POSTED: Thursday July 16th 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DODGERS OPEN SECOND HALF AT HOME AGAINST ASTROS, REDS, AND MARLINS

Team returns to play after All-Star Break with best record in baseball

LOS ANGELES – The Dodgers will take on the Houston Astros (July 16-19), Cincinnati Reds (July 20-22), and Florida Marlins (July 24-26) during their first homestand after the All-Star Break. Giveaways this homestand include Collector’s Edition Posters presented by KLOS, Webkinz Lilkinz Huskys and Tigers, and Manny Ramirez Bobbleheads, presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino.
 

The Hollywood Stars Softball Game, presented by Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, will take place before the July 25 game against the Marlins, and fans can also enjoy two themed Friday Night Fireworks shows. Special guests this homestand include a variety of Action Sports Athletes as the Dodgers celebrate Action Sports Month, Matt Greene of the L.A. Kings, Actor John O’Hurley, and two finalists from the Food Network’s The Next Food Network Star.
 

Homestand Highlights:
 

Thursday, July 16 vs. Houston Astros – 7:10 p.m.
 

Thursday is the first day of the first session of Dodgers Youth Baseball Camp. Outfielder Matt Kemp will speak to campers at approximately 1:40 p.m.
 

Fans at Thursday’s game will receive a Collector’s Edition Poster, presented by KLOS. The giveaway is the second collectable poster this season and depicts the Dodgers as “The Comeback Kids,” as it celebrates the team’s first-half walk-off wins.
 

Matt Kemp will host a group of 40 children from Challengers Boys and Girls Club in South Los Angeles at Thursday’s game as part of his personal community initiative Kemp’s Kids. Each kid will receive a program T-shirt, a meet and greet with Kemp on the field, and dinner courtesy of Panda Express.
 

Mark and Brian from the KLOS Morning Show will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
 

Following the game, fans with tickets in the Baseline Box Clubs can join KABC’s Ken Levine and Josh Suchon for live DodgerTalk in the first base club. DodgerTalk will broadcast from the Baseline Box Clubs every Thursday and Friday and select Saturdays for the remainder of the season.
 

Friday, July 17 vs. Houston Astros – 7:10 p.m.
 

Andre Ethier will speak to Dodgers Youth Baseball Camp campers at approximately 1:40 p.m.
 

More then 1,000 members of the United Methodist Church will be present at Friday’s game and several will be recognized on the field during pregame ceremonies.
 

The Dodgers will celebrate ‘60s Night and Friday Night Fireworks will be set to the music of the Beatles. Fans can enjoy fireworks from the field. In honor of ‘60s Night, the Cowsills, who are best known for their song entitled “The Rain, the Park, and Other Things” will sing the National Anthem and God Bless America.
 

Chad Billingsley will host a group of 10 patients from Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA during batting practice on Friday. Each child will get to meet Billingsley and get his autograph, as well as receive a program T-shirt and dinner courtesy of Panda Express.

 
Several hundred fans will be at Friday’s game for the fourth annual Stitch N’ Pitch Night at Dodger Stadium. This year’s event is presented by DodgersWIN and participants will receive DodgersWIN knitting bags. Needlework demonstrations will also be given on the Reserve level before the game. One dollar from every ticket sold will go to the Needle Arts Mentoring Program (NAMP), a TNNA supported initiative in which volunteers mentor children in the needlearts. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit dodgers.com/win.
 

Following the game, fans with tickets in the Baseline Box Clubs can join KABC’s Ken Levine and Josh Suchon for live DodgerTalk in the first base club.
 

The Dodgers Dream Foundation will hold a silent auction on the club level outside of the Vin Scully press box and will also sell limited edition Russell Martin autographed bats.
 

Saturday, July 18 vs. Houston Astros – 7:10 p.m.
 

DodgersWIN will present Yoga with Andre Ethier from 11:00 – 12:00 p.m. on Saturday. The outfielder’s personal yoga instructor, Johanna Epps, will lead participants in a session that will include yoga routines that Epps has shared with Ethier. The session will also include an autographed photo of Ethier and a DodgersWIN yoga mat. For more information, visit dodgers.com/win.
 

The Jr. Dodgers Dancers will practice from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturday in advance of their pre-game performance on Sunday.
 

As part of Faith Night, KKLA Christian Radio’s contest winner, Pastor Brian Box from the Foothill Vineyard Church, will sing the National Anthem.
 

Marikym Hervieux, Dodger catcher Russell Martin’s girlfriend, will host 10 patients from Childrens Hospital Los Angeles at Saturday’s game. The children will meet with Martin on the field during batting practice, get a private stadium tour, watch the game from Field Box seats, and receive dinner courtesy of Panda Express.
 

