I decided to go to Fan Fest although I had vowed never to go to another one after the last one. It turned out to be an absolutely beautiful day. It had been raining the last few days so I wasn’t sure how the day would turn out.
I went a little early so I could avoid the crowds. I found out once I got there that the gates had been open and that there were hundreds of fans already there.
I also realized I forgot balls to autograph and also shoes. I hate wearing sandals to Dodger Stadium since inevitably someone has to step on my feet. I really wasn’t prepared.
It felt odd entering the gates since I hadn’t done so in a while. It made me sad because the Stadium reminded me of my father.
The first thing I did was buy 3 balls. I don’t usually get autographs but today I thought I would make an exception. The line was very long of course but I decided it was worth it. I hurried to the Fan Fest line.
I was able to snag a Magic Johnson autographed ball. I was very lucky.
I went directly to the autograph line. It already was a little long but not 3 hours long like the other autograph line I had waited in last Fan Fest. Last Fan Fest I waited in the heat and when I got to the front, there was Kenley Jansen. I had told him I waited 3 hours for his autograph and he looked puzzled and asked why. I can get his autograph anytime. Oh well.
Nick Punto was the player in my line. I like Nick so I was pleased. Very sweet guy.
I then stood in another line…..yes I actually did! I did because I saw it was the gorgeous Andre Ethier. He was gracious and kind. He said maybe this autographed ball would cheer me up when I told him about my Dad.
The ball is special because of what Andre said. Thank you Andre!
By that time I ran into my friends Norma, Pat, Donna and David.
I was also surprised that my buddy Robert came with his cute baby Lucas Dodger.
We stood in one more autograph line.
The motivation for standing yet in another line? Zack Greinke…the new kid on the block. Talk about a young guy. He seemed tired and unenthusiastic.
Ok so I am autographed out. I’m done.
I ran into the Dodger organist Nancy Bea Hefly. She is very down to earth and easy to talk to. She asked me if I were going to Spring Training. I told her the heat of Arizona gets to me. Everyone knows I don’t even tolerate day games!!
I also talked to Stan Kasten, one of the new owners. It actually was a nice day.
I didn’t see my boyfriend Matt Kemp. Sad.
One of my friends told me his seat no longer exists. Apparently they made our seats bigger and plusher so they had to remove some seats. I hope my view of the game is the same.
I have decided to start writing my blog again. It’s something I love to do. I am privileged to be able to talk to the players and see things at the Stadium that not everyone can. I want to share my experiences with my friends. The Dodgers and the organization have become my second family. I love them so much. I love my Dodger reps: Caroline and Craig. They have made my Dodger experience very special.
If there is anything anyone would like me to write about, please let me know! If there are pictures you would like to see, I will take them.
My wonderful Father passed away last week after a month long hospital stay. Many of you were able to meet him. Thank you for making him feel special.
It will be difficult when I go back to the games because everyone loved my Dad there. Hopefully they will keep his memory alive.
I love that picture of Tommy and my Dad. Now I’m crying again!
Thank you for stopping by. Think blue and count down the days until pitchers and catchers report. Love all of you!!!