LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers threw open their stadium to firefighters on Monday, welcoming some 350 first responders from Los Angeles and Ventura counties for a round of batting practice, lunch and a chance to meet Dodgers players.

No player was more delighted to meet these men and women than outfielder Joc Pederson, whose wedding might not have gone on without them.

The wedding was set for Jan. 6 in Santa Barbara.

He said he and his wife, Kelsey, had booked a resort hotel in Montecito, but the hotel remained closed in the wake of the fires.

The wedding itself went off without a hitch. “Our wedding was pretty cool,” Pederson said.

The couple relaxed in Goleta for a few days, then attempted to catch a flight to Hawaii for the honeymoon.

“That is when the mudslides hit,” Pederson said. “We couldn’t get to LAX, so we missed our flight.”

The Pedersons did eventually make it to Hawaii — where they were greeted one morning with this urgent phone message: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”

It was, of course, a false alarm — and quite the capper to an intensely memorable week.

— The Los Angeles Times

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