9-24-08 Autographs – Eddie Murray
I got a tip earlier today that Hall of Famer Eddie Murray was going to be signing autographs at a Restaurant. I was a little surprised. Murray is a complicating person. He doesn’t enjoy signing autographs. I’ve met him a couple of times and he’s always in a bad mood. Well the times I have met him. Back in 2006 the Dodgers held a caravan at the ESPN Zone in Anaheim and several Dodgers were going to be signing. Including Murray. I gave him a ball and he signed it with a sharpie !! I was upset. It was my mistake for not noticing what Murray was doing. Check out the pix below from 2 years ago. Murray holding a blue sharpie in his hand. Steve Garvey by his side saying “Oh Steady Eddie, relax…you need a woman” and the female bodyguard yelling “Get that camera out of here!” As you can see, not a good picture. Too many people in the picture. My purpose for today was to get him to sign a ball with a regular pen and get another picture. Will mission be accomplished ? Keep reading…
If you don’t know, a ball signed by a sharpie is worthless. It will bleed into the ball and the signature will fade in time. A ball has to be signed by a regular pen. A couple of people have told me that Murray does that in purpose. Basically so you won’t sell the item. Of course, I’m not a seller or a dealer. I just collect autographs as a hobby. But Murray doesn’t care. Anyways, since I got this tip today, I didn’t have time to purchase items for him to sign. I didn’t have nothing. I’m sure I could of found something at home but I didn’t have time to check. Luckily I was able to purchase a ball from someone (The same guy that gave me this tip, thanks dude!) I arrived a little before 6pm. He was scheduled to appear at Beach Pit BBQ. I entered the restaurant and noticed there wasn’t alot of people. Someone approached me and asked me “Are you the guy that has a blog?” lol I said “yeah that’s me” His name is Ryan and he told me he reads my blog all the time. Thanks Ryan ! Then I asked a employee if Murray was coming. He told me that Murray will be coming and signing autographs for free. I asked if I had to purchase a meal and he said no. That’s cool by me. But then I noticed a couple of people eating and it looked good. Since I’m always hungry, I told my Wife I was going to eat BBQ Chicken. We ordered the food and sat down. Then I will give you a Andre Ethier type review… lol I got this…
The BBQ Chicken was pretty good. But in no way does it compare to Lucille’s BBQ ! You want bbq Chicken or ribs ? Go to Lucille’s. Enough of my short food review 🙂 When I was about to finish my food, I noticed that Murray entered the Restaurant. He talked to a couple of people and then sat down. A couple of minutes later, he started signing. Fans were already getting in line so I decided to wait until it gets shorter. Not alot of people were there. I think there was less than 30 fans in line. I finished my food and got in line. I asked a couple of fans who already got the autograph if he was in a good or bad mood. Some said he was in a bad mood and others said he looked alright. One guy told me he gave him 3 items to sign but he only signed 2 and if I could get him the other item signed for him. At first I said no because I wanted to get a picture with him and didn’t want to upset him. But then I remembered I could give it to my Wife since she didn’t have anything to get signed. So that’s what I did. I don’t remember the guy’s name but you owe me. lol Then right after he gave me the item, another fan asked me if I could get him a item signed. This time I said no. Sorry dude. So it was my turn to meet him and I gave him the ball with MY PEN ! I didn’t want the same mistake to happen. He grabbed my ball and looked at me….and looked….and looked some more….and a little more….While I was thinking “What is he looking at?” Then I noticed his eyes looking at my hat. Oh fudge, I forgot. I was wearing a Dodgers hat ! I put the hat on purpose but I forgot at that moment that I had it on. It wasn’t a regular Dodger hat. It was the hat that had the Stars and Stripes on it. To see it, click here. The hat that was worn by the players during the 4th of July weekend and on September 11 🙂 I told him “Yeah I’m a big Dodgers fan” and he coughed…and coughed more. “Dodgers treated you bad, huh?” I said. He coughed more. At this moment I thought he was going to need some medical attention. I thought he was choking. Maybe he needed CPR ? I don’t know. I mean I know he got fired by the Dodgers last year during the All-Star break but what’s the problem ? Then he said “Yeah…” Coughed some more. Then he started signing my ball with my pen and this is a picture that my Wife took when I tell him “Yeah brother, that’s right, you better not sign it with a sharpie!”
I asked for a picture and believe it or not he obliged. You have to remember that he also played for the Anaheim Angels and I was in Angels territory (Tustin) so he might have been surprised that a Dodger fan showed up and it seems he is still upset at the Dodgers. Whatever. I got a ball and everything went well. I mean it could of been better. If I was prepared and had more items for him to sign. But in a short notice, it’s all good. Thanks Eddie ! Pix of Eddie telling me “Viva los Dodgers”
Eddie Murray autographed ball on the sweet spot 🙂
BTW, FYI Eddie choking (or coughing anger) True story. Me telling Eddie better not sign it with a sharpie, not a true story 🙂 Don’t want to get sued with false accusations 🙂 lol
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!