LOS ANGELES – The Dodgers begin their ninth homestand of the 2012 season as they take on the Arizona Diamondbacks (Monday, July 30 – Wednesday, August 1), Chicago Cubs (Friday, August 3 – Sunday, August 5) and Colorado Rockies (Monday, August 6 – Wednesday, August 8). This homestand features Kirk Gibson Bobblehead Night presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino Tuesday, July 31, Snapback Cap presented by Wonderful Pistachios Sunday, August 5 and Sandy Koufax Bobblehead Night presented by Time Warner Cable Tuesday, August 7.
Tickets to all Dodger home games are available at www.dodgers.com/tickets and a complete list of the season’s giveaways is available at www.dodgers.com/promotions.
A limited number of season-ticket plans with full postseason rights remain available for purchase now through the end of July. Season ticket options, one of the best values in Los Angeles and all of sports, include seats in between the bases for just $10 each. Fans can purchase 2012 season ticket plans and secure postseason rights through Tuesday, July 31 by visiting www.dodgers.com/seasontickets or by calling (323) 224-1365. The Dodgers are also holding one final Open House this Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. where fans can explore season seat options.
Monday, July 30 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks – 7:10 p.m.
Monday is the inaugural Galaxy Night at Dodger Stadium celebrating the reigning MLS champion Los Angeles Galaxy.
Dodger fans can purchase a ticket package for $33 that includes a seat in the Coca-Cola All-You-Can-Eat-Pavilion and a limited edition picture autographed by Galaxy and US Soccer star Landon Donovan. Tickets in the Coca-Cola All-You-Can-Eat-Pavilion feature unlimited Dodger dogs, nachos, popcorn, peanuts, Coca-Cola products and water. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting www.dodgers.com/galaxy.
Galaxy players Sean Franklin, AJ DeLaGarza, Bryan Jordan, Hector Jimenez, David Junior Lopes, Rafael Garcia, Dan Keat, Juninho, Marcelo Sarvas, Mike Stephens and Kenny Walker will be on hand for photo opportunities and autographs along with the MLS Cup in autograph alley from 5:20 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. Galaxy players will then throw the ceremonial first pitch.
The eighth edition of Dodgers Playbill features Dodger Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully and Dodger greats Sandy Koufax and Fernando Valenzuela. Inside the playbill, which is distributed free to fans when they enter Dodger Stadium parking gates, are ticket specials, promotional information and more.
There will be an on field recognition of the Congressional Student Art Competition for the 31st Congressional Art Contest winners. Additionally, Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles) will be presenting the Dodgers a copy of the Congressional Record honoring Dodger Stadium’s 50th Anniversary.
Nickelodeon star Max Schneider will sing the national anthem and “God Bless America.”
The Veteran of the Game is U.S. Army Corporal Wesley Leon-Barrientos of Bakersfield. Leon-Barrientos has served in multiple deployments to Iraq and is the recipient of three Purple Hearts, five Army Commendation Medals and two Army Good Conduct Medals.
The Dodgers’ Digital Series continues with a night for Los Angeles’ bloggers and influencers who will receive a behind-the-scenes and VIP United Club Suites experience at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers’ Digital series is a social media experience that aims to engage fans online, in-stadium and at home. Fans can apply for the Dodgers’ Digital Series by visiting http://bitly.com/dodgerds.
Tuesday, July 31 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks – 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday is Kirk Gibson Bobblehead Night presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino. The seventh bobblehead in the Dodger Stadium Greats Bobblehead series highlights Gibson’s iconic fist-pumping celebration after his walk-off home run in game one of the 1988 World Series. Fans with the first 50,000 tickets will receive the Gibson bobblehead.
Former Dodger catcher and 1981 World Series MVP Steve Yeager will sign autographs for fans in autograph alley from 5:10 p.m. to 6:20 p.m.
The Veteran of the Game is US Army Staff Sergeant David Fimbres of Bakersfield. Fimbres has served in multiple deployments in Iraq and is preparing for an upcoming deployment in Afghanistan.
The Dodgers’ Digital Series continues with a night for fitness bloggers and influencers who will receive a behind-the-scenes and VIP United Club Suites experience at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers’ Digital series is a social media experience that aims to engage fans online, in-stadium and at home. Fans can apply for the Dodgers’ Digital Series by visiting http://bitly.com/dodgerds.
Wednesday, August 1 vs. Arizona Diamonbacks – 7:10 p.m.
Former Dodger catcher, 1981 World Series MVP and current Dodger catching instructor Steve Yeager will throw the ceremonial first pitch in celebration of the 40th anniversary of his Major League debut with the Dodgers.
