Before the Dodgers-Cubs game last night, I ran into 2 ex-players. First was the former Mets pitcher Ron Darling. He is now broadcasting games for TBS. He signed a ball for me. It looked like he was in a hurry so I didn’t say much. He started 3 games for the Mets in the 1986 World Series against the Boston Red Sox. The Mets won the World Series. Next was Billy Sample. He played mostly for the Texas Rangers back in the late 70’s and early 80’s. I know him mostly for his work on MLB.com. He does interviews and once in a while has a show on MLB TV. I always liked seeing him on TV. When I saw him, I came up to him and told him I enjoyed his work. He looked at me and said “Oh thanks” He looked like he was shocked that someone knew him. I got him to sign a ball. Really nice guy. He asked what my name was and if the Dodgers were going to win it. Very friendly. Thanks Ron & Billy !
October 4, 2008
Bill Russell was signing autographs at a card shop here in So-Cal. He was scheduled to sign from 10am/12pm. First autograph was free. I got there at 8:15 am. A small crowd came out. Billy came in on time. I got him to sign a LP Record that I have. It’s a Record of the 1981 Championship Series. Tommy Lasorda has signed it and Bill is the second person to sign it.
I’m the featured blog on the main blog page! Check it out..click here. Scroll down a bit and you will see my pix and it says the following “Robert’s Dodger blog was one of the most visited MLBlogs this past week. Find out why!” Cool 🙂 Only 1 mistake…my name is Roberto ! C’mon Yanks….! Then click here. You will notice that I’m # 5 among fans that have a MLBLog. I don’t remember but I think that’s the lowest I have ever been. I’m usually in the top 10 Thanks to all for reading. Since I’m the featured blog, I know I will get alot of new readers. If you’ve never seen this blog, welcome. Just read a couple of the entries and you will notice that I’m a big Dodger fan, write about meeting players and getting autographs, posting random YouTube videos and other nonsense stuff. Bookmark it ! Peace!
Dodgers will clinch it tonight !
August 31, 2008
There was a “big” sports card show event here in Southern California. It wasn’t really big. Not alot of collectors came. The players that appeared were 5 former Dodgers, Jim Rice, and Gaylord Perry. I only bought autograph tickets for Rice and Perry. First up was Rice. I got a 11×14 picture of Rice. Got in line and ready to meet the great Jim Rice….Well he wasn’t that great of a person. Not very approachable. There was about 5 people in front of me. I wasn’t able to see what was going on but I noticed right away that Rice looked upset. It looked like the people were not ready with their items and then when it was my turn it looked like he was upset. I said “Hi Mr. Rice” and he didn’t say or look at me. I knew right away he was going to be a difficult person. While he was signing the picture, I was thinking “Should I ask for a picture ? He looks mad, maybe it’s not a good idea….ah what the hell, I will ask” Hahaha So I did ask for the pix and gave the camera to the person behind me. Rice didn’t respond to my question and I think that meant a “no” answer because he didn’t even look at the camera. I told him thanks and he just looked the other way. Wow, bitter dude. I mean I know you deserve to be in the Hall of Fame but do you really have to be upset with your life ? Maybe if I told him that I read his blog on a weekly basis, he would of been happy ? I gave the picture to my Wife so she can hold it for me while I get Perry’s Autograph. Later she told me that someone asked her “How was Rice as a person?” and she said “Oh no, I didn’t meet him, my Husband just met him and he said he was not that friendly” and he said “Oh yeah, I heard. He just looks bitter” Oh well…it was still cool getting that autograph and I do hope that he makes it to the H.O.F. one day. Thanks Jim.
Next up was Gaylord Perry. The Hall of Famer pitcher. I’m sure Mr. Perry is the biggest Hall of Famer you will see. Well….Tony Gwynn might be a close 2nd. I’m not sure what’s going on with Gwynn, but the dude keeps getting bigger. Anyways, Perry is one big guy. When they announced his name, he came out and you can tell he is getting old. Didn’t look good when walking. Right away, I noticed his San Francisco Giants hat. It’s good that I didn’t wear my Dodgers hat 🙂 I bought a Hall of Fame ball for him to sign it. While in line, I was talking a guy behind me and he asked me what I was going to get signed. I told him a ball. With the autograph comes with 1 free inscription. If you wanted a extra inscription, it would be 10 extra bucks. Well he told me “I’m getting a ball and I’m going to tell him to put “H.O.F. 91” and “No Vaseline” and I said “No way?” He said “yeah watch me” Well it was my turn and I greeted Perry and gave him the ball. He asked what inscription I wanted and I said “H.O.F. 91” He was very nice. At least he did some small talk compare to Rice. I gave the camera to the “Vaseline guy” and he shot this picture…The sun blows away one of my eyes. Oh well, still looks good 🙂
I told him thanks and while I was putting my ball away, I wanted to see if Perry was going to put “No vaseline” The guy gave him the ball and told him “put No Vaseline” and Perry said “no…I can put my win totals” So he did that 🙂 Funny. Have no idea what I’m talking about ? Read this NY Times article about Gaylord Perry using Vaseline. It was cool meeting these 2 guys. Later!
