Dodger Fanfest 2016 happened this past Saturday and I was lucky enough to have a day off and attend. This was the first time I have attended, what Nomo affectionally names "Linefest" so I didn't know what was in store. Seeing that there were about 25,000 people, you can imagine there were heaps of people going every which way. I think the Dodger organization did the best that they could, especially with the amount of fans attending. I really wanted to go because I wanted to meet Ryu. Shout out to fellow brother Dusty for getting me access!
I had 4 autograph vouchers for the last 2 sessions. I took Mamma Cora to help me out. The lines were massive, but what I really enjoyed was talking with fellow fans. There was a woman in front of us who travels down from San Francisco for this event. She was lamenting that she didn't receive the All Star baseball from Ebay in time for Yasmani to sign it. Then the gentleman in front of her said, I have one, and I can trade you a regular ball for it. It was so cool to see. The lines moved fairly fast and they kept on time. I was able to meet Bill Russell and Brandon McCarthy. I told Brandon that his twitter game was "strong" and whether he was going to change his avatar any time soon. He said he was thinking about it, but since there were so many other players changing their avatar like his, he might keep it. Mamma Cora met Yasmani and Austin Barnes. She told Yasmani that he was a "very handsome man" and he said thank you and turned to Austin and said "she better not tell you that too!" That was funny.
|Brandon McCarthy getting ready to sign autographs|
|Chase "Sweep the leg Johnny" Utley signing autographs|
|Vic the Brick and Alanna Rizzo|
|The Tommy drive by|
|Ryu signing autographs|
|Skipper Dave Roberts|
|The baseball haul - From Top left to bottom right, Geren, Yaz, Barnes, Ryu Bobblehead, McCarthy, Roberts, Russell, Rollins, Yaz, Ryu|
Overall, it was a nice time to visit the park. Since we were there towards the end of the day, the crowd started to thin and we were able to "run the bases" (more like stroll) and lie down on the grass. I wandered up to the lodge level and checked out my new mini plan seats (thanks Bryce from Dodger ticketing!) and was pleased by the location. I liked the event in that it got my baseball "its a new year" energy flowing again. Can't wait for opening day!!! Go Blue!