I’m not going to FanFest for the first time in many years. I’m working the night before and the night after and I’m not willing to be a walking zombie. I really have no interest in going anyway.
That said, I’m also probably not going to Spring Training either.
This blog is probably going to end since I won’t be taking many pictures because of that net. I’ve been reassured that the net has been revised but probably not enough to take any pictures worth printing.
I want to thank everyone who read my blog. I met many kind, wonderful fans. I appreciate your time and consideration.
It’s time to renew my contract for my season tickets. The price has gone up considerably. They did hint that I might have to give up my seat for another one. I mean really????
It has been one disappointment after another the last few years. The prize seems light years away although they scoff and say yes but they always win the west.
The management let Ryu get away. They didn’t even make an offer. Rich Hill, one of the nicest guys ever, also is gone. And their excuse..,but he’s old. The big acquisitions so that the Dodgers can finally achieve that goal never happened.
Spring Training is around the corner and the Dodgers are a mere shadow of what they were last year. So what will the owners say?? They are building. They’ll bring up minor leaguers and cross their fingers.
I love the Dodgers but the last few seasons have been heart wrenching. I see the look in their eyes. How many more lost seasons will there be? Love you all. Thanks again!!
It’s just too bad that a team will do anything to win the pennant. Yes it’s nice to win the World Series, but at any cost?
Osuna was a pariah. No one would touch him after spending most of a season on suspension for throwing his girlfriend down some stairs.
And now he is on a World Series team. Hmmmm. It’s interesting how many people are against the Astros for this. Add on the comments made by one of their management team about how glad they are that they acquired him. And then the apology that really wasn’t.
I’m still fuming about Gurriel’s racist gesture directed at Asians. No sanction. No comment. Whatever. I think all non Asians probably forgot about it.
Just couldn’t resist having him pose for a picture with me with all eyes on him last year. He was probably cringing inside.
So the Astros will do whatever it takes to win the World Series.
At least the Dodgers won’t lose the World Series this year.
I always love to see pics from other ballparks.
My friend Dax Hernandez visited Target Field in Minneapolis.
Thanks for the pictures!
My son recently went to Petco to watch baseball. The Dodgers weren’t even playing. That’s a true fan of baseball. The stadium looks pretty empty. My son never gets to a game early so this must be how many fans attended the game.
And below is where their organist plays. It looks like there is no one else sitting in my son’s section.
Our organist definitely has a better setup.
A pic from the recent premium Batting Practice. CJ, Mika (who never allows a picture) Norma and myself.
Last night’s game is a puzzler. I wasn’t there but just wondering why Dave keeps putting Joe Kelly out there in high leverage situations. Once again the Dodger bullpen caused a horrendous loss. They are responsible for 13 of the Dodgers 22 losses. Um….there needs to be some bullpen help or even a whole revamping of the sorry mess. Kelly’s inning consisted of 3 walks (true one was intentional) 2 wild pitches and a throwing error. A 7.59 ERA is not acceptable. There must be a reason that I really can’t identify any of the bullpen by face except Kenley and Baez. Maybe I’m hoping they all will go away except those two. I try not to criticize my team but this has gone too far. Our starting pitchers have been superior but when the game is turned over to the bullpen, we all hold our breaths. It shouldn’t be that way. Just saying.
The Dodgers face the Angels again tonight with Kenta Maeda (7-2 ERA 3.48) facing Felix Pena (3-1 ERA 4.53). Hopefully the bullpen doesn’t have to pitch too many innings.
The Dodgers still maintain the best record in baseball tied with the Astros with 45 wins and 22 losses. Can you imagine what the Dodgers record would be with a decent bullpen?
GO DODGERS!! Angel Stadium recorded the biggest attendance since their renovation thanks to the faithful Dodger fans. You’re welcome.
Thanks again for stopping by and checking out my blog. You are the best!!
Hoping for a quick recovery for Papi David Ortiz. I took this pic during the World Series last year. Here’s hoping we see you again this year!!
Lots of love Papi!
Did the Dodgers actually lose a game? Nolan will be surprised.
As usual it was the bullpen. Why didn’t the Dodgers pursue Kimbrel as a long reliever? Jus’ saying. And why would Roberts take Maeda out to use the inconsistent game-losing bullpen? We’re all wondering.