August 30, 2008
I met 2 current Angels. Ervin Santana and Robb Quinlan. First up was Santana. He was signing at a furniture store down in Irvine at 11:30 am. I showed up right before 9 am. A employee there told everyone that Santana will be signing 2 items per person. Sounded good since I needed to get a picture signed for my brother. Well right before 11 am, another employee said that he will be signing only 1 item per person plus a picture with him if you desire. Bad news for me since I had that extra item. Upon arrival to Santana, I gave him a 2008 All-Star ball to sign it. He signed it right below the All-Star logo. Then I put the picture down in the table and right away the employees said “NO! just 1 item plus a picture” They were very strict about it. It’s weird because most of the time they don’t want you to be posing with the players. It’s just the autograph and that’s it. But on this occasion, everyone was taking a picture with Ervin. Maybe that’s the reason the line was moving slow. My Wife got him to sign a mini-helmet that already has several autographs of current Angels. Then after meeting Santana we headed over to Laguna Niguel. Robb Quinlan was signing autographs at a at&t store. Nobody was there. I think less than 5 fans. I got him to sign the same mini-helmet. Quinlan was very nice and talked with us. Pictures from the events below….
August 7, 2008 Murrieta, California
Jose Arredondo from San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic was signing autographs at a Dairy Queen at Murrieta. This is his first year in the Major Leagues. He has been impressive for the Angels. If Frankie Rodriguez leaves via free-agency this winter, the Angels might have their future closer in Arredondo. Check out his stats coming out of the Bullpen: 4 wins 0 Losses, 1.03 e.r.a. and 30 K’s in 35 Innings. About the autograph, I got him to sign my Angels team mini-helmet. I was the 3rd person in line. He was scheduled to sign at 11:30 am. I showed up around 8:30 am. It was a good decision because when I left, lots of fans showed up. Jose was cool. I talked to him in spanish and he seemed surprised. Let’s just say I think I was the only Hispanic there. He talked to me like if he knew me and said “Hola, como esta la familia?” (how is the family doing?) Nice dude.
August 6, 2008 Anaheim, California
Hey folks! What’s up ? Today I met Juan Samuel. Remember him ? Well maybe the older fans will. He played 16 years in the Major Leagues. I remember him from the time he played for the Dodgers in the early 90’s. His best season was 1984 when he played for the Philadelphia Phillies. 15 Bombs with 69 RBI’s and 72 stolen bases ! 3 Time All-Star player. He currently is a 3rd base coach for the Baltimore Orioles. He signed a Baseball for me. I told him in spanish that I was a fan of his and I remember him from his playing days with the Dodgers. Nice guy. Thanks Juan. After meeting him, I saw Sports Radio talk show host Big Joe McDonnell. I’ve been listening to this dude since I was a little kid. I’m trying to remember….maybe since 1992 ! I have followed him all around the A.M. Dial….even on the FM Dial. Remember KMAX ? lol Wow, I go back listening to him. I always enjoyed listening to him. Check him out weekdays from 7/10 pm on 570 am. If you don’t live around the L.A. area, you can listen to him live online. After that, I noticed Josh Rawitch from the “Inside the Dodgers” blog and Vice President of Public Relations. He was walking and I said “Hey you need to update the blog” He always updates the blog but yesterday he missed the starting lineup so I was just playing with him and he came up to me and shook my hand. I don’t think he knew who I was at first. Then he goes “Oh it’s you! The big baseball fan” Yeah that was me Josh. Nice seeing you. By the way, my Wife noticed you had a baseball and she believes it was autographed by Vin Scully. True ? Below are 2 pictures of Juan Samuel and Big Joe…. Peace !