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DODGERS OPEN THE SEASON AT HOME

DODGERS OPEN THE SEASON AT HOME

LOS ANGELES – The Dodgers’ first homestand of the season is highlighted by Opening Day presented by Automobile Club of Southern California tomorrow, Jackie Robinson Day on

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Thursday, April 15 and the first Viva Los Dodgers Sunday of the year on Sunday, April 18. The Dodgers will open up at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks from Tuesday-Thursday and then take on the San Francisco Giants for the weekend series from Friday-Sunday.

Giveaways this homestand include Opening Day Magnet Schedules Sponsored by Automobile Club of Southern California, Opening Night Magnet Schedules presented by Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream on Wednesday, April 14 and an LA THIS IS MY TOWN Hat Giveaway presented by Farmer John on Sunday, April 18.

Fans can purchase tickets to any games this homestand at dodgers.com, losdodgers.com, or by calling 866-DODGERS.

This homestand also marks the launch of several new seven-game ticketing plans that give fans the opportunity to purchase tickets to the June 25-27 series against the New York Yankees at Dodger Stadium. Starting Tuesday morning, fans will be able to purchase seven-game ticket packages, including three packages focused around the popular Bleacher Beach section, that incorporate a game against the Yankees. Packages can be purchased by calling 866-DODGERS or by logging on to dodgers.com/tickets.

Tuesday, April 13 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks – 1:10 p.m.

Opening Day is presented by Automobile Club of Southern California and fans will receive Opening Day Magnet Schedules Sponsored by Automobile Club of Southern California.

Pregame activities will include Grammy Award-winning country star LeAnn Rimes singing the National Anthem, Grammy Award-winning frontman and producer of the Black Eyed Peas Will.i.am throwing out a ceremonial first pitch and legendary journalist and Dodger season ticket holder Larry King announcing “It’s time for Dodger Baseball” at the start of the game. In addition, Dodger alumni Tommy Davis and Maury Wills will sign autographs for fans in autograph alley before the game, a giant flag will be unveiled on the field and United States Navy FA-18C Hornets will fly over the stadium at the start of the game. For more information on Opening Day activities, see the news release detailing all of the day’s events.

Opening Day marks the first Dodgers Dream Foundation silent auction of the year, which will be held on the Club level outside of the Vin Scully press box. Fans can also now register for the annual Dodgers Dream Foundation Charity Golf Invitational and State Farm Bowling Extravaganza at the auction table or by visiting www.dodgers.com/community. Fans can also bid on autographed, game-worn green jerseys from the Dodgers’ St. Patrick’s Day Spring Training game online at www.dodgers.com/DDFauction. All proceeds from these events will benefit the Dodgers Dream Foundation.

The April edition of Dodgers Magazine debuts on Opening Day and it features Dodger closer Jonathan Broxton on the cover. New to the magazine this year is content derived from video produced by the Dodgers Media Network with features like Inside Dodgertown, Dodgers Magazine, Dodgers Legends, Coaches Corner and more.

The 2010 Los Angeles Dodgers Yearbook will also be available for the first time on Opening Day. The yearbook’s cover showcases the downtown Los Angeles skyline and stays true to the Dodgers’ My Town theme. The yearbook includes a 12-page feature highlighting some of Dodger Team Photographer Jon SooHoo’s favorite shots. SooHoo is celebrating his 25th anniversary with the organization.

The first playbill of the season also premieres Tuesday and features a cover shot of Dodger great Don Newcombe with Matt Kemp, who is wearing number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. Also inside are other features, ticket information, promotional information and valuable offers for Dodger fans.

Wednesday, April 14 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks – 7:10 p.m.

Wednesday is Opening Night at Dodger Stadium and fans will receive Magnet Schedules presented by Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream.

Thursday, April 15 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks – 7:10 p.m.

On Thursday, the Dodgers will celebrate Jackie Robinson Night and the entire team will wear number 42 in his honor.

Dodger alumni Tommy Davis and “Sweet” Lou Johnson, and Tommy Lasorda, a former teammate of Jackie Robinson, will be introduced on the field, as will Jackie Robinson Team 42 Scholars. Special Advisor to the Chairman Don Newcombe, who is also a former teammate of Robinson will throw out a ceremonial first pitch to Dodger center fielder Matt Kemp. Davis, Johnson, Lasorda and Newcombe will all address the crowd during pregame ceremonies as well. The National Anthem will be sung by R&B singer and songwriter Jeffrey Osbourne, who is best known for his hit song “On the Wings of Love.”

Representatives of each of the teams that advanced to the semifinals of the first annual Dennis Gilbert MLB UYA Easter Classic tournament will be introduced on the field prior to the game and Coach Walt Fijita of the tournament’s champion Venice High School will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

Friday, April 16 vs. San Francisco Giants – 7:10 p.m.

The Dodgers and Giants will both wear number 42 in honor or Jackie Robinson.

The Dodgers Dream Foundation will hold a silent auction on the Club level outside of the Vin Scully press box during the game.

Slash of the band Guns N’ Roses will perform the National Anthem and God Bless America.

Bleacher Beach, presented by Bud Light, returns for all Friday, Saturday and Sunday home games this season. Fans who sit in Bleacher Beach this weekend receive Bleacher Beach beach towels, as well as all-you-can-eat barbeque, watermelon and Dodger Dogs. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.dodgers.com/beach.

Saturday, April 17 vs. San Francisco Giants – 1:10 p.m.

Saturday’s game will be televised nationally on FOX.

Singer Elliot Yamin, who appeared on American Idol season 5 and is known for his hit single “Wait for You,” will sing the National Anthem and God Bless America.

