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A great time visiting the Cactus League

KPCC “Morning Edition” Host Steve Julian and I had a terrific time in Arizona late last week watching the Angels and Dodgers play spring training games.  As I wrote in my last posting, the Cactus League fans are particularly knowledgeable about the game and truly dedicated to their teams.  It makes for some fun conversations.

Saturday afternoon, Steve and I were at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona to see the Dodgers play Cleveland.  After taking our seats a few rows behind the Indians’ dugout, the fan in front of us turned around and asked “are you Larry Mantle?  I was wondering if I’d meet you here.”

The fan was a Los Angeles resident, also named Larry, who heard me mention our annual trips on air.  It turns out that Larry comes every year and brings one of his grandsons to the games.  Joining him this time was grandson Adam of Calabasas.

I always enjoy meeting listeners around Southern California, but it’s particularly fun to meet someone 370 miles away with whom you share a mutual interest like baseball.

Tuesday we kickoff a short member drive aimed at raising what we do in a typical ten-day Spring drive in half the time.  Please contribute just as soon as you can.  If this model works, we’ll look at shorter drives that make all of our listening experiences better.  Thanks for your support!