Sunday, December 7, 2008

Autographs: Dodgers Past & Present

Dodger Stadium

The Dodgers held a event for about 2000 fans. I read there were going to be some ex and present Dodgers in hand to sign autographs. I was excited about it. The problem was that I already had their autographs. I decided to get their autographs again on something unique. A Dodger Stadium seat. Check out this picture. It's a pair of Dodger seats sitting in the garage for about 3 years already. I decided to take it out from the dust and get it signed by old Dodgers.

I bought these seats 3 years ago when Dodgers owner Frank McCourt decided to renovate the seats and sell the old seats. Back then I thought it was a great collectible to own. I actually bought 2 pair of seats. If anyone is interested in buying the other pair, send me a e-mail and make me a offer I can't refuse. lol :) So this morning I went to the garage and decided to get these seats out and get them signed ! The seats are heavy. I couldn't even move it by myself. It's just impossible to take the whole pair to the stadium. So I decided to dismantle the seat. That way it will be so easy to carry it and get it autographed. Well to be honest, I didn't dismantle the seat. My Wife did it... lol She got a tool box from her mom's house and brought it to dismantle the seat. We didn't ruin the seats. Once you take out the seat, you can easily put it back. I decided to use the part where your back leans. Not the one where your butt sits because I noticed it was bigger. Once there isn't room for autographs, I will use the other part. So on to Dodger Stadium we went. We showed up right before 12pm. Parked inside Dodger Stadium and walked towards the Center Field entrance. We walked around the Field and I noticed the World Baseball Classic trophy was on display. A Dodger employee was there giving away WBC Schedules. Check out the pix...

Awesome looking trophy. It's going to be a great event. I'm glad Dodger Stadium is hosting the semi and finals. Well after looking at the trophy, Vin Scully came out. He walked with security to the middle of the field and spoke briefly to the fans. Check out the following pictures.


Scully didn't sign autographs. After that, I went on the field level since I noticed a crowd was getting in line. I noticed a couple of players were there signing. I got in line. I was in line for almost 3 hours. Every hour or so they would change players. Steve Yeager was the first player I met. I got him to sign my seat.

The funny thing was that I was suppose to get Yeager 2 weeks ago at a Card Shop. I was planning on taking the seat. I was going to get charged. But I didn't go ! Good thing that I didn't since I got him for free today. Next up.....Clayton Kershaw. Believe it or not. I have never met him before. I came close to meet him before but it didn't happen. I'm only getting retired Dodger players that made an impact to the organization to sign my seat. For Kershaw, I got him to sign a Baseball. I gave it to him and he signed it on the sweet spot ! :) Awesome. First Pix -Kershaw signed autographed Baseball. Second Pix - Kershaw and I.


Then came Lee Lacy. I got him on the seat. He told me it was a great idea to get players signing the seat. Lee Lacy and I...

Next up was Fernando Valenzuela. I also gave him the seat. He told me he's going to coach Team Mexico for the World Baseball Classic. My Wife gave him a Bobblehead. Awesome item. First pix - Valenzuela and I - Second Pix - Valenzuela Bobblehead. Hey J.C...I was thinking about you !


Next... Andre Ethier. My Wife gave him a big ball and he was surprised by it. He said "Where do I sign it ?" lol Check out the pictures...



I got so many autographs of Andre Ethier that I just accepted his autographed post-card lol :) Tommy Davis was next. Really cool guy. He also commented on my seat and said it's a treasure. 2 Photos of Davis....


Ron Cey was next. I also got him on the seat. 2 Photos.....


On to Matt Kemp. He signed that big ball for my Wife....lol

Then I got him on a official ball. He signed it on the sweet spot. The dude made me laugh. Rather not say...

Up next was Rookie James McDonald. I got him on 2 post-cards and told him he did good this year and wished him luck for next season....

Last was Maury Wills. He arrived a little bit late. I got him on the seat. I told him you got to make it to the Hall of Fame this time around. He said "I'm making it, don't worry, I'm making it !" lol I hope so Maury :)

I missed out on Don Newcombe and Jimmy Campanis. They left just when I got near them...Till next time ! Also, Steve Garvey was suppose to be there but apparently didn't make it. Tommy Lasorda was also suppose to sign but he was down on the field playing Santa Claus. Check out some of the post-cards that I got signed...

I also got a couple of World Baseball Classic pocket schedules...

and I bought a Takashi Saito Bobblehead (2 bucks) and some Dodger bears (3 bucks) I didn't get the Saito bobblehead when they were giving them away earlier this year. And the bears were only given to kids.

It was a great event. I hope they do it again next year. Before I end this post I would like to say hi to the following people that I saw today at the event, Alex, John and Sunshine. It was also nice meeting new people. A couple of people were asking about the seat and were surprised that I was getting it signed by the players. 6 Players signed it.

My Flickr album has been updated. Thanks everyone. Peace!

2 comments:

Falling LEAVes said...

Great pics! And good seeing you there. LOL honestly I wasn't sure if you'd recognize me but I recognized you... Rats ... I missed Ron Cey. They switched him out with Derrel Thomas right before I got to him. I hope they do this again next year! Even better ... I hope they do something like this again soon :-)

Roberto said...

Hey! I missed Don Newcombe ! Yeah it was a great event. It would be cool if they do it again :)