But looking at the Mariners-Astros score on the same day 14-1, made me feel a little better. Even the supposed top ranking team can tank big time.
I was sad to see my guy Matt Beaty going on IL. I hope the shirt I ordered didn’t mess things up.
And wonderboy Will Smith went back to Triple A after proving he deserves a spot on the 25 man roster. That being said, Austin is back from IL.
I feel like I’m truly living the dream this season. The Dodgers collectively are the best all around team in baseball. The bullpen can use a few tweaks tho. The players are fun and actually like each other. There is a positive vibe in the dugout. I have not heard anything negative. When it gets too serious Alex Verdugo brings it back to reality with his fun loving ways. All the players have crazy greetings for each other with elaborate hand gestures, fist bumps, etc. it is awesome to be a part of that.
They are in San Francisco facing the last place Giants. Never take anything for granted. Play like it’s postseason because every game is important even in June!
They won’t return until Thursday. Meanwhile it’s work work work for me.
Have fun today Dodgers and good luck tomorrow.
Thanks for stopping by!! GO DODGERS!
One of the most enjoyable activities of baseball season is definitely Premium Batting Practice. I look forward to it every year. This year was no exception.
There were a couple of things that were missing: the photo booth and the giveaway tee shirt. Otherwise it was actually one of the better experiences. it wasn’t crowded at all. It was a two day event and I thought maybe more people would be attending the event on the second day.
The premium giveaway was a water bottle.
Norma and I usually attend Dodger events together. I came totally decked out in my Hello Kitty wear including hat and shoes.
The food was amazing. Most of it was packed up in cute little boxes. It was intended to be a portable meal.
Of course the servers were the best.
There’s something about seeing your name up in lights!!
We invited Giants prospect CJ to come with us. I was thankful he didn’t wear a Giants tee shirt. I guess all pitchers make funny faces when they pitch. Believe it or not, CJ did not win first place for most velocity. Of course he pitched the day before against UCLA. Pitchers don’t pitch back to back. His arm was still a bit sore.
My traditional dugout picture
And media room picture
I can’t believe they patched up the bat rack that was infamously dented by Andre Ethier.
I had to use the Dodgers bathroom, the one they run to during the game when nature calls. Of course the seat was up. Another tradition.
One of the Gatorade coolers that gets tossed on the field during victory celebrations
I guess this was about batting practice.
The day included a tour of the stadium. The above boxes were original Brooklyn Dodgers traveling cases. They were destined for the trash heap until they were rescued and put on display. There is always something new to see during the tours.
The view from way up there is amazing. I’m used to being way down there by the Dodgers dugout.
The view by the organ where my boo Dave Styles likes to be.
Awwww. An ice cream sandwich made up of chocolate chip cookies and Dodger blue ice cream. I think my lips are still blue. Hehehe.
Different views of the Stadium from the field. It’s breathtaking to actually stand where the players stand during games. You get a different perspective.
Norma and Bill Russell
So glad they finally decided to cover our seats when the Dodgers are away. The birds like to peck holes in the seats.
The hot seat where the reliever sits before warming up.
Our itinerary. Somehow we missed the photo on the field. Sad face.
I definitely have to welcome my Commander son back from a trip to Alaska for a training exercise aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt. He looks happy to be back after being out at sea for 6 weeks.
Thanks to Norma for driving us to the event. Thanks to the entire premium crew for making Batting Practice another wonderful memory.
And thanks to all of you who continue to support my blog. I appreciate all of you. You are what makes this blog special.
The Dodgers continue to be the number one team in all of baseball. But then again we all knew that. The Dodgers face the D Backs for one final game before moving on to the Bay Area to face the Giants. GO DODGERS!!! Matt Beaty, the shirt is coming. I’ll be wearing it the next time I see you.
Love you all….!
I have had many wonderful days during baseball season. This past weekend had to be in my all-time hall of fame.
First of all my Dodgers swept number one Phillies with wonderboy Bryce Harper. How good did that feel guys??
I became acquainted with one of the nicest Dodgers ever, Matt Beaty.
Love love love this guy.
