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Lucie will be throwing out the first pitch at the New York Yankees game on September 24 in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month! :D


The New York Yankees today announced that Lucie Arnaz, Emmy Award-winning actress and performer, and Felipe Payano, the Dominican Republic's Minister of Sports and Recreation, will each throw out ceremonial first pitches during the Yankees' final regular season homestand as part of the team's annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.

The Yankees will welcome Payano for a ceremonial first pitch prior to their 7:05 p.m. game vs. the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, September 22, and Arnaz prior to their 4:10 p.m. game vs. the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, September 24.


For over four decades, Arnaz has starred on Broadway, television and films, winning an Emmy for her documentary Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie in 1994. The daughter of Lucille Ball and Cuban-born Desi Arnaz, she has performed on both the Academy and Tony Awards and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Theatre Wing, dedicated to supporting excellence and education in the theatre. Her latest album, Latin Roots, was released in 2010 and celebrates her Spanish heritage.


"We are truly honored to have Lucie Arnaz headline our Hispanic Heritage Month celebration," said Manuel Garcia, Yankees Director of Latino Affairs. "Not only is she an extremely talented and award-winning performer, but she is the daughter of one of America's iconic couples who were pioneers in the entertainment industry. I know our fans will be excited to see Lucie in Yankee Stadium."


Now in his second term as Minister of Sports, Payano heads the sports and recreation agency in the Dominican Republic. Established in 1974, the ministry aids and supports the values, individuals and positive aspects of sports and governs the country's national athletic teams.


"With Dominican superstars such as Robinson Cano, Ivan Nova, Rafael Soriano and Eduardo Nuñez on our roster, it is only fitting to have the Minister of Sports of the Dominican Republic join us for Hispanic Heritage Month," Garcia said.


In addition to the ceremonial first pitches, the Yankees are proud to once again provide a multi-platform initiative during the month of September to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month. The September issue of Yankees Magazine, the team's official game program, contains a feature article on the "Latino Living Legends" exhibit currently on display in the New York Yankees Museum presented by Bank of America at Yankee Stadium. This exhibit was unveiled earlier this year in a special ceremony with Puerto Rican Hall of Famer, Orlando Cepeda.


On Saturday, September 17, the Yankees will join NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in a Taxi Health Fair in Washington Heights. Then, in a special pregame ceremony on Tuesday, September 20, the team will hold their fourth annual Hispanic Heritage Month Community Achievement Awards ceremony, which recognizes those who proudly serve the wonderful residents of the Bronx. One of this year's honorees is Johnny Pacheco, the co-founder and musical director of the world renowned salsa all-star band and record label, Fania.


Earlier this month, the Yankees kicked off the festivities with various events, including on-field ceremonies celebrating the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame's Inductee Class of 2012, which included Yankees Bernie Williams and Tony Peña, the presentation of the 2011 Yankees Latino MVP Award to Ivan Nova by www.latinobaseball.com and the acknowledgment of the 2010 Mariano Rivera and Robinson Cano youth baseball tournament winners from the Dominican Sports Foundation of New York.


Fans that follow the team on its Spanish-language Web site, www.yankeesbeisbol.com, can check out these and other events in the special Hispanic Heritage Month section and participate in an online sweepstakes for the opportunity to win tickets to the final regular season home game at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, September 25 vs. Boston.



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