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Magic Number Countdown…7

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In his 6 plus season’s with The Blue from 2006-12, James Loney  would provide some memorable pennant drive moments, including this one against the Cubs in Game 1 of the 2008 NLDS…

With Big Game James currently on the Mets and the Mets atop the Wild Card standings, it is possible we just may cross paths with Big Game James….

A Battery of 7’s…Yesterday and Today…

Yesterday…

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Today…

 (Julio Urias. Kelvin Kuo, AP)

A battery of Julio Urias and Steve Yeager. Now that would be something…

Bottom of the 9th…

In case you didn’t have enough of last night…

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Guiding You Through The Cactus League

Stadium Journey Greetings Dodgers and baseball fans! Planning to head out to the desert for some Spring Training? Before you do, check out Stadium Journey’s 2016 Cactus League Ballpark Experience Rankings as your guide through The Valley of the Sun, including reviews of Camelback Ranch. For other sports road trips to any venue here or worldwide check out Stadium Journey for your travel tips.

The Spring Training Experience, 2/28/2014

Drei_570mic IT’S TIME FOR DODGER BASEBALL !!!

Contrary to popular belief, I will not be assuming full time broadcast duties once Vinny retires. But, on this day two years ago, 2/28/2014, thanks to a contest a buddy of mine won through Clear Channel Radio, we got to experience a Spring Training game along with the Fox Sports Crew. Vic the Brick was very gracious in letting me borrow his microphone…

vic FEELING YOU VIC ….

Mike_Vic My buddy Mike kicking it with VTB. The ST experience was made possible thanks to Mike winning a contest through Clear Channel…

LA_SOX Camelback Ranch. Home to both the Dodgers and White Sox…

Hairston_Drei Kickin’ it with White Sox coach Jerry Hairston, the proclaimed ” Original JHair…”

Yeager_CatchingtheAction Former Dodger catcher Steve Yeager looking outward at the action…

yeager With the former catcher Steve Yeager…

Drei_TimLeary With former pitcher Tim Leary, member of our last WS Champion team in 1988…

Tommy_Drei The skipper…Tommy Lasorda…

February 28th, 2014 has to be the earliest i’ve ever experienced an MLB game. It was also my first ever Spring Training experience. Some day, I hope to do more Cactus League games. My one regret of the numerous trips i’ve done is never experiencing ST in Vero Beach. Relocating their ST home from Vero Beach, Fl to Glendale, AZ was a smart move by the Dodgers, allowing their fans closer access to the ST experience. Here’s more from My spring training experience at Camelback Ranch in 2014

9th Inning…GAME OVER

picsart_03-03-09.37.58.gif A GIF I created. I took this pic prior to the 2006 season. The Eric Gagne banner from 2005 had yet to be replaced. Amazing how and what even the least skilled tech person can create. Hey, how ’bout some entrance music for GAME OVER…

 

 

 

 

Magic Number Countdown…7… Monday Night Bromance

Magic Number Countdown…7

Dodgers_Steve Yeager Steve Yeager is another former Dodger backstop featured in my Magic Number CountdownYeager would wear the Dodger Blue for 14 seasons from 1972-85, finishing his final MLB season in 1986 with the Seattle Mariners. Yeager was a part of 6 division champion teams, 4 league champions, and 1 World Champion in 1981. It was the 1981 World Series against the Yankees where he would be 1 of 3 Co-MVP’s of the series, sharing the honor with Ron Cey and Pedro Guerrero. Yeager would hit a huge home run in the 7th inning of Game 5 right after Pedro Guerrero’s solo shot tied the game. Yeager’s shot would be the difference as the Dodger would win Game 5 and take a 3 games to 2 lead in the series heading back to New York. 

