Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Dodgers
Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Dodgers

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Contreras of Hacienda Heights will be honored as the Military Hero of the Game Sunday as the Los Angeles Dodgers conclude a three-game series against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium.

Contreras joined the Navy in July 2010 and served for five years aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in Norfolk, Virginia. While serving on the Eisenhower, he was deployed in 2012 and 2013 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the U.S. government term for the Global War on Terrorism.

Contreras was awarded Sailor of the Quarter for the ship’s engineering department. His other accolades include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He is now stationed at Assault Craft Unit 5 at the Camp Pendleton Marine Base.

Like before every Sunday regular-season game except the last one, the Dodgers will conduct the Viva Los Dodgers family friendly festival, beginning at 11:10 a.m. at Dodger Stadium’s 76 station.

International Boxing Hall of Fame member Oscar De La Hoya making a special appearance for an on-stage interview, six days before his firm, Golden Boy Promotions, promotes the world middleweight championship fight between Canelo Alvarez and Amir Khan.

Sonsoles and El Tropi Corillo will provide musical entertainment.

Former Dodger outfielders Kenny Landreaux and Al Ferrara will sign autographs from 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Maria Jimenez-Torres, executive director of Plaza de la Raza Cultural Center will receive a Community Hero Award. She has helped provide affordable after-school cultural arts classes and has organized community festivals and special events for thousands of low-income families in Lincoln Heights and surrounding neighborhoods.

De La Hoya will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Moya Angela, who starred in the national tour of the musical “Dreamgirls,” will sing the national anthem. Irving Piken, a longtime Dodger fan who will be celebrating his 107th birthday, will officially start the game by declaring, “It’s time for Dodger baseball.”

A youth baseball and softball parade will follow the game. Additional parades will follow the May 15 and June 5 games. More information about participation is available at dodgers.com/teamdays.

Auto gates will open at 10:40 a.m. and stadium gates at 11:10 a.m. The Padres will take batting practice from 10:40-11:30 a.m. Pregame ceremonies, including the national anthem and ceremonial first pitch will begin at 12:57 p.m., with the game set to start at 1:10 p.m.

–City News Service

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