Once you got past the sentiment of it all, it was apparent that the Dodgers leaving Vero Beach was long overdue. Now there are some numbers to bear that out (last item):
The Dodgers distributed a total of 131,134 tickets for their 14 home games at Camelback Ranch this spring, an average of 9,367 a game. Their highest average reported attendance at their previous spring training home in Vero Beach, Fla., of 6,504 per game was set in 1991.
I suppose the use of the word “distributed” rather than “sold” could be significant, but there were clearly more butts in the seats and beers in the cup holders in Arizona than there ever was in Florida.