The Los Angeles Dodgers return to Dodger Stadium Monday night after a nine-game road trip where they went a less than stellar 5-4, but received a historic performance from Josh Beckett to get the fifth win.
With the Cincinnati Reds in town to begin a three-game set, Dodger fans will get their first look at Johnny Cueto, who has been as good as any pitcher this season, but only has a 4-3 record to show for it. Coinciding with the Dodgers return to Los Angeles is the recognition of Memorial Day, a day when the country pauses to honor servicemen who have fallen.
Via Jon Weisman of Dodger Insider, the Dodgers plan to pay their respects in a multitude of ways before and during Monday’s game, some of which are listed below:
- MLB and the Dodgers will join the National Moment of Remembrance, an initiative the league has supported since 1997, when all games will pause for a moment of silence.
- Pregame ceremonies will include a flag unveiling in center field along with six stars representing each U.S. military branch: Marines, Navy, Army, Air Force and Coast Guard as well as Prisoners of War (POW).
- Wives of service members who died in service of our nation will officially begin the game with “It’s time for Dodger baseball!” and children of these families will be amongst the children who partake in Kids Take the Field Monday.
- The Dodgers will wear specially-designed caps and jerseys featuring an authentic military digital camouflage design licensed from the United States Marine Corps in honor of Memorial Day.
Hyun-Jin Ryu starts opposite Cueto and he’ll look to continue the team’s recent success on Memorial Day games, as the Dodgers are 4-1 in the last five years, with the loss coming last year to the St. Louis Cardinals. Monday will be Ryu’s second start since coming off the disabled list May 21.
Photos Of Dodgers Celebrating Beckett’s No-Hitter: