For the encounter of meeting Adrian, click here. Like I wrote, the picture from my camera came out terrible. Luckily my friend shot this picture from a different angle. Thanks Ken. Viva Mexico cabrones! lol Check out the band on the site. They were rockin Norteño music. Almost came out deaf…
August 3, 2008 Los Angeles, California
Remember my entry on the 70’s players signing at Dodger Stadium ? If not, click here. Now it was former Dodgers that played in the 80’s. I got there early. 8 former Dodgers arrived. Alejandro Pena, Jack Fimple, Bill Madlock, Mike Davis, Jerry Reuss, Bobby Castillo, Ken Landreaux and Bobby Welch. I took a Dodgers mini-helmet and got them all to sign it. I took pictures with 4 of them since I never have before. 1st pix with Alejandro Peña…
2nd Pix with Jack Fimple
3rd Pix with Bill Madlock
4th pix with Bob Welch
I didn’t stay for the game. But it was worth the trip to get autographs from all these guys 🙂
August 2, 2008 National City, California
Adrian Gonzalez was scheduled to sign autographs for free at a Hispanic Super Market in National City at 12pm It was crazy. We arrived early. About 20 fans in front of us but about 500 fans behind us. I’m not kidding. Adrian is very popular in the San Diego area. I took my World Baseball Classic Mexico Jersey. He was signing only 1 item per person. You couldn’t give him another item. Impossible. I gave him the jersey and told him I enjoy his personal website and he thanked me and I asked for a quick picture. With loud Mexican music in the background, I didn’t hear what he said. But my Wife shot the picture but it didn’t come out good. I guess the guys in the background waving at her didn’t make it easy. lol 🙂 But I got the autograph and that’s what counts. The following players that have signed the jersey is Benji Gil, Oliver Perez and Fernando Valenzuela. Let’s see how many more Mexican players I can get in the future. This is the picture of Adrian Gonzalez and myself holding the Jersey. A friend shot a picture of this moment from a different angle. He hasn’t e-mail me the picture but once he does I will post it here.
A picture of all the fans waiting….You could only see from the front. This line went as far back as 1 block away from the Market. I don’t remember seeing that much people to get a autograph. I’ve seen alot of fans at other events but this one had to be the most I’ve seen.
Thanks Adrian !
July 26 , 2008 Los Angeles, California
Chad Billingsley was scheduled to sign autographs at a AT&T location in Los Angeles at 12pm for 1 hour. I woke up late and not sure if I really wanted to go. I already got several items signed from him. But we went. We arrived around 11am and we saw this…
About 100 people in line. I walked towards the front and saw a couple of fans that I know. I was tempted to cut in but decided not to do it. There was a rope and since I came with my Wife, I didn’t want problems with the other fans. I walked back to the end of the line and waited patiently. Chad came on time and started signing right away. He signs quick. We were able to obtain his autograph around 12:30pm We gave him 2 photos to sign. Chad was in a great mood and smiling. Thanks Chad!
July 11, 2008 Burbank, California
Today I met Joe Beimel at a Staples Location here in Southern California. He was scheduled to sign autographs at 12pm. I got there 1 hour before and I thought I was going to see a big crowd but only about 15 people were in front of me. That’s cool for me. Once it was my turn to meet him, I gave him a couple of pictures for him to sign. On the table, there was a Joe Beimel Bobblehead. I assume it’s the one that they will give away at Dodger Stadium on August 12 ! The Beimel bobblehead looks good. Sometimes these bobbleheads look bad and don’t even look like the players. But this is one does look like Beimel. While he signed my items, I told him they did a
good job with the bobblehead. He agreed. I grabbed the bobblehead from the table and asked him for a picture. He said sure and I noticed a employee looking funny at me. Probably thought I was taking the bobblehead home. Overall, cool experience. Not alot of people. Got 3 items signed and got out of there quickly. Thanks Joe & Staples I guess. 🙂
I was going to ask Joe if he was going to invite Troy from West Virginia a invite to L.A. for his Bobblehead night. lol But I totally forgot.
Russell is a All-Star
Bad News: Russell Martin is not going to be a N.L Starter this year. Thanks to the greatest fans in baseball (Tommy Lasorda says it) Dodger fans didn’t vote for him. I’m a big Dodgers fan, but I always disagreed with Lasorda. I did vote for him but I guess not enough of people did. Martin was a starter last year and with good numbers this year, I thought he would be a easy choice for fans to select him. I was wrong.
