Yasiel Puig represents his home nation of Cuba both on and off the field. For a second time since joining the Los Angeles Dodgers, Puig is scheduled to host Cuban Heritage Day on Sunday at Viva Los Dodgers. Puig’s appearance will be from 11:30 a.m. to noon.
According to Yvonne Carrasco of Dodger Insider, Puig is excited to be hosting the event for the second straight year:
I will always represent Cuba the best I can, and at the same time I am so grateful the Dodgers made my big-league dream come true and that I am in the U.S. playing the game I love. Thank you to the fans too, and please come Sunday so I can say hello to you.”
Fans will be able to enjoy Cuban influenced food and music, listen to an on-stage interview with Puig and take photos with the All-Star outfielder.
Shortstop Hanley Ramirez is also scheduled to make an appearance from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while Dodger broadcaster Manny Mota is expected to join the festivities as well. Also, Dodger scout Mike Brito will sign autographs from noon to 1 p.m..
Puig expressed his gratitude for the MLB embracing the Cuban culture:
It’s with great pride that I attend Viva Los Dodgers this Sunday to celebrate my heritage,” Puig said. “I’m proud of the legacy of Cuban players that have come before me and of what my fellow Cubans throughout MLB, like my good friend Aroldis Chapman, are doing now. All my Cuban friends in MLB, my fellow Dodger Cubans too — I’m just so proud.
The event will be held at Viva Los Dodgers located at the 76 Station in Lot 5 near Dodger Stadium. Fans can attend the event free of charge with a ticket to Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Ticket information for Sunday’s game and Cuban Heritage Day can be found at www.dodgers.com/viva.
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