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

Major-league baseball’s most expensive team will offer big hot dogs, military salutes and honors to team legends in an effort to lure fans to Dodger Stadium as the Dodgers struggle to return to first place.

The Dodgers remain mired in second place in their National League division, six games behind California arch-rival San Francisco Giants. With a .522 winning percentage, the Los Angeles team has the worst record of any second-place team in Major League Baseball, although the Seattle Mariners’ .523 is close.

A special loaded hot dog will be available at Dodger Stadium throughout the Los Angeles Dodgers’ four-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers that begins Thursday night.

The Milwaukee County Stadium Dog is a quarter-pound all-beef hot dog topped with fried cheese curds and County Stadium secret sauce. It will be available at the Extreme Loaded Dog concession locations on the field, loge and reserve levels.

The Military Hero of the Game will be U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Blumberg of Los Angeles. Blumberg graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in criminology. After graduation, he enlisted in the Army as a military police officer and was later stationed in South Korea.

Blumberg was deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 for one year. He became an Army recruiter in Los Angeles in 2015.

The national anthem will be sung by Molly McCook, who has appeared in “Modern Family” and “Glee.”

The first 40,000 fans in attendance will receive a No. 4 pin for the jersey worn by the late Hall of Fame outfielder Duke Snider as the Dodgers continue their Retired Numbers Pin Series.

Snider’s son Kurt will throw the ceremonial first pitch and members of the Snider family will officially begin the game by declaring, “It’s time for Dodger baseball.”

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 the Brewers 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 set to start at 7:10 p.m.

—City News Service

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