LA Dodgers to celebrate Korean culture, tourism
LOS ANGELES, May 16 (Yonhap) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers will celebrate South Korean culture and tourism at an annual event scheduled for next month, officials said Saturday.
The LA office of the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) will stage "Korea Night" at Dodger Stadium on June 17, when the home team Dodgers host the Texas Rangers in interleague action.
The Dodgers have South Korean pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin, while the Rangers have South Korean outfielder Choo Shin-soo.
Rock band YB will put on a small concert prior to the game, and then perform the South Korean and American national anthems. CL of girl group 2NE1 will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
A promotional video starring boy group Big Bang, titled "Imagine Your Korea," will be played on the scoreboard.
During the game, two U.S.-born Korean War veterans will receive plaques of appreciation.
The organizers will set up a tourism promotional booth outside Dodger Stadium, with Yoon Do-hyun, leader of YB, signing autographs.
"We've organized this event to promote South Korea among Dodgers fans," said Kim Tae-sik, head of the KTO's LA office. "We hope more Americans will want to travel to Korea after this."
At last year's "Korea Night" at Dodger Stadium, Jung Yong-hwa, leader of the band CNBLUE, sang the Korean anthem, while another South Korean recording artist, Ali, performed "The Star-Spangled Banner."
Park Chan-ho, the first South Korean to play in the majors who debuted with the Dodgers in 1994, threw out the ceremonial first pitch, with Ryu behind the plate.
Ryu, who signed with the Dodgers in 2013, has yet to pitch this season while recovering from a shoulder injury, and it remains unclear if he will be available for action on June 17. Choo has been one of the hottest hitters in Major League Baseball in May, with a .344 average and 12 extra-base hits in 15 games. He had his 14-game hitting streak snapped Friday. It was the longest run in the American League this year.