Looney Loney Appearance (8/6/10)

Yes, it’s almost been two weeks and I’m just now writing about it. You’ve probably already heard all about what happened.

I got there probably around 5:30ish and there were about 15 or so people in line in front of me. The line was going behind the Metro PCS store and into the alley behind it. Believe me when I say, this place was a little hard to find in the wee morning hours. I drove past it and had to turn around before we found it. Tiny parking lot. I ended up parking behind the cocktail place next to the Metro PCS.

The line kept growing and growing and growing. When Metro arrived, they had us move the line towards the front of the street so it went around the cocktail place and then back in the alley.

For those of us who were there in the wee early hours, we got some free entertainment from a man who obviously wasn’t there for the signing.

I know I have pictures somewhere. I just can’t find where I put them.

About ten till noon, the DJ on the mic started signing, Loney will be here in ten minutes. Five minutes later, Loney will be here in five minutes. My friends and I were like, are you sure? We didn’t think he’d actually be on time this time.

Sure enough… after 20-25 minutes of the DJ saying, Loney will be here any minute now, he finally pulls in. It was funny to see him wince a little with all the screaming when he got out of the car. I wonder if it was the high-pitch girls screams or the signs that said “will you marry me?” that made him wince.

Funny thing was, when we got there, I was like 15th or so in line. Maybe 20th. I didn’t count. About 11:30, this group of girls in short shorts (more like briefs) showed up and got in line. One of the Metro employees saw them and told them they weren’t there at 6:30 in the morning and needed to move. They didn’t move far. They moved like five people back in line. It was quite frustrating. I went from somewhere in the 15-20 to probably like 40-50. There were a ton of people in front of me who showed up at the last minute.

We finally got in. He signed my bobblehead on the brim this time. He signed my other one on the cap. This one is going to my cousin Joanne in North Carolina. She came to visit in 2007 at the start of my Dodger obsession and she got hooked, too. When she went back to NC, her older brother was giving her a hard time. He was telling her that she wasn’t a Dodger fan, she wasn’t a real fan. Then she started listing some of the players. His reaction? “What has Linda done to you?” Loney was her favorite player then, so when she was supposed to visit this summer, I was so excited about taking her to Loney’s bobblehead night. Well, her plans fell through and she didn’t make it. So, I got her bobblehead anyway and plan to take it to her next time I visit. Not so sure if I want to risk sending it across the country.

My friend Monique was after me and Kevin, and he saw her shirt that she was going to have him sign and said, “hey there’s my shirt!” When my friends Pat and Jo got up, he asked them, “what are you guys doing here?”

After we finished, it was time for lunch. However, because I had parked next to Metro and behind the cocktail place… not only was there an employee vehicle double parked behind me … but a cop car behind it. There was a lot of police presence there. The officer has just gotten out of his car and when he saw me looking at the cars in the lot, he asked me which car was mine. I pointed to it and he said, “you’re screwed.” It was funny how he said it.

So, we went out to lunch. Surprise, surprise, we got lost getting to lunch. On the way back to Metro, Vin Scully Is My Homeboy called me and asked me if I was still at Metro. He was getting emails and tweets about the aftermath of the Loney signing. By the time we got back, it had been long over. There were no signs of any police, near riot, or any trash lying around. They must have cleaned it up real quick. There were anywhere from 600 to 1000 people in line. No way was Loney going to sign more than 150-200 autographs. Sure, he arrived late. But, he stayed the extra half hour or so that he was late. And Loney isn’t like Broxton. He talks to fans as he’s signing. He doesn’t just sit there, not look up at the fans, and just sign. He does interact. Shame on those “fans” for their awful behavior. I know I’ve been upset at signings before, but I was usually one of the first people in line and they were telling me or people in my group that we weren’t going to get in to get our autographs.

Who knows what’s going to happen at Furcal’s signing this Saturday. The VIP list alone is already ridiculously long. Who knows if any of us “general public” people will get in. We shall see.

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