As week three of my Spring Training trip came around I was beyond ready to head home and get back into my bed. Now don’t get me wrong. I love the Dodgers as much as the next diehard fan. But Arizona is just no California and not having my stuff there made it worse. I went to 42 games last season, so it wasn’t the fact that I was bored. I was just ready to get home and see baseball at the Ravine again. The quicker my week went by, the faster this was going to happen. Quick side note: every single person you see me mention in this article is all thanks to Twitter, except one. Dodgers Twitter is a fantastic thing.
Week three started off with a night game which I was super stoked about because baseball is a night sport. There’s no point in arguing this with me. You will never be able to convince me that there’s anything better than watching the Dodgers play under the lights. More so than anything, it just got me that much more excited for baseball season.
As I rushed to Camelback to get in line for autographs, my friend, Amanda, was already in line waiting for me. If you’re a part of Dodgers’ Twitter, I guarantee you know who Amanda is. If you don’t well, that’s your loss because her and two other Dodger fans, Natasha and Neil have their own podcast. If you like the Dodgers, you’ll love their podcast. Do yourself a favor and go check them out; https://realhousewivesofchavezravine.com.
Anyways, she was standing in line which was great for me because I showed up two minutes before they opened the gate. Unfortunately, this was not enough to get us a good spot because there were so many people there and the parents had their kids out in full force that day. We hung around for a little bit to watch the players come out to the field before we decided just to check out everything else.
After checking out the facility and practice it was time to head to the game. I went in through the home plate entrance and had my digital ticket, and that was a disaster on its own. Pro tip: if you have a paper ticket I always suggest taking it just in case. I got in early enough that I was able to save a spot on the wall down the third base line where the players warm up. While I was standing there, I was texting my friend, Leandra, who I was meeting for the first time that night. Before I had a chance to meet her her two sons, Carsen and Noah, ran down to me and squeezed in with us. Which I told her ahead of time they were okay to do. Her two boys started talking to me as if we’d known each other our whole lives. I was super impressed with how comfortable they were talking to me. Only to find out later, the older son, Carsen, watches my videos on YouTube. So we sort of did know each other in a way.
We spoke about all the cool autographs they had and how their family was friends with the Ethier’s. Most kids don’t know as much about the Dodgers as these two did. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get any players to sign that day. Once the game started, we got some food, and I was finally able to eat some real food besides sandwiches and spaghetti thanks to Leandra. This broke at Spring Training life for three weeks is no joke. I had the helmet nachos which were in a green helmet for St. Patty’s Day and they were pretty good. They were similar to the ones at Dodger Stadium, but they had cheese, chili, jalapenos, salsa, and sour cream on them. I was set for the night. I went and sat in my seat and curled up in my Dodgers blanket and watched the team come out with a win that night.
Thursday’s game was nothing like Wednesday’s. It was a disaster from the very beginning all the way until the end so we won’t get into that. I left in the 9th inning after the pitcher threw three pitches and gave up two home runs and a double. Seager and Grandal hit a home run, and Jansen had a 1-2-3 inning, so there was that.
Friday wasn’t the greatest of games either, and this was at the Diamondbacks field in Scottsdale which made it worse. If you have been to a Dodgers game in Arizona, then you’re well aware of the pettiness that is Dback fans. The Diamondbacks are like that summer fling you could care less about, but she’s so obsessed with trying to make you “her’s” again that she does whatever to get your attention so you’ll pay attention to her even for a little bit. But then you’ve got this other chick (The Giants) who you’ve had a thing with for so many years, and the Diamondbacks want that same kind of love (hate). Where I’m getting at here is the Diamondbacks try way too hard to be the Dodgers rival, but they aren’t good enough to be our rival. The “Beat L.A.” chant is super annoying, but that’s the Giants thing for us. So stop it. We will be rivals with the Padres before we ever give the Diamondbacks the time of day.
See what I mean?
This game sort of sucked minus Walker Buehler’s first start in Cactus League play. He threw two scoreless innings and looked great on the mound. There’s a lot of hype around Buehler, but it’s rightfully so. As soon as I sat down, the first thing I heard was someone bashing Dodger fans about showing up late and leaving early. Funny thing is he left before anyone else around me did. Cody Bellinger went deep but other than that it just wasn’t a good game. I also got an actual ticket for that game which was cool (*hint *hint Dodgers).
Then there was St. Patrick’s Day and my last day at Spring Training. Saturday was a blast at Camelback. So many people had come out for that game, and I finally knew a handful of people there. The very first person I saw when I showed up was Mariachiloco. If you’ve been to a Dodger game in the last few years, there’s an excellent chance you’ve seen him there. He has a lot of fans so when we were walking around the facility, we got stopped about no joke every 30 seconds so people could take a picture with him. He even signed a few autographs as well. If you ever see him at a game say hello and ask him for a picture if you want. I promise he won’t say no.
We walked to the back of the facility where some minor leaguers were playing in an inter-squad game to get in extra practice. A few of the players started talking to Mariachiloco and appreciated his outfit. I ALWAYS suggest heading to the back fields when it’s open. Players hang out and stand back there with the rest of the crowd and will usually sign and take pictures with fans if you approach them nicely.
After all the madness going on outside I got in line for the stadium before the gates even opened. I was so determined to get Seager to sign for me my last day there, and I wanted the spot he always goes to. As I rush inside and get down to the spot for him, I look at the clock and realize I was going to have to stand there for an hour and a half. I did my best to get comfortable and waited. Little by little players started to come out, and I still haven’t seen Corey. Joe Davis even walked by and signed for a few fans. I was so mad at myself because I had our selfie I had been carrying around for the past couple weeks I wanted him to sign, and of course the one day I didn’t have it he showed up. I’ve met Joe a couple of times already, and so he knows me by my name and face which still blows my mind. But if we’re being honest here, it’s probably because I don’t leave him alone on Twitter (Sorry Joe). He’s an awesome guy though and always takes time for the fans and making them a priority.
When security made us clear the wall it FINALLY hit me that Corey wasn’t going to be coming out today because he wasn’t playing. Somehow I managed not to let this cross my mind the entire hour and a half I stood there waiting for him. Either way, it was my last day in Arizona, and I was going to make the best of it. I honestly don’t remember what happened that game because I hung out with so many friends that day. I met up with my friend, Amber who can hold a conversation about the Dodgers with the best of them. I ran into another friend, Rebekah who will try anything and everything new when it comes to the food and drinks at Dodger Stadium. I even met up with Amanda again and her two co-hosts of the podcast, Natasha, and Neil. Who I met for the first time that day. Dodgers Twitter, man.
I was supposed to be leaving first thing Sunday morning to do the drive back to Orange County. But as the game went on, I decided I wanted to just call it a trip and leave tonight as soon as I got back to the hotel. After the 7th inning, I decided it was time for me to wave the white flag and go home. I rushed back to my hotel and packed up my car and my dog within an hour, and we were on our way home.
I can’t begin to explain the experiences I had on this trip and the memories and friendships I made as well. I would never have been able to do this if it wasn’t for my dad paying for my hotel room and my mom coming up the first few days to help take care of my dog and get her settled in. At the end of the day though, none of this would have meant anything if I didn’t have the constant support from everyone who follows me on my social media pages. I can’t express how much I appreciate everyone’s kind words and support throughout the past year and especially the last six months. It’s been a crazy ride, and I couldn’t have asked to enjoy it with a better fanbase. I hope everyone has enjoyed what I’ve been doing and I can’t wait for this season to begin and hopefully provide you guys with even better content. Hope to see you guys on Opening Day and let’s make this our season!