The Los Angeles Dodgers will hold Union Night Friday evening, with more than 3,000 union members, family and friends from more than 30 unions expected to attend the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium.
Union Leaders To Be Honored
Union leaders will be recognized during a pregame ceremony on the field.
The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Isreal Guillen, a graduate of the Second Chance Pre-Apprentice Bootcamp, which helps place formerly incarcerated individuals into paid apprenticeships that lead to union jobs.
Union Night Ticket Package
The 12-week program is a joint undertaking by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, the Los Angeles/Orange County Building and Construction Trades Council and Los Angeles Trade-Technical College.
A ticket package including a Union Night T-shirt is available at Dodgers.com/Union.
Ceremonial First Pitch
The Dodger Blue Wishes ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by 13-year- old Augie Ruiz, who was born with truncus arteriosus, a rare type of heart disease in which a single blood vessel comes out of the right and left ventricles. The potentially life-threatening condition has forced Augie to undergo four open-heart surgeries, the first when he was four days old. He underwent his most recent surgery last year.
Augie’s heart condition makes him unable to play any contact sport. However, as a huge Dodger fan, he has long dreamed of throwing the first pitch at Dodger Stadium.
Military Hero Of The Game
The Military Hero of the Game is former U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Jared Lilly of Blountstown, Florida, who joined the Marine Corps in 2009 and was deployed to Afghanistan three times.
Lilly’s honors include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat V (for valor), Navy Achievement Medal and Combat Action Ribbon. Lilly completed his active duty service in 2016 and is now a student at Costal Carolina Community College.
Friday Night Fireworks Show
The customary Friday night postgame fireworks show will be themed to the music from Neil Diamond. 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.