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Eddie Murray was choking…

9-24-08 Autographs – Eddie Murray

Tustin, California

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