Yeager made his Major League debut on Aug. 2, 1972 as the starting catcher for Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton and the Dodgers against the San Francisco Giants. He recorded the first hit of his career that day with an RBI single in the sixth inning and scored two runs in the Dodgers’ 12-11 win, which was punctuated by Bill Russell’s walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth.
Former NFL player, comedian and actor Terry Crews will throw the honorary first pitch.
The Veteran of the Game is retired US Air Force Crew Chief Susan Lee of Lancaster. Lee was one of the first female F-4 Crew Chiefs on the east coast.
It is Camp Day at Dodger Stadium. More than 4,500 campers will attend the game.
Thursday, August 2 Clayton’s Texas BBQ and Hoedown at Dodger Stadium 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m
Dodger pitcher Clayton Kershaw and his wife, Ellen, will host Clayton’s Texas BBQ and Hoedown at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, August 2 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Kershaw will be joined by several teammates at Clayton’s Texas BBQ and Hoedown and the event will include a concert by Grammy-nominated recording artist Pat Green.
The event features family-friendly hoedown activities, silent auction, live auction and raffle, line dancing and entertainment and a Texas-style BBQ and hosted bar. Fastball tickets that include access to the concert, activities and BBQ dinner are $250 per ticket. A VIP reception that will include Kershaw and his teammates is planned from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. VIP tickets that include access to the reception as well as a Fastball ticket are $500 each. Several sponsorship levels are available and all proceeds benefit Kershaw’s Challenge. Tickets to Clayton’s Texas BBQ and Hoedown at Dodger Stadium on August 2 are on sale at www.dodgers.com/BBQ.
Friday, August 3 vs. Chicago Cubs – 7:10 p.m.
The Dodgers will present the first ever Star Trek Night. The night will celebrate the Blu-ray debut of popular sci-fi favorite STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – SEASON ONE. The series marks its 25th anniversary in 2012, and continues to enthrall fans with its exciting and socially relevant tales of space exploration in the 24th century.
As part of Star Trek Night, William Shatner, who originated the role of “Captain James T. Kirk” in the television series starting in 1966, will throw the ceremonial first pitch. The series spawned a feature film franchise where Shatner returned as Captain Kirk in seven of the Star Trek movies, one of which he directed. Shatner has cultivated a career spanning more than 50 years as an award-winning actor, director, producer, writer, recording artist, and horseman. He is one of Hollywood’s most recognizable figures and a major philanthropist.
Dodger fans can join fellow “Trekkers” at Star Trek Night by purchasing a ticket package for $33 that includes a seat in the Coca-Cola All-You-Can-Eat-Pavilion and a limited edition Dodger and Star Trek-themed T-shirt. Tickets in the Coca-Cola All-You-Can-Eat-Pavilion feature unlimited Dodger dogs, nachos, popcorn, peanuts, Coca-Cola products and water.
Fans are encouraged to dress in their favorite Star Trek costumes, and Friday Night Fireworks will be set to Star Trek-themed music. At the conclusion of the game, fans are invited to go on the field to watch Friday Night Fireworks.
Fans can purchase tickets to Star Trek Night by visiting www.dodgers.com/startrek or by calling 866-DODGERS.
Prior to Friday’s game, James Loney will play host to a group from the ALS Association as part of the Loney’s Lounge community program. Each participant will receive a program T-shirt, meal voucher courtesy of Coca-Cola and will get to meet Loney on the field during batting practice.
Dodger alumnus Al “The Bull” Ferrara will be in autograph alley signing for fans from 5:10 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Wichita, Kansas native Chris Mann will sing the national anthem and “God Bless America.” Mann placed fourth on season two of “The Voice” and was shepherded by Christina Aguilera.
The Veteran of the Game is retired US Army Captain John Farmer of Portland, Oregon. Farmer has been stationed throughout the world, served in Baghdad and most recently in Afghanistan.
Also as part of pregame ceremonies, 20 Japanese middle and high school students and 4 teachers from the Miyagi prefecture devastated by the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011 will be visiting and receive an on field introduction as part of the TOMODACHI-MUFG International Exchange Program. They will also tour the stadium and will bring a fishermen’s big-catch banner as an appreciation gift for the Dodgers which they will also present on the field. TOMODACHI (www.usjapantomodachi.com) is led by the US Government and the U.S.-Japan Council, a tax-exempt non-profit organization, and is supported by the Government of Japan, corporations, organizations and individuals from the United States and Japan.
