Sunday, July 8, 2012

Angels vs Orioles Pre Game 7-8-12

Even though I was tired as hell from the previous night I decided to graph the Angels and Orioles pre game. I figured this would be my last chance at getting Jim Palmer's autograph until next year so I had to give it one more shot. Plus there's going to be a long break from graphing especially since I will be out of town next weekend and the Angels aren't coming back in town until another two weeks.

Since we didn't expect any of the Orioles to sign since it was travel day Benson and I decided to hang out near the Angels parking lot to graph the Angels. We arrived early in the morning and surprisingly there were already about 15 fans waiting near the player parking lot. When you see that many people waiting this early it's bad news since most of the players won't stop to sign. Again it's the Pujols effect as there were never this amount of fans waiting for autographs pre-game at the stadium last year. Also today was photo day so that was another factor why there were so many fans waiting early in the morning.

The only Angels that did sign from the time I was waiting was Rob Picciolo and Bobby Wilson both of whom I don't have cards for so I passed on their autographs. Kendrick, Pujols, and Trumbo also drove in but didn't sign. Vernon Wells dropped off Chris Iannetta to pick up his car and they both rolled out and left not signing for anyone.

Benson and I decided to switch plans and walked back to the front of the stadium hoping to get Jim Palmer's autograph. This was the best decision as Jim walked in and signed for us. Jim was nice enough to sign my Hall of Fame ROMLB on the SS along with the "HOF 90" inscription.

Mission accomplished! What a great way to end the week of graphing.


  1. Hi David, By way of introduction, my name is Alex and I am a big fan of your website. I live in Milwaukee and I will be visiting Los Angeles for a wedding this weekend. Are there any signing events taking place in LA this weekend?

    1. There is actually quite a few signings this weekend. I won't be attending any of them since I will be out of town.

      Fernando Valenzuela
      When: July 14, 2012 @ 11:00 am
      Where: The Shops @ Montebello
      2134 Montebello, CA 90640

      Steve Garvey
      When: July 14, 2012 @ 11:00 am
      Where: Discount Tire
      11550 Ventura Blvd.
      Studio City, CA 91604

      Kenley Jansen
      When: July 14, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
      Where: Sports Authority
      4950 Faculty Ave.
      Lakewood, CA 90712

  2. Thanks David, your the man! Unfortunately the wedding is on Saturday and I am a groomsman so my duties begin early afternoon. Thus it does not look like I'll be able to make any of the Saturday signings, but I'll try. Thanks again!

  3. What time do you show up to the ballpark if it is a 7 pm game if you want to get the players coming into the ballpark? In other words, how long before the game does the visiting team tend to arrive and what time would you show up to graph them?

    1. If it's a 7pm game I normally go to the stadium around 12. It really varies when they players come in though so some days more players do and other days you end up with barely anything