Sunday, March 30, 2014

RBI (203) Kenley Jansen…

I went to Dodger Stadium with some friends to catch the Angels Dodgers preseason action and get a bit of graphing in to train for the season. I'm not often in Los Angeles for baseball autographs so I was glad to get some Dodger Stadium graphing in.
I was able to get this Kenley Jansen autographed baseball at the Dodger dugout after he chatted with a few suits on his way into the clubhouse. I'm glad to knock this out since he's one of the top closers in the National League and the hard throwing righty has one of the highest K/9 ratios in the game for a reliever. He's only 26 and already sitting on over 300 Strikeouts and 60 Saves. If the Dodgers are going to the World Series he's going to be a big part of it.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Spring Training 2014, My 1 Day Trip

Well I got bit by the bug and decided to make my way out to Arizona for Spring Training. It was a very unexpected trip so I was light on supplies for the adventure so I decided to focus on the Angels only instead of hitting up multiple teams. Here's a summary of how I fared.

I arrived in Tempe at about 5 am after driving through the night to get there. Nice drive, going through the desert is always fun especially at that time. I posted up at the spot everyone had told me about and began the wait.

The first person to stop for me was Chris Iannetta, he signed a pair of cards for me, Topps 2011 and Topps Heritage 2012.
After Iannetta autographed those cards for me JB Shuck came over and signed his 2011 Bowman prospects rookie card and a 2012 Topps Heritage card for me.
After Shuck signed it was nice to get a new face to sign for me, I got this Tyler Skaggs autographed baseball. I think he's going to put it all together now that he's got veteran lefty CJ Wilson to learn from and will pan out to be a great pitcher.
From Skaggs on it was pretty terrible. I went inside to watch the Angels practice and got ignored by the rest of the team with Trout only signing one home made sign and Kole Calhoun doing like four people with the rest of the team waving us off and then going to leave for their game against the Royals. I jumped in my car and drove up to the Royals facility in Surprise to meet the team for their game.

Inside I was able to get Mike Scioscia to autograph this photo I took of him at the Pujols-Wilson press conference when they signed with the Angels. It's nice to cross this off the list of things I need to do and can finally take it out of my folder.
After Scioscia signed the photo it was time for baseball and it was great to watch the guys play ball. When the starters got pulled I booked it back to the car and made my way from Surprise back down to Tempe to wait. My driving and patience paid off and I was one on one with the man, and I was able to get this Albert Pujols autographed baseball. Of course it's the APS short sig under the reverse Rawlings but at least it's a big reasonably clean one.
After Albert took off I was able to begin my newest project, getting the 2014 Topps heritage set signed. I was able to get it started off very nicely getting David Freese's autograph on his short print card and he inscribed "2011 WS Champs" for me on the card. I'm looking forward to working on the set and hope to get as many of them inscribed as I can.
After Freese signed for me I called it a day and got back into my car to meet up with an old friend for dinner and a nap, then got back into my car and headed back to Southern California. It was a long drive and an even longer day, but was definitely was an adventure and fun day at Spring Training.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Dodgers Fanfest 2014 Photo Series

So it's delayed by a while but here's a short photo set I took at Dodgers Fan Fest 2014.
Good Morning Los Angeles.
Blue Crush.
The new Mr. LA Jerry Hairston Jr.
Viva Los Dodgers.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Autograph Opportunity, Michael Cage April 5, 2014

Well folks it's time to pass along another great autograph opportunity. Dr. Alex Corbin Liu will be hosting an autograph signing for a great cause at his Rowland Heights practice. Former NBA player Michael Cage will be doing a Meet and Greet to support the Michael Cage Foundation for Scholarships & Sports Programs for Underprivileged Kids.
The signing will happen Saturday April 5, 2014 and is another great opportunity to get an NBA autograph in the Los Angeles area. If you have the chance, to check out the signing be sure to go by.

Peyton Manning TTM fail...

Welp I tried out sending a TTM request to Peyton Manning through his foundation. I see he's really slowed down with the successes, but occasionally someone slips through with a real one.

I sent in a copy of his Sportsman of the Year Sports Illustrated hoping to get it signed, but instead I was sent back my copy of Sports Illustrated with a Pre-Print autograph photo included in the envelope. It's a nice photo of Peyton and would be great to get signed.
It'd be funny even to get him to sign it next to the pre-print autograph. I''m not really sure how people enjoy getting these sent to them, but it's still a fail as far as getting his actual autograph. I'll put the magazine back in the stack to be sent out next season for another try.

RBI (202) Tony Gonzalez...

Recently I was out and about in Orange County and ran into someone I was glad I had a baseball on me for, future NFL Hall of Famer and the greatest tight end in NFL history Tony Gonzalez.

Tony G is without a doubt the greatest to play his position. He's the NFL's all-time leader as a tight end in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns, and ranks within the top 10 period as a receiver for those categories as well. He was the first tight end ever to catch 1,000 passes and crossed 15,000 receiving yards during his 17 season career. Across the 17 seasons he's missed only two games being one of the most durable players of his era. He's had 14-Pro Bowl appearances, named an All-Pro 10-times and will be without a doubt a first ballot Hall of Famer to enter Canton, probably unanimous.
I'm glad to put one of the greatest NFL players of all-time in my collection, and if he had played for a team besides the Chiefs for the majority of his career he'd be an even bigger star than he already was.