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Dodger Stadium Features More Celebs; Today's Is Ice Cube

Also -- although this may be stretching the definition of celebrity -- Antonella Barba, who reached the top 16 of "American Idol" in 2007, will sing the national anthem.

Ice Cube. Patch file photo.
Ice Cube. Patch file photo.

Rap and hip hop artist Ice Cube will throw the ceremonial first pitch and announce the Los Angeles Dodgers starting line for tonight's sold-out interleague game against the Detroit Tigers at Dodger Stadium.

Antonella Barba, who reached the top 16 of "American Idol" in 2007, will sing the national anthem.

Former Dodger outfielders Lee Lacy and Billy Ashley will sign autographs in the left and right field pavilion plaza areas from 5:10-7:30 p.m.

The Veteran of the Game will be U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Iriz Meza of Baldwin Park, who enlisted in 1999 and completed combat medic training. She now serves with the National Guard at an Army hospital.

Meza's accolades include an Army Commendation Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

The first 40,000 fans in attendance will receive a Dodgers zip-up hooded sweatshirt.

All auto and left field, left pavilion and club level gates will open at 5:10 p.m. and the remaining gates at 5:40 p.m. The first pitch is set for 7:10 p.m.

--City News Service


Shripathi Kamath April 08, 2014 at 05:09 PM
Ice Cube? When are Ice T and Mr. T scheduled to make an appearance?
Jeff April 09, 2014 at 12:17 PM
Your statement is insulting and It shows a total lack of common courtesy. As a former Bruin editor , legal reporter and current Patch editor, your personal feelings are not of importance to the reader unless you are a commentator or opinion writer. This young girl Antonella Barba has achieved something sadly many will never have the luxury of doing. She appeared before tens of millions of people worldwide and sang, was judged and asked to leave a show. She was exposed to worldwide scrutiny and hopefully will trade that minor achievement into something. She exposed her talent worldwide to ridicule or acceptance. By the mere fact that she has talent, was featured on a show broadcast worldwide over a period of weeks before millions and voted on by millions, makes her a minor celebrity. So let me ask you this question, as an editor reporting celebrity sighting at Dodger Stadium , when did your personal views overshadow the facts. I agree the use of the word celebrity is overused by members of the media but belittling her accomplishments isn't befitting of someone who has achieved personal success. The girl isn't a Khardashian, Hilton or member of the Orange County, Long Island, Atlanta, Beverly Hills Wives Club or children of rich people throughout our nation, reality based participants who truly do not warrant the use of the word celebrity because they live the lives of scripted candid camera and are not "real celebrities" of any worthwhile achievement except being pawns of embarrassing ratings voyeurism because of their stupidity and wealth . Their accomplishments are sad reminders of the perpetuation of the myth that youth is wasted on the young and that the rich are only self absorbed with wealth and themselves. Next time, keep your personal feelings to yourself it's not worthy of hurting others. I don't think you did it out of malice because I have faith that you know better .this isn't some check out rag sheet but this version of the Patch represents Southern California neighborhoods and what you wrote wasn't a higher standard.
Shripathi Kamath April 09, 2014 at 12:30 PM
"I agree the use of the word celebrity is overused by members of the media but belittling her accomplishments isn't befitting of someone who has achieved personal success. The girl isn't a Khardashian, Hilton or member of the Orange County, Long Island, Atlanta, Beverly Hills Wives Club or" _________________________________________________ So wait, it is OK to belittle a Khardashian[sic] or a Hilton, because they are not reality based in some sense of the word?
nitagregory April 09, 2014 at 12:45 PM
......I'm speechless lol
Jeff April 09, 2014 at 08:42 PM
It's not that a Kardashian or Hilton aren't reality-based celebrities . They are and I have no tolerance for them personally. They are like dinosaur leeches that grab a hold on our societies lowest common denominator and will not let go. We have become a voyeur society and these families are the Queens of that society. It's degrading and putting our morals on a slippery slope. Personally the use of the word celebrity has less than stellar qualities in today's world than it did yesterday I just hate when someone is called a celebrity because of the sex tape or some other lack of talent or because they have money or are a child of someone of significant note. These bottom feeders and I know that's an unkind statement but these folks are useless examples of what we should not strive for in society and wind up being voyeurs instead . This Type of celebrity appears on supermarket tabloid covers , new stories and is really not worthy of even a mention if you actually looked at what they can accomplish however the damage they're doing to our society and to young women and men everywhere is reprehensible and the press just buys right into it. It's a rant against the loose moral fiber invading out media and lives. The real celebrities and heroes we should look up to are still there but we have a different judgment call today those folks aren't stylish there not splashy or glitzy they don't embarrass themselves they strive to make this world at better place , we tend not to reward that kind of behavior and it's really a shame

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