Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day

I want to wish my dad, and all the dads out there, a very happy Father's Day.


Dodgers invite families to the 7th annual Father's Day Catch

The Los Angeles Dodgers invite families on to the field at Dodger Stadium for the seventh annual Father's Day Catch on June 20. The event, which will be held from 10 a.m. PT to 1 p.m. PT, is free and provides families with the opportunity to play catch at Dodger Stadium in celebration of Father's Day. Dodger partner Farmer John is donating Dodger dogs for the occasion, Sparkletts will provide water bottles and Coca Cola will supply PowerAde.

Fans can park for free at Dodger Stadium on Father's Day. The Sunset Gate opens at 10 a.m. PT and families will enter through the center field gates. Music, merchandise, the Dodger Ticket truck and Dodger fan clubs will be on site for the event. The first 3,000 fans in attendance will get a complimentary Dodger dog.

The Dodgers have been the team of several Dodger fathers and sons including Dolph Camilli (1938-43) and Doug Camilli (1960-64), Al Campanis (1943) and Jim Campanis (1966-68), and Dick Schofield (1966-67) and Dick Schofield Jr. (1995). Current Dodger minor league shortstop Ivan DeJesus Jr.'s father, Ivan DeJesus Sr. played with Los Angeles from 1974-76, while fellow minor leaguer Preston Mattingly is the son of Dodger Hitting Coach Don Mattingly. The Dodgers also have a trio of members from the Wallach family, as Triple-A Albuquerque manager Tim Wallach, who played for the Dodgers from 1993-96 and served as the batting coach from 2004-05, has two sons, Matt Wallach (Single-A), and Brett Wallach (Single-A) in the organization.