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Friday, January 10, 2014

2014 Spring Training Tickets On Sale Monday

Camelback Ranch -

From the Dodgers - 

Single-game tickets for the 2014 Spring Training schedule at Camelback Ranch-Glendale, the sixth-year spring home of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox, go on sale at 10 a.m. MST on Monday, January 13, Camelback Ranch-Glendale announced. To order online, visit,,, or To order by phone, call Ticketmaster (800-745-3000).

The Camelback Ranch-Glendale box office opens for in-person single-game sales two weeks later on Monday, January 27. Thereafter, the ticket office will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. MST from Monday-Saturday. On game days, the ticket office remains open for 30 minutes following the conclusion of play.

Single-game tickets start at just $8 per game, and fans can save by purchasing tickets in advance. Tickets sold on game days are subject to a $3 increase per ticket.

Season Tickets, Suites, Mini-Plans & Groups — Season tickets, luxury suites, mini-plans and group seating are also available for purchase. Information can be found on each respective website.

Weekends at the Ranch — At all Friday-Sunday home games, indicated as Weekend Premier games on the schedule, Dodgers fans can expect a unique Spring Training experience, including live music, roaming entertainers, alumni and legends appearances, and scheduled autograph signings.

Weekend Premier Legends Deck — New in 2014 at all Weekend Premier games, the upscale Legends Deck will be an all-inclusive ballpark experience featuring baseball fare and non-alcoholic beverages. The Legends Deck will be hosted by team alumni who will mingle, pose for photos and sign autographs. The Legends Deck is completely shaded and seats only 100 fans per game.
Schedule  Camelback Ranch-Glendale, the sixth-year spring home of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox hosts spring-training baseball fromFebruary 27-March 26 this spring.
The Dodgers open the 2014 CR-G slate of games with a 1:05 p.m. contest against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday, February 27. The Dodgers play at The Ranch 13 times before departing for regular season-opening games against the Diamondbacks in Australia. The Dodgers’ final 2014 spring game at CR-G isSunday, March 16 vs. the Colorado Rockies.

CR-G hosts two day-night doubleheaders in 2014 including Saturday, March 15(Dodgers-Padres at 1:05 p.m., White Sox-Dodgers at 7:05 p.m.).
Other Promotions
 Seniors Stroll The Bases (Wednesdays): After every Wednesdaygame, seniors stroll the bases.

 Uptown Alley Family Days (Sundays): $3 lawn seats for children (12 and under, maximum four discounted tickets per full-price adult ticket.) Available only on game day at the ticket office.

 Spring Break Special (March 18-26): $3 lawn seats for children (12 and under, maximum of four discounted tickets per full-price adult ticket). Available only on game day at the ticket office.

Parking is always free at Camelback Ranch-Glendale.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Dodgertown Links: Uribe, Kershaw, Ryu, Lilly, Camelback Ranch

Matt Kemp and Albert Pujols. Tonight is the start of the freeway series.

News around the web!
  • Everyone in Camelback Ranch is talking about Juan Uribe's car. I'm not impressed. {Bloomberg Sports}
  • Do you miss Frank and Jamie McCourt? I don't. They are still in court. {New York Daily News

Monday, March 25, 2013

Dodger Spring Training Notes - March 25, 2013

From the Dodgers -

LOS ANGELES DODGERS (11-16-3) vs. Kansas City Royals (21-6-1)
Monday, March 25, 2013 – 6:05 p.m. | Surprise Stadium
RHP Zack Greinke (0-0, 3.60) vs. RHP Wade Davis (3-0, 1.00)
Spring Game 31 | Road Game 15
TV: None | Radio: KLAC

SHADES OF BLUE: The Dodgers play the Royals for the third and final time this spring after beating Kansas City, 8-1, on March 15 at Camelback Ranch and losing, 7-2, on March 20 in Surprise. The clubs haven’t met in the regular season since 2005 and the Royals hold a 4-2 advantage in the all-time series.

         The Dodgers will open the 2013 season against the Giants in just one week, April 1 at Dodger Stadium!

         Los Angeles continues to lead National League clubs with a .350 on-base percentage and 97 walks this spring. Once on base, the Dodgers have been active on the basepaths, leading the NL with 35 steals.

         On the mound, Dodger pitchers have struck out a Major League-best 240 batters.

