Earlier this month on May 1st and May 3rd, the Dodgers and the Salvation Army organized a tornado relief effort to collect donations for victims. Lance Cormier, who is from Alabama, spearheaded the effort as his home state was one of the areas affected. You can check out some of the autographs I got on May 3rd linked here
In an effort to assistance victims of the most recent tornado tragedy in Joplin, MO, once again, the Dodgers and Salvation Army have teamed up to raise funds. Sunday May 29th, several members of the team will be signing autographs to help raise money. This donation drive is being spearheaded by pitcher Scott Elbert who's hometown is Joplin. As part of the Viva Los Dodgers event on Sunday May 29th, Scott Elbert, Don Mattingly, Matt Guerrier, Ramon Troncoso, Javy Guerra, Ted Lilly, Kenley Jansen & Mike MacDougal are all scheduled to appear. The signing and the Viva Los Dodgers event will take place before Sunday's game in Lot 6 and the players are scheduled to sing from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm. Just like the last tornado relief event, a $5 donation is encouraged for autographs. More info on the event at Dodgers.com
And in what hopefully be the end of the Andre Ethier middle finger story, this from Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:
Ethier levied $2.5K fine by MLB
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier was fined $2,500 by Major League Baseball but avoided a suspension as discipline for making an obscene gesture at a photographer during batting practice before the May 16 game with Milwaukee at Dodger Stadium.
A photo of the act became an Internet sensation and got the attention of MLB. Ethier apologized through the media.
True to the Blue!