The 42nd annual Santa Clarita Dodger Day gave 30 residents the chance to get on the field at Dodger Stadium on Saturday.
Residents were entered in a random drawing when purchasing tickets online, and 15 were selected to attend batting practice before the game against the Washington Nationals.
Eric Saunders was one of the lucky residents chosen to attend practice, and he was able to take his 8-year-old son, Jack.
“My son is jazzed he gets to be on the field,” Saunders said. “I’m a huge Dodgers fan, and I’ve been coming here since I was a little kid, but I’ve never been on the field ever.”
Residents who attended the sold-out game were given a free Dodger hoodie while supplies lasted.
City staff, including Ashley Gurrola, Elizabeth Arambula and Alicia Parra, as well as deputy city manager Darren Hernandez were also honored during the home field recognition before the game.
“Were such a tight-knit community, so we’re grateful for this opportunity to be recognized,” said Elizabeth Arambula, Program Specialist in the Arts and Events Division. “It’s kind of surreal. Were super excited we can do this for the community.”
Dodger Day was held in conjunction with “Pups in the Park Night,” so those who went could sit in right field pavilion with their dogs.
A portion of every ticket sold will be donated to local schools and nonprofits, according to the SCV Dodger Day website.