A group of young ballplayers will utter “It’s time for Dodger baseball,” the traditional phrase to start Los Angeles Dodger games, before Sunday’s game as part of baseball’s Play Ball initiative.
As with most Sunday home day games, children 14 and under will be allowed to run the bases following the game.
The first 12,000 ticketed children ages 14 and under in attendance for the game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium will receive a Junior Dodgers Justin Turner jersey T-shirt.
The Play Ball initiative is baseball’s collective effort to encourage young people and communities to participate in baseball- and softball-related activities, including formal leagues, special events and casual forms of play.
The Dodgers and Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation have held several events in connection with “Play Ball Weekend” since Thursday, including a Play Ball clinic Friday for 180 elementary-aged youth at the Los Angeles Police Academy, led by Dodger infielder/outfielder Cody Bellinger and infielder Max Muncy; a Dodgers RBI Fitness Clinic at Lynwood Park Thursday; and a Pitch, Hit & Run Competition Saturday morning at Dodger Stadium.
Former U.S. Army Pvt. First Class Steve Finley will be honored as the Military Hero of the Game.
Finley enlisted in 1970 and was assigned to D Company, 4th Battalion, First Brigade. He was deployed to Vietnam in 1971.
Finley worked for the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks for 32 years. He is now a coach with Up2Us Sports, a national nonprofit organization that trains and places coaches in after-school sports programs.