In honor of Veterans Day, the Los Angeles Dodgers continued their commitment to support and honor our nation’s service members by hosting the 3rd Annual Veterans Day Batting Practice on the field at Dodger Stadium. 100 members of the U.S. Armed Forces were invited out along with their families to a day of fun on the field and received special batting practice t-shirts, commemorative photos and a Dodger Challenge Coin.
Guided by Dodger Hall of Fame Manager Tommy Lasorda (U.S. Army), and Dodger Alumni Roy Gleason (US Army and Purple Heart recipient), “Sweet” Lou Johnson and Al “The Bull” Ferrara, everyone was able to take part in hitting on the field, throwing in the Dodger bullpen and hitting in the batting tunnel. Tours of the newly renovated stadium including the Dodger clubhouse were also offered.
The day concluded with a hitting contest which service members competed for prizes. First place winner Staff Sergeant Hunter Holmes, U.S. Air Force, will be recognized as the Veteran of the Game at the Dodgers’ 2014 Opening Day at home.