Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Tommy Lasorda comes to my hood

Tommy Lasorda was the special guest speaker for the 66er's Meet The Team Dinner event in San Bernardino. The turnout was only about half of what it was at last years event. Tommy spoke of funny stories from his managing days that kept the small turnout entertained.

After the event was over Tommy signed autographs at a table. It was not much of a line so I was able to get back in line for an additional item. I was also able to obtain an autograph from former Dodger Charlie Hough and a couple of 66er's. Robert and I sat at the same table. His blog is Vin Scully is my homeboy. If you want to know more of the event in detail click on the link.

Signing Recap:
  • People in line? Less than 40.
  • Items per person? 1 item.
  • Free event? No, $40 per person.

Thanks to the Dodgers single A affiliate, the 66er's for bringing this Hall of Famer to San Bernardino.

Former Dodger and 66ers pitching coach Charlie Hough.

Video from the event.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Darryl Dawkins @ NBA Nation

NBA great Darryl Dawkins was the ambassador for the annual NBA Nation event. The NBA Nation event took place at Universal CitiWalk. Some activities were scheduled for the fans but I just went for the autographs. Darryl did not disappoint any fans at the NBA Nation event. He signed for everybody that came up to him. He was very kind to the fans and helped kids while they did some of the activities. After getting my autograph from Darryl Dawkins I went to make line for Minnesota Timberwolves center Kevin Love.

Kevin Love Autograph Signing

Minnesota Timberwolves Center Kevin Love made an appearance at NBA Nation to sign autographs. Kevin signed after James Worthy who had appeared earlier at the same event. Most of the people left after the Worthy signing so their was not much of a line for Kevin Love. Kevin signed a couple of small pictures for me that were provided by Kia Motors.

Signing Recap:

  • People in line? About 30
  • Items per person? 1 item
  • Free signing? Yes

James Worthy Autograph Signing

Lakers Hall of Famer James Worthy made an appearance at NBA Nation to sign autographs. I had already obtained some autographs from James Worthy in the past but wanted to get a signature of his on a photo. I only had James sign one autograph for me since they were only allowing one item per person. I asked for his Hall of Fame inscription and he kindly added "HOF 2003" to the photo.

Signing Recap:
  • People in line? About 50.
  • Items per person? 1 item.
  • Free signing? Yes.
Here is some video of the signing.

Thanks to NBA Nation and Kia Motors for these free signings.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Mike Napoli Autograph Signing

Anaheim Angels catcher Mike Napoli made an appearance to sign autographs at an At&t in Fullerton. Mike showed up on time and started signing right away. Employees from the store only wanted one item to be signed per person. The signing should of been two items since the line was not very long. I didn't care since I only had my Angels mini helmet. After I got my autograph I headed over to Brea for a Tim Salmon book signing. It was about a ten minute drive from Fullerton. That post is below.

Video of the Mike Napoli signing.

Thanks to At&t in Fullerton for this free event.

Tim Salmon Book Signing

Former Angel Tim Salmon signed copies of his new book "Always An Angel" in Brea. Tim did sign some outside items but just for very few people. By the time that I made it to the front of the line they really enforced the "book only" rule. I didn't really care since I met him three years ago at a Boomers Theme Park in Irvine. At that signing I got him to sign a ball for me.

The turnout was bigger than I expected. I believe that it was between 200-250 people. The line moved pretty slow but it was because Tim greeted everybody. It was an actual meet and greet event. He took the time to talk to fans and thanked everybody for coming.

Thanks to Borders Books in Brea and Tim Salmon for this appearance.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Tony Gwynn Autograph Signing

Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn made an appearance at a Ford Dealership. I have always heard stories from people that say Tony is a jerk at his signings. Most people say that he is not very friendly with the fans. It's just what I heard. I don't know if it's true.

Tony was is a good mood at this signing. He signed multiple items for everybody. Nobody that made line left empty handed. He even joked with fans that got in line a second time. I was one of them. Tony was such in a good mood that he even posed for photos with fans. Something that he rarely does. He just told some people that asked for photos to stick around until the signing was over. He was very kind for doing that.

Signing Recap:

  • People in line? 150-200.
  • Items per person. Multiple items were allowed per person.
  • Free Signing? Hell yeah!

Video from the Tony Gwynn signing.

Thanks to Tony Gwynn for making this appearance.