April 19, 2014

Dodger Fans Speak: Meet Mike Van Wie

Mike Van Wie (2nd from right) with his extended family

Next up in our “voice of the fans” series from Camelback Ranch is Mike Van Wie.  Mike and his family currently live in Phoenix, but he hails from California and has been a Dodger fan since 1960.

Tell us about your Spring Training experience so far:

This year, this is our first game, but we’ve been to a bunch of them.  Never did get down to Florida since we used to live in California, but we’ve been to a bunch of them since the Dodgers have been here.  This is the first game this year, but I went to about 15-20 last year and the year before that, about the same.

What are you most excited about for the upcoming season?

I want to win a pennant!  I want to win a pennant this year!

Since you brought it up, what do you think the odds are that the Dodgers actually win the pennant?

To be perfectly honest, I don’t think they’re that great.  They need some help everywhere, but teams have done as good or better with less, so we’ll see.

Anything you really want to see from the team or a particular player?

Yeah, I’d like to see Matt Kemp do a hell of a lot better than he did last year.  I know he had big numbers, but his average was down.  I’d like to see some improvement out of the catching position.  I’d like to see the pitching a little bit stronger, but I think we’ve got enough to get there.

Any final thoughts?

I’m just glad the Dodgers moved to Arizona!