In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Reward.” I am a baseball junkie. I LOVE Baseball!! What better reward to a baseball junkie like me who had a long winter than to watch her Boys in Blue return? Spring Training is our fix!!
A reward is watching Clayton Kershaw throw again. A reward is getting an autograph from Dodgers future like shortstop Corey Seager
It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!!
Ahhh. I’ve been waiting for this day! The first Dodger Spring Training game! So
like the apron says “The Heck with housework! Let’s see the Dodgers Play!”
Yesterday was also the launch of the Dodgers new TV Network: SportNetLA
When I got home from work, I spent all the evening watching SportNetLA until past midnight. While watching the station.
I also renewed my subscription to MLB at Bat so that I can listen to the game while I work, at Dodger Stadium and on the road.
Today is 24 days till the Dodgers Opening Day in Australia. When I think of #24, I think of
Walter Alston went on to manage the Dodgers on one-year contracts for 23 seasons (1954-1976).
Welcome back Baseball! I missed you!!
Lunch and Baseball! Baseball and food, my two favorite things!
Last year I went to Camelback Ranch for the St Patrick’s weekend with friends Lorena and Elisa.
This year the three of us headed that way again. Lore and I talked that we should make it a tradition to spend St Patrick’s Day watching the Dodgers every year.
After we ran into Pat and Norma. I seem like I always ran into them on the road.
We ran into Cochito! haha, a different cochito
After we ran into Pat and Norma. I seem like I always ran into them on the road.
Looking for a pic of the birthday girl Margie but I could not find one. Also of Randy from Let’s Talk Dodgers and Mary and Art from our Top Deck family.
Relaxing at the game
Elisa’s beautiful panoramic pictures. She showed me how to take them too. That is me walking with my Trayvon Robinson green jersey and my floppy hat
I like this picture with Lore and I walking
Elisa titled this picture “the person behind the hat, Crzblue” Yeah, me and my floppy hats. I forgot the blue one that I purchased a year ago on St Patrick’s Day so I took that one that I purchased a month before when we were in Arizona for the Dodgers workouts.
Speaking of traditions, I was disappointed that Jaime Jarrin, Pepe Yniguez & Fernando Valenzuela were not broadcasting the game in Spanish for St Patrick’s Day. Our Irish poet Vin Scully was there so why not our Spanish poet Jaime? I asked Mr. Jarrin when was the last time he missed a St Patrick’s game. He said:
@crzblue Emmita: nunca perdí un S.Patricio desde 59 hasta el 2008. En ùltimos 6 años he perdido uno en camelback Ranch. Abrazos.
ref; Dee’s picture, Elisa’s panoramic pictures, Lorena’s pictures and mines.
These are Dodgers minor leaguers running during Spring Training. I like this picture because it depicts the minor leaguers fighting to make it to the Majors.
Like Cristina Saralegui says in that Cuban expression “Pa’lante, pa’lante, pa’tras ni pa’ coger impulso” which means “Forward, don’t step back, not even to gain momentum (coud also be understood as “to get a running start”.)
That is my advice to the minor leaguers. Pa’lante muchachos! Spring forward!
First Spring Training game for the Dodgers today! Baseball is back! Pa’lante todos mis muchachos! Good luck to all the guys new ones, old ones and those struggling to make the team! Pa’lante!
My first time participating in the Weekly Photo Challenge with a theme. This week’s challenge is a picture that says FORWARD
photo by Jon SooHoo, Dodgers great photographer
Best news ever this morning!! Sandy Koufax is back with the Dodgers!!!
Welcome back Sandy!
Here is a short video I shot of Tommy Lasorda dressed in his batting practice jersey giving instructions to the minor leaguers on how to hit. 🙂 “You got an ax in your hand” “you are chopping the tree down” “como esta la republica?”
Tommy is so funny
Some pictures from my second trip to Camelback Ranch:
Kershaw signing autographs! Javy Guerra! Truck with Dodger licence, Margie and Fam, Lorena & Margie,
Margie and Fam, Lorena & Margie. Deuce & I enjoying a lemonade!
Lore, Margie, Elisa.
We love running into our Dodger friends. Here is Dee, Deuce and William. Also Jon SooHoo.
and we love our boys in Blue. Here is Andre Ethier, James Loney and Matt Kemp. These pics taken by Elisa.
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
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