ON THE HILL: Tonight, Zack Greinke will face the Royals, who originally selected him with the sixth overall pick in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft. Greinke pitched in Kansas City for seven seasons from 2004-2010, compiling a 60-67 record with a 3.82 ERA and winning the 2009 Cy Young Award, before he was traded to Milwaukee in December 2010. He will make his third start of the spring and his first since March 1 after battling the flu and right elbow inflammation. Greinke last pitched on March 20 in a minor league game, throwing 43 pitches in 4.0 scoreless innings. He allowed one hit, hit a batter and struck out two in the outing.
        Greinke faced the Royals twice last season, allowing just two combined runs in 15.1 innings (1.17 ERA) in a pair of no-decisions.

        Earlier today, Chris Capuano pitched in a minor league game on the back fields against the Indians. He threw 85 pitches in 7.0 scoreless innings, allowing three hits, hitting a batter and striking out 11.

LEADERBOARD: Yasiel Puig went 0-for-2 yesterday, but continues to lead the Majors with a .527 batting average and 29 hits. Puig leads the NL with a .509 on-base percentage and ranks second with an .855 slugging percentage. He also ranks third with 16 runs scored.

         Dee Gordon leads the NL with seven steals and is tied for fourth in the NL with 10 walks.

         Clayton Kershaw ranks fourth among NL pitchers with 28 strikeouts and Hyun-Jin Ryu ranks fifth with 23 Ks this spring.

FEELS LIKE ONLY YESTERDAY: Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier homered, but the Dodgers fell, 7-4, to Oakland yesterday at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.  Josh Beckett, who entered the game with a 0.96 Cactus League ERA, was tagged for seven runs on six hits and three walks in 4.0 innings in a losing effort, but the Dodger bullpen was able to keep it close with Kevin Gregg (1.00 ERA), Ronald Belisario (2.70 ERA), Paco Rodriguez (1.80) and Josh Wall (4.22 ERA) each throwing a scoreless inning of relief.

         With two hits yesterday (2-for-3), Carl Crawford raised his batting average to .333 (6-for-18) in six games this spring. Crawford played 5.0 innings in the field yesterday without issue and is penciled back in the leadoff spot in left field in Don Mattingly’s lineup tonight.

         After his home run yesterday, Andre Ethier is also batting .333 (14-for-42) in 17 games this spring with a .417 on-base percentage and a .619 slugging percentage. Of Ethier’s 14 hits, eight have gone for extra bases (five doubles, two triples and a home run).

BIRTHDAY BOY:  The Dodgers would like to wish a very happy 26th birthday to left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu! Ryu has gone 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA in six games (five starts) in his first Major League Spring Training and is scheduled to make one final tuneup on Thursday against the Angels in Anaheim in the Freeway Series opener.

HOME SICK:  The Dodgers will return to Southern California on Thursday for a split-squad exhibition game at The Epicenter against the Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes at 6:05 p.m. and a contest against the Angels in Anaheim for the first game of the three-game exhibition Freeway Series set for 7:05 p.m. at Angel Stadium. The Freeway Series continues Friday with a 7:10 p.m. game at Dodger Stadium and wraps up Saturday with a 6:05 p.m. game in Anaheim.

         The split squad of Dodgers heading to Rancho Cucamonga, headlined by Adrian Gonzalez and Luis Cruz, will be managed by Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda. Tickets to the exhibition game can be purchased at

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Dodger Spring Training Notes - March 23, 2013

Hyun-Jin Ryu -
From the Dodgers -

Chicago White Sox (11-10-4) vs. LOS ANGELES DODGERS (10-15-3)
Saturday, March 23, 2013 – 7:05 p.m. | Camelback Ranch – Glendale
LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (1-2, 4.41) vs. RHP Jake Peavy (0-1, 9.00)
Spring Game 29 | Home Game 15
TV: KCAL | Radio: KTNQ

RANCH RIVALRY: The Dodgers meet their Camelback Ranch – Glendale neighbors, the Chicago White Sox, for the third and final time this spring after losing, 9-0, to the South Siders in their Cactus League opener on Feb. 23 and tying, 2-2, on Feb. 24. The two clubs have met during the regular season in four of the last five years and the White Sox hold a 12-6 advantage in the all-time series. Los Angeles, however, still holds the ultimate trump card over Chicago by virtue of its victory in the 1959 World Series, the Dodgers’ first championship on the West Coast.

