It Was All About Trayce

Peoria was quite an experience.  It was my first spring training game of my trip.  I had rushed to meet Norma at her hotel.  She was giving us a ride to the stadium. 

It’s a very nice stadium and it was a glorious day.  It was slightly overcast…absolutely perfect.   Our friend Greg who is a pitching coach said that Peoria is used all year around for training future baseball players.  There are even dorms.

Chase…always the first one on the field
The Dodgers were playing the Mariners.  Peoria is their stadium.
It was Trayce Thompson’s birthday.  He was very close as you can see.  I missed him almost all last year.  My heart was pounding the closer he got.
He graciously signed many autographs.  When he got closer, I said hi to him a bit timidly.  I wasn’t sure if he would remember me.  He gave me a big smile of recognition.  I asked him if he would take a selfie with me and he said. “Of course!”  He is the best!

I love this picture!!!

Chris Taylor was nice enough to give the selfie a thumbs up!
Just kind of peeking into this one
How cute is this?
I forgot to ask O’Koyea Dickson how to pronounce his first name.

Ready for the National Anthem.

We were beyond excited by now.  Norma had purchased awesome seats.


Next up…Trayce…taking practice swings.  Sorry about the netting.  I couldn’t use my big camera because it focuses on the netting and makes the player look blurry.  These pictures were taken with my iPhone.

And would you believe that Trayce hit a homerun on his birthday?  I couldn’t stop screaming.

I got Norma a turkey burger.  It looks pretty good.

I decided on chicken strips and fries.  Delicious.
Corey’s brother Kyle was playing for the Mariners.  Of course we cheered for him.
It was thrilling to take in my first game of the new season.  No Corey.  No Andre.  No Kike.  No Adrian.  But a lot of JT and Trayce.  It was still exciting.

Next…we decided to go to dinner after we rested a while.  Thanks for stopping by.   Spring Training continues….tune in for more.  GO DODGERS!!!!

Spring Training Day 2

I woke up early Wednesday morning so I could get to batting practice at Camelback. I don’t think I actually slept. 

We waited a while but they eventually made their way out to the practice fields.  They usually don’t sign on their way out. There is a chance when they go back into the clubhouse.


Guess who


Joc smiled at me. Few of the players even made eye contact. 

Toles! He actually looked at me! They haven’t forgotten me!!

A few more familiar faces among a sea of fresh new faces…

Scott Van Slyke. Remember him?


Chase was signed for a year. 

Kenta and translator Will

At last!!! Someone is signing. Eric Karros.

How about my first Dodger selfie of the season.  Very very nice guy!

Back view of Cody Bellinger

Nice pic of Chase

And believe it or not, Clayton Kershaw was one of the few players who stopped to sign.  What a thrill for the fans. He smiled at me and asked me how it was going as he always does.  Love Clayton.

I met many wonderful fans during my trip….one nice fan Carlos.
I called the shuttle to pick me up and take me to the Marriott to meet Norma. The game Wednesday was in Peoria and Norma was driving there. 

Next chapter to come….Dodgers vs Mariners at Peoria Stadium.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you don’t mind the installments. 

Memories of Spring Training 2017-Night one

It took a week before I could recover from Spring Training.  I left on Tuesday last week and returned on Friday. It was hot as I knew it would be but it took a while to recuperate.  It didn’t help that I had to go back to work right away when I got back. I’m finally writing about my experience a week later. I still feel tired…a combination of ST and work!

I left for Spring Training from the best airport in the world, Long Beach Airport.  There is no hassle.  No wait.  Security is awesome.  I always try to leave from there.  I only had minimal luggage:  a backpack and a small bag that fit under the seat.  I didn’t have baggage claim to contend with and I always seem to have TSP pre check which facilitates going through security.

I stayed at my usual hotel Comfort Suites, the only place to stay in Glendale.  The White Sox minor leaguers stay there.

There’s the courtesy hotel shuttle that takes you everywhere.  That’s definitely something wonderful when you don’t drive and need transportation.  I settled into my room and took the shuttle to my destination.

I  decided to arrive on Tuesday evening and arranged to meet  my friends at Cracker Barrel Restaurant, one of our go-to places in Glendale AZ.  The food is reasonable and delicious.

I had the rib eye steak, baked potato and dinner salad.  It was wonderful.  I hardly ever eat steak so it was a treat.

Norma had the turkey sandwich and a side of mashed potatoes and gravy.  Interesting combination.
I returned to the hotel to rest up for the next morning.  I planned on getting to the practice field early to see my guys.  I had worked the night before and had not had any sleep for about 36 hours so I was ready to take a nap.

Part two…my first glimpse of the 2017 Dodgers …will be coming soon.  Thanks for being so patient.  I appreciate everyone who has been following my blog.  I’ve missed everyone.  GO DODGERS!!!

Getting Ready For ST

It’s almost time to take that annual trip to Arizona.  It is going to be the hottest week yet, in the 80’s and 90’s.  How great is that.  Everyone is aware that I HATE day games because of the heat.  Oh well…anything for my blog.

All the Dodgers seem to be injured.  Do any of them train in the off season?  They are falling one by one.  The most worrisome is Corey Seager who at first only “tweaked” something.  Now they are saying it’s a minor oblique issue.  There is nothing minor about an injured oblique.  Andre has a lower back problem.  Adrian did have a “tennis” elbow but went on to play for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.  I don’t think that was smart thinking on anyone’s part.  Yimi Garcia is already on the 60 day DL.

They are slowly whittling the team down to a 40 man roster.  Today several players were sent to minor league camp.  Bye bye to Jacob Rhame, Kyle Farmer, Ralston Cash, Josh Sborz and Henry Ramos.  There will be more cuts since there are still 57 players left in major league camp.

I’ll be leaving tomorrow for Arizona.  No Corey for sure with his “minor” oblique injury.  No Adrian or Romo since they are still with the Mexican team.  Oh well.  At least Trayce is playing.  It looks like Clayton Kershaw is his usual awesome self.  Maeda and Hill are doing well.  Brandon McCarthy and Ryu did ok.  I’m still worried about the pitching.  Hopefully it won’t be a revolving door of pitchers this coming season.  That was a huge stress last season.

Decisions decisions decisions.  I was planning on wearing a ROY tee shirt in honor of Corey but if he isn’t playing, he might not even be there.  I’ll probably save the tee shirt for the coming season.  I probably will wear my Trayce tee shirt.  I also have a couple of last season’s playoff tee shirts.  Needless to say, I’m trying to pack light since I really don’t like carrying heavy stuff on trips.  I’m only taking 3 baseballs for autographing.  I’m hoping to get a few selfies with my favorite players. Now that I don’t have to look for my past favorite Mike Bolsinger, it takes some of the fun out of the whole picture thing.  I could always count on a nice sweaty hug from Mike.  Oh well.  

It looks like the engagement bug has bitten a lot of our bachelor Dodgers, the latest being Joc and finally Justin Turner.  Congratulations to Justin and Kourtney and all the others.  It looks like Kenley got the ball rolling when he got married in the off season.  I’m sure Puig’s baby mama is hoping he pops the question.  I really don’t think he is ready yet to settle down.  Hopefully our guys can concentrate on baseball now.

I’ll keep everyone updated on my Spring Training trip.  Thank you everyone who kept up with me during the off season.  I’ve been busy with work.  Every day is a challenge.

Thank you everyone for stopping by.  GO DODGERS!!!!