Geovany Soto of the Chicago Cubs had a fast start and the Chicago fans went crazy in voting. They voted so much that Kosuke Fukudome was selected by fans to be a starting outfielder ! What a disgrace. More on that later. Let’s compare Martin vs Soto. Stats as of today.
Martin .305 9 HR 42 RBI’s
Soto .289 14 HR 52 RBI’s
Martin is batting 14 points higher than Soto and since Martin was the starter last year and is known more than Soto, I would think Martin had a great chance to be the starter. But Soto started the month of April by hitting .341 with 5 HR’s and 20 RBI’s. With that hot start, the nation noticed and he got the votes. Soto deserves it. He is having a great year but I’m disapointed in Dodger fans for not supporting Martin. The good news is that Martin was selected to be a N.L. reserve. Now, about Fukudome… Why is he a starter ? I know the fans of the Cubs went crazy, but why so much support for Fukudome ? Or was the whole country of Japan voting for him ? His stats as of today: .287 B.A. 7 HR’s 35 RBI’s Why is he a starter!! ? That’s funny. Well not as funny like reading the Cubs media guide. According the guide, it says the way to pronounce Fukudome is “foo-koo-DOUGH-may” I thought it was Fuc*-a-dome” ?
Baseball loves Statues
The L.A. Times have 2 great articles about statues. The first article is about how certain Baseball teams have statues of great players.
-Tony Gwynn is one of a group of baseball greats to have his likeness etched in stone. Two sets of sculptors have taken chisels to the Hammer, with statues of Hank Aaron on display in both Atlanta and Milwaukee, while at Willie Mays Plaza in San Francisco you can say “hey” to a larger-than-life likeness of the Say Hey Kid. Babe Ruth lives on in Baltimore,
George Brett is still swinging in Kansas City and you could almost field full lineups with the number of player statues in Chicago, Detroit and St. Louis. The second article is about how certain players don’t have statues. The Dodgers aren’t saying whether a statue — of Sandy Koufax or anyone else — will be included in their five-year, half-billion-dollar stadium expansion. But marketing vice president Charles Steinberg, who came to the Dodgers after stints with three teams whose ballparks feature prominent statues, is a fan of the idea.-
I think it’s a cool idea. Hopefully the Dodgers do it ! I think you can start with Jackie Robinson. It’s about time we do something like this. How cool would it be to go to Dodger Stadium and check out a Statue ? Even the New York Mets are honoring Jackie with a statue when they open their new stadium next year !
Reggie and his cage
Since I met Reggie Willits, I was looking for a article that I read last year about him having a Batting Cage at his home. I found it. It’s titled “Life in a Cage: Baby Sleeps, Mom Cooks, Dad Bats” It was published by the New York Times on July 1, 2007 When Amber Willits is cooking dinner — crack! — or putting the baby to bed — crack! — or trying to get a little sleep herself — crack! — she has to wonder why she ever agreed to live in a
batting cage. But Amber Willits, the wife of Angels outfielder Reggie Willits, has taken hardball devotion to a new level. For the past three years, she has made a home, raised a son and helped develop a .300 hitter — all in an indoor batting cage. “I could not have gotten here alone,” Reggie said. “I have an extremely supportive wife.” Cool story. Too bad he isn’t playing that much this year. Last year, he had a chance to play because of injuries to other Outfielders. But with proven outfielders like Torii Hunter, Gary Mathews Jr, Garrett Anderson and Vladimir Guerrero where is he going to play ?
The N.Y. Times had a nice article about a old-time fan that got into autograph collecting back in the 1930’s.
Dodgers having great chemistry
According to Tony Jackson of the Daily News, the Dodgers are having fun. “We’re having fun,” Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp said. “Everybody is pulling for each other. Even when we get (behind), our mood never drops. We know we can come back and win the game, hopefully. I think winning helps a team come together more. When you win, it just changes the personality of a team.” How nice, “we’re having fun” Now can you get on a winning streak and win this terrible division ?
A reporter tracked down James Loney when the Dodgers played in New York last month. I guess it was done at a hotel where Loney was staying. I don’t know who the reporter is. The light in the video is terrible but it’s worth watching it.
Today I met Reggie Willits. He signed the same Angels Mini-Helmet that I have been getting autographed for current Angels Players. Signing was scheduled at 11:30 am Guess where ? Yeah at a AT&T Location! I guess those Angels players are going to all the AT&T locations. lol 🙂 I got there around 10:15 am Not alot of people were there. Then around 11 am it started to get full. Willits didn’t talk much. Just signed the items and went to the next item. My Wife got him to sign 2 items. I only got him to sign 1 item. I guess I was scared since he refused to sign 2 items to another fan.
On to the next one! Peace 🙂