         One of the members of that World Series team, Maury Wills, is still a presence at Dodger Spring Training at Camelback Ranch. Wills, 80, serves as a baserunning and bunting coach, holding court daily at “Maury’s Pit,” located near the Dodger batting cages.

DOWNER: Cincinnati rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth off Josh Wall to score a 6-5 win over Los Angeles yesterday, snapping the Dodgers’ three-game winning streak. Luis Cruz knocked in four of the Dodgers’ five runs with a pair of home runs off Reds’ starter Mike Leake, hitting a three-run homer in the first inning and a towering solo shot in the fourth inning. Clayton Kershaw struck out eight and allowed three runs (two earned) in 6.0 innings.

         Los Angeles had an injury scare in the fifth inning, when Yasiel Puig had the wind knocked out of him while attempting a diving catch in left-center
field. Luckily, Puig was okay and is available to play in tonight’s game. Before being removed from the game, the 22-year-old went 1-for-2 with a double, hitting safely for the sixth consecutive game. Puig is batting .750 (12-for-16) during the run, which began on March 15, and is batting .520 overall. Puig has 26 hits for the spring, which tie Philadelphia’s Domonic Brown for the most among big leaguers.

         Also yesterday, Ted Lilly pitched 5.0 scoreless innings in a Triple-A game against Brewers minor leaguers. Lilly’s pitching line: 5.0 innings pitched, two hits, one walk, three strikeouts, 59 pitches.

LEADERBOARD: The Dodgers lead all National League clubs this spring with a .349 on-base percentage and rank fourth with a .283 team batting average. Los Angeles also leads all Major League clubs with 34 steals, led by Dee Gordon’s NL-best seven steals, and all NL teams with 90 walks, paced by Dee Gordon’s nine (T-3rd, NL).

         On the hill, Los Angeles leads all Major League clubs with 230 strikeouts in 242.1 innings this spring, led by Clayton Kershaw, who ranks second among National League pitchers with 28 Ks.

IN THE FIELD: Carl Crawford will play in the field for the first time this spring tonight against the White Sox, starting in left field and batting leadoff. Crawford has previously played in four games this spring as the designated hitter, going 3-for-13 (.231) with a steal, a run scored, and two RBI.

         Luis Cruz will make his second start of the spring at shortstop this evening. Cruz has appeared in 66 big league games (58 starts) at shortstop, committing five errors in 536.2 career innings, good for a .983 fielding percentage.
LEGENDARY: Dodger Special Advisor to the Chairman Don Newcombe will throw a ceremonial first pitch prior to tonight’s game against the White Sox after he and “Sweet” Lou Johnson addressed the team during their meeting this afternoon. Newcombe pitched for the Dodgers for eight seasons (1949-1951, 1954-1958), made four All-Star appearances (1949, 1950, 1951, 1955), was the NL Rookie of the Year in 1949, won the Cy Young Award in 1956 and was selected as the National League’s MVP in 1956.

ON THE MOUND: Hyun-Jin Ryu will make his sixth Cactus League appearance (fifth start) after allowing just one run on three hits in 5.2 innings on Sunday against the Brewers. Ryu struck out a spring-high six batters in that outing, while walking two.

         Earlier today, Chad Billingsley pitched in a minor league game on the backfields against the Indians. Billingsley threw 92 pitches in 4.2 innings, allowed two runs on four hits, walked four, struck out seven and threw one wild pitch.

HOME SICK:  The Dodgers will return to Southern California on Thursday for a split squad exhibition game at The Epicenter against the Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes at 6:05 p.m. and a contest against the Angels in Anaheim for the first game of the three-game exhibition Freeway Series set for 7:05 p.m. at Angel Stadium. The Freeway Series continues Friday with a 7:10 p.m. game at Dodger Stadium and wraps next Saturday with a 6:05 p.m. game in Anaheim.

         The split squad of Dodgers heading to Rancho Cucamonga, headlined by Adrian Gonzalez and Luis Cruz, will be managed by Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda. Tickets to the exhibition game can be purchased at

ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE: While many NCAA tournament brackets have been spoiled already due to a plethora of upsets, Dodger alma maters survived and advanced yesterday with Chris Capuano’s Duke Blue Devils knocking off Albany, Mark Ellis and Paco Rodriguez’s Florida Gators taking down Northwestern State, Aaron Harang’s San Diego State Aztecs beating Oklahoma and Tim Federowicz and Sue Falsone’s North Carolina Tar Heels moving on after a tussle with Villanova. All four schools will be back in action tomorrow with a Sweet 16 berth on the line.

