Today was the second day of signings at Dick's Sporting Goods in Huntington Beach to celebrate their Grand Opening. Tim Salmon was scheduled to sign autographs from 11am to 1pm. I arrived around 8:30 and there were already about 150 fans waiting in line. I was a bit shocked to see that many fans since I figured most of the fans already had Tim's autograph from the past. Normally you would expect to see this amount of people for a current player. However Tim is and always will be Mr. Angel so I mistakenly underestimated his popularity. The staff at Dicks Sporting Goods started to hand out wristbands to the first 250 people waiting in line starting at 8am. They also handed out gift cards to the first 100 people in line.
My goal today was to get a bat signed by Tim especially since bats are always tougher to get signed since it's a hassle to carry bats around. Plus you cannot bring bats into the stadium thus it's harder to get them signed in general unless it's a paid or free signing.
In the end about 300 fans showed up. Luckily Tim was a fast signer and went though the line pretty quickly. I was able to go back in line for the second time along with the fans who didn't have wristbands and was also able to get a photo signed as well. Tim was nice enough to inscribe "2002 WS Champs" on my bat and "02 Champs" on my photo. He was also nice enough to take a photo with me as well.
After the signing I stopped by Michael's next door since I had a 50% off coupon. I decided to pick up a bat display case.
What's cool about it is that there is enough space to place a baseball in as well.