The August edition of Dodgers Magazine debuts featuring Dodger All-Stars Clayton Kershaw and Matt Kemp on the cover. The issue includes a feature on their experience at the Midsummer Classic and a rundown on Dodger minor leaguer Chris Reed’s experience pitching in the Futures Game. Other features include a look at how past generations have influenced Dodgers, starting pitchers and their between-starts routines, a look at Jerry Hairston Jr. and write-ups on Vin Scully, Sandy Koufax and Fernando Valenzuela. Fans can purchase Dodgers Magazine at merchandise stands throughout Dodger Stadium or order subscriptions by visiting www.dodgers.com/magazine or calling 877-258-3062.
Saturday, August 4 vs. Chicago Cubs – 6:10 p.m.
Saturday is Korea Night presented by the Korea Tourism Organization. Members of the local Korean community will be in attendance. The National Korean Taekwondo demo team will be a part of pre-game entertainment and Korean superstar and L.A. native Lena Park is traveling from Korea to sing the national anthem and “God Bless America.” Fans can also enjoy free samples from Nongshim Foods and Hite Beer during the game on the Field and Reserve levels. Saturday’s game will also be broadcasted live in Korea by Radio Korea 1540AM.
Discounted tickets for Korea Night presented by the Korea Tourism Organization are still available. Tickets start at $8 and can be purchased by visiting www.dodgers.com/KoreaNight and entering the promotion code: KTO.
The Dodgers will be collecting school supplies and cash donations for low-income students at the turnstiles from 4:10 p.m. through the end of the 3rd inning as part of the Back to School Supply Drive. Donations can be made at all stadium gates and will be distributed to elementary and middle schools later in the month.
A group from Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA will be hosted by Dodger pitcher Chad Billingsley as part of the “Chad’s Champs” community program. Each youngster will receive a program T-shirt, meal voucher courtesy of Coca-Cola and will get to meet Billingsley on the field during Dodgers batting practice.
Actor Eric Stonestreet of ABC’s hit series “Modern Family,” will throw the ceremonial first pitch and announce the Dodgers’ starting lineup. Stonestreet, best known for his character Cameron Tucker, was nominated for a 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
Los Angeles Universal Preschool’s 4th annual Dodger Day is also being held on Saturday. Founded in 2004, LAUP is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide access to high-quality preschool education to the children of Los Angeles County. In fiscal year 2012, there were more than 300 LAUP providers across the county with 10,625 children enrolled. All proceeds from LAUP ticket sales for the game will be used to fund LAUP programs. There will be more than 1,000 children and family members in attendance. Film director and actor Rob Reiner will throw a first pitch representing LAUP.
The Veteran of the Game is retired US Army Captain Brian Chung, a native of Seoul, Korea. Chung is a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom with 6 years of service as an expert in urban warfare, counter insurgency, special weapons and hand-to-hand combat.
Dodger alumnus Joe Moeller will be in autograph alley signing for fans from 4:10 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 5 vs. Chicago Cubs – 1:10 p.m.
Fans with the first 30,000 tickets will receive a Snapback Cap presented by Wonderful Pistachios.
Viva Los Dodgers Day, presented by State Farm, Chevrolet and Time Warner Cable, is a season-long initiative in its third year and celebrates Latino culture in Los Angeles at a family-friendly pregame festival held in lot 6 two hours prior to each Sunday’s game. On Sunday, Viva Los Dodgers Day begins at 11 a.m.
This Sunday’s event also includes live performances from No Te Rajes Jalisco Folklorico Group, Cambalache and a celebrity appearance by Demian Bichir. Bichir, a 2012 Academy Award Nominee for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role in “A Better Life,” will also throw the honorary first pitch. The Mexican actor has appeared in more than 65 movies.
Dodger alumnus Jimmy Campanis will sign autographs for fans from 11:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.dodgers.com/viva.
Bantamweight UFC fighter Urijah Faber will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Faber owns a 26-6 MMA record, seven of the wins by way of knockout.
The Dodgers will be collecting school supplies and cash donations for low-income students at the turnstiles from 11:10 a.m. through the end of the 3rd inning as part of the Back to School Supply Drive. Donations can be made at all stadium gates and will be distributed to elementary and middle schools later in the month.
The Veteran of the Game is U.S. Army Special Forces Major James Lewis of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Lewis has served on 17 deployments most recently as a Company Commander in Central Afghanistan. He is currently a Senior Mechanical Propulsion Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. Joining him will be Commander Charlie Bolden, NASA’s Administrator, who will be part of the on field introduction in acknowledgement of JPL’s Rover Curiosity which will land on Mars at approximately 10:31 p.m. on Sunday.
It is also Cheer Day at Dodger Stadium. More than 3,000 cheerleaders and their friends and family will