Saturday, December 11, 2010
Today I got the chance to meet two former Dodgers, pitcher Jim Gott and catcher Steve Yeager. They appeared at two different events. I'll talk about Gott today and Yeager tomorrow.
My mother, who works for Kaiser Permanente, told me about a former Dodger making an appearance at a company event. It was pitcher Jim Gott. Gott pitched for the Dodgers from 1990-1994. The event he appeared at was Kaiser Permanente’s Rose Parade Family Day in Irwindale. Everyone in attendance was treated to a sneak preview of Kaiser's 2011 Rose Parade float, “Purrfectly Healthy". You could watch volunteers working on the floats and there were games and activities for the children.
When I got there, I was the first person in line. Mr. Gott was ready to start taking pictures and to start signing. I handed him my baseball, but he only had a sharpie. So I went to go look for a pen. That's when a few other people jumped in front of me. I didn't mind, I was there to have a good time.
After those people got their autographs, my two sons and I stepped up to meet him. There was a professional photographer there taking pictures. It was very nice. She took a picture of us, then I handed her my camera, and she took a couple more pics for me.
Gott then signed my baseball and a Dodger hat for me. He shook hands with me and my sons and chit chatted for a minute. He told me his father was on the Board of the Tournament of Roses and that he lived in Pasadena. I told him I was going to meet Steve Yeager next and he told me to say "hi" for him.
My kids and I had a great time today. Thanks to Jim Gott and Kaiser Permanente for everything.