So much that I had to get a second selfie. He was happy since that first selfie brought him good luck. Sunday he waved to me and came over to sign autographs for eager fans. What a nice guy. It meant a lot to the kids. I heard he left the game with hip tightness. Get well soon!!
Speaking of good luck, we all know Will Smith hit that walkoff homerun Saturday night.
Guess who took this cute selfie with me the day before. Does he look about 15 years old?
And did Kenta have an awesome game?
Can we say enough about Dugie?
To have Clayton say “Hi, how’s it going?” still gives me butterflies.
The only player during the Alumni Games that I wanted to see was Shawn Green. And guess what. He came over, gave me a hug and took a selfie with me. I definitely am living the dream.
One of my favorite families was able to all come together to the game. Ryan on the left is recovering from surgery. Get well quick!!
One of my favorite friends gave me this special hat.
The food in the club was delicious. I couldn’t stop eating the waffles. The berry topping was sooo good. And the Santa Maria tri tip was also delicious. That’s a wonderful tomatillo sauce drizzled over it.
And what a sweetie pie Ross Stripling is. His wife Shelby writes a very informative blog which covers beauty, fashion, health. I love it.
I have to include this cute shot of Robert and his look alike kids.
The Dodgers are on the road again, this time to Arizona. Their record is 41-19, the best record in baseball. As Nolan Arenado says, don’t worry about the Dodgers, they may never lose again. I always did like him.
And look who was on the field being checked out by the trainers!! Austin!!
Thanks to everyone who checks for any posts on my blog. I’ll start writing more. I appreciate my readers so much. You are what makes it worth it. GO DODGERS!!
Just sharing some pics of the season so far….
Are you having fun Mom?
But of course. It’s the Dodgers.
Keep your eye out for the ball. Not literally, Jo. Glad she’s ok after getting clocked by a Mets foul ball.
Oh God!!! My heart! One of my original loves…Russell Martin. Still the super nice guy.
Just brought up from the minors is super star Will Smith. Do you not love his walk up music???
One of my new faves: Matt Beaty. The day this selfie was taken, he had a fantastic game. He and I agree it was a good luck selfie. I’m getting a shirt made with his name on it. This he wants to see. Not part of the good luck was that he also fell into some nachos when trying to catch a foul ball.
The day this selfie was taken, David Freese hit a booming home run. Coincidence? You decide. I tell you…I’m their good luck charm. A few days later he hit a grand slam. Just saying.
Is this the cutest picture ever?
Happy Birthday Alyssa!!
Greg and Norma
Always remember our veterans on Memorial Day. Some of the crew from my job.
And always remember my son who is a Commander in the US Navy..out at sea on Memorial Day.
A gorgeous day in LA.
One of my favorite families: Brandi, Grandpa and Norma
Another beautiful day in LA
Can’t forget a pic from Dog Day in Dodger Land
She has to be the most beautiful girl at the stadium.
Silly Dugie complete with hoodie.
Where did you leave the kids?
This is getting to be a common sight. Be careful guys.
Little Poppy is now Big Poppy
Corey still being Corey.
Julio…do not judge until we know the facts. How much do you trust TMZ?
More to come…I’m back.
Thank you everyone for always checking my blog. It’s been a busy few months. Dodgers have been on top for a while now. It a third of the way through the season already. Isn’t Ryu totally awesome. And let’s cheer for our young ones: Will, Matt, Dugie.
Talk about sore losers. Come on Mets. The Dodgers have beat other teams as well. Sign stealing? And Thor who is having a forgettable season so far, thinks the Dodgers cheated. I guess that has to come up when you lose a series.
Tonight the matchup will be our Kenta Maeda and the Phillies Jake Arrieta. The Phillies are atop the National League East with Bryce Harper propelling them to 33 wins. Watch out Phillies!!
Friday’s game was in Goodyear which is the Reds stadium. We had never been there. We decided to do a little shopping before we left for Goodyear.
There are some very nice shops in Glendale. They do open late and close early so we had missed most of the shops the last time we had visited.
We stopped at a candy store. Delicious chocolates. They actually make their candy right there on the premises. A little pricey but worth it.
Downtown Glendale is very quaint with antique stores, mostly mom and pop type stores all worth just taking a look.
