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The story behind the meeting

I thought I wrote about it, but I guess not. After all, I haven’t exactly been faithful to writing on this blog.

Here it goes.
It was a Saturday afternoon game against the Rockies. My boy John Ely was starting that day. I love day games because players will stop and sign autographs and stuff. Usually it’s the pitchers who come out to stretch, run, and play catch. They sign before or after, depending on the player and their schedule I suppose.
I wasn’t expecting to see Travis Schlichting (my other boy) at the stadium that day since he’s been on the Disabled List for a few weeks. He came out after most of the players were already done. By then, I had already gotten Clayton Kershaw and Jon Link to sign my scrapbook and Hong-Chi Kuo to sign a photo. Travis came out to run some sprints and on his way back to the dugout I said, “Hey Travis” just wanting to say hi since I said hi to him whenever I could. He surprised me by coming over to the wall.
2009-06-06 Travis.jpg
The first time I met Travis was when he was first called up in June 2009. It was on a Saturday day game against the Phillies on June 6. To save you the trouble of searching through the archives, here’s what I wrote then about meeting Travis
It was Saturday afternoon game, and I got inside the Stadium as soon as the gates were open. Travis Schlichting and Cory Wade were throwing to each other. After they were done, I called out to Travis. He looked at me and waved. Then I asked him for a photo with him. I didn’t have anything with me, or I would’ve asked him for his autograph too.

I don’t know if you can see the difference between Travis now and then, but he lost a lot of weight since then. They talked a lot about how he had Gilbert’s Sydrome and lost a drastic amount of weight.

Back to the afternoon of Sept 18th. Travis came over and stopped. Well, I was at a loss of what to do or say since I didn’t expect him to come over. I just wanted to say hey. So, thinking quickly on my feet, I told him it was good to see him back with the team. He told me it was good to be back and he was just trying to get healthy again. He said he missed the flight in SF. I was confused and asked him about being in SF. He said something about he’s sure he’ll have to make it up somehow. Again, he totally lost me but I tried to follow along. 

While we chatting, I asked him if he wouldn’t mind signing my scrapbook. I had a spot for him from the game where he got his first major league victory (it was the extra innings game against the D-backs back in June). I said it was kind of a small spot. He said it would fit, or he could make it fit. If I don’t get this 100% right, who will know? It happened over six months ago! I thanked him of course and said something about looking forward to seeing him with the team. As he’s getting ready to walk away, someone else asked him to sign her Dodger magazine. She didn’t have a sharpie so he asked me if he could use mine. I told him anything for him. Hence the little smile you see in the video.
Random tidbit: Travis and I were born two days apart, which is kind of why I have a soft spot towards him. And I have just more things signed by Travis than I do Matt Kemp! I’m looking forward to seeing Travis at Dodger Stadium at some point this season I hope.
In case you were wondering, the Rockies pounded the Dodgers 12-2 (even though the Dodgers had 12 hits that day). Whereas, when I first met Travis the Dodgers won in extra innings thanks to Andre Ethier’s walk-off homerun against the Phillies. And, of the four times I asked Travis for a photo or autograph, this was the only time the game didn’t result in a walk off victory for the Dodgers.

Player photos and autographs

June 6th – Travis Schlichting
It was Saturday afternoon game, and I got inside the Stadium as soon as the gates were open. Travis Schlichting and Cory Wade were throwing to each other. After they were done, I called out to Travis. He looked at me and waved. Then I asked him for a photo with him. I didn’t have anything with me, or I would’ve asked him for his autograph too.

2009-06-06 Travis.jpg
June 10th – Mark Sweeney
Before every Wednesday home game, Mark Sweeney and Jeanne Zelasko are at the Dodgers WIN tent to sign autographs and pose with fans. I put my scrapbook on the table and asked Mark to sign it first. Jeanne saw it was like, “whoa!” I also asked him to sign a photo of him and Hannah for Hannah. Then I asked Mark if I could get a photo with him. The camera was rolling at the moment, and captured Sol taking my picture with Mark. This was later shown on the Dodger Vision screen. Then I asked Jeanne to sign my scrapbook. I pointed out some of the autographs I already had, including Kevin Kennedy. She looked at it, and said, “Oh yeah, that is Kevin’s”
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June 17
Take two with Mark Sweeney! This time, I brought this year’s scrapbook for him to sign. Got another photo with him. Jeanne wasn’t there yet, so I didn’t get her autograph or photo neither. I really like this picture!
2009-06-17 Mark Sweeney
June 27 – Juan Castro and Ramon Troncoso
At this point, I had been sick for almost 10 days. By Saturday, I was about 75% better. Still had a cough, but I was much better than I had been in days. But because I had been sick, I didn’t get up as early for the autograph signings as I usually did. I finally left around ten, picked up Kevin, and we got to the Food 4 Less where Castro was going to be around 10:30. There was Coca-Cola truck set up and a tent. No one knew what was going on and it was very poorly organized. The people from Coke had to ask me who was going to be there. No one in Food 4 Less knew what was going on either. Since no one was there yet for the signing, Kevin and I headed to where Troncoso was going to be. There were about 15-20 people in line in front of Kragen’s. So, we went back to Castro’s. We went inside because the manager told me it was going to be in a certain spot. Guess he changed his mind, because they held it outside instead. They set up another tent, table, and chair. Castro showed up a few minutes early. He signed the newspaper article I brought (it will be entered into my scrapbook eventually). I asked him for a photo with him. He got up, and walked to the end of the table so he could stand next to me. How cool is that?
2009-06-27 Juan Castro
After that, Kevin and I headed back to Kragen’s. There were probably about ten people in line in front of us. Shortly after we arrived, a few people who were behind us at Castro’s signing showed up. When we got closer to the front, Kragen’s had a few fliers posted up announcing the signing. For Ramon Trancoso. Hmmm. Wonder if he noticed they mispelled his name. This time, I had Ramon sign my scrapbook. Then got a photo with him. We got two autographs within twenty minutes. It was nice that they were so close to each other. Funny thing was, there was a Kragen’s right next to the Food 4  Less too.
2009-06-27 Ramon Troncoso
June 28
I like day games. I get to get into the field level early and see who is throwing on the field. I forgot who Brent Leach was throwing to, since my focus was entirely on Brent. I waited for him to finish throwing. While I waited, I asked Ernie (my usher friend) if he could take a picture of me and Brent for me (since I came alone). Brent finished, and I called out to him. I asked him if he could take a picture with me. I also had my scrapbook with me. After Ernie took the photo, I asked Brent if he could sign my scrapbook. He signed his name, number, and wrote “God Bless” under it. He had a baseball in his hand and he put it on top of the padding. I asked him, “Is that for me?” and he said, “absolutely!” Sweet!!! Two baseballs in two consecutive games. I got a ball the previous game from Randy Wolf for my friend’s nephew. Adam and I were standing in the front row during batting practice. A groundball was hit towards Randy (who waved to me earlier). I told Adam to call out to Randy. We both did. I waved and pointed towards Adam. Randy threw the ball to us. I kept thinking “please catch the ball, please catch the ball” as the ball came towards us. Thankfully, Adam plays on a little league team (the Dodgers, of course) and caught the ball perfectly! The ball was covered in dirt and grass stains. Beautiful! I can’t tell you how envious I was of Adam to have gotten such a prized possession from Randy!