"The worst part, my wife was up in the stands and she's pulling for Charlie," Lasorda says.
--Tip No. 2: If you find yourself broiling at Camelback Ranch, the Dodgers' spring spa, go to the customer service window, or the ticket booth in Section 103, and request a seat in the shade.
Park employees say they will gladly swap your sun-baked seat for a protected one. Or avoid the whole process and reserve a shady seat in Sections 114 or 115, rows 15 or higher.
Camelback is a jewel of a ballpark, but the full-frontal orientation can make the Arizona sun feel like lasers through a diamond.
--Tip No. 3: The best pregame autograph spot is Sections 26 and 27, accessible to anyone with a ticket anywhere in the park. During games, try the lower corner of Section 28, where the players pass on their way off the field. Among the "gets" the day we're here: Matt Kemp.
--Tip No. 4: You can tailgate at laid-back Camelback, a rare treat for Dodgers fans.
The Dodgers and White Sox share joint custody of this 13,000-seat ballpark, where on weekdays it's so sleepy you can hear the "GOT IT, GOT IT!" of the center fielder camping under a pop fly, or the corduroy scrape of a runner sliding into third.
"Two hands, bro!!!" pleads a fan.
"Beer heeeeeeyah!!!" screams a vendor.
Spring training. Send me 450 metric tons. Now.
Next week: The Angels' spring spa, Tempe Diablo Stadium.