The other week, Alex and I roamed Camelback Ranch and talked with the fans about their time at Spring Training and their thoughts on the upcoming season. We quickly found Joyce Park from Murrieta, Calif. relaxing on the right field lawn with her two nieces. A Dodger fan for more than 50 years, Joyce’s infectious laugh and positive attitude reminded us of the joy that comes from just watching the game, and not overanalyzing ever transaction or coaching decision. She’s a gem!
How long have you been a Dodger fan?
For 50 years. I watched Drysdale and Koufax pitch.
Tell us about your Spring Training experience so far.
We came hear the very first Spring Training that Camelback Ranch opened two years ago and we sat in seats over there [by third base]. I loved it. And then last year we came and sat up here [the right field lawn] and it’s a lot more fun. You don’t have the seat confinement so you can move around. I love it. I love it here.
How many Spring Training games have you been to this year?
This will be our fourth or fifth one.
What are you the most excited about for the coming season?
I love Ethier in right field. Loney at first base. All the young guys that have been working. Kershaw…last year I got his autograph. I was so excited. He was surrounded by all the little kids. I said ‘Aw, come on, Kershaw. I watched Sandy Koufax pitch and you’re going to be him some day.’ He got this big smile on his face and autographed my hat. So I’m excited.
Is there anything you really want to see from the team or a particular player this season?
My whole thing is that I’d love to see all the young guys really make it this year. Kemp…Ethier…Loney and all those guys. I would love to see them all have a huge, breakout year. Huge.
What do you think are the team’s chances of making the playoffs?
Sigh. I would like to say…they’re going to do it!
Only that I love the Dodgers and bleed Dodger Blue, just like Tommy Lasorda!