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!
When we went in the boys were exercising
I ran into Jose Mota of the Angels talking to his dad Manny Mota of the Dodgers. Jose was on the outside of the fence.
Camelback Ranch Scoreboard advertising the Dodgers against the Angels
Emma, Margie, Lorena & Roberto of VinScullyismyhomeboy prior to the game
I spotted Mike Scioscia signing autographs so I headed to the visitor’s dugout. He signed my Union 76 giveaway pictures from back in his playing days.
Jason: It was great that you got to serve as the bat boy!
As bat boy Jason was getting back to the dugout after giving the umpire some baseballs we yelled “LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BAT BOY!” Jason turned around and waived. Some fans behind the Dodger dugout turned to see who was yelling that.
“Lemonade, lemonade, just like grandma used to make!” Yum yum! Also try the Island noodles with vegetables and Teriyaki Chicken.
Dodgers defeated the Angels 5-0. We spotted Efrain with this t-shirt. Here is the front
Here is the back of Efrain’s shirt:
We had a great first day.
next post: Spring Training 2011 Pictures, Part Two
Is raining here in the LA area and the news are full of snow forecast at 1000 feet. With the Academy Awards coming Sunday, they are talking that there might be snow at the Hollywood sign which is 899 feet. So tonight is the biggie IF it happens. My Droid is showing 45/34 for Saturday with a picture of light snow.
What I am might miss in LA on Sunday is not the Academy Awards (On TV) but this event:
Vin Scully to be honored at Beverly Hills Wine Fest I would much prefer to hear Vin Scully than any speech from the Academy Awards.
Looking at the weather here in the LA area and in Arizona with thunderstorms, I am thinking of the song “Riders On the Storm” which made me think of “LA Woman” Three LA women will be heading on the road early Saturday morning, hopefully no snow on the road but most likely rain.
Remember Camelback Ranch Grand Opening in 2009? I had taken the Southern California Auto club magazine Westways with me. They have a section in the magazine titled “Picture This” where they feature travelers showing the magazine at their vacation destination. That year I took the magazine, submitted the picture and it made the magazine in 2009.
Dodgers Flashback Uniform.
Fans were given an option to vote for their favorite Brooklyn Uniforn out of three so that the winner uniform could be worn at the Dodgers Flashback days. The votes were counted and the winner is …..
My choice was the 1911 jersey, but the guys (Andre Either, Clayton Kershaw & Matt Kemp) make any uniform look good! I like the 1940’s uniforms! The uniforms will be worn for six midweek games with half price food & drinks. Also there will be half price tickets.
Flashback uniform picture from Jon SooHoo.
Camelback Ranch or Bust
Spring Training here we come! We drive Saturday night from the LA area bound to Glendale, AZ or Bust! We’ll see if we get stopped because we are Hispanics J We’ll report from Arizona. Countdown: Five days!
37 days till Opening Day
When I first heard that ESPN wanted to broadcast Opening Day for The Dodgers against the Giants, I was not happy. My first thought was “Oh NO!” No Vin Scully!” That is sacrilegious! Vin is entering his 62nd season as voice of the Dodgers and this will be his 54th home opener in Los Angeles
But serenity has been restored! It has been announced that Vin will be covering the game on the radio doing innings one to three and seven to nine. Ah! I feel much better. Listening to Vin Scully makes TV unnessary but I’ll be at the game!
Opening Day was supposed to be Friday April 1‘st but because of ESPN, it will be Thursday March 31st at 5.P.M Pacific Time. Unlike some, I was able to change my vacation day. BTW, I argued with my boss that it should be a holiday since I call Dodger Stadium, Our Lady of Chavez Ravine but he would not buy it.
ref: MLB.com, Baseball-fever.
Tony Barrial started this on facebook:
Vinny’s 60th Dodger season deserves a salute. SO at the bottom of the 4th EVERY HOME GAME in 2010; before the Dodgers UP; All fans stand up, face the pressbox and chant Vinny until stadium is chanting and Nancy starts to play “It Had To Be You!”
VIN SCULLY! WE LOVE YOU!!
Also, from my trip at Camelback a few weeks ago, here is a youtube of the Boilers Dodger club fans shot by Roberto of Vinscullyismyhomeboy when I was at Camelback:
Earlier I had taken this picture outside by the roped area.
