Married U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgts. Ruben and Olivia Munoz of Chino will be honored as the Military Heroes of the Game Wednesday night when the Los Angeles Dodgers play host to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second game of their three-game series.
The couple met in the Air Force where Olivia has served has served for 14 years with deployments to Kyrgyzstan, Qatar and Kuwait. Ruben has served for four years, including a deployment to Balad Air Base Iraq.
IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball, the third-place finisher in last year’s Indianapolis 500 and leader of the race for 10 laps, will throw the ceremonial first pitch, four days before he races in the Long Beach Grand Prix.
Kimball was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2007 and was forced to abandon his racing program midseason. He returned to racing in 2008, finishing second in his first race.
Kimball began racing in the IndyCar Series in 2011, and is the first licensed driver on the circuit with diabetes. He had 10 top 10 finishes in both 2014 and 2015. He won the Honda Indy at Mid-Ohio in 2013, becoming the first driver with diabetes to win an IndyCar race.
Kimball was raised in Camarillo. On his Twitter profile he wrote, “Off track, I’m either on my Axis boat or cheering for Stanford & the Dodgers.”
Haley Reinhart, who finished third in the 2011 season of “American Idol,” will sing the national anthem.
The first 40,000 fans in attendance will receive an adult hooded sweatshirt.
The Diamondbacks will wear red jerseys after wearing their alternate road gray jerseys in Tuesday’s series opener, a team official said. Arizona has eight uniform options.
Auto gates will open at 4:40 p.m. and stadium gates at 5:10 p.m. The Dodgers will take batting practice from 4:20-5:20 p.m. and Arizona from 5:25- 6:20 p.m. Pregame ceremonies, including the national anthem and ceremonial first pitch will begin at 6:57 p.m., with the game beginning at 7:10 p.m.
—City News Service