Showing posts with label dodger seat. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dodger seat. Show all posts

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pictures: Garvey & Friends @ San Manuel Casino

Catching up.

I went to this event at San Manuel Casino last week...

Never been here before. Once inside the casino, I thought I was going to choke myself with all the smell of cigarettes. My GOD, everyone smokes!

Luckily, this event was held at a restaurant upstairs. I was able to breathe again.

I thought I had read somewhere that cameras were not allowed inside. But I did see several people with their cameras. I didn't bring mine. So the following pictures are from my iPhone. Didn't shoot many. 

At the table. Sorry, no pictures of my steak. Would have felt weird doing that.


I was five rows back.


I did enjoy this event. I like baseball history and finding out the things that happened before my time. If you're not into that, I would understand if you would have been bored by this. Steve Garvey actually asked interesting questions. There were some hilarious stories from Wills.

I've met these guys before and know how they are with the exception of Baker. Only met him briefly at Dodger Stadium when he was managing the Chicago Cubs. I was impressed by his stories. He seemed to feel thankful for Garvey because he would give him advice during his time with the Dodgers.

A fan asked him how did he feel to accept the managerial position with the hated San Francisco Giants and he said "What was I suppose to do? The Dodgers gave me the Bakersfield position, in the minor leagues, the Giants were giving me the same job but in the MLB level. I was going through a divorce, I had to accept it".

There were many Bob Gibson stories. They didn't like facing him. Wills said that one time he felt very intimidated by Gibson on the field and tried to be friendly with Gibson and told him "C'mon brother" and Gibson tells Wills "Don't brother shit me".

A close up on Dusty Baker, Steve Garvey, Maury Wills and Tommy Davis.


Tommy Davis and Maury Wills.


Thank you so much Dusty Baker!

Dusty Baker

I had a good time! 

My friend Cindy shot way better pictures. Click here to see them.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Autographs: Jerry Reuss

Jerry Reuss was holding a book signing (and memorabilia too) this afternoon at El Tepeyac. I've met Reuss before but I needed to get my Dodger Stadium seat signed. I didn't forget to put the seat in my car like I did with Raul Mondesi.

I do want to add that it's always a great time seeing Reuss. He's great with fans and willing to start up a conversation and have a picture with him. He's honestly one of the nicest players I have met. Never have had a problem with him or felt like he was just there to collect a check from the promoter. Reuss is the best. 

I arrived at 1pm and the signing had barely started. I didn't want to get in line since the sun was out. I sat down at one of the tables in the shade and talk with friends who were there.

Time went by so quickly that it was already 3pm. It was a great turn out. I got his new book and my Dodger Stadium seat signed.

The book cover.


Book signed.


Dodger Stadium seat.

Jerry Reuss

Thanks to Jack and Kenny for this great event and for always being so kind to me. I appreciate it guys.

And thanks to Jerry and all the fans that said hi to me and wished me the best. Thanks everyone.

Click here to see more pictures.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Autographs: Pedro Guerrero

Baseball writer Bill James called Pedro Guerrero "the best hitter God has made in a long time."

I almost didn't make it to this signing. It's been a busy weekend. Luckily, I did make it. I arrived late but Pedro Guerrero was still signing autographs at Harry's Dugout in Whittier.

I needed two items to get signed. My Dodger Stadium seat and a '87 Topps card. I've met Guerrero before {linked here} but this was a long time ago and it was nice that he came back for a signing event.

Guerrero will be managing this year for an independent baseball team in Vallejo. Click here for more info.


Thanks to Pedro Guerrero, Edward, Harry's Dugout staff and all the fans that came.

Next event at Harry's Dugout is June 1st with Paul Lo Duca. Click here for more info.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Moon signs the Dodger seat


I'm so behind in posts.

As you know, I met Wally Moon last week at Dodger Stadium for his book signing. {linked here} I wanted to take my Dodger seat that day so Moon can sign it. I didn't take it for fear that security would tell me I can't bring that inside. I've done it before without any problems but since Dodger Stadium security has changed this year, I didn't want to take a chance.

Luckily, Moon had several book signings around the O.C./L.A. area. I had the opportunity to go to his Thursday night appearance at "El Cholo Cafe" in Pasadena. He was scheduled to sign from 6/8pm.

I arrived at 6:30pm and no one was there. I didn't want to buy his book since I already did. How do I approach Moon and tell him "Hey Wally, not buying the book, just sign this"?


I sat still for about 20 minutes trying to figure out a way how to do this. I didn't want to offend the man. I had also brought the book that he had signed two days earlier. My idea was to tell him that I already bought the book so there was no need to get an extra one but I did want him to sign this seat.

When I saw a customer approaching his table and buying a book, I got up and started walking towards Moon. I waited behind the customer and one of Moon's PR people noticed my Dodger seat and pointed at me with his finger as if saying "You, come here". I was scared.

He says, "Amazing seat, how long you've been working on it?".

