I can’t believe that the off season went so fast. Fan Fest always marks the beginning of the baseball season. The day was finally here. I had done a favor for a friend at work and traded nights so I ended up working on Friday night until 8:00AM. When I got off work, I was feeling tired already. I had been up already by that time about 28 hours. Fan Fest began at 10:00 and was over around 4:00. We weren’t going to stay for the whole thing. I planned to go to a birthday party in Anaheim right after Fan Fest.
I chose one of my Trayce Thompson tee shirts to wear. I had to make sure I brought everything I needed and made a list: Dodger hat, sunscreen, pen, balls, money.
When we arrived, there already was a huge line to my chagrin.
I came with Norma and Donna. Thank you Norma for driving!!
We hit the Calpis line to get something to drink. Calpis is a delicious Japanese drink. It was only in the 70’s but already getting warm. It seems no matter what, Fan Fest is always too hot. We headed over to the Yard Sale and the Jersey grab bag.
The picture of Walker Buehler and I is definitely my favorite.
My next stop was the line for Tom Koehler and Shawn Green. Shawn is my all time favorite. He shows up during the season at some of the baseball games. We’ve become old friends. He genuinely looked happy to see me.
Ha ha. Maybe not.
My big surprise was Tom Koehler. I had no idea who he was. Apparently he was non-tendered on Dec 1 by the Blue Jays after being traded to them by the Marlins. He will be in the Dodgers bullpen. I’m already on his Twitter and Instagram.
A few facts to leave with you: Matt Kemp will take part in Spring Training and be vying for left field. The way it looks right now: Austin at catcher, Cody at 1st, Logan at 2nd, JT at 3rd, Yasiel at right field, Chris Taylor at center. Left field still open: Andrew Toles in the mix. BTW he looks fantastic. He’s been working out constantly. Many people don’t like Matt Kemp but he was my favorite for many years and still is my friend. He learned of his trade to the Padres through the media. I mean…really? How is he supposed to react? He will be having lunch with Doc and Puig to iron out any animosities toward each other. But we all have a common goal: to win. Rumor is that he will be traded or set free. But there are always rumors. Clayton and Yu have been practicing together 5 days a week probably since they both live in Texas in close proximity. Yu hasn’t signed yet…maybe he is hoping for a decent offer from the Dodgers? Many still blame him for the World Series loss. He seems to be the scapegoat since you always have to have one. Apparently Clayton doesn’t blame him. And there are talks between the Dodgers and Chase Utley, everyone’s favorite. Where is Andre? He seems to have disappeared from sight.
We decided to leave around 1:30. I was so tired by now. I couldn’t wait to get home.
This is the first glimpse of the new season. The team looks basically the same unlike other seasons where I didn’t recognize anyone. Those players I will miss: Morrow, Culberson, Ethier, Gonzalez. Good luck to them.
See everyone at Spring Training. I will be there in less than a month. Hopefully it will be cooler. They have fixed up Camelback with special shady areas and a new scoreboard. My hotel was less expensive since it is earlier in the season. All this is a plus. The heat in Arizona is at times unbearable.
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