The Los Angeles Dodgers will conduct their third annual LGBT Night at Dodger Stadium at Friday night’s game against the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.
“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” cast member Lisa Vanderpump will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Country singer Ty Herndon will sing the national anthem. Recording artist Lance Bass will announce the Dodgers starting lineup.
Major League Baseball’s Ambassador of Inclusion Billy Bean, who played 59 games for the Dodgers in 1989, will be present for pregame festivities.
David Kopay, a former NFL running back who in 1975 became one of the first professional athletes to come out as gay, and EJ Johnson, a cast member of the E! alternative series “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills” and a son of Dodger part-owner Magic Johnson, will also be recognized.
The Dodgers will also recognize athletes from the Greater Los Angeles Softball Association, a gay and lesbian slow-pitch softball league committed to providing an opportunity for both gay and non-gay participants to compete in an environment supportive of the gay community, and the Varsity Gay League, California’s largest LGBTQ recreational sports league, which conducts sports leagues, tournaments, outside-the-box competitions and gaming activities throughout the year.
A fireworks show set to music presented by DJ and producer Jeremy Blacklow is scheduled to follow the game. Fans will be invited onto the field to watch the show, which will take place before 11 p.m. and is subject to cancellation if the game lasts too long.
Pregame entertainment will include DJ Adam in the right field plaza and a stilt walker in the left field plaza from 5-7 p.m.
The Military Hero of the Game will be U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jaime Soto of Torrance, who served two consecutive combat deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Soto is the course chief for the Mountain Communications Course and cold weather mountain warfare instructor at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, California.
Auto gates will open at 4:40 p.m. and stadium gates at 5:10 p.m. Pregame ceremonies will begin at 6:55 p.m. for the 7:10 p.m. game.
—City News Service