Showing posts with label burbank. Show all posts
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Burbank Library presents Baseball in the Swinging '70s


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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Upcoming Appearance: Matt Guerrier

Matt Guerrier
June 29, 2013
11am
Sports Authority
1900 W. Empire Ave.
Burbank, CA 91504

For other upcoming signings, scroll down and on the left side of this blog, you will see "Upcoming Appearances". Click the name for more details.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Book Signing: Summer of ’68: The Season That Changed Baseball—and America—Forever


The Baseball Reliquary and Burbank Public Library present a discussion and book signing with Tim Wendel, author of Summer of ’68: The Season That Changed Baseball—and America—Forever.  Wendel will also narrate a PowerPoint presentation of images from the book.
           
Tim Wendel is the author of nine books, including High Heat, Far From Home, Red Rain, and Castro’s Curveball.  A founding editor of USA Today Baseball Weekly, he has written for Esquire, GQ, and Washingtonian magazines.  He teaches writing at Johns Hopkins University and has appeared on CNN, ESPN, SiriusXM, and NPR, and recently served as an exhibit advisor to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  He lives in Vienna, Virginia.
           
The program, which is free of charge and will be held in the Burbank Central Library Auditorium, 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, California, is made possible, in part, by a grant to the Baseball Reliquary from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

August 23, 2012 7pm. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Videos: Andre Ethier @ Best Buy

Click here for the pictures.

Andre Ethier hosted a holiday shopping trip for 10 pre-selected Los Angeles children earlier today. Kids from the Expo Center, Five Acres, Pacific Lodge Youth Center and Central City Action Committee organizations received $500 to spend at Best Buy in Burbank.

Check out the videos -







Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Andre Ethier hosted a Holiday Shopping Trip for L.A. children @ Best Buy Burbank

Andre Ethier hosted a holiday shopping trip for 10 pre-selected Los Angeles children earlier today. Kids from the Expo Center, Five Acres, Pacific Lodge Youth Center and Central City Action Committee organizations received $500 to spend at Best Buy in Burbank.

It wasn't money from the Dodgers. I witnessed this myself. Ethier pulled out the American Express card. All kids were happy to buy iPods, video games, cameras, etc.

Ethier says his knee is fine and he's ready for the 2012 season!

Video - Ethier "American Express baby, doesn't have no limit on that thing"



Pictures -

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I'll have more videos tomorrow.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Matt Kemp "You need to come out and watch me play!"

Before I forget, big thanks to Shawn and Bank of America for inviting me.

Like I mentioned this morning, Matt Kemp made a visit to Bank of America in Burbank. {linked here}

Maybe he wanted to check out his bank vault? All kidding aside, Kemp arrived at Burbank's branch at 11:15 a.m. The same time I drove in. There was a small crowd outside waiting to get inside the bank.

I went inside to shoot pictures. Sorry, no videos. I bought a new camera and haven't yet learned how to shoot videos. I'll explain in a future post.

Kemp walked in with his entourage that included Dave Stewart.
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Yeah, I ate a couple of Cracker Jacks
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Jeff Kent trying to make a comeback. He's speaking with Stewart here.
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I think Stewart recognized me. He gave me that mean glare. I hope he's not upset over this video. {linked here}
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I will estimate around 100 fans were in hand. Kemp signed everything. On random occasions, Kemp will tell the fans "You need to come out and watch me play!".
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The whole Bank of America staff were great. They handled the event very well. Once again. thanks to Shawn and BofA for the invite.
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It was nice meeting many fans that read my blog.

Thanks! :)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Autographs: Jonathan Broxton

August 7, 2010. Sports Authority. Burbank, California.

Jonathan Broxton made an appearance this afternoon at Sports Authority in Burbank. It was scheduled for 11am. When I arrived at this shopping center, I noticed it was in the same site where George Sherrill signed autographs last year at a Staples store. {linked here}

On this blog post, you will meet the "Terrible Father of the year". Read on...