On Saturday, the Dodgers will partner with LIVESTRONG in support of finding a cure for cancer. Fans in attendance at the game will receive LIVESTRONG bracelets and LIVESTRONG will present ThinkCure with a $5,000 check during pregame ceremonies. Jeff Castelaz, whose son Pablo recently passed away as a result of cancer, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch in Pablo’s memory. This past week, there was a yellow LIVESTRONG chalkblot bearing Pablo’s name in the road at the Tour De France. The family lives in Forest Lawn and Pablo’s story can be found at getwellpablo.blogspot.com.
 

Following the game, fans with tickets in the Baseline Box Clubs can join KABC’s Ken Levine and Josh Suchon for live DodgerTalk in the first base club.
 

Sunday, July 19 vs. Houston Astros – 1:10 p.m.
 

Children age 14 and under will receive a Webkinz Lilkinz Husky at Sunday’s game.
 

Sunday is Kids Appreciation Day and several cheer groups will participate in a pregame cheer parade. The Jr. Dodgers Dancers will also perform during pregame ceremonies and Savvy and Mandy of Radio Disney will perform the National Anthem and God Bless America.
 

Sunday is Los Angeles Kings Day at Dodger Stadium, and Kings defenseman Matt Greene will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Several Kings players and prospects will be on hand at the game as well. Kings fans can buy tickets to the Dodgers game at dodgers.com/kings.
 

As part of the Dodgers’ continued celebration of Action Sports Month, renowned surfer Rob Machado and Rally Car Driver Andrew Comrie-Picard will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. The X Games Rally Car will also be in Autograph Alley prior to the game.
 

Actor Angus T. Jones of the sitcom “Two and a Half Men” will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
 

Fans who sit in Bleacher Beach this Sunday will receive a Dodger floppy hat, as well as all-you-can-eat barbeque, watermelon, and Dodger Dogs.
 

Jr. Dodgers Lane Arkangel and David Gottlieb will join Jr. Dodger Broadcaster Nick Berman in the booth to call Sunday’s game. Arkangel is nine years old and in fifth grade at Madison Elementary School. She plays basketball, tennis, and baseball and speaks both English and Japanese. Gottlieb is a twelve-year-old eighth-grader at Heschel Day School, where he is an honors student who works on the yearbook staff and plays on the soccer, football and basketball teams. This season he was the catcher for the Studio City Rockies, who won the major league championship at Studio City Recreation Center.  Fans can listen to the Jr. Dodgers Broadcast at dodgers.com/jrdodgers.
 

The Dodgers Dream Foundation will hold a silent auction on the club level outside of the Vin Scully press box and will also sell limited edition Russell Martin autographed bats.
 

After the game, children age 14 and under can run on the field as part of Kids Run the Bases.
 

Monday, July 20 vs. Cincinnati Reds – 7:10 p.m.
 

Juan Pierre will speak to campers at 1:40 p.m. on the third day of Dodgers Youth Baseball Camp.
 

Actor John O’Hurley, who is currently performing in Monty Python’s Spamalot, will sing God Bless America.


Seventy years after Lou Gehrig delivered his historic “Luckiest Man” speech, the Dodgers will recognize one of Baseball’s legends, and honor four organizations that are fighting to cure the disease that bears his name – Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Augie’s Quest, ALSTDI, The ALS Association, and Project A.L.S. Representatives from each of these organizations and family members affected by ALS and served by these organizations will be recognized in a special pregame ceremony, and a special guest will read Lou Gehrig’s Luckiest Man speech.

 

Tuesday, July 21 vs. Cincinnati Reds – 7:10 p.m.
 

On the fourth and final day of Dodgers Youth Baseball Camp, Russell Martin will speak to campers at approximately 1:40 p.m.
 

Johnny Strange, who became the youngest person to climb the highest summit on every continent by scaling Mount Kosciuszko in Australia on June 8, 2009, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Strange, who is originally from Malibu, will be at the game with his family.
 

Actor Lorenzo Lamas of “The Bold and the Beautiful” will sing the National Anthem.
 

Wednesday, July 22 vs. Cincinnati Reds – 7:10 p.m.
 

The second Jr. Dodgers Training Day of the season will take place on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The one-day training clinics give children the chance to learn from Dodgers coaches and trainers and to play baseball on the field at Dodger Stadium.
 

Fans at Wednesday’s game will receive a Manny Ramirez bobblehead, presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino.
 

Jeanne Zelasko and Mark Sweeney will call the game as part of the WIN Broadcast, which fans can listen to at dodgers.com/WIN. Zelasko and Sweeney will also sign autographs for fans in Autograph Alley from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
 

Approximately 600 people from the City of Gardena will be on hand on Wednesday and representatives of the city will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
 

The Dodgers Dream Foundation will hold a silent auction on the club level outside of the Vin Scully press box and will also sell limited edition Russell Martin autographed bats.
 