Another guy with a crazy hat
the back of the Boilers’ shirt.
I had never heard of the this Dodger club until I saw them at Camelback Ranch.
Hi everyone! I’ve been so busy that I have not had a chance to make a new post since Sunday. I have a lot of picures but here are some from our trip to Camelback Ranch:
We got on the road very early in the morning. This picture is going by Yucca Valley, close to Joshua Tree where they have lots of windmills.
Ahhh… we arrived free of any speeding tickets. Here is a welcome sign at the CVS across from Camelback Ranch that reads “WELCOME LA DODGERS BASEBALL FANS”
See those beads we are wearing? Well, we bought them in the giftshop but after putting sunblock, my friends noticed that my neck was bleeding Dodger Blue! But is a cute necklace. See, is not beads but little baseballs!
Pictures from the following morning. Manny Mota, as usual on his bike. Later on inside, prior to the game, he threw me a ball and after juggling it, I was able to catch it!
The famous Roberto of VinScullyismyhomeboy blog.
No more beard for Casey Blake! I actually liked the beard! I can’t say “Stay Thirsty my friends” from the Dos Equis beer commercial.
Frank McCourt. Notice Josh Rawitch to the left. One fan asked Frank “how is the wife?”
I just noticed my earring came out in that picture! Thank you LuvetheDodgers23 for my beautiful earrings!
More pictures on the new two or three posts. I got so many pictures!
First of all, I want to give a big thank you to my friend Mike! Wow Mike! You blew me away with this post! Not only did you give us a wonderful post of our Brooklyn Bums when they won in 1955 but when I saw the title I was what? Wow Mike! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
When I first started reading Mike’s blog, I became hooked so jump on his Brooklyn Trolley for a wonderful ride!
Spring Training in Arizona
I have been having a ball here in Arizona! If you have not been to Spring Training, make an effort to go. Is so much fun seeing the regular players, the ones trying to make the team and others within the organization and those that work covering the Dodgers.
Tony Jackson who used to work for the Daily News and now works for ESPN Los Angeles, came over to greet me after I yelled “HEY TONY!” I am so glad that Tony is back working as a Dodger Beat Writer!
And Mike, yes, the patch is a go! Here is Loney sporting the patch. This picture is also for those that are looney for Loney:
Here is one for all the Ethierholics! is ao nice to see Andre’s swing! Thank you to my friend that I have nicknamed her Juana Soo Hoo for the great pictures she takes!
When I get home I will upload more pictures!
I also have some funny anecdotes to tell!
We had a lot of fun at the first game when we got there about an hour before game time. The following day we got there as soon as they let us get in which is 9:AM. I greeted the players as they made their way through the roped area. Everyone was so nice with “Hey!, good morning!” “hey, how are you?” I LOVE MY BOYS IN BLUE!
Rafael Furcal and Manny seemed inseparable. I greeted Rafi and he greeted me back. And then I said “Como estas Manny” He reponded smiling “Bien, Bien, si me puedo levantar en la manana, todo esta bien.” “Good, good, if I can get up in the morning, eveything is fine!”
Sunday’s game, after no news online that the game was going to be cancelled at Mesa, we headed that way. The Cub’s ballpark reminded me of Wrigley Field. There was a signing with ex-players such as Fergusen Jenkins, Rollie Fingers and Tommy Davis. I stopped to talk to Tomy Davis so I did not see who else was there. As I was talking to Tommy Davis, they made the announcement that the game had been cancelled so after I purchased a ball signed by Tommy Davis, we left. I know I can get Tommy to sign at Dodger Stadium or any event by the Dodgers but I felt that I am helping by making a purchase there. The balls were $20. Tommy signed it “Tommy Davis NL Batting Champ 1962 1963.
We ended up at the Arizona Museum for Young (AMY). They are featuring “Play Ball! The Cactus League Experience” from Feb. 26 – Nov. 7 2010. I recomended for both adults and kids. You can read more about it at www.arizonamuseumforyouth.com I will post pictures about this place after I get home!
Tomorrow we head to Scottsdale to watch our bums play the hated Jints.