This was a huge place! I've been to Dick's Sporting goods before but Sports Authority is big. The line started at the front of the store. Around 8am, the manager of the store asked us to go inside. I was happy. It was so warm. But then we found out we were just going outside again but in the backside...

Front side.
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Back side.
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I deciced to go back inside the store and check it out.

Avertisement. It didn't help much. It was crowded but nothing like the James Loney event {linked here}

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What's the difference?
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Ugly hats.
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Too much Yankees stuff.
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Too much Angels stuff.
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I saw this rack. Full of Dodgers merchandise. But too much Manny Ramirez items. Please stop.

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I got in trouble with a employee. "You can't take pictures here!".

I told her "Actually, you should take this rack outside. You would be selling!".

I got out of the store. Walked out and went back in line. Guess what? She listened to me! They took the rack outside!

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They made some serious money. Ball cases, Baseball cards, stickers, mini bats, Mickey Mouse All-Star Figurines were sold! You see! I know how things work.

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Crowd Shots
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It was 10 minutes away from 11am. I decided to get the Bobbleheads out to get them signed.

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Then I hear a fan screaming "Who wants a Broxton Bobblehead, get them here". He had a blue bag with about 10 boxes of Broxton Bobbleheads. He was doing this in front of Sports Authority employees and security. This is a big no. You just can't do that. He wasn't even trying to hide the stuff and ask people quietly. He went out and yelled :)

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It's cool if you're trying to make some extra cash. Who cares. I know a lot of fans that to go these events to sell items. But they do it the right way. Okay, it might not be the right way because they should never be selling but you get my point.

The employees noticed and asked him very nicely to stop it. The gentleman responded "Why, who are you? I'm not selling". He went on and on and on. He had this conversation with a couple of employees right behind me. I thought to myself, he should stop arguing and just leave or else they might call the cops.

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While they were talking, one of the employees asked him "By the way, are you in line?"

He responded "Yeah I'm with my friends right here".

Which was a lie. The so called "friends" didn't even defend him. He was trying to cut right behind us.

The security told him to stop selling items and to go at the end of the line. This went on for a few more minutes. Back and forth of "They are my friends, I'm not selling" stories. Security handled everything perfectly. Telling him it's not fair for the rest of the fans that arrived early. He got mad and said "okay okay, I'm gone".

Got his blue bag and left.

I did not notice that this man was with his young son. Security asked the kid if that was his father. He said "yes". Employees called the cops since the father left the kid all alone. I'm assuming that the father thought he was going to get away by having his son in line to get Broxton's autograph and he thought it would be okay to hide in the car.

Just a guess here, the kid was about 10 to 12 years old. 

I cropped the picture on purpose. Did not want to post his face.
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Since the signing was about to start, I didn't get all the details but from what I heard on their walkie-talkies, they did call the cops and they tried to look for the father in the parking lot. No news. The kid was their alone holding a Broxton Bobblehead in his hand. Wanting to get an autgraph. The employees had him sit in the grass while they tried to look for his father.

I got inside the store. I noticed the kid did not enter the store. I got more on this towards the end of the post.

Broxton arrived in time. The line was moving quickly since he rarely speaks to the fans. He does stop for a couple of seconds to spit out his chewing tobacco.

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This is him holding a bottle where he spits it out. Nasty! Oh by the way, the lady you see in the background is the district manager of this store. That's her calling the cops...

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A video I shot of Broxton signing...



It was a good day. Got my items signed and left the store. I did want to go back to find out what happened to the kid. But I couldn't go back. Employees were strict about where you were going.

I left. While getting out of the shopping center, I noticed the cops did arrive. No sign of the kid or father. I wonder what happened?

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As you can see, a lot of fans were still waiting. I hope everyone got their signatures!

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About to enter the freeway and noticed more cops. Maybe looking for the terrible father? So if you see him, report him to the Burbank Police Department!

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If you have an update on this, let me know! Maybe one of my readers were there till the end.

I almost forgot! Thanks everyone for saying hi. You know who you are. I appreciated it!

Peace!