We stopped to get our favorite Dodger ice cream. They had had a contest a few years ago and this was the winning combination. It’s become a tradition to go back and get a cone every year. We decided to eat at the stadium since it was getting late.
Goodyear is not our favorite stadium. It was our first time there and were disappointed. The rows were long so it was hard to get in and out of your seat. There was nonexistent security and they seemed to be at the gates and not in the stadium itself. The crowd was large since it was a sellout crowd so of course there were a few fans who were drunk and unruly. We won’t go back again.
When we finally got through the gates, I hurried down to the dugout in hopes of seeing some of my guys.
It was nice to see Jon SooHoo, the Dodger photographer. Hi Jon!!
And there was Alanna Rizzo who is always nice to the fans. She asked me where I was all spring.
Always fun to look in the dugout. I happened to see Russell Martin. He waved at me and said hi. I asked him if he remembered me. It’s been 11 years since I’ve seen him. He said he did. It was nice of him to say that although I don’t know if he really did.
There’s Travis and the other trainers.
Russell and Julio
It’s terrible to see Puig in red
And worse yet to see Matt not in blue.
Justin at bat
I left my seat to get something to eat. The lines were so long I decided to get into the shortest line, the hamburger line.
I wasn’t disappointed. It was one of the best hamburgers I have ever had. It was a Hatch chile, jack cheese hamburger fully loaded. i savored every bite. It was messy of course. Every good hamburger is.
Russell. At least I think it is.
The next morning I decided to go to practice even though I was leaving that day for home. It was a gorgeous day. It had been cold but that morning, it was perfect.
Kenley has definitely lost weight
Kenta stopped and signed for the kids. So nice.
So did Ryu
We were impressed with Dustin May who stopped and signed many many balls for the fans.
I was a little stressed since I had to catch my hotel shuttle to get back so I could get to the airport on time. They were holding everyone behind the fence until Dustin was done signing and he kept signing.
Ready and waiting. Always just carry-on. I did not get a single autograph and only a couple of selfies. However it was a great trip. The airport was nerve wracking however. They confiscated the sealed yogurt from my lunch bag. I decided to throw away the peanuts since they are shaped like explosives. They didn’t particularly like the bananas either. I might have to pay extra just to get TSA precheck since all this was more stressful than it needed to be. It costs a lot for one trip a year but I think it will be worth it. If anyone asks me again if I am over 75, I’ll lie down and die for them. No no no.
My luck. On the way back I literally sat next to the flight attendant. I had to make sure I had my seat belt fastened and that I turned all my electronics off. At least the taxi ride home was less than $20. The trip to the airport by an unscrupulous taxi driver was almost $30. I was fit to be tied..I was so angry. My sister asked me if I gave him a tip and I said of course not. She knows I ALWAYS leave a tip but not this one time.
Opening Day is less than one week away. Norma and I will be sitting in the dugout seats I won on Fan Appreciation Day. Lucky us. I gave my season seat to my baby sister Sara. I told her to eat a lot and get my money’s worth. I had just given the Dodgers a big chunk of money for those season tickets. It’s worth every penny to me.
A belated happy birthday to Norma’s Dad, here pictured with Brandi. Isn’t he a handsome guy??
Happy St Patricks Day birthday to my son’s oldest Caitie.
Get well soon to my sister’s child Kitty, here with best veterinarian on earth Norma at Bay Cities Pet Hospital in Torrance. Anyone with a cat or dog needs to check this wonderful place out. So much TLC.
Poppy…just because she’s my cute baby.
Thanks for stopping by. Exhibition game against the Angels is coming up on Tuesday. Opening Day is Thursday. It’s baseball season again!!! GO DODGERS!!!
I just returned from Spring Training yesterday and am still exhilarated from the experience. I wasn’t planning on going this year because I was still reeling from their trade to the Cincinnati Reds: gone are Matt Kemp, Alex Wood, Yasiel Puig and Kyle Farmer. I decided to go because I enjoy the company of my friends. I was definitely glad I did decide to go.
I met my favorite humans there: Donna, Greg and Norma. We spent most of the time together except sleep time.
