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Take the city out to the ball game

'LIVE' from City Hall

Posted: June 1, 2008 3:18 a.m.
Updated: August 2, 2008 5:01 a.m.
 
Baseball is an American tradition that dates back to the 18th century, when amateurs played a baseball-like game by their own informal rules using improvised equipment. In the late 19th century, baseball was widely and officially recognized as the national sport of the United States.

Today, baseball is more than just a game, but is instead a social phenomenon that represents American pop culture.

Santa Clarita, a leader in providing popular community entertainment and events for its residents, will be helping to celebrate the 31st annual Santa Clarita Valley Dodger Day on Saturday, June 7.

At this year's Santa Clarita Valley Dodger Day, the boys in blue, who recently kicked off their 50th year in Los Angeles, will be playing the Chicago Cubs. There will be pre-game festivities beginning at
12:45 p.m., and attendees are encouraged to arrive early to participate in the entertainment. The first pitch will be thrown at 12:55 p.m.

Participating in the Santa Clarita Valley Dodger Day is not only a guaranteed good time, but it is also a great way to show your pride while giving something back to our community.

A portion of the discounted tickets to the game will be going back to the Santa Clarita Valley in the form of donations to numerous non-profits located throughout the area. Some of these include the Boys and Girls Club and the Domestic Violence Center of the Santa Clarita Valley.

At this year's Santa Clarita Valley Dodger Day event, Lindsay Hough, a Valencia resident and Hart High School graduate, will be singing the National Anthem, kicking off the 31st annual Santa Clarita Valley Dodger Day festivities. Lindsay is the winner of the annual National Anthem contest. The contest is a longstanding tradition since the first Santa Clarita Valley Dodger Day, with Santa Clarita Valley residents auditioning with both the city and the Dodger Day Committee for the honor of singing the anthem as part of the annual event. Past winners have ranged from local high school students to grandparents, all filled with pride for their valley and a love of the game.

If you're planning to attend Santa Clarita Valley Dodger Day, make sure to save room for the famous "Dodger Dog," a foot-long ballpark grilled frankfurter wrapped in a steamed bun. The "Dodger Dog" is consumed by millions of spectators who visit Dodger Stadium over the course of each baseball season.

Dodger Stadium is also offering Santa Clarita Valley residents discounted tickets to the all-you-can-eat pavillion, which allows you to load up on all of the traditional favorites like the Dodger Dog, nachos, popcorn, peanuts and Coke products.

Tickets to Dodger Day can be purchased online at www.dodgers.com/scv.

To ensure that a portion of your ticket cost benefits the valley's nonprofit organizations, make sure to include the promotional code SCV when checking out.

Come on out to Santa Clarita Valley Dodger Day and show your pride while you root, root, root for the home team!

Laurene Weste is a Santa Clarita City Council member. Her column reflects her own views, not necessarily those of The Signal. "Live from City Hall" is a column provided to The Signal by the city of Santa Clarita.

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