Dodgers_Drei n Yeager Not the greatest pic quality wise but here I am with Steve Yeager at Camelback Ranch, 2/28/2013

Monday Night Bromance at The Ravine

KID N DREI_DODGER DOG N SAMMYWe’re Baaaaaaaaack !!! Kid N Drei here, with the Resident Dodger Dog and Sourdough Sam, the SF 49ERS mascot ( Yo Drei, why’d you bring Sammy here ? )

Kid N Drei_Guyz Night Out Monday evening, 9/14/2015. Guys night out with Kid N Drei. Hey, even Minion Dave wanted to chill with the guys. Kid N Drei have been a huge part of Drei’s stories these last 2 seasons, with plenty of “Kid” like mischief among the 2. So much so it’s reached BROMANCE status. With that, Drei here thought, hey, what better place for a bromance than at the old ballgame. For all you bro’s out there, i’m guessing you’ve all had at least one nice bromance experience at a sports bar or sporting event. But for some reason, of all sporting events, the ballpark just make for the best sports bromance experience. 

Kid N Drei_Minion n Brohams Minion Dave sure loves chilling with the guys, or should we say, ” His Brohams ” . Oh yeah, thanks to Kid Marley Marlz, Drei finally knows how to use his snapchat…LOL… Here’s Bromance Monday….

And if you only want the 90 snapchat version of Bromance Monday, here it is…

KID N DREI_MON NIGHT WE LOVE LA Another Dodger win on Bromance Monday !!! From Kid N Drei… ‘Til the Next Episode…

My Camelback Ranch Experience, 2/28/2014

A couple of firsts for me on my trip to The Ranch. One, it’s the first time I’ve seen a live baseball game in the month of February, and yes, that also includes our local colleges. Two, after all these years of ballpark travels, I finally get to experience Spring Training live, thanks to my friend Mike who won these tickets through a contest on KOST 103.5

Mike_Vic Mike being interviewed by Vic the Brick before the game…

We would fly into Phoenix that Friday morning with a bunch of other Dodger fans who won their experience through other Clear Channel radio station contests from 102.7 KISS FM all the way to AM 570 KLAC .

skyharbor Waiting for our bus to take us to Camelback…

We arrived around 11:30 AM local time so I had a chance to walk around and view the complex.

Vic_Pregame Feeling You Vic !!!

GameAction2 View from our suite

grouppic_suite Group pic from the suite

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Now lets go beyond the fences outside the yard….

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Drei_Lake Enjoying the scenery outside the yard…

OK, back inside the yard…

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Hairston_Drei With former White Sox Jerry Hariston, father of JHair Jr. I’m sure most of you are aware the Dodgers and White Sox share the yard, which is a common ST practice these days. I would think the fans are the biggest beneficiaries of shared ST complexes especially those who chose to take a week off and cruise through as many venues possible.

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My first Spring Training experience was everything I had expected AND some. The sparse weekday crowd in a stadium isolated from any kind of big city life really does a lot for the ST atmosphere. Most of the fans here we’re a good mix of families and snowbird ex-pats of Chi Town. Yes, there we’re a good amount of diehards who made the trip from L.A. as well, and it felt like we diehards we’re in ST mode as well, which is exactly what the ST experience should be like. We’ll be ready for the raucous sound of 50,000 plus fans come April all the way to October. Speaking of fans…

Drei_DLDnDaDozer Kicking it with Eric from the Dodgers-LowDown to Arizona native Armando, aka DaaDozer.

Given that I got to fly out to Arizona thanks to my friend Mike winning this experience through Clear Channel Radio, I had the chance to meet a couple former Dodgers who stopped by our suite…

Drei_TimLeary Tim Leary

yeager Steve Yeager

Also…

Drei_JaimeJarrin Longtime Dodger Spanish broadcaster Jaime Jarrin

And…

Tommy_Drei The Skipper himself…. Tommy Lasorda !!!

This was quite a first Spring Training experience for me. My goal for next time is to arrive as early as possible and get more pics with other current and future, and perhaps, past players as well. Of course, i’m always more than thankful for a free trip for such an experience.

grouppic_2ndbase Postgame group pic behind 2nd base

vic Postgame with Vic The Brick, and still FEELING YOU …. Oh yeah, as for that mic…

Drei_570mic2 Perhaps I may have a future in this ? ( ” Please don’t wake me no don’t shake me, leave me where I am… I’m Only Sleeping ” John Lennon )

Behind2ndBase One last shot from the field