By: A. Redding
Photos: Diana Castro/Premier Photo Int’l.
Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/23/18 – L.A.’s own Boys in Blue, the Los Angeles Dodgers, kicked off their 15th annual Dodgers Love L.A. Community Tour presented by Bank of America, Monday, January 22, at Dodger Stadium with a luncheon and batting practice for about 350 firefighters who battled wildfires in Southern California.
Justin Turner, Yasiel Puig, Kike Hernandez, Joc Pederson, Trayce Thompson, Kenley Jansen, Ross Stripling and Alex Wood were some of the players in attendance to take pictures, sign autographs and honor the firefighters for their selfless service.
Serving and showing their appreciation to the city of Los Angeles and the immediate community is a priority for the Dodgers. They continually work with community based organizations around the city to promote and support efforts to effectively change lives for the better.
The week long event ends Friday, January 26th and in appreciation, Dodgers fans and community members who support the tour are being given the opportunity to purchase tickets to six select April games with tickets starting at $7. The discounted prices will only be available until midnight, Friday, January 26. Fans interested in buying tickets should check the Dodgers’ social media accounts for more information.
This year’s Week of service events and participants include:
Monday, January 22 –
1) 4th grade students from Para Los Niños brainstorm, write and create a book –
Alex Wood and Ross Stripling and Bank of America volunteers
2) California Wildfires First Responders Luncheon/Batting Practice –
Justin Turner, Kenley Jansen, Kiké Hernández, Joc Pederson, Trayce Thompson, Ross Stripling and Alex Wood, Bank of America Senior Vice President Garrett Gin and Bank of America volunteers.
Tuesday, January 23
1) Dodgers Celebrate 60 Years in Los Angeles at City Hall –
Steve Garvey, Fernando Valenzuela, Ron Cey, Steve Yeager and Charley Steiner and the Los Angeles City Council
2) Dodgers at McDonald’s
Yasiel Puig will take orders and the Dodgers will foot the bill
3) Dodgers Pet Family Photo Day
Joc Pederson will take photos with fans and their dogs
4) S.T.E.M. Night with the Dodger – The Dodgers will host 100 female students from Project Scientist
Dodger General Manager Farhan Zaidi, Strength & Conditioning Coach Brandon McDaniel
Wednesday, January 24
1) Winter Training with the Dodgers
Kenley Jansen, Nomar Garciaparra and Dodger minor leaguers D.J. Peters and Jacob Amaya
2) Dodger Movie Takeover for pre-selected families from LA. Family Housing and the Boys and Girls Club
Chris Taylor and Kyle Farmer
Thursday, January 25
1) Point Mugu Naval Air Station Visit
Cody Bellinger, Andrew Toles and Kiké Hernández
2) LA Reads Literacy Corner at the Dream Center to open a new literacy corner with donated books and materials
3) ‘Dodger Shave Party’ for Childhood Cancer Awareness
Yasiel Puig will shave his head in solidarity with young patients
Friday, January 26
1) KaBOOM! Playground Build – A groundbreaking and ribbon cutting ceremony
Expected to be in attendance: Dave Roberts, Logan Forsythe, Cody Bellinger, Chris Taylor, Joc Pederson, Scott Alexander, Dylan Baker, Walker Buehler, Tony Cingrani, Kyle Farmer, Tom Koehler, Adam Liberatore, Tim Locastro, Henry Owens, Rob Segedin, Ross Stripling, Andrew Toles, Alex Verdugo and Joe Davis. Bank of America volunteers, LADF and community members from the City of Alhambra