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Meat and greet: Andre Ethier headlines Dodgers' Carne Asada Sunday

May 4, 2009 | 10:15 am

Carne Asada Sunday with Andre Etheir at Dodger Stadium.

The grilling must go on.

This weekend, Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier staked his name to a popular fundraiser known as Carne Asada Sunday. Started a couple of seasons ago by Nomar Garciaparra to benefit the Dodger Dream Foundation, the event allows fans to get an autograph, photos, and some tasty tacos while celebrating the team's close ties to the Mexican-American community (and, in this case, a sweep of the Padres).

With Garciaparra's departure, Ethier stepped up to host this season's first event. Fernando Valenzuela will headline the next one on June 28. Ethier recalled catching the tail end of Fernandomania while growing up in Arizona, and said he was also inspired by Mexican-American players in the West like Vinny Castilla.

Ethier, who prefers his carne asada with hot sauce and a horchata, says there's some good grilling in his his family. "My aunt makes a great one -- very spicy. She made it a couple times during spring training for me and my friends." That may account for his passion with food. He write a blog for mlb.com called Dining with 'Dre.

Fans interested in meeting Valenzuela will need a ticket to the game (against Seattle) and an additional $60 ticket for the event. The Ethier edition was near capacity at around 250 people.

-- Adam Rose

Photos: Carne Asada Sunday with Andre Ethier at Dodger Stadium. Credit: Adam Rose / Los Angeles Times.

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