Dodgertown Links: Magic, Puig, Ramirez, Crawford, Starting Rotation

Magic Johnson signing autographs at Camelback Ranch -

News around the web!
  • Magic Johnson, Phil Jackson, Chan Ho Park, Don Newcombe all visited Camelback Ranch. {Jon SooHoo}
  • Think Blue Review covers Hanley Ramirez's thumb injury, the Dodgers' private screening of "42" and renovations to Dodger Stadium. {Video/}

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Dodger Spring Training Notes - March 19, 2013

Happy Birthday Clayton -

Oakland Athletics (9-11-2) vs. LOS ANGELES DODGERS (8-13-3)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 – 1:05 p.m. | Camelback Ranch - Glendale

RHP Dan Straily (1-1, 6.52) vs. LHP Chris Capuano (0-1, 10.61)

Spring Game 25/Home Game 13

TV: Webcast | Radio: None

NORTH VS. SOUTH: The Dodgers play their California neighbors to the north, the Oakland Athletics, today at Camelback Ranch – Glendale. The A’s swept the Dodgers last year in Oakland and hold a 9-16 advantage in the all-time regular season series. The clubs have met twice in the World Series, splitting their 10 games, with the A’s winning the 1974 Fall Classic and Los Angeles claiming the title in 1988.  The Dodgers and Athletics will meet one more time during Cactus League play with a second meeting on Sunday at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

*         The Dodgers made three roster moves today, optioning infielder Justin Sellers and right-handed pitcher Shawn Tolleson to minor league camp and reassigning catcher Jesus Flores to minor league camp. The Dodgers have 40 players remaining in big league camp.

OLD MAN: The Dodgers would like to wish left-hander Clayton Kershaw a happy 25th birthday today! The Texas native has posted a 61-37 record with a 2.79 ERA in 151 career games (149 starts) since making his big league debut in 2008 and ranks among active MLB pitchers (min. 750.0 innings) in ERA (2nd behind Mariano Rivera, 2.21), opponents’ batting average (.215, 3rd behind Joe Nathan and Mariano Rivera), strikeouts per 9.0 innings (9.29, 4th), WHIP (1.14, 4th), home runs per 9.0 innings (0.59, 3rd) and winning percentage (.622, 12th).

*         Kershaw already ranks 14th on the Dodgers’ all-time strikeout list with 974 career Ks in 944.0 innings, leaving him just 26 shy of joining the 1,000-strikeout club.

*         Kershaw is scheduled to make his third consecutive Opening Day start against the Giants on April 1, just 13 days away!

AROUND THE WORLD: Last night, the Dominican Republic advanced to tonight’s World Baseball Classic championship game by defeating the Netherlands, 4-1, with Hanley Ramirez going 1-for-3 with a walk. After joining Team Netherlands in San Francisco for the semifinal round, Kenley Jansen did not appear in the game and reported back to Dodger camp today.

*         The Dodger organization will be well represented in tonight’s championship with four players participating; minor league RHP Angel Castro (Dominican Republic), SS Hanley Ramirez (Dominican Republic), minor league RHP Andres Santiago (Puerto Rico) and minor league RHP Mario Santiago (Puerto Rico).

KING OF THE HILL: Left-hander Chris Capuano will make his fourth appearance of the spring (third start) after allowing five runs on six hits in 4.1 innings in his last start, Thursday against the Cubs. Capuano, 34, went 12-12 with a career-low 3.72 ERA last season in 33 starts with the Dodgers.

FEELS LIKE ONLY YESTERDAY: The Dodgers pounded out 12 hits yesterday, but fell, 5-3, to the Diamondbacks in Glendale. Carl Crawford made his second start of the spring as the designated hitter and picked up his first two hits, going 2-for-3 with a two-run single in the fifth inning. Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with a double for his second multi-hit game in a row, raising his Cactus League batting average to .300 in 12 games.

*         Yasiel Puig is tied for fifth in the NL with 19 hits and is tied for fourth with 11 runs scored.

*         Dee Gordon leads the NL with seven steals and is tied for third on the circuit eight walks.

*         The Dodgers continue to rank second among NL clubs with a .285 team batting average and a .349 on-base percentage this spring.

