When Lorena and I found out that there was going to be a Spring Traning Fanfest 3/3/12, we said “Let’s go!” Rosie, who we met on Twitter last year said “I want to go!” The original plan was to go for the day. We already had a Spring Training road trip planned for the St Patrick weekend so we thought a turnaround trip would be OK.
On Saturday 2/25 I get a text from Lorena that Amanda was joining. A few days later Lorena tells us her friend Priscila is also joining us. Our group had grown to FIVE.
After thinking it over, we thought the original plan was kinda crazy to drive from LA to AZ and come back the same night so we changed it stay Saturday night.
The buz at Camelback Ranch the day before we were to leave was that Sandy Koufax was there! Dodger fans were giddy with excitment.
Kershaw, Sandy Koufax and Don Mattingly. Picture taken by Jon SooHoo.
Because of Sandy Koufax was at Camelback Ranch, our group grew to seven a few hours before we were scheduled to take off. Needless to say some of us hardly got any sleep or none at all.
The minivan arrived at my house about 2 AM. A few minutes later Rosie was dropped off at my house. Because of a mixup, Rosie did not bring anything but her purse. She thought we had changed back to making the trip a turnaround trip. She wanted to stay but we said “There is a Target, close by…. ” So off we went six women and a men in a Blue Minivan.
We arrived safely and it was off to taking pictures. The first one I took was with Gaylord Perry
The second one was with Javy!
Here is Rene and I talking with Jon SooHoo
This picture taken by Dodger main photographer Jon SooHoo, appeared in the Dodgers Photo Gallery. Thanks Jon! . Check out his MLB blog at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com
With Manny Mota on his bicycle
Plenty of pictures were taking especially at Sattle Ranch where 3 of the group rode the mechanical bull but I’ll leave the pictures for another post or maybe I should check with the group if is OK to post.
I had a wonderful time on this trip. Can’t wait to be back at Camelback Ranch for St Patrick weekend. The only thing is I won’t be able to watch the game on Sunday as I am scheduled to work in NH the following week so I am taking a flight at noon.
My friends Lorena, Rosie, Amanda and I are waking up pretty early on Saturday to head to the Dodgers White Sox Spring Training Fanfest March 3rd. Hmm, let’s see…gates open at 8;30, a six hour drive. Man! that is pretty early and this is a turnaround trip.
Here is the information
DODGERS/WHITE SOX SPRING TRAINING FAN FEST
Saturday, March 3, 2012, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
FREE ADMISSION!!! Batting practice & autograph sessions:
Chicago White Sox batting practice 9-10:30am
Chicago White Sox autograph session 10:30-11am
Los Angeles Dodgers autograph session 11-11:30am
Los Angeles Dodgers batting practice 11:30am-1pm
Activities & Promotions:
Concourse Activities include the Free Agent Sports Marketing Sports Card and Memorabilia Show, speed pitch, fan photos, kids’ inflatables, a Phoenix Coyotes booth featuring Howler, a Glendale fire truck, and a Cactus League book signing with Hall of Fame pitcher Gaylord Perry.
Promotional items include bobbleheads (first 250 children 12 and under), Coyotes ticket drawing for the March 3rd game at neighboring Jobing.com Arena, spring training raffles, and other sponsored giveaways.
Arizona Sports 620 Radio will broadcast from the stadium during the event.
Concession stands and the Clubhouse Store will be open.
The ticket office will be open from 8:30am-4pm for fans to purchase game tickets.
Event url: www.camelbackranchbaseball.com
The day that Dodgers Pitchers and Catchers report is finally here! WOOHOO!!
Dodgers photographer and owner of the MLB blog http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com/ Jon SooHoo posted this picture from Camelback Ranch two years ago with the caption “What awaits the Dodgers at the end of the rainbow this season?” That applies even more now.
Here is a picture from 2004 P&C at Vero Beach. Greg Miller, Tom Martin, Hong-chih Kuo, and Kaz Isshi. Good luck in Seattle Kuo. We will miss you.
In addition to being P&C Day today is Marty Gras or Fat Tuesday. A day to feast before Lent starts. It is also called “Shrove Tuesday” or Pancake Day in the UK. Pancake day because it was a great way to use the foods that were given up for Lent – milk, butter, and eggs.
An English friend suggested I give up Baseball for Lent. My reaction: “WHAT! Are you kidding me!? “No Way” I suggested that he gives up Soccer. I am still working on what I am going to give up. In the meantime.
Dodger News: Dodgers bring back Steve Yeager as catching instructor! Welcome back Boomer!