Thursday, July 23
 

Thursday is the Fifth Annual State Farm Dodgers Dream Foundation Bowling Extravaganza hosted by James Loney at Lucky Strike Lanes L.A. LIVE. Dodgers Manny Ramirez, Russell Martin, Juan Pierre, Matt Kemp, Orlando Hudson, Cory Wade, Ramon Troncoso, Clayton Kershaw, Brent Leach, Will Ohman, Jeff Weaver, Juan Castro, James McDonald, and Doug Mientkiewicz are all scheduled to attend. The event starts at 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit dodgers.com/bowling.
 

The Dodgers will host a Ticket Sales Open House on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to receive free tickets to upcoming Dodger games as well as purchase Full Season Seats and Seven Game Pick ‘Em plans. This Open House is the last chance fans will have to save off of advance ticket prices and still receive playoff priority.
 

Friday, July 24 vs. Florida Marlins – 7:10 p.m.
 

Friday is the second day of the Ticket Sales Open House, which will run by appointment only from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. For more information, fans can call (323) 224-1365.
 

Juan Pierre will host a group of 40 children from the 75th Street Elementary School in South Los Angeles at Friday’s game. Each child will get to meet with Pierre on the field during batting practice and get his autograph and will receive a program T-shirt and dinner courtesy of Panda Express.

 
Professional Freestyle Motocross Athlete Nate Adams will throw out a ceremonial first pitch as part of the Dodgers’ continued celebration of Action Sports Month.

 

The Dodgers Dream Foundation will hold a silent auction on the club level outside of the Vin Scully press box and will also sell limited edition Russell Martin autographed bats.
 

Debbie Lee and Jeffrey Saad, two of the four finalists in the Food Network’s The Next Food Network Star are providing an appetizer recipe that will be served in the Dugout Club before Friday’s game. Lee and Saad will personally serve the dish, along with a wine pairing, in the Dugout Club’s Martini Lounge and will answer questions for fans. They will also throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Lee is from West Hollywood and is a former Hollywood caterer and Saad is from Los Angeles and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy.
 

Friday is A Tribute to Elvis Night and fans can enjoy fireworks set to his music after the game. Fans can watch the fireworks from the field, as is the tradition every Friday Night this season at Dodger Stadium.

 
Following the fireworks, fans with tickets in the Baseline Box Clubs can join KABC’s Ken Levine and Josh Suchon for live DodgerTalk in the third base club.
 

Saturday, July 25 vs. Florida Marlins – 7:10 p.m.
 

All parking and stadium gates will open to the public at 4:40 p.m. on Saturday, in advance of the 51st annual Hollywood Stars Game presented by Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. The celebrity softball game will begin at 5:00 p.m. and will be followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers-Florida Marlins game at 7:10 p.m. Actors Rob Lowe and Mario Lopez, boxer “Sugar” Shane Mosley, and Benji and Joel Madden of the band “Good Charlotte” are just some of the celebrities scheduled to participate.
 

Following the Dodgers game, fans with tickets in the Baseline Box Clubs can join KABC’s Ken Levine and Josh Suchon for live DodgerTalk in the third base club.
 

Sunday, July 26 vs. Florida Marlins – 1:10 p.m.

 
Children age 14 and under will receive a Webkinz Lilkinz Tiger at Sunday’s game.
 

Fans who sit in Bleacher Beach on Sunday will receive Dodger Floppy Hats, as well as all-you-can-eat barbeque, watermelon, and Dodger Dogs.
 

Jr. Dodgers Jake Reiner and John Muto will broadcast the game as part of the Jr. Dodgers Broadcast, which fans can listen to live at dodgers.com/jrdodgers.
 

Sunday wraps up Action Sports Month at Dodger Stadium and female skateboarder Lauren Perkins will sign autographs for fans in the WIN tent in Autograph Alley from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. AVP Volleyball players will also provide a volleyball exhibition on the reserve level.
 

The winners of the 31st Congressional District Art Contest entitled “E Pluribus Unum – Out of Many, One” will be recognized on the field before Sunday’s game. Representative Xavier Becerra, Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, will also be on hand for the ceremony.
 

Approximately 1,500 foster youth and mentors from Children Uniting Nations will be at Sunday’s game as part of the organization’s ninth annual Dodger Day Event, which is sponsored by Children Uniting Nations and United Care, Incorporated. Representatives from Children Uniting Nations will throw out a ceremonial first pitch during pregame ceremonies.
 

The Dodgers Dream Foundation will hold a silent auction on the club level outside of the Vin Scully press box and will also sell limited edition Russell Martin autographed bats.


After the game, children age 14 and under can run on the field as part of Kids Run the Bases.


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