I’m back home now. I feel as though I should be hopping on a shuttle and going somewhere in Glendale but alas, I am back to my routine life. I have been thinking about Camelback and thought I should voice some of my parting thoughts.
I was not sure what I would find once I arrived. I always travel alone and do Dodger activities on my own. So I was a bit nervous about where I would go and what I would do. I tried to work out the details about lodging, travel, and dining but Camelback itself was a mystery. I had seen pictures of Camelback Stadium but to see it in person is impressive. The residents of Glendale are in awe at how fast the whole project progressed. Fourteen months. You usually can’t even get a home addition done in 14 months. It is well planned out.
I felt that this was a true experience in seeing another side of the team. Usually at the games, the fans can’t get very close. It was exciting to watch them walk by so closely. And it was interesting to actually talk to many of them.. There was a variety of spectators: young and old, all eager to get the baseball experience. I was amazed at the places that these fans came from: parts of Canada to everywhere, U.S.A. Most of them wanted a glimpse of our Manny.
Speaking of Manny. I’m not sure what happened in the Red Sox Nation but I don’t even want to speculate in deference to Julia (of Julia Rants). I don’t know how I would feel if I were a Red Sox fan. But I as a Dodger fan, am enarmored by Manny. Seeing him in person definitely put stars in my eyes. I have seen him once before last season up close and personal and even snagged an autograph but to see him during ST was an experience. He is definitely a personality bigger than life. Everyone loves him, the press, the fans, the kids. He not only can hit but he is MANNY. The whole attitude changed when he arrived at Camelback, an aura of hope. Most speculators give the Dodgers a clear shot at that big prize, the world champs. Could it be????
I think that my most prized memory of Camelback was having a one to one encounter with James Loney and Matt Kemp. I had a chance meeting where the stars were all aligned and in my favor. I wrotre about this meeting elsewhere in my blog but I had to bring it up one more time. They are absolutely the nicest, sweetest guys on earth, very unaffected by it all. Anyone who says anything negative about them better answer to me!!! I will always treasure the pictures that I took (on my Iphone. I didn’t even have my camera with me) Why am I so lucky?? We talked for a while while they walked to the car. The next day, I saw them at batting practice and they both remembered me. And who am I?? A Dodger fan, through and through. I bleed Dodger blue. I told Matt that I was surprised no one else recognized him, and he gave me that adorable smile of his and said, “I’m nobody.” Is that unbelievable.
I will definitely go back to Camelback next year for a longer time. It will be a tradition for me. I would advise everybody to take time to go. It is only a 5 hour drive from the LA area. I flew but that’s because I went solo. The tickets are different prices but all the seats are great.
Dodgers, I love you. I can’t wait until Opening Day. I live for baseball!!