CBR 3/10/10 10AM. My mission soon began upon arrival at the hallowed path the ’08-’09 NL West Champions would stroll down towards another day of Spring Training. Now less than four weeks till Opening Day! Sweet. As advertised, Camelback Ranch is beautiful. I waited with the 20-30 early birds to watch the team stroll out. Sometimes one by one. Sometimes a group of several. There goes Manny Mota on his three-wheel bike! I found myself not even being able to say, "Hey!" Just kind of stunned by being right in the action. A lady next to me spoke Spanish to Raffy, Padilla, Mota and De Jesus. They all acknowledged the native tongue and made a point to respond. I guess I better learn more Spanish. "Good Morning Matt Kemp!" I say to the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger ’09 winner, "Good morning y’all," says Kemp. Yes, Baseball Heaven. Watching the infield run drills was wonderful. I don’t guess I’ve ever seen MLB practice except batting practice at Dodger Stadium. Being up close watching through the fence- no comparison to what a great experience that is. Diamondbacks. I almost pinched myself because Tommy was there in uniform. Seriously, I know. Holy Lasorda! Tommy and Andre had a lengthy conversation right in from of me(I was sitting behind the dugout) I got some pictures- ok a lot! Wonder what they talked about? Practice? Hitting? Strategy? Pasta? Dodgers dugout next to two gentlemen who grew up on the East Coast. One of them said he went to one of the last games at Ebbetts field before the Dodgers moved! What? First Lasorda is in uniform in front of me then these guys are telling me about Ebbetts Field? Pinch me! Of course this gentlemen still isn't over the move from Brooklyn and is now relegated to being a Mets fan. Sorry Joe. On both accounts… I was witness to Ethier’s 1st Spring Training Home Run and Kemp’s triple. I found out later there was some mixup with the batting order.. ummm… who cares. Padilla pitched well. Ortiz was good. Weaver and Gagne were mediocre and Miller well, it’s Spring training. I still couldn’t help take too many pictures of Cagne on the mound. Camelback was a great experience. Eric Stephen already wrote a great article on Camelback and it was a great resource for this adventure. I just wanted to add some other tidbits and hope somehow you appreciate this fans feelings that it is indescribable to be so close and sometimes personal with the players. Standing next to Casey while he autographed my daughter’s pink Dodger hat, saying hello to Casey’s dad as they strolled by(they were there visiting their boy). "I don’t look anything like him do I" Casey’s dad says. Of course he does, and without the beard there is no doubt. Saying "Good Morning" to Matt Kemp. Seeing Tommy in uniform. Numerous small moments that all roll into one grand experience. By the way, I did go to the game the day before against the Rockies. But talking about a 12-0 shutout would just tend to be a downer on an otherwise great experience. I did get to see Loney play just about the entire game and several at-bats for Manny. For that game I was about 9 rows behind the on deck area. It was also cool seeing Kuroda, Broxton, Sherril pitching. Haeger? Sorry Charlie. Doesn’t look good. I was impressed with Jamey and Reed. I know. "Excuse me gents! Bison Crossing!!