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Dodgers White Sox First Spring Training Fan Fest

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.

 Phone: (623) 302-5000
Event url: www.camelbackranchbaseball.com
Here is a picture from last March at Camelback Ranch.  Andre Ethier, Margie, Lorena and I.  
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Had a great time at the Baseball Reliquary event last Saturday.  I purchased the book “Strrr-ike!! Emmett Ashford, Major League Umpire” by Adrienne Cherie Ashford, daughter of Emmett.   I checked out two  books from the library, one on the Negro League and the other is  “A Strong Right Arm”  the story of Mamie “Peanut” Johnson.” 
 
I also won another book.  “Bat Boy: My True Life Adventures Coming of Age with the New York Yankees by Matthew McGough.  Matthew was in the audience so he signed my book.  He was there with his two beautiful young kids.  Even though I have the book I will attend the Baseball Reliquary when he will be speaking about his book and having a book signing.   My friend Abby who is a huge Yankee fan, said is a fun read.   Thank you Abby for the two Dodger books you have sent me!   Let me know if there is anything I can send your way.  
 
I plan on getting the Gaylord Perry book too.  So many books to read, so little time.  I plan on reading on my way to Camelback Ranch. 
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ref:  http://events.kpho.com/?404

Spring Training Camelback Ranch, part two


Let’s start the pictures with El Guapo de Andre Ethier.  

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 Margie getting her baseball autograph by Tommy Lasorda

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Chad Billinsgley!

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Kenley Jansen

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Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times. 

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The X man, Xavier Paul

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Lorena and Tommy Lasorda

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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

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Matt Kemp, DeJesus next to him while Trayvon Robinson is at bat 

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 Kershaw pitching while Juan Pierre is on third base

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Welcome back home Davey Lopes!

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Jerry Sands

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Jerry Sands

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Spring Training 2011 Camelback Ranch Pictures. Part One.

On Sunday February 27th, Camelback was opened around 10:30 A.M.  Usually they open at 9 AM.  

When we went in the boys were exercising

 
 

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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. 


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Camelback Ranch Scoreboard advertising the Dodgers against the Angels

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Emma, Margie, Lorena & Roberto of VinScullyismyhomeboy prior to the game

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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.  

 
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Jason:  It was great that you got to serve as the bat boy!      

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Andre Ethier!  

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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.   

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After the game  with another lemonade wtih watermelon flavor for the road. 
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“Lemonade, lemonade, just like grandma used to make!”  Yum yum!   Also try the Island noodles with vegetables and Teriyaki Chicken.    

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Dodgers defeated the Angels 5-0.   We spotted Efrain with this t-shirt.  Here is the front

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Here is the back of Efrain’s shirt:

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We had a great first day.  

next post:  Spring Training 2011 Pictures, Part Two    

Spring Training or Bust and Dodgers Opening Day Update

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



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I am also glad that the Dodgers held their ground because if it was up to ESPN, the game would have been moved to Frisco!   Still I am not happy that it got moved to an evening to accommodate TV.  

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.  

To hold us up until we get to hear Vin Scully again, here is  Bill Buckner 1986 game   or  9th Inning of Sandy Koufax”s Perfect Game

 

ref:  MLB.com, Baseball-fever. 

2011 Dodger Caravan and Spring Training plans

Spring is in the air!    Check out the flowers outside where I work.  They are  called Magnolia Alexandria. 

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 The Dodgers Caravan will be February 14th to the 15th!   This year is full of community work where the fans get to join in!. 

My friend Lorena, Erik and I are thrilled that we were able to signed up for both days.  February 14th it will be Cleanup our LA river and February 15th, cleanup the Bay (Santa Monica).   I can’t wait!  

The Dodger current and past players along with Dodger announcers will also visit hospitals and schools as part of giving back to the community.    I think getting the fans involved is a great idea.  Details   here  

Dodgers will also be at the Lopez Tonight show in Burbank on Valentines Day but I could not get tickets to that.   Can anyone get us at the Warner Bros studios on that day?   I used to know someone that used to get me VIP tickets but that person moved out of state.    

My friend Lorena and started talking Spring Training games when we met at the Laker game last night.  Yeah, Lakers lost to the Spurs but we had a good time.  

