Dodgers Caravan – Day 2
Hello People! Just a quick recap of Day 2 of the Dodgers Caravan. Last night after I updated my blog, I went over to the "Inside the Dodgers" blog and noticed that Josh (the guy that runs that blog and is the PR man for the Dodgers) posted a invitation for fans to go to Dodger Stadium at 9:30 am and basically say bye to the equipment truck and see the players. I decided to go. I knew from the start that no autographs were allowed but that there was a chance to see the players up close. I got there around 9:15 am and guess what ? No fans were there. It was just me and my Wife. I noticed all the players and employees were just hanging around the truck and talking. The fans were held back by a barricade. There were a couple of security guards there and one of them told us that it looks like not alot of people are going to come. A little while later, 2 fans came by. So it was 4 of us standing there doing nothing. I was regretting going. But then came Josh to save us all. He came by and said that the Dodgers didn’t really do alot of publicity on it and he would let us go and walk towards the players and truck. He then said his name was Josh and I shook his hand and told him I read his blog everyday. He then said hi to my wife Eileen. I felt a little shy with Josh. I didn’t know what to say. After getting close to the truck we just stood around and saw the players talking. It was a cool experience. We saw Nomar Garciaparra, Brad Penny, Hiroki Kuroda, James Loney, Andre Ethier, Eric Karros, Ken Landreaux, and Bobby Castillo. I got close to Hiroki and noticed he had a translator walking with him and I asked him if I could take a picture with him and he asked him in japanse and he agreed. I guess the dude doesn’t know a word of english. I told him thanks for the picture and he nodded his head. It was funny to see him interact with the other players. Nomar came up to him and introduced himself and you can tell Nomar wanted to talk to him but Hiroki would just smile and Nomar would just laugh. Ethier also introduced himself to him. Then all the players got inside the bus where they were leaving to a hospital to visit some children. From there we drove to City Walk to get in line for the event that was to start at 4pm. Like yesterday, it was divided into 2 groups. The first group was Garciaparra, Ethier, Karros, Kuroda and Castillo. The second group was Tommy Lasorda, Loney, Penny, Landreaux, and Spanish Broadcaster Pepe Yniquez. I got in line with the first group and my Wife got in the second group. About an hour before the event started, a employee told the crowd that Garciaparra was not going to attend. I was upset since I brought a bobblehead for him to sign. I got autographs mostly on pictures with the exception of Eric Karros. I got him on a ball. I was also able to take a picture with him thanks to my brother. Even though the employee was telling us no picture, we were able to pull it off. It was a great day. I got my items autographed and I was able to get pictures with Kuroda and Karros. I would like to give a shout out to Danny. I met him today and he told me he checks out my blog. Thanks man! It was nice seeing you. I leave you with a slide show of photos that me and Eileen took.