One of the great joys of Sundays at Dodger Stadium is Viva Los Dodgers, a celebration that in past years was in the parking lot just beyond the outfield. But now, the festivities are within the stadium itself, in the new center field plaza.
Sunday before the series finale with the Cubs was the first Viva Los Dodgers of 2021, the first since capacity restrictions at Dodger Stadium were lifted. Mariachi Garibaldi was the musical guest on Sunday, a usual performer at Chavez Ravine.
But in addition to Viva Los Dodgers, the group was brought onto the field to serenade the Dodgers during warmups. This was not pre-planned, which led to a Dodgers employee walking into the press box frantically saying into their phone, “The mariachi band is where?” before a big sigh of relief when they spotted the band in the left field corner.
Kenley Jansen was the culprit who guided the band from the center field plaza onto the field, but it was another Dodgers reliever who added a layer to the story.
Joe Kelly worked out a trade with Mariachi Garibaldi trumpeter Grover Castro. Kelly received a custom mariachi jacket in exchange for his Dodgers jersey.
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