Saturday, February 23, 2013

Spring Training- Angels

Baseball is officially underway, and I could not be more excited. All week I had been thinking about going out to a practice, but I never got a chance. So I figured that I would wake up extra early and find somewhere to go. My girlfriend has a family function (I really did not want to go), so I decided to go to Angels camp. I got to the field around 8:30, but that turned out to be way too early as I was the only person there. The Angels picked up Tommy Hanson and Josh Hamilton in the off-season, and I like both so I figured I would give it a shot. The players walked out around 10 AM, but were not receptive to even the "Good Morning" that I said to a few of them. After warm-ups they all trickled out, and most of them were the same way leaving. I was by myself so I figured chances were I would not have any luck, so I stood next to this family with tons of kids. Tim Salmon and Omar Vizquel were signing, but I had absolutely nothing for them to sign. Then came former D-Back Barry Enright who I also had nothing to sign because I totally forgot he was on the Angels. Thankfully, I was able to be one of the few people that Tommy Hanson signed for. I was a fan of his when he played for Atlanta so that was pretty awesome. CJ Wilson did walkout, and while he was incredibly rude to just about everyone, he did sign two cards for me. He refused to sign jerseys unless they were true authentic stitched jerseys. Two people asked him to sign, he looked at the back numbers, and said that he only signs authentic jerseys and walked away.

When he got to me he took my pen and signed the first card, but the pen was not working. I was bummed and then he said "You must be a rookie, let me give you two pro-tips. 1: Never leave your cap off in Arizona. 2: Players will only typically sign for people on the right side of a fence. Take notes". So the first card does not look too good, but the second one is a bit better. I tried to have him sign one more with a better pen, but he would not. I do give him credit because he did sign for everyone, but he just was not very friendly.

Gates opened at 11:30 AM, but I had a bad headache so I figured that I would just head home. I was bummed because Pujols and Hamilton were no where to be found. All the big names that were not pitchers did not even appear to be there. Oh well, it was a fun way to spend a couple of hours.

Good times.

This one is much better.
Hardly can see the sig, but it's a good looking card.


  1. Not too bad! Two big names and the Hanson card looks great!!

  2. Thanks, he was really nice. Hey I think Ian Kennedy is doing a signing at the Oakley store in Scottsdale at the beginning of March. I have the information at my desk.

  3. Hi Joe,

    I got all the info about the Oakley signings.

    March 6th at Arrowhead Mall - Jurickson Profar
    March 7th at Scottsdale Fashion Square - Michael Cuddyer and Dexter Fowler
    March 8th at Tempe Marketplace - Mark Trumbo
    March 9th at Scootsdale Fashion Square - Matt Kemp

    7 pm - 8 pm (line is cut off at 7:45 pm)

  4. I'm in for Profar on Wednesday.

    1. Unless the line is crazy and then I might pass. I was just thinking he might draw a decent sized crowd.

  5. Same here. I do not know which ones I can get too, but the Trumbo one is the closest. Profar would be really cool mainly because he is supposed to be the real deal #1 prospect. I'm not a huge Dodgers fan, but I woudn't mind the Kemp one either. Heck, I want to try them all!