06/12/2007 10:04 PM ET
Dodgers to expand military discount
Team's ongoing support of the troops includes an increased discount on tickets
LOS ANGELES -- In continued support of the United States military and troops serving both domestically and overseas, the Dodgers announced today that they will offer a special ticket discount of 75 percent for military personnel. The announcement comes two days prior to the United States Army's 232nd birthday, which will be celebrated at Dodger Stadium tomorrow.
"We're extremely proud to be able to honor our troops with an unprecedented offer at Dodger Stadium," said Dodger COO Marty Greenspun. "This is just one of the many ways that the Dodger organization wants to show our nation's heroes how important they are to us and to all of our fans."
The Dodgers are offering a new ticket discount that will begin next homestand and last the rest of the 2007 season. The program will allow any member of the Armed Forces to present a valid military ID two hours prior to game time on any Sunday through Thursday and receive a $20 Lower Reserve ticket for just $5, subject to availability.
At tomorrow's game, more than 1,000 members of the U.S. Army will be in attendance and 36 recently enlisted soldiers will be on the field during pregame for a ceremonial Future Soldier Swear In. Two soldiers who recently returned from Operation Iraqi Freedom will be on the field as well. Staff Sergeant Brent Schol will throw out the ceremonial first pitch to Staff Sergeant Rudy Corona, who will serve as the catcher.
U.S. Army volunteers stationed at the stadium's entrances will pass out mini American Flags to all fans in commemoration the U.S. Army's birthday and on behalf of Flag Day, June 14. Additionally, an Army birthday cake will be displayed and then cut in the Vin Scully Press Box.
The Dodgers are actively involved with military organizations throughout the year and last month when the Dodgers were in Washington, D.C., to face the Nationals, several members of the team and traveling party made a visit to Walter Reed Medical Center, including Rick Monday, Chad Billingsley, Marlon Anderson, Juan Pierre, Andre Ethier, Eddie Murray and Jaime Jarrín to visit with recovering soldiers. The following day, a Dodger contingent that included Nomar Garciaparra, Luis Gonzalez, Randy Wolf, Grady Little, Rick Honeycutt and Assistant General Manager Kim Ng took a private tour of the Pentagon, spending time with the Army's Vice Chief of Staff, General Richard Cody, among others.
Recently, the Dodgers sent several autographed baseballs as well as some dirt from near home plate at Dodger Stadium to the Army's 124th Cavalry in Iraq, fulfilling a request made to Dodger Bench Coach Dave Jauss. The team also sent care packages to two dozen Air Force troops serving in Iraq at the request of a sergeant who is a big Dodger fan. Earlier this winter Dodger outfielder Luis Gonzalez sent an autographed photo to the son of U.S. Navy Lieutenant Al Gonzalez, who was celebrating his birthday without his father. Lt. Gonzalez is currently serving on the U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower overseas. Additionally, during the past six months, two Dodger groups led by Athletic Trainer Stan Johnston and Dodger Manager Grady Little, visited the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan in San Diego prior to its deployment to the Middle East and upon its recent return.
Special Advisor to the Chairman and Hall of Fame Manager Tommy Lasorda recently traveled to Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, NE to speak at a promotion ceremony and Birthday Ball for the 55th Strategic Communications Squadron. Prior to visiting Offutt, he went to Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, LA to address the 47th Fighter Squadron and to speak at a Leadership Symposium held by General Kevin Chilton. Before Barksdale, Lasorda visited Vandenberg Air Force Base in San Louis Obispo, CA and addressed the 30th Space Wing and 14th Air Force, and a Master Sergeant promotion ceremony, as well as participating in a simulated missile launch. Lasorda has been a long-time supporter of the Armed Forces and has spoken to the Naval Academy four times, the Air Force Academy more than 10 times, West Point twice and has visited numerous Air Force bases across the country. Additionally, Lasorda has spoken at the National War College in Washington, D.C.