I stayed at Comfort Suites as I usually do every year. I think it’s the best hotel as far as price and amenities. There is free breakfast which all the other hotels have. There is also a free shuttle to within 7 miles radius. That’s more than the other hotels offer. I have gotten rides to and from Camelback Stadium, to and from Westgate, to Residence Inn Marriott where my friends were staying. If I were to add up taxi fees and/or rental car, it would add up to an exhorbitant price. I used the shuttle at least 10 times during my 4 day stay.
The rooms are comfortable and clean. The staff is friendly and very accommodating.
My flight arrived about 1 hour before game time. I always take Super Shuttle from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. They are dependable and are always on time. I arrived back at the hotel in time to see most of the game. I had bought my ticket on StubHub for about $30 and had an amazing seat by the Dodger dugout.
Pretty close isn’t it.
It was a sold out game and it was pretty cold, around 52 degrees. Very unusual for Arizona in March. Everyone was bundled up in blankets and hoodies.
I was eager to see Russell Martin who was one of my first Dodger crushes way back about 12-13 years ago.
Most of the starting lineup started to leave early so since it was so cold we also decided to leave.
We went to WestGate but everything was already closing down. We wanted to try a place called Whiskey Rose but the music was blaring and everyone in there was just drinking. Johnny Rockets was closed. We ended up just stopping at Denny’s which is within walking distance of my hotel.
I had chicken fried steak, fries and creamed corn. Everything was amazingly good.
I was ready to rest and be ready for a big Thursday.
The next morning I got up about 3:30am and couldn’t go back to sleep. Breakfast is served at 6:30am. I love the breakfast at the hotel.
The breakfast staff is always nice. I’m waiting in front of the hotel for the shuttle.
I got to the practice field a little before 8:30am and there already was a crowd there. It’s been hit or miss as far as when or if the guys are going to take practice.
As it was only pitchers were out on the practice field. They ran out to the field and ran back in without even looking at any of the hundreds of fans lined up.
When I say run, I mean they ran past everyone.
Same thing in the opposite direction too.
I decided to watch the catchers who were close to the clubhouse.
And there was Russell far far away. It was my first glimpse of Russell in 11 years. He pretty much looked the same.
And my friends arrived. We packed everything up and left. They decided to take a nap so they dropped me off. We left a little early for Peoria so we could stop at one of our favorite places: Cracker Barrel.
We all decided to get one of the lunch specials: turkey with dressing. I got the fried okra as a side and was a little disappointed that it was not crunchy. Oh well.
Since it was National PI day, we split the buttermilk pie with strawberries. It was delicious.
The game was in Peoria against the Padres.
Dino Ebel is the new 3rd base coach replacing my favorite Chris Woodward. I miss him.
I saw Austin Barnes in the dugout. I called him and surprisingly he turned around and saw me. The players have been very focused and have not looked at the fans. No one was signing autographs or stopping at all. Austin waved at me and gave me a big smile. I turned around and showed him that I was wearing an Austin Barnes tee shirt. He gave me an even bigger smile and a thumbs up. It is tradition that I always wear one of his shirts or jerseys when he starts as catcher. That made my day.
I can’t go long without taking a selfie even if I’m not sure who it is.
The game was ready to start so I hurried back to my seat.
Norma got a great shot of Cody swinging the bat and Austin.
It was pretty awesome that Austin hit a 2 run homer in. They say that he has improved his offense. Apparently last season he was fighting an injury which messed up his swing. With a battery of Martin/Barnes behind the plate, we should be fine.
As usual Tommy Lasorda was nice enough to take pictures with us. Love you forever Tommy.
On his way out he was greeted by someone wearing a huge championship ring. Does anyone know who this is?
Peoria is one of our favorite stadiums. It’s well run, plenty of security and the food is pretty good.
I’ll finish up my experiences during Spring Training in another blog which I will write at the end of the week. There is less than 2 weeks until Opening Day. Who’s going???
Thanks everyone for supporting my blog. I appreciate it. I tried Medium for a blog entry but I hate change. WordPress is working with me giving me a better price than $300 to accommodate my blog. Medium is free. I actually like WordPress except it seems to crash a lot. You can see that blog entry on medium. I’ll probably stay with WordPress just because.
I’ll be writing my blog more frequently since it is BASEBALL SEASON finally.