We got into the stadium, and the first players we saw were Carlos Monasterios, Chad Billingsley, and Ramon Troncoso. I have to admit, I don’t think I’ve ever seen Chad sign before a day game. So, I was surprised when I asked him if he would sign that he came over. Not only did he sign my scrapbook, but he found a spot on my team ball to sign. He asked me if I wanted him to sign on the picture, and I said yeah. It’s funny how the players have been asking, “do you want me to sign on the picture or here?” Here, being a blank space on the page. Ted Lilly signed down by the foul pole, but I didn’t want to run over there. So, I stayed behind while my friends went. It took awhile before other players came out. Several pitchers would walk by, but say they had to go to the bullpen. Jeff Weaver came out to play catch with Belisario. He was right in front of us. I asked him to sign but he said something and went to play catch.
I have been trying for over a year to get Weaver to sign my scrapbook from 2009. It’s the article when he and his brother faced each other last year. Today, I brought my 2010 book that’s a Work in Progress. I figured I’d try to get a few of the players while they were still with the team. I’ve gotten a lot of players in my 2009 book already. Fortunately, there’s a great picture from the LA Times from when Jeff Weaver pitched to Jered Weaver when the Angels played at Dodger Stadium. I was surprised that when I asked Jeff to sign, he actually came over to sign!
And I also finally got a picture with him! I don’t remember who I got next, but I’ll go with Kuo. He was playing catch with Kenley Jansen, who I also asked to come sign but he said he had to go. So, Kuo came and I had a magazine I needed him to sign for my friend’s boyfriend. It’s the Dodger Magazine with the four All Stars. I got Ethier earlier in the week and Angelikna got Broxton at the signing. So, we just needed Kuo. There’s no way we’d ever get Furcal unless we catch him down in the Minors doing a Rehab assignment. So, as Kuo is signing our things, he had two baseballs in his glove. My friend asks Kuo for one of his balls and Kuo gave him a look and my friend said, “not that kind!” It was hilarious. I wish I had captured it on camera.
Ryan Theriot came out with Stan Conte (the trainer). Guess he was testing to see how his knee felt after getting knocked over in Monday’s game. We’ve been trying to get Theriot to sign and he finally came over today. He almost didn’t sign for me. When I asked him for a quick picture, he said he didn’t have time.
Sure. He didn’t have time. I don’t mind if they say no. I rather have them just straight out tell me they don’t want to or can’t. Casey Blake tells fans all the time he won’t take pictures. Andre was telling fans the same thing last year. If they say no, they say no. No big deal. Anyway, I’m letting go and moving on.
The players started coming out to warm up. Jamey Carroll came over to sign once he finished getting ready. Since I had my book, I thought I might as well ask him. These ladies wanted a picture with him. Not sure if they remembered to ask him, because he started to walk away. Since they had their back to him, getting ready for the picture, I spoke up for them and asked if he had time for a quick picture. He put his hand on one and was trying to position himself between the two. The other lady didn’t see what he was doing and she was blocking Jamey. It worked out and they got their picture. He signed my book. He did the same thing Chad did, and asked me where did I want him to sign. I let him choose. There was plenty of white space for him to sign on the page if he wanted to, which is where he signed.
When Andre came out to warm up, I went over with my friend’s bobblehead to get that signed. I haven’t asked Andre for an autograph for myself yet this year… at the game. It gets too crazy to go over there consistently. And I don’t want to go all the time. I think I’ve gone over there like twice this year, and both times were to get autographs for friends. As soon as I got my friend’s bobblehead signed, I got out of dodger so other people could get their things signed. I even heard one person behind me say, “get out of the way so we can get something signed” or something like that. Fortunately, I was able to get out of there. Sometimes it’s not possible!
Frank Kramer from the Frosty, Heidi, and Frank show on KABC was supposed to be up at the Loge Terrace. By the time I finished down the in field level, I was hungry and didn’t feel like going up to the Loge Terrace. So I went to get food! I’ll try to get that post up tomorrow! This post turned out a lot longer than I expected.
Okay, this is a bit late (a lot late) but like the title says, better late than never.
I’m at a friend’s house and using their internet so hopefully while I’m here I can catch up on a few posts.
I was a little more tired the morning I got up for Billz signing than I was for Ely’s. So, I had my alarm ready so I could leave the house by 4. I didn’t get up and leave until around 5:30. I got there a little before six and there were a bunch of people there already. Probably around 12-15. The funny thing was, one of the ladies in line kinda gave me a dirty look as I pulled up and got in line. I didn’t know anyone in line. Most of the people I knew or met the week before said they were going to Jonathan Broxton’s signing.
Erez showed up and took a look at the line. Not too long after that, the rest of the KABC crew showed up. We gave Jeffrey a hard time about driving one of the vehicles. They were able to set up their tables and tents this time, unlike the week before at the Ely signing.
Bob’s Big Boy is right next door. So, they sent Bob out to hand out fliers and for photo ops.
Billz showed up almost exactly at 11:30. He got to go in through the main entrance. The rest of us were going in through the side entrance. The AT&T store didn’t want us to go in through the front entrance. They only wanted customers to come in through the front entrance.
They let us in a few people at a time. My group was just me and Pat at first. But the guys in front of us wanted me to take their picture for them. If you guys are reading this, e-mail me for the originals! I haven’t heard from them yet. No, I didn’t get my picture taken with Chad. I have one from two years ago and I don’t need another one. He signed my scrapbook and a baseball card. He didn’t talk much.
And, we got tickets to the Saturday, Aug 7th game against the Nationals. Any chance Strasburg will start that one?
This is only the second time I’ve gotten Billingsley’s autograph. I set myself up for all this work with my scrapbooks, photos, and now this year’s team ball. I’ve said a few times now that I probably won’t do a team ball after this year. A friend asked me, “don’t you have enough autographs?” When is enough, enough?