13 Days till the first Spring Training Game
44 Days till Dodgers Opening Game at Petco Park (A Padre fan at the Kings game asked me why I was going to Petco Park on Opening Day and if I was a Padre fan. I was dressed with my Dodger poncho. lol. He did not know the Padres open against the Dodgers)
49 Days till Dodgers opening Day at Home!
Question: Anyone knows if any team has shown interest on Free Agent Aaron Miles?
pictures by Jon SooHoo.
We got notice that the Dodger Equipment truck has arrived! And look at this! Matt Kemp is at Camelback Ranch!
I did not know Mitch Poole, the Dodgers Clubhouse manager is a Clipper fan.
5 Days till Dodgers Pitchers and Catchers report.
17 Days Till Spring Training.
48 Days till Opening Day in San Diego!
53 Days till Opening Day at Dodger Stadium.!
Dodger Stadium is celebrating 50 years!
Tonight is Dodger Pride Night at the King’s game. I am meeting friends Lorena and Rosie for dinner prior to the hockey game!
Oh no! Now I am sad. Just read that Gary Carter passed away. Rest in peace Gary. Dodger photographer Jon SooHoo posted this old picture a few days ago.
Our last trip to Arizona included a trip to Las Vegas to see the Dodgers play against the Cubbies. Our first stop was Camelback Ranch to watch the Boys in Blue practice. We saw Loney so we sang to him:
Afterwards we headed to Surprise Stadium
If you can see the score, the Dodgers are losing in the 4th inning 3 to 9. Things were going to get worst than that.
I forget in what inning, but Wilson Betemit (Ex Dodger) came to bat and I got hit with a foul ball. It did not feel as bad as when I got hit a few years back at Dodger Stadium by a Heep Seop Choi foul ball
Next time this is going to be me catching a foul ball like this!
Meanwhile the score now at the top of the 8th Kansas City Royals 19, Dodgers 7.
On the road now to Las Vegas to follow our Dodgers! But first a little detour to Sedona, AZ
We stopped quite a few times to take pictures.
We got to Vegas like 11:30 at night and the following day we scrambled to get tickets as the game was sold out. After checking a few websites, we were able to get two tickets together and a single one. That meant we had to go to two different places to pick them up. The first stop was drive to Sams Town area, the next stop was to drive to the strip by .the Mandalay Bay to pick up the two tickets. Ok, now on our way to Cashman Stadium.
The game was a close one but lots of running blunders by the Dodgers. We got into a little heckling with Cubbie fans. One sitting next to us was asking us “why don’t you root for the Angels?” Which we told him “Why don’t you root for the White Sox?” It was all in good fun.
Vin Scully made the trip to Las Vegas as he was broadcasting his first Spring Training game.
Prior to the game, from the lower section, I yelled “VIN SCULLY! WE LOVE YOU!” I did it three times until the lady sitting next to him saw me and heard me so she told Vin. Vin got up, saluted me from above then he saw my t-shirt and gave me the A OK sign! The lady asked me to turn around so Vin could see the back. Vin again gave the OK sign! It was a great moment!
Dodgers lost to the Cubs by one run. Wtih that, we headed back to LA.
Next stop: Dodger Stadium for the Freeway Series then on to Opening Day March 31st.
We checked out from our Presidential suite which we loved! and headed to Camelback Ranch to watch our boys in Blue practice.
Andre having a snack. Manny Mota’s bicycle in the background.
We could hear Davey Lopes chewing the guys for some of their running blunders.
Trayvon Robinson. I remember when I went to to an Inland Empire game at San Bernardino, he made a great catch.
Andre Ethier posing with us. He was so nice that he waited for Lorena to join us in the picture.
On to Goodyear Ballpark.
Caption: “Something stinks here”
I love this banner at Goodyear Ballpark remembering Bob Feller.
They were selling Bob Feller baseball cards with proceeds going to the Bob Feller Museum so I bought this one:
And Randy of http://heirloom.mlblogs.com/ send this signed photo of Bob Feller! Thank you Randy!
Margie getting her baseball autograph by Tommy Lasorda
Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times.
The X man, Xavier Paul
Lorena and Tommy Lasorda
Tommy Lasorda greeting the umpires. He then went inside the dugout, spend a few innings there then went slowly up the stairs. Next thing I knew he was upstairs in the booth being interviewed
Matt Kemp, DeJesus next to him while Trayvon Robinson is at bat
Kershaw pitching while Juan Pierre is on third base
Welcome back home Davey Lopes!