July 23rd, 2009, 06:26 PM #1
Mannywood posters free for fans on august 5
MANNYWOOD POSTERS FREE FOR FANS ON AUGUST 5
Third poster in the series will commemorate last night’s dramatic grand slam on Manny Ramirez Bobblehead Night
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will create an individually numbered, limited edition Mannywood poster featuring artwork from last night’s victory that featured Manny Ramirez’s dramatic, pinch-hit, tie-breaking grand slam on his own sold-out bobblehead night. The posters, compliments of KLOS, will be distributed to the first 20,000 fans attending the game August 5.
The grand slam, the 21st of Ramirez’s career, elicited two curtain calls and propelled the club to a 6-2 win, the club’s fifth straight victory. Ramirez is just two behind Lou Gehrig, who set the all-time record with 23.
The Dodgers are now a Major League-best 27 games over .500 for the first time since the final day of the 1988 World Championship season.
“It was one of the best moments of my career,” said Ramirez of his first-ever pinch-hit home run. “I’m just glad it happened here in LA.”
Ramirez’s drive came on his only swing of the night and was his first to land in “Mannywood,” the section just fair of the left field foul pole named for the slugger. For $99, the same number as Ramirez’s uniform, fans can purchase two field level tickets and receive two Mannywood t-shirts at remaining Dodger home games.
After being hit by a pitch on his hand Tuesday night, Ramirez was not in the starting lineup last night and was not expected to play in the game. He had not taken batting practice or even hit off a tee when Dodger Manager Joe Torre turned to him at a critical point in the game. Ramirez turned on the first pitch, a 96 mile-per-hour fastball, and crushed it over the wall, sending the capacity crowd of 56,000 into delirium.
The Mannywood poster is the third in a series depicting great moments at Dodger Stadium during the 2009 season. The initial poster, titled “The Cyclist,” featured Orlando Hudson completing the first cycle by a Dodger in nearly four decades, a feat which he accomplished on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium, his first home game in Los Angeles.
The second poster, titled “The Comeback Kids,” depicted one of the Dodgers’ nine first-half, walk-off victories. Los Angeles has 25 come-from-behind wins this season, including five in which they have erased leads of three or more runs.
All three posters feature original photography from longtime Dodger team photographer Jon SooHoo.
Fans have several options for purchasing tickets to Dodger home games this season. They can purchase tickets online at dodgers.com, by calling 866-DODGERS, or visiting the Dodger Stadium Advance Ticket windows or any Ticketmaster retail outlet. Tickets for Mannywood can be purchased at dodgers.com/mannywood
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