GIVING BACK: Today, the Dodgers will host local youth from the Holiday Park Little League and Glendale Youth Project for a Spring Training game and baseball clinic. Dodger infielder Dee Gordon, outfielder Alex Castellanos and coach Manny Mota will conduct the clinic for approximately 60 youngsters from a low-income area of Glendale. The clinic will take place in the outfield of the main stadium shortly after the conclusion of today’s game.

TUCSON-OLOGY:  Yesterday, the Dodgers held their annual Tucson-ology draft to determine who would make the trip to Tucson on Thursday to play in the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation benefit game against the Cubs. The lucky winners were Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Mark Ellis, A.J. Ellis, Nick Punto, Skip Schumaker and Stephen Fife, who will make the start.

*         This will mark the Dodgers’ third annual benefit game in Tucson dating to 2011, when the Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks played a similar benefit game in Tucson with all proceeds going to the Tucson Together Fund. In addition, The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, in partnership with the Diamondbacks, dedicated a Dodgers Dreamfield in Oro Valley, AZ on a field that was re-named in memory of Christina-Taylor Green.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Dodger Spring Training Notes - March 6, 2013

Zack Greinke had been scheduled to start, but was scratched due to illness.

From the Dodgers -

Team Mexico (0-1) at LOS ANGELES DODGERS (4-5-2)
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 – 1:05 p.m. | Camelback Ranch - Glendale
RHP Stephen Fife (0-0, 5.40) vs. RHP Daniel Rodriguez (N/R, ---)
Spring Game 12/Home Game 7
TV: Webcast | Radio: None

VIVA LOS DODGERS!: In Glendale, The Dodgers will take on Luis Cruz, Javy Guerra, Adrian Gonzalez and Team Mexico as the WBC squad prepares for their first Pool D tournament game tomorrow against Team Italy at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Dodger Special Assistant, Player Personnel Juan Castro is a Team Mexico coach as is Fernando Valenzuela, who played a key role in connecting the Dodgers to the Los Angeles Latino community following his MLB debut in 1980 and the launch of Fernandomania in 1981. For all those wondering, Opening Day is just 26 days away!

         In Goodyear, Hyun-Jin Ryu and a split-squad of Dodgers will play the Indians for the second and final time this spring after beating the Tribe, 5-1, at Camelback Ranch – Glendale. The Dodgers will return to Goodyear next Tuesday for a night game against the Reds.

         The Dodgers and Giants have agreed to make the following pitchers available to Team Mexico today: LHP Edwin Escobar (SF), RHP Justin Fitzgerald (SF), RHP Jose Valdez (SF), LHP Geison Aguasviva (LAD), LHP Victor Garate (LAD) and RHP Ryan Acosta (LAD).

DOWNER: The Dodgers pounded out 11 hits, but fell for the fourth time in their last five games with a 7-3 loss to the Padres in Peoria. Matt Kemp played in the field for the first time with 4.0 innings in center field, but went 0-for-3 at the plate. Kevin Gregg ran his scoreless innings streak to 4.0 with 2.0 scoreless frames and has allowed just one baserunner this spring (1-for-12, .083). Clayton Kershaw made his third start of the spring, allowing four runs on seven hits in 3.0 innings and taking the loss to fall to 1-2.

         Shawn Tolleson was removed from the game yesterday in the eighth inning due to left knee pain.  He was re-examined by a physician today and is listed as day to day.

FUTURE DODGERS!: Baseball America’s Top 5 Dodger prospects will be on display today as LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (No. 1), OF Yasiel Puig (No. 2) and OF Joc Pederson (No. 4) suit up against the Indians in Goodyear and IF Corey Seager (No. 3) and RHP Zach Lee (No. 5) come over from the minor league side to face Team Mexico. Puig is off to a hot start this spring, batting .400 with three doubles, a homer and five RBI in 10 games, while Pederson, the Dodgers’ 2012 Branch Rickey Minor League Player of the Year, will make his second appearance on the big league roster (March 1 vs. SD, 1-for-2). Seager, 18, was the Dodgers’ first round pick (18th overall) in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Northwest Cabarrus High School in North Carolina and batted .309 with eight home runs and 33 RBI in 46 games with Rookie-advanced Ogden last season. Lee has already made one appearance this spring, allowing two runs in 1.0 inning and taking the loss on Saturday against the Padres.

         LHP Chris Reed, LHP Onelki Garcia, LHP Paco Rodriguez, RHP Matt Magill and RHP Ross Stripling round out Baseball America’s Top 10 Dodger prospects.