We along with friend Margie decided on  the first two games at Camelback Ranch.  The first game is Sunday February 27th against the Angels and Monday against the White Sox.   We might get there on Saturday or early Sunday.   I can’t wait!   

February is looking pretty good!  that is Andre Ethier jumping up with Joaquin

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 from the adoption site at www.heartgalleryla.org

PLEASE click on the link above, then the video of the Dodgers salute to the Heart Gallery of Los Angeles in their pursuit to find homes for children.   

In the video you can see Russell Martin, Andre Ethier and James Loney with children from the Heart Gallery of Los Angeles,   

This is the second year the Dodgers team up with the Heart Gallery of Los Angeles doing the Calendar.   According to Josh Rawitch, Dodgers Vice President of Communications, the Gallery has had a high rate of success since the kids have been featured on the Team calendar.      

  
  

Spring Training 2010: More Pictures

Congratulations to Andre Ethier who had his number (#14) retired by his alma mater, Saint Mary’s High School, Wednesday at Phoenix.   Tommy Lasorda was there in addition to Rick Monday who emceed the event.  

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 My friend took this picture of me with my Andre shirt.  

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Too many people here, let’s walk to the Dodgers Minor league area:

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Here is Elisa and I walking where the minor leaguers practice.

And no Bailey!  I am not willing to trade Ethier from my baseball fantasy team “Locos Azules”!     

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I love my Shape-up shoes!    

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Game underway and Kemp little fans waiting to see if they can get a baseball

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Maybe this guy drove all night to get to Camelback Ranch.  We nicknamed him Sleeping Beauty.  People kept coming by taking pictures with him or thowing peanuts aming for his mouth. 

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But Sleeping Beauty was wide awake the following day with this sign, except he was blocking our view. I yelled “Hey!  you are blocking home plate”   “Go back to sleep instead”  to which the fans around laughed and applauded.   Everyone remember the guy from the day before.  

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Speaking of signs, here is the familiar sign Dodgers see at other ballparks
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I like this sign better and I love the rainbow!  Sign reads “is not about how you start.  It is about how you finish.”  picture taken while we were driving.   

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Here is another picture of the rainbow taken over the window of the car.  There was a double rainbow but is hard to see here. 

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Padilla has been named the starter for the Opener at Pittsburgh and Kershaw the Opener at Dodger Stadium!   Congratulations guys!  I can’t wait to watch you pitch! 

I laughed when I saw a poster posted this comment in mikesciosciatragicillness blog when Padilla was announced as the Opening Day starter. 

jay_jaffe    Why, did he shoot Kershaw and Billingsley?

 

The Reunion: Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp greet Juan Pierre


I actually missed taking the pictures because I went looking for food.  Lucky for me my friend LuvtheDodgers23 stayed so she took all these pictures.   When I saw them I went “ahhh, how cute!”

The shake:

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Where are you pointing Andre?

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Friends chatting 

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Matt Kemp shows up!  Here is the bump!

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and here are the three doing the bump:

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The hand shake:

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 And another bump before leaving

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A tough week for LA Sports fan this week. 

I mentioned this on facebook but not here.  Last week we mourn two LA sports figures in Willie Davis and Merlin Olsen.  

Willie Davis who still holds the all-time L.A. Dodgers records for the hits, extra-base hits, total bases, plate appearances, triples, and for the longest hitting streak, at 31 games.  The last time I saw Willie Davis was at the RBI(Reviving Baseball in Inter-cities) dinner last year.  

Merlin Olsen.    As a Los Angeles Rams fan, I remember watching Merlin Olsen an afterwards as a broadcaster more so than his acting career.    

I could not help shed a few tears when I heard of both these gentlemen passing away.   Both were 69.

This letter from a fan sent to the L.A. Times says it well:

“I can still hear Dick Enberg describing another Merlin Olsen sack, “And the applause is for the defense!”  I can still see Willie Davis galloping around the bases for another triple.  A big part of my youth just walked into the shadows of the Coliseum tunnel.  A piece of my childhood just rounded third and headed on home.   -John Thompson Chino, CA. 

Rest in peace 3-Dog and Merlin Olsen.