I told him since December, 2008. I tell him my little story that I don't want to buy a book (I show him the book so he can know that I already bought it) and that I'm just looking if Moon is nice enough to sign this seat. To my surprise he says "Of course Moon will do that for you!".  He also noticed that Moon didn't write my name on the book. He just wrote "Best Wishes, Wally Moon". He told Moon to write my name on the book. I didn't mind at all.


And me getting scared for nothing.

Thank you Wally Moon! 

Wally Moon

The seat currently has 17 signatures. I'm only interested in getting retired Dodgers that I think made a impact with the Dodgers.


Click here to view a photo set and see what Dodgers have signed this seat. Manny Mota signed this seat but I won't have a picture. It's a long story.

And click here if you are interested in reading more about the seat. 

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Steve Sax Signs My Dodger Seat & Book

One of the most popular Dodgers in the 80' was on a book tour last Friday and Saturday. {linked here}

Steve Sax wrote a book titled "Shift". It's a book about being positive at all times and how to reach your goals.

I was undecided to chose between Friday or Saturday. Sax was signing at Canter's Deli in Los Angeles on Friday and he was at El Cholo Restaurant on Saturday. I went Friday since it was very close to where my wife works. I shouldn't even say close because 5 miles between 6th st. and Fairfax on a rainy Friday night is almost an hour of driving. I'm serious.

The signing was to start at 6pm. I showed up too soon but I still went inside to see if anything was going on. I didn't see anything. So I left. I went back inside the car and took a nap. At 5:20 I went back inside. I noticed Sax and employees setting up a table with his books.

Luckily, there was a Dodger fan who reads this blog waiting to meet Sax. Eric, thanks for the time. I'll post your pictures tomorrow.

Both of us were a bit nervous to ask Sax to sign extra items. We weren't so sure how he was going to respond. I brought my Dodger seat and Eric brought some other items.

It was 5:40pm and Sax was just sitting and talking to another gentlemen. I decided to go and ask if I can buy the book and get it signed now.

Steve Sax

$22 bucks later, I get the book and met Sax.

He asks for my name and asks where I heard about his appearance. I told him it was on ESPN 710am. He shakes my hand and thanks me for coming.

Steve Sax

I ask for a picture. I didn't ask him to sign my Dodger seat since I left it with Eric.

Steve Sax

I go back to get the Dodger seat and I tell Eric, "I'm ready for him to yell at me".

I approach Sax, "Hey Steve, only one man is missing on this great seat and it's you!".

He laughs and says "Oh yes, I'll sign it. You have a sharpie?".

Of course I have a sharpie. :)

Steve Sax
Steve Sax

Make sure to visit the official site of Steve Sax. {linked here}

About the Dodger seat....

I'm ready to get it retired. I need a couple of other guys but it's pretty much done. My goal was to get Dodgers that played before 2000. Just players that I felt made an impact to the organization.

Dodger Seat

I still have another seat that I haven't used since they sold it by pairs. And I also have another pair that hasn't been touched. Not sure what to do with those. I thought about getting current guys on another seat but it just doesn't feel right for me.

A slideshow of Dodgers that have signed this seat. You won't see Tommy Lasorda or Manny Mota here. They did sign the seat but I wasn't able to get a picture with them. Lasorda was too busy eating {linked here} and Mota literally kicked my butt for asking him to sign this. I can't elaborate on what happened. He did sign it but let's just say it wasn't pretty.

Thanks to Sax and Canter's Deli for the event.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

BBQ with the Bulldog

Orel "The Bulldog" Hershiser had a BBQ event for Bank members over at O.C. this past weekend. Hershiser brought his '88 N.L. Gold Glove and mini '88 World Series Trophy. I was more impressed with the Hamburgers. Good stuff.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Autographs: Davey Lopes

Here we are holding my toilet seat:
Davey Lopes

As I mentioned before, the great Dodgers Infield were going to be signing autographs together at a Card Shop in Van Nuys. Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell and Ron Cey were present. I only needed Lopes to sign my Dodger Seat. The other three have already signed it. Lopes was scheduled to sign at 12pm. I arrived late, which meant I was at the end of the line. The good thing is that the line actually moved quickly.

Garvey and Cey had already signed. I did see Garvey in the Parking Lot. Cey was done with his session when I arrived. When I reached to Lopes, Russell was next to him. Russell was asked if the Dodgers were going to be any good next season, he replied "They need Pitching" I told Russell he already signed my seat in another event. Didn't want him to think I'm ignoring him or didn't want his autograph.

Gave the seat to Lopes and he signed it nicely. I asked Lopes for a picture and he stood up. A nice lady took the time to take a quick picture for me. Thank you!

It's weird knowing that he was with the Dodgers for so many years and now he's a coach with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Overall, it was a good event. Very organized. No complaints from me.


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Dodger Caravan 2-3-09

Hey everyone... Got back a while ago from the Dodger Caravan that was held at L.A. Live. I'm just going to do a quick post. I will try to write a longer post tonight or tomorrow evening. Here is a picture of myself and Steve Garvey holding my Dodger Seat...