Fans who sit in Bleacher Beach, presented by Bud Light, on Saturday will receive Bleacher Beach beach towels, as well as all-you-can-eat barbeque, watermelon, and Dodger Dogs. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.dodgers.com/beach.

Sunday, April 18 vs. San Francisco Giants – 1:10 p.m.

Fans at Sunday’s game will receive LA THIS IS MY TOWN Hats presented by Farmer John.

Sunday is the first Viva Los Dodgers Sunday of the season, presented by State Farm, Time Warner Cable  and Bandamax. Starting two hours prior to the game fans can enjoy live music and a family-friendly celebration outside of center field in Lot G. The Dodgers are celebrating Hispanic culture in Los Angeles and the legacy of Latin-American Dodger players past and present with a variety of pregame events at Viva Los Dodgers Sunday this year.

Sunday is Autism Awareness Day and Dodger alumni Jim Gott and his wife Cathy will be helping to raise awareness and support those affected by Autism at the game on Sunday. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.dodgers.com/autism.

The Dodgers Dream Foundation will hold a silent auction on the Club level outside of the Vin Scully press box during the game.

Fans who sit in Bleacher Beach, presented by Bud Light, on Sunday will receive Bleacher Beach beach towels, as well as all-you-can-eat barbeque, watermelon, and Dodger Dogs. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.dodgers.com/beach.

After the game, children age 14 and under can run on the field as part of Jr. Dodgers Kids Run the Bases. All kids who run the bases will receive a Claim Jumper restaurants coupon.

Jr. Dodgers broadcasters Eric Cuevas and David Gottlieb will call Sunday’s game on the Jr. Dodgers Broadcast. Cuevas is a 10th-grade honor student at Loyola High School whose favorite player is Russell Martin. He would like to pursue a career in sportscasting and plays baseball, basketball, tennis and football. Gottlieb is a thirteen-year-old eighth-grader at Heschel Day School, where he is an honors student who works on the yearbook staff and plays on the baseball, soccer, football and basketball teams. Gottlieb is a catcher for the Studio City Rockies, where last season he helped them win the major league championship at Studio City Recreation Center. Fans can listen to the Jr. Dodgers broadcast at www.dodgers.com/jrdodgers.

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6 Responses to “DODGERS OPEN THE SEASON AT HOME”

  1. Roger Dodger says:

    Giants winning 5 to 1 against those terrible Pirates.

    Well, today is a day of rest for Broxton, but come to think of it, so way yesterday, and if the kid Clayton can pitch a shoutout (that is going for 9 innings without giving up a run and going all 27 outs — in case you do not remember what a shutout is), Broxton will have a third day off. Cool.

  2. Scoop says:

    I just mentioned it on the other thread Roger, why are people concerned about Broxton? Jon Rauch has 5 saves already for the Twins. Yesterday, he faced 3 batters and threw 9 pitches. I don’t hear anyone over there complaining about him being used too often. Broxton needs to be in there in save situations – period.

    Giants look pretty good don’t they. That is because they are. Zito 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA. If he is on this year…….. look out. And their bullpen looks nails so far. I am telling you, the West is going to be a shootout.

    OK, I am having a chili party today and will have a house full of Dback fans. I will wear my Dodger jersey and be the only one in the room cheering for the Blue. I will expect some remote cheering from you hosers today starting about 1:15 PST.

  3. Mark Timmons says:

    Yes, IF Zito can pitch like that all year, I would say the Giants will win it all. I just don’t think he will…

  4. Scoop says:

    I hope you are right about that, but he was showing some signs last year that he had figured it out. He threw 192 of 4.0 last year. If he gets his Oakland ‘A’ game back, the Giants will be tough to beat.

  5. Robert F. Bosworth says:

    Dear Vince Scully, Personal-your eyes only
    Subject: Valley fever & Alton Illinois Giant
    Dear Vince,
    Just turned on today’s game on T.V. ( Tuesday ) as the Dodgers led 1-0 and the first words I heard were ” VALLEY FEVER “.
    I contracted this disease in 1990 in Texas and it nearly killed me-advanced case and could not breathe with the ” fungus” in my lungs.Love the way you reminisce about the past during the game !
    A year or so ago you were talking about a pitcher who was 6′ 11″ and made a comment about the Alton Giant. Probably no one listening knew who you were talking about but I not only knew about him. actually met him, and as a young boy in Easr St Louis, Ill. met him and shook his hand. Who can top that story. ( He died from blood poisoning from an infected blister on his heal) You can not believe the size of his shoes Downtown one day he was at the Kreeke (sp.? ) store where he was on an advertising ” gig “.
    QAs a world wide singer over the Internet on the WILEY DRAKE SHOW
    and even in D.C. on the steps of the Supreme Court have sung a special revised ” Kate Smith ” version of GOD BLESS AMERICA. Have a powerful enough voice I could sing it at Dodger stadium w/o a micro
    phone. Would you be willing to call to me and maybe arrange a
    chance to sing it before a game some time in the near future.
    The Wiley Drake Show is from 9-10 AM over http://www.crusaderadio.com
    and I am “Producer” of the show. Please tune in some time.Mon-FRi.
    For some time have wanted to suggest you have a singing contest by age groups for singing before the game 6-12, 13-18,19-30,
    for example, 70-80, my age group.
    I assure you, no one would be disappointed with my version of
    GOD BLESS AMERICA, which pays special tribute to our Iraq troops.
    ( The score is now 4-0 Dodgers )
    I an be reached at cell phone 1-714-699-8657, house 714-821-4073
    or at my email address
    Would you be kind enough to call me, and/or he;p arrange for an “audition”. At my age, my voice will surprise everyone.

    Cordially and Respectfully

    Bob Bosworth ( no relation to Bryan or the Bosworth twins at UCLA

  6. Mark Timmons says:

    Well, allrighty then…

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