         Today, Baseball America named Hyun-Jin Ryu as their top rookie heading into the 2013 season.

         Speaking of future Dodgers, registration is now available for the 2013 Dodgers Youth Baseball Camp, benefiting the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, which will be held June 25-28 (Session 1) and August 9, 12-14 (Session 2) at Dodger Stadium. Register your child today at Camp will feature instruction by Dodger coaches and alumni with special visits by current Dodger players. Campers will learn about hitting, fielding, base running, throwing and pitching as well as team play, sportsmanship and conditioning. Enrollment is open to boys and girls, ages 7-12. Space is limited so please register your child today!

HILLTOPPERS: RHP Zack Greinke had been scheduled to start, but was scratched due to illness.  Instead, RHP Stephen Fife will make his third appearance (first start) of the spring. In his last outing on Friday, Fife allowed two runs in 3.0 innings against the Padres. The Idaho native made five starts for the Dodgers last year for his first Major League action, going 0-2 with a 2.70 ERA.

         RHP Brandon League will make his third appearance of the spring after allowing three runs (one earned) on two hits on Saturday against the Mariners in Peoria.

         RHP Kenley Jansen made his only appearance of the spring on Feb. 26, firing a scoreless frame against the Giants.

         LHP J.P. Howell struck out three in a scoreless inning on Saturday against the Mariners. Howell allowed two runs in 1.0 inning against the Giants on Feb. 26 in his first appearance of the spring.

CAMERA READY: Tomorrow, Javy Guerra (@JavyGuerra54) will take over the Dodgers Official Instagram account (@Dodgers) capturing a "Day in the Life" of a big league ballplayer.

GET ‘EM WHILE YOU CAN!: Today is the last day (end of day) for fans to purchase the popular 15-game mini-plans and flex plans that include guaranteed tickets to Opening Day. Fans can call 323-DODGERS for more information and to secure seats to 2013 Opening Day against the Giants.

Monday, March 4, 2013

And here's a picture of my mother-in-law fighting with a bunch of men for a Koufax autograph

My friend called me earlier to tell me if I have seen this picture of Sandy Koufax at Camelback Ranch (During my trip last month) that shows my mother- in-law (wearing glasses, blue blouse, grey sweater) trying to get a autograph for me while being shoved around by all of these men that look like they are after Kate Upton instead of Koufax. It was posted by the O.C. Register.

I hadn't seen the picture. I've been looking everywhere to see if I would show up in any pictures since I was close to Koufax on two occasions but I didn't find anything.

If you recall, I did get one autograph from Koufax. I tried to get another one after practice but I was unsuccessful. My mother-in-law tried twice and both times Koufax rejected her. She was upset. It was the funniest thing ever because the autograph is not even for her. It was for me. But I guess because she was trying to help me, she felt bad. She also doesn't understand how she was so close to him (and in the front!) and both times, Koufax didn't grab her item.

It's just about being lucky. Koufax would pick something quickly. I noticed he would do one and then skip one or two fans and then get another item. He wasn't going to sign for everyone. That would take hours.

I did laugh when I saw this picture. It's just great. I emailed her this picture and she also laughed.

Good times.

Thanks Ron for the picture.

By the way, I'm in this picture too. In the back looking a bit suspicious. (Blue Dodger jacket and hat)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Videos: MLB Network - 30 Clubs in 30 Days: Los Angeles Dodgers

The MLB Network visited Camelback Ranch last Monday to talk to several Dodgers.
MLB Tonight takes you to 30 Clubs in 30 Days. Here is an inside look at the Los Angeles Dodgers spring training. Check out more 30 Clubs in 30 Days coverage on MLB Network.

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Dodger Spring Training Notes - February 22, 2013

Sandy Koufax and Zach Lee

Pix: Jon SooHoo

From the Dodgers -

Friday, February 22, 2013: Full-Squad Workout #7

SEVENTH HEAVEN: Today, the Dodgers held their seventh and final full-squad workout before beginning their 40-game exhibition schedule tomorrow against the White Sox. The team worked on pick offs and rundowns followed by Aaron Harang, Kenley Jansen and Javy Guerra throwing live BP. Chris Capuano, Chad Billingsley, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Paco Rodriguez all threw bullpens under the watchful eye of Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax.

The club will play 36 games in Arizona before playing its final four exhibition games in the greater Los Angeles area against the Angels and Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.

