Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Dodger Caravan 2-4-09

What's up ! Good times at Canter's Deli. As a kid, my Dad would take me to Canter's. So I was familiar with the area. I went solo again since my Wife had to study at school. Showed up late. I got there around 12:45 pm The parking lot was full so I had to park a couple of blocks away. While walking towards Canter's, I noticed the big Dodger bus coming. I guess they got there late too. Ran towards the Deli and walked in. The whole place was packed. Full of Dodger fans. I walked around to see if I recognize anyone. I didn't. So I walked outside and noticed the Dodgers were walking and coming.

I went back in and sat at the bar. Well I think it's a bar. I wasn't seating at a table. Russell Martin came in and right away walked towards every table to say hello and sign autographs. I was hoping that he would come up to me. I got a Martin Bobblehead out of my backpack. Got a silver sharpie ready. Then a waiter asked me "What do you want to drink ?" I said "Give me a Tecate" and she said "What's that ?" and I replied "Mexican Beer" She looked at me funny and said "We got Jewish beer, a Shmaltz" I politely declined. Martin came towards me and the "Gordo" security guard was behind him. I said "Hi Russell, how are you ?" and gave him a Bobblehead for him to sign. Martin replied "I'm doing good man, thanks for coming" Gave the camera to a kid who was behind him and asked him for a pix.

The other players went to different areas of the Restaurant. I got up and walked towards another side of the building and noticed a couple of people that I recognize. I sat with a friend. I saw James Loney standing and signing autographs to anyone that comes up to him.

Raymond asking Loney "40 bombs this year?" lol
So I did the same thing. I gave him a Dodger magazine that has Eric Karros and Loney on the cover. It was from last year. Karros already signed it. I needed Loney. Got it and walked around looking for Mark Loretta. I found him and gave him a ball. I welcomed him to L.A.


Was able to get another item signed by Martin. A 2007 All-Star Ball. That was his first All-Star game (at San Francisco)




Overall it was a good day. Better than yesterday since I didn't have to wait outside in the sun for 7 hours. Everything went smooth and the players were nice enough to chat for a while. I want to thank the Dodgers and Canter's for putting this event together. 2 More picures. A Babe Ruth and Ted Williams picture that was inside the building.

A painting from outside the building. Sandy Koufax !


Shalom !

9 comments:

moe28 said...

Man I should have went =( I really wanted to see Loney, but hey I know I have the whole season to see him and meet him again

Roberto said...

Loney was really nice. Cool dude like always :)

Eric Stephen said...

Roberto,

Very cool. Were some old school Dodgers there too? The press release said Ron Cey, Ken Landreaux, and Lou Johnson would be on the caravan for today but I wasn't sure if they were going to all the events.

Roberto said...

Hi Eric, I saw Lou and Ken. I have so many autographs from them that I didn't ask them to sign something. I don't think Cey went. Well I didn't see him...

Falling LEAVes said...

great pics! and good to see you there. Lucky you! You got two Russells? I was lucky enough to get ONE. He almost didn't stop by our table. We waited very patiently for him (since there was HUGE line and then they sent people back to their tables). It was a GREAT day. Cey didn't show up. My friend was disappointed. She was looking forward to seeing him and having him sign her other Game 4 (1981 World Series) ticket

Blueman said...

I saw you dude at l.a. live. You got great stuff here.

moe28 said...

Hey Roberto ya I just started last month. I'm a writer for the paper at school so I had my two weeks VC during xmas and was going crazy that I couldn't write and would forget how LOL... especially as an editor I cant do that so the next best thing that my fellow editors told me to do was BLOG.. so right now I have three just to see which one works out!.. but thanks for reading

Roberto said...

Thanks Blueman :)

Roberto said...

That's cool Moe. Keep writing.