Manny Pacquiao to throw out first pitch on June 17 at Dodgers baseball game

Filipino icon and boxer Manny Pacquiao to throw out first pitch on June 17

Press Release from MLB.com
06/10/2009

The Los Angeles Dodgers will welcome the world’s leading boxer Manny Pacquiao on June 17 when the Filipino icon will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the 7:10 p.m. game against Oakland. Pacquiao most recently accomplished a two-round defeat of Ricky Hatton.

Pacquiao’s visit to Dodger Stadium is the first outreach event to the Filipino community and will launch sales for the Dodgers’ upcoming Filipino Heritage Night on August 18. On select nights throughout the season, the Dodgers will honor fans from all over the world and the Los Angeles community in special sections that will celebrate culture through food and a commemorative limited edition “Dodgertown, Philippines” t-shirt. Group tickets are $35 and individual seats are $45. Filipino Heritage Night will be held on August 18 when the Dodgers play against St. Louis at 7:10 p.m. Full details can be found at www.dodgers.com/sitinmytown.

Group tickets for Pacquiao’s first pitch night can be purchased at www.dodgers.com/philippines or by calling 323-223-1433. The boxer maintains a residence in Los Angeles and $1 of every ticket sold using the promo code PACMAN will benefit the Manny Pacquiao Foundation created by the boxer to give back to the underprivileged men, women, and children of his native Philippines.

Right-handed pitcher Bobby Chouinard is the only MLB player born in the Philippines. The reliever was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 5th round of the 1990 MLB amateur draft and made his Major League debut with the Oakland Athletics on May 26, 1996. While Chouinard is the only player born in the Philippines, three other players of Filipino heritage have played in the Major Leagues: Bobby Balcena (1956 Cincinnati Reds), Benny Agbayani (1998-2001 New York Mets, 2002 Colorado Rockies, 2002 Boston Red Sox), and Chris Aguila (2004-2006 Florida Marlins, 2008 New York Mets). Two other Pacific Islanders have played in the Major Leagues: John Hatting from Guam (2006 Toronto Blue Jays) and Tom Mastny from Indonesia (2006-2008 Cleveland Indians).

The Dodgers will provide Free Parking in the general lots at Dodger Stadium for the three-game series June 16-18 versus the Oakland Athletics. Gates open at 5:10 p.m. and game times are 7:10 p.m. Fans will be able to enter all Dodger Stadium gates, where the $15 parking fee will be waived for entrance into the general lots.

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