He is currently undergoing treatment for injuries he sustained from an improvised explosive device. His accolades include the Bronze Star for Valor, the Army Commendation for Valor and the Purple Heart.
It is Viva Los Dodgers and MLB Network drawstring bag giveaway day on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. (RHP Shelby Miller vs. LHP Clayton Kershaw). The first 40,000 fans in attendance this Sunday will receive a MLB Network drawstring bag.
Viva Los Dodgers presented by Chevrolet, State Farm and Time Warner Cable, pregame family-friendly festival, begins at 11:10 a.m. in Lot 6. Live music will feature Grammy-nominated Latin pop fusion band and Viva Los Dodgers Day alumni La Santa Cecilia and Jungle Fire, an afro-latin funk band with roots stemming deep in LA's funk scene. La Santa Cecilia consists of accordionist Jose Carlos, bassist Alex Bendana, percussionist Miguel Ramirez and lead vocalists La Marisol. The band is currently on US tour with Jesse & Joy and their latest album Treinta Dias features the single "El Hielo (ICE)" with Elvis Costello. Dodger alumnus Bobby Castillo will sign autographs from 11:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Adrian Gonzalez's Viva Los Dodgers will host families from the Southeast Rio Vista YMCA, an organization dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility in Southeast LA. Gonzalez and wife Betsy will host families on Viva Los Dodgers Day throughout the season. Adrian Gonzalez's Viva Los Dodgers Days provides all-inclusive All-You-Can-Eat Right Field Pavilion tickets and parking for families in greater Los Angeles by partnering with various non-profit organizations.
At each Viva Los Dodgers, the Dodgers recognize outstanding leadership and service in the Latino and greater Los Angeles community with the "Heroe de la Comunidad" award. This Sunday's recipient is Executive Director of the Weingart East LA YMCA and Southeast Rio Vista YMCA Victor Dominguez.
Cedric the Entertainer, actor, comedian and director best known as the co-star of "The Steve Harvey Show," as Eddie in the Barbershop films, and as one of the four comedians featured in the Spike Lee film "The Original Kings of Comedy," will throw the ceremonial first pitch. He will also announce the Dodgers' starting lineup and officially start the game with "It's time for Dodger baseball!"
Genesis Rodríguez who plays Marisol in Universal's latest comedy, "Identity Thief," will throw an honorary first pitch.
NFL Network "Thursday Night Football" and "Game Day Morning" host Rich Eisen will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Eisen also has a podcast that can be downloaded on iTunes.
In a continued effort to offer additional family-friendly entertainment at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers will offer additional musical entertainment in the Reserve level plazas located on the first and third base sides. Latin Grammy-nominated Trio Ellas and British singer and songwriter Desi Valentine will provide live entertainment.
Sunday's Veteran of the Game is U.S. Army and Air Force Staff Sergeant Nick Domigo of Bicknell, Indiana. Domigo enlisted in 1942 and served as a Military Police Officer with the Air Force, the 777th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion and the 80th Air Base Group and as battalion cook. Domigo served in in both World War II and the Korean War. Domigo has been a Dodger fan since the club played in Brooklyn.
It is the last Little League Parade of the season. The Dodgers have hosted youth baseball teams from throughout Southern California for decades. Each season, thousands of youth baseball and softball players and their families visit Dodger Stadium. Little League parades around the warning track include several hundred youngsters and occur prior to games on select Sundays during homestands.
Tickets for games Friday through Sunday against St. Louis can be purchased by visiting www.dodgers.com/tickets or by calling 866-DODGERS.
Friday, May 24 7:10 p.m.
Saturday, May 25 4:10 p.m.
Auto and stadium gates open early 1:45 p.m.
Sunday, May 26 1:10 p.m.
Viva Los Dodgers 11:10 a.m.
WHERE: Dodger Stadium
MISC: The Dodgers have launched a new 10-game summer mini plan that includes games against the Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs and Giants, as well as weekend games and Friday Night Fireworks. Complete details can be found by visiting www.dodgers.com/miniplans.
For the fourth consecutive year, LA Metro is offering the Dodger Stadium Express bus service. Dodger game day tickets are honored as payment to ride the bus service and the shuttle operates 90 minutes before the game and 45 minutes after the game. Fans are encouraged to use the many transportation alternatives that serve Union Station and that will connect them to the new Dodger Stadium Express. For specific route and schedule information, fans can visit www.metro.net or call 323.GO.METRO.
This year's All-Star game ballots are now available throughout the stadium and fans are encouraged to vote for their favorite Dodgers in stadium and online at www.mlb.com/vote. Baseball fans can cast their vote up to 25 times online and can also cast an extra 10 ballots by connecting to their mlb.com account. The game will be held on July 16 at Citi Field in New York. The Dodgers on the 2013 ballot are Adrian Gonzalez (1B), Mark Ellis (2B), Hanley Ramirez (SS), Luis Cruz (3B), Carl Crawford (LF), Matt Kemp (CF), Andre Ethier (RF) and A.J. Ellis (C).
Dodger season ticket options offer one of the best values in Los Angeles and all of sports with season tickets starting at $6 per ticket. Mini plans start at $11 per ticket. More information on season tickets can be found by visiting www.dodgers.com/seasontickets.