Peoria Part 2

I thought I would share a few more pictures of Peoria.  As I said before, the day was perfect.

Here’s the starting lineup that day.
Alyssa, Donna, Norma and me
Always fun with a race
And the winner….on the 3rd base side is….!
The Mariners were perplexed during most of the game

It was baseball weather…overcast, mild temperature. Gorgeous.


The stadium was packed 


It was all so much sweeter with a Dodger win.


I placed a bid at an auction for a Joc Pederson autographed jersey to benefit the MLB alumni. I always like to start the bidding. I was amazed that I actually won. 

We decided to meet at Yard House later in the evening after everyone rested.

Norma had the lettuce wraps, one of her favorites on the menu 

Donna had a street taco.

I went all out and ordered one of their specialties: St Louis ribs, a full slab. They mistakenly brought a half slab so they took it back. I watched everyone eat. The manager asked where my meal was. When I told her, she had them bring it back and told me the rest would be coming. She apologized profusely. I told her it was ok. 
To my surprise they brought me a full slab with enormous side dishes: baked beans And cream corn. I had planned on eating in the next  night so had ordered enough for another meal. I was astounded at the portions. It was absolutely delicious. Thank you Yard House.
The day had been too wonderful. We had a great time.  I was looking forward for my second and last game at Camelback Stadium on Thursday. 

One more Spring Training blog to go until you will be caught up with my AZ adventures. 

Thanks for stopping by. You are what makes this blog so fulfilling for me. Dodger fans unite!!!

See you soon. GO DODGERS!!

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.

JT


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.

Joc

Guess who

Ryu


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?

JT


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!!!