The Spring Training edition of Dodgers Magazine will debut tomorrow at Camelback Ranch and features the heart of the Dodger lineup on the cover; Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier. For those unable to pick one up in Glendale, magazines are also available online at

THIS IS GETTING REAL: Tomorrow is Opening Day at Camelback Ranch with the Dodgers taking on the White Sox for the first of three times during the Cactus League slate. Clayton Kershaw, the 2012 MLB ERA champ, will take the hill for Los Angeles against Chicago right-hander Dylan Axelrod, with RHP Mark Lowe, RHP Ronald Belisario, RHP Stephen Fife, RHP Matt Magill, LHP Kelvin De La Cruz and RHP Gregory Infante expected in relief.

 With Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford likely having their first Cactus League action delayed until around March 1, Don Mattingly announced that tomorrow’s outfield would feature Andre Ethier in right field, Skip Schumaker in center field and Jerry Hairston Jr. in left field.

On Sunday, the two clubs will meet again at 1:05 pm local time (12:05 pm in Los Angeles) with starter Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu making their Dodger debuts against Chicago right-hander Erik Johnson.

The Dodgers have played the White Sox in four of the last five years during Interleague Play with Chicago holding a 7-5 advantage in the series.

COULD BE LEGENDARY: Dodger alumni Ron Cey, Tim Leary, Fernando Valenzuela, Maury Wills and Steve Yeager will help celebrate a new season of Cactus League play at Camelback Ranch - Glendale’s inaugural Legends Weekend. Former greats from both the Dodgers (tomorrow) and White Sox (Sunday) franchises will be on hand to sign autographs and greet fans from 11:30 am-12:30 pm before being introduced in pregame ceremonies.

CLASSIC BASEBALL: Yesterday, the final rosters were submitted for the 2013 World Baseball Classic with the Dodgers well represented in the once-every-four-year event with Adrian Gonzalez and Luis Cruz playing for Team Mexico, Hanley Ramirez for the Dominican Republic, Ronald Belisario for Venezuela and Nick Punto for Italy. In addition, former Dodger skipper Joe Torre will pilot the U.S. squad. Players will leave camp on or near March 1 with pool play for the World Baseball Classic beginning on March 2 in Taiwan and Japan and on March 7 in Pools C and D in Puerto Rico and Arizona.

Three places that Tommy Lasorda is likely to be found: Bucca di Beppo, Grimaldi’s and now the visiting clubhouse at Camelback Ranch, ever since it became occupied by Team Italy. The Italians will be here working out until March 5, when Team Mexico moves in prior to their exhibition game on Wednesday, March 6 at Camelback Ranch. 

Charley Steiner will be calling the Pool D games in Phoenix for MLB International, featuring the United States, Mexico, Canada and Italy. Steiner will call the first of 16 Spring Training games on AM 570 Fox Sports Los Angeles tomorrow alongside Rick Monday, while Jaime Jarrin, Fernando Valenzuela and Pepe Yniguez can be heard in Spanish tomorrow on KTNQ 1020 AM.

YOU SEE THIS FACE?: Dodger center fielder Matt Kemp advanced to the finals of MLB Network’s #FaceofMLB contest on Twitter by defeating Atlanta’s Jason Heyward in yesterday’s vote. In tomorrow’s finals, Kemp will face the winner of today’s semifinal matchup of Andrew McCutchen and Joey Votto in MLB Network’s bracket to decide who is the Face of MLB. The current bracket matchups can be viewed here.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Three days in Arizona

Sandy Koufax -

Sandy Koufax

In case you missed the posts...

I spent three days in Arizona.

Friday {linked here}
Saturday {linked here}
Sunday {linked here}

If you rather just see pictures....

Friday {linked here}
Saturday {linked here}
Sunday {linked here}

Monday, February 18, 2013

Recap: Camelback Ranch Trip (February 17)

Sunday was my last day at Camelback Ranch. There was less fans than Saturday.

My son meeting new friends.


Clayton Kershaw.


Hyun-jin Ryu.


Yasiel Puig and Alex Castellanos.


Mark McGwire.


Hanley Ramirez.

Hanley Ramirez

Tommy Lasorda signed autographs again.




Camelback Ranch.


Dodgers going through running drills. Here's Yasiel Puig. He runs fast!


Video - Yasiel Puig hitting.

Yasiel Puig hitting at Camelback Ranch from Roberto Baly on Vimeo.

