Sunday, July 11, 2010

2010 All-Star FanFest, Day 2

I took a trip down to Anaheim with my buddy Tom for the 2010 All-Star Fanfest at the Anaheim Convention Center. This is a five-day event that gives fans a chance to take part in interactive exhibits, get autographs, and spend crazy amounts of money on MLB merchandise.

All the exhibits were great. There is so much to see and do, it's impossible to get it all done in one day.  But, we did manage to get a couple of autographs, Tim Salmon and Ferguson Jenkins. We had to stand in each line for almost two hours. The system they had in place was smart. You had to give your name at the front of the line, and you were then checked off once you got to the signer. This prevented people from cutting in line. We saw one girl running off crying because she wasn't on the list for Tim Salmon. I felt bad, but that's what she gets for not following rules.

Tim Salmon's line was very long. We got there early though. I was actually the 200th person in line. The King Fish was on time. The Anaheim crowd went nuts when he appeared. Of course, I had my Tim Salmon bobblehead to get signed. The Fanfest employees were very nice, and got everyone through the line quickly. They even offered to take our picture, although, the lady who took my pic did a crappy job.

Ferguson Jenkins

After Tim Salmon, we headed over to the Ferguson Jenkins line. We saw Wally Joyner and Jeff Nelson on our way there. The line for Fergy wasn't as long as the Salmon line. We got there early enough. I saw one guy with a Ferguson Jenkins bobblehead, I wish I would have had that. I ended up buying an 8x10 glossy to get signed. Fergy got there on time, and it was the same situation as Salmon, the line moved quickly. Mr. Jenkins was nice. He actually chatted with us. I told him he had  a nice signature, and he said his math teacher in school wouldn't give him credit unless he signed his name properly. We took some pictures and moved on.

Rollie Fingers

Jeff Nelson

Wally World

Here are some pics from the event:

Here's the Boston Red Sox Mickey Mouse statue that was vandalized in Santa Ana.

MLB monster truck

New Era booth

Taco Bell was giving away free tacos, if you wanted to stand in line for an hour

A League of Their Own bobbleheads

More bobbleheads

And even more bobbleheads

The Negro League exhibit was very interesting

This is a sculpture of the Anaheim Stadium sand castle in Fox's All-Star Game commercial

The AAGPBL exhibit was great. A few of the players there too.

A's mascot

The 2002 Angels World Series Trophy

Torii Hunter's Gold Glove Award

2002 World Series tickets

Babe Ruth signed baseball

A signed Roy Campanella jersey

Sandy Koufax's pants

Don Drysdale's helmet

Steve Garvey's ugly Padres jersey

A signed Koufax picture

A signed 500 homerun club picture.

Another Babe Ruth ball

And another Babe Ruth ball


Signed Mickey Mantle hat

Signed Mantle jersey
We had a great time at the FanFest. We got a lot of free swag and met a lot of cool people from around the country. I wish I could have gone for more than one day. I have more pictures too. I will save those for another post.


  1. Awesome dude, I'm pissed I can't go.

    I hope we get the ASG soon. Very, very soon.

  2. I want an ASG here in LA so bad. Maybe oneday.

    There are two days left of FanFest, try to get down there.

  3. I'm hoping, but it's looking bleak.

  4. Tomorrow looks like the best day for player appearnaces.

    Monday, July 12th
    Luis Aparicio
    Gary Carter
    Bob Feller
    Rollie Fingers
    Goose Gossage
    Tony Gwynn
    Shigetoshi Hasegawa
    Rickey Henderson
    Tommy John
    Harmon Killebrew
    Evan Longoria
    Fred Lynn
    Juan Marichal
    Joe Mauer
    Gaylord Perry
    Earl Weaver
    Dick Williams
    Dave Winfield

  5. Wow!! Man, what a great experience!! And you are right about Monday's list of folks!

  6. David - Yeah it was fun. I wish I could get down there tomorrow.

  7. Tomorrow was my first choice, but if I go it'll probably be Tuesday.

    Better Tuesday than never.

    David- Here's a list of remaining guests, of course subject to change. Tomorrow will be sick.

  8. Greg - Yeah, Tuesday is better than nothing. I hope you make it.

  9. Awesome pictures! I got to go to the FanFest when it was in Philadelphia in 1996. It was a great time.

  10. How much was the Jenkins glossy picture?

  11. Ryan - Nice. Did you get any autographs then? I'm already talking about making the All-Star trip to Phoenix next year. I had so much fun. I want to do the whole All-Star experience next year.I regeret not going to the homerun derby and game this year.

  12. Greg- The glossy was only $5, plus $1 for the plastic sleeve. Not bad. I wish I had a bobblehead.

  13. 6 bucks is pretty good, I expected it to be a lot more.

    It's in Arizona next year? Nice, I had forgotten. I might make it then. I hope to at least.

  14. This is a great post with nice pics. I'm sorry you didn't get to see Rickey Henderson. That would've been dawesome.

    Next time I'm in town we'll go for some Taco Bell. No line :)

    PS I heart Rollie Fingers.

  15. Greg - Yeah, I needed something to get signed quickly. At the time Fergy and Wally Joyner were signing, one of the vendors had a stack of glossies for each player on the table. The baseballs were a bit expensive at $25.

    I am gonna go to Phoenix next year. It's driving distance.

  16. hotkohls - Rickey's autograph would have been totally dawesome. Cal Ripken...Nolan Ryan...RICKEY HENDERSON!

    Next time you're in town we're getting Taco Bell.

    Rollie's mustachio rocked!

  17. Wow, You got some great pics. It looks like you had a ton of fun and it was an awesome show. I love that Fox 2010 All-Star commercial with the sand castle. Cool blog B.T.W.

  18. wow looks like a goodtime.........

  19. Charles - Yeah, great commercial. I thought that was a cool sculpture.

    mrtrentd - Great time. I really want to do it again.

  20. Looks like you had an awesome time. I know I did at the fan fest in NYC back in 08. The lines were terrible here, but it was a fun time.

    Love those bobbles and Yankee autos.