06/01/2010 6:35 PM ET
Dodgers to celebrate the life of Jose Lima this Sunday at Viva Los Dodgers Day
The late Dodger pitcher will be remembered by family and friends at Dodger Stadium
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that they will celebrate the life of the late Jose Lima this Sunday, June 6 at Viva los Dodgers Day prior to the game against the Atlanta Braves. Lima passed away on May 23 and was honored this past weekend in the Dominican Republic in his hometown of Santiago.
Prior to his untimely passing, the charismatic pitcher had been planning to perform at a Viva Los Dodgers Day this summer, much like he did at the Viva Los Dodgers festival in 2004 when he was an active player. Lima's longtime friend and bandleader of L.A.'s Conjunto Amistad Johnny Polanco will perform a set in his honor this Sunday, followed by Estrellas de Tuzantla. Polanco has performed with various notable musicians including Prince, Cachao, Johnny Pacheco, Tito Puente Jr., Charlie Zaa, Ray De La Paz and Tito Nieves.
Several of Lima's friends and family members will recount stories of his life while fans will be encouraged to sign a book of memories for his family.
Lima performed the National Anthem and God Bless America at a Dodger home game in 2004. Lima's anthem rendition will be shown on DodgerVision before Sunday's game against the Braves and his version of God Bless America will run during the middle of the 7th inning. Lima's son, Jose Jr., is expected to throw out an honorary first pitch and there will also be an in-game video tribute to the right-hander.
Viva Los Dodgers Days presented by State Farm takes place each Sunday of every Dodger homestand. The events are part of a season-long celebration of Hispanic culture in Los Angeles and the legacy of Latin-American Dodger players past and present.
Starting two hours prior to the game, fans can enjoy live music, a family-friendly celebration and a beer garden presented by Bud Light in Lot 6. Auto gates open at 11 a.m., Estrellas de Tuzantla will perform at 11:15 a.m. and Johnny Polanco and Conjunto Amistad will take the stage at 12:15 p.m. Jose Jr.'s first pitch will take place at approximately 1:00 p.m. followed by the 1:10 p.m. game against Atlanta.
Individual tickets for Viva Los Dodgers Days can also be purchased in advance online at dodgers.com or losdodgers.com, via telephone at 866-DODGERS, in person at Dodger Stadium in Lot P or at all Southern California Ticketmaster outlets. Complete ticket information can be found at www.dodgers.com/tickets.