Tommy Lasorda checking out this little kid.


Yasiel Puig and Andre Ethier.


Rick Honeycutt observing Chad Billingsley.


Bill Plaschke of the L.A. Times.


Sandy Koufax came to camp! Talking to Rick Honeycutt.


The starters learning from the best.


Stephen Fife on the mound. Must be nervous.


Video: Sandy Koufax

Sandy Koufax @ Camelback Ranch from Roberto Baly on Vimeo.

Sandy Koufax signing autographs. It was a riot. I'm surprised security didn't tell Koufax to stop signing. Fans were pushing and hitting other fans. I got hit hard in my back and ribs. I've had several surgeries there and it was painful. I shouldn't have been there. The scary part was when a teenager close to me was hitting other fans and security caught him and told him to back off. He didn't back off and stood there. The security guard got mad and told him to leave the stadium. He got kicked out. It was hectic.


My brother in law and mother in law were there too trying to help me and get a picture and a card signed and they were shut down. I got lucky. Koufax signed this for me.


Moises Alou was there.

Moises Alou
This makes me happy. My son had fun this weekend at the park running around and playing.


I was only able to get 1 autograph for my son's helmet. Bench coach Trey Hillman. There is 13 autographs in that helmet. I think I can finish it before the year is over.


Tony Gwynn Jr.

Tony Gwynn Jr

Don Mattingly always signs. Awesome.


Remember this card that I got in Koreatown last December? {linked here} Hyun-jin Ryu signed it.


My brother in law and son meeting Dee Gordon.


Good times in Camelback Ranch. Afterwards we ate at 5 and Dinner. Great hamburgers. Then we went home!

Click here if you want to see more pictures! Including a few autographs.

One last thing... I've been getting a lot of emails since I've been posting these recaps asking me about trades, buying, selling, etc. I don't really trade anything and I don't sell anything. I'm sorry. It's just a hobby for me that I enjoy. I'm not interested in buying items off you or selling you something. I hope you all understand. Thanks for reading.

Andrew @ 5 and Dinner

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Recap: Camelback Ranch Trip (February 16)

Another day at Camelback Ranch. There was more fans today than yesterday. By the way, click here to read yesterdays recap if you haven't.


It was crowded and it was the first full-squad workout of 2013. Players seemed to be focus on getting their work done.

Alfredo Amezaga and Juan Castro.


One of the most valuable people in the Dodgers organization, Jon SooHoo.


Clayton Kershaw and A.J. Ellis.


Hyun-jin Ryu


My son waving bye to the players.


Luis 'El Cochito' Cruz throwing me the peace sign.


Matt Kemp.


I told Hanley Ramirez "Wake up". He looked sleepy to me. Fans started laughing.


Check out this beard. Matt Guerrier and Ken Howell.


Jerry Hairston Jr laughing because fans were screaming "Jerry, Jerry, Jerry".


Logan White.


Stan Kasten signing autographs.




Working out.


Running around Camelback Ranch.


Tommy Lasorda arrived. Fans asked him to sign and he said that they will set up a table and to go start a line. Fans started running.


And here's the table.


About ten minutes later, Lasorda arrives. I was thinking to myself how long will it take for a fan to get Lasorda to blow up. And it was the first fan! He asked for a picture and Lasorda yells "No time for a picture, can't you see the line. No time, c'mon *&^%$#". Classic Lasorda. Just give him your item, say please and get out! Kinda like the Seinfeld episode, "No soup for you".


Lasorda seemed to like my son. And my son is most likely thinking "He has gray hair, looks like grandpa".


Thanks Tommy.


Who is this kid? Yasiel Puig!


Breaking news, Don Mattingly will be a pinch hitter this season.


Something embarrassing happened to me today. A fan asked me for a autograph. My friend laughed. My brother in law laughed. My wife laughed. Everyone is laughing. I believe his name was Jeff. Enjoy the autograph.


Andre Ethier signing autographs.


Yasiel Puig will be rookie of the year next year. Boom!

Yasiel PuigIMG_0354

Don Mattingly liked this 8x10.


More autographs. Thanks Don.


The mini helmet for my son got more autographs today. Thanks to Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Nick Punto, Skip Schumaker and Tim Federowicz. 


The store was open. We bought these items for my son.


Click here if you want to see more pictures! Including a few autographs.

We're having a blast here. Tomorrow is our last day. Thanks for reading.