Sunday, May 11, 2014

Angels vs Yankees Series

Angels vs Yankees Day 1: 5-5-14

Today was the first game of the Angels vs Yankees series. This was Derek Jeter's last visit to Anaheim before his retirement so I had to attend the entire series. The goal was to get my Jeter jersey signed.

I was able to get out of work early and arrived at the stadium at around 3pm. Look how empty the parking lot looks below.

ESPN LA 710AM radio was live in front of the stadium with Max Kellerman and special guest Jim Leyritz.

As soon as the gates opened I headed toward the Yankees dugout. As you can see below there were a ton of media covering the series.

Since it was Derek Jeter's last trip to Anaheim he was being interviewed by members of the media.

All eyes were on Jeter.

Sadly Jeter only signed for a few fans with field passes. On a brighter note I came up huge by getting Adam Warren to sign his Heritage Rookie card over the dugout. Now I just need Melky Mesa lol.

After striking out with Jeter I decided to take a photo of Jeter at bat.

Angels vs Yankees Day 2: 5-6-14  

Day 2 was no different than day 1. Due to a strict security guard checking bags in the front gates I ended up getting inside the stadium a bit late so I was stuck in the outfield.

When I was finally able to get to the dugout Jeter ended up signing three autographs. Yes only three autographs over the dugout. Luckily my friend Alex was one of the lucky ones to get him on his heritage card.

That was pretty much it for the day. As a consolation though I was able to take a few more cool photos of Jeter.

Thanks to my friend Spencer I was able to watch the game four rows behind the dugout.

I also ended up getting Reggie Jackson via trade with Spencer.

Thanks again Spencer for the trade along with the awesome seats to the game.

Angels vs Yankees Day 3: 5-7-14  

Today was the final shot of getting Derek Jeter's autograph this year. I ended up arriving to the stadium about an hour into batting practice since I got off work late. During the entire drive down to the stadium I was worried that Jeter already started to sign or finished up signing for everyone. Since he didn't sign the first two games everyone expected Jeter to sign today.

The Angels gave out a promotional Derek Jeter Retirement card to the first 40,000 fans in attendance. The format for the card was the same as the one they gave out last year for Mariano Rivera's retirement.

Although I was late Derek Jeter ended up not signing for anyone during batting practice. Again this was a shocker to most of us since we all expected him to sign.

The Angels held a ceremony for Jeter honoring his career and gave him a customized surfboard as a farewell gift.

My buddy Kyle made a painting just for Jeter to sign.

Sadly again Jeter didn't pick up a pen today which disappointed all the fans in attendance who were trying to get his autograph for the three game series vs the Angels.

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