Yes, I know Jonathan Broxton was signing again at Sports Authority in Burbank (Vin Scully is My Homeboy has the recap here) and I have yet to get him this year. Even though he’s done two other appearances. I put the question to my friends. Broxton in Burbank, or Monasterios in Torrance. Well, as you can see… we chose Torrance.
I got to Torrance around 6:30. Of the four people in line in front of me, I knew 3 of them. There was Jay, who I don’t recall meeting before but he looked familiar. He said this was his fourth signing and he’s seen me at all of them. He said he knew he was at the right place when I showed up. Then there was Simon, who I met the day before. And of course, my dear friend Jo, who coincidentally was in front of me in line.
Surprisingly, the line was much longer this time around. I was gonna show up around 9:30 because that’s what time I showed up at the first Monasterios one. And there were only 10 people there. I think we had ten people by 7. By 9:30, there were probably around 20-25. Funniest thing I noticed was when a police squad car pulled up. I noticed him go across the street to the Big 5 but didn’t think anything of it … until he came back with a bag of baseballs!
At the previous signing, he showed up just on time. A little before 11, I decided to put my chair away. I was like, hey, he might be early like John Ely.
Sure enough, around 11 or so, he pulled up. Someone saw him pull in and was like, I think he’s here. He sat in the car for a bit before walking up. No one really noticed him walking up till he got closer to where we were. We started cheering him so people would know he was there.
Simon was ahead of us, and he told me that Carlos liked the picture that Simon got signed. He commented on the photo, something about, wow that’s an old photo, against the Brewers. Yeah, it was from the May series against the Brewers. Norma was getting a photo with Carlos and he put his arm around her. Just before Pat took the picture, he tilted his face up towards Norma and made a lovey-dovey face. Everyone cracked up and Norma was like, “what? what’s going on?” She thought he was doing bunny ears or something.
Again, it was a great signing! I love these KABC ones. I don’t know why, but I feel more relaxed and more excited at these. It was great making new friends. Hope to see you guys again soon.
On Friday, it was originally scheduled that Ramon Troncoso was going to be signing at a Kragen’s in La Habra. Well, soon after that was announced, Troncoso got sent down to the Minors. Earlier this week, I called the La Habra store to confirm that it was canceled and there wasn’t going to be a replacement. An hour or so after I got the confirmation, Cat texted me. Carlos Monasterios was going to be signing at a Kragen’s… in Covina.
Figuring since it was Carlos and it was going to be on a Friday, I didn’t think I had to leave as early as I would for other players. I went to Troncoso’s last year and I showed up around 10 and there were probably about a dozen people in line. So, for Monasterios, I figured if I showed up by 9 that I would be fine. Sure enough. There were about a dozen people in line in front of me.
I brought my friend Kevin. Good thing too because I needed him to hold our place in line while I went Silver Sharpie hunting. I thought I had checked all my Sharpies the night before. I pulled out my Sharpie to write something and discovered I didn’t have my good silver Sharpie. I had the old one. Good thing there was a Wal Greens across the street from Kragen’s. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any silver Sharpies in stock. They were in the process of restocking other areas of the store, just not the area I was in. So I walked across the street to see if the Dollar Tree had anything. Nothing. I finally found a set at CVS. One of the guys asked me why I was going through so much trouble to get a silver sharpie.
I met Kevin, a kid who reads my blog. My blog isn’t as big as Roberto’s or the mysterious guys behind Sons of Steve Garvey. It’s really cool when I meet someone who reads my blog. I’m sure any blogger can relate.
A little bit before noon, Carlos showed up. He came with two other people, a guy and girl. Not too long after he went in, the line started to move. We looked through the window and it looked like he was signing more than one item and was taking photos with everyone.
Then it was my turn. I had my scrapbook ready to the page with the article, box score, and ticket stub of his first major league start. One of the Kragen employees was walking the line earlier and he was talking about something till he saw my book. He lost his train of thought and exclaimed, “wow! What is that?” Next up was Pat’s photo of her and Carlos. I asked him, “this is for Pat”… he signed it and then said, “can you ask Pat for a copy?” and pointed to Pat in the picture. I said I would. And I asked, “can you sign ONE more thing please? My team ball?” He signed it and then took a photo with me.