Saturday, October 22, 2011

Player Appearance: Steve Garvey

Former Dodger Firstbaseman Steve Garvey made an appearance today at Sports Authority in Ontario. He was scheduled to meet fans and sign autographs from 1:00-2:30pm.

The Sports Authority at Ontario Mills held it's grand opening today. To celebrate, they gave away mystery gift cards to the first 250 people in line, a $500 shopping spree and had Garvey in for autographs. When we arrived at the store, about 200 people were in line. Once the Sports Authority staff started letting people in, the mystery gift cards were handed out at the door. They were scratchers, with a chance to win $5-$500. The card had to be used at that store that day and no purchase was necessary to use the card. I got a $10 card, so I just picked up a couple of baseball cubes and some snacks, then got in line for Garvey. This line was considerably shorter than the line for the gift cards.

Mr. Garvey arrived right at 1:00 and started signing about 15 minutes later. The staff took us in groups of thirty and told us one autograph per person and no pictures were allowed. Once I got to the front, I had him sign a baseball and I asked him for a pic, which he was happy to do.

After we got our autos, we jumped back in line for another. Time really was flying at this point. It was about 2:15 when we got to the front of the line, and we weren't sure if we'd get back in for the second signature. Luckily, we just made it. Garv was signing a little bit longer because of his late start, so I had him sign a baseball card.

That's me closing my eyes. I'm such a dork.

Today's event went very smoothly. The Sports Authority staff was very friendly and organized and Mr. Garvey was great as usual. Thanks to Gustavo of Authentic Signings for the tip on today's event and thanks to Alex of Lawler's Law and Andy for all your help. It was great seeing everyone else today too!


  1. Didnt we just a short conversation on this legend? Were you able to speak easily to him this time? lol Wish I had known he was going to be there, I might have taken a drive....Although, I do have a few balls and a 8x10 signed already.

  2. Steve - They pushed us through this time, so we couldn't really talk to him. I might swing by Morton's Steak house on Wednesday for another auto. Sorry you missed today's event. You can check VSIMH for all upcoming Dodger appearances.

  3. Hey Josh, Glad you made it to the event. I on the other hand had to take a day off. Was supposed to be at the Eric Dickerson signing but overslept. Figured i'll just sleep this day in. LOL! I'm hopin' to make it to the Morton's Steak House but depending on traffic on the 101.


  4. Gus - Hey bro, thank you so much for the tip, I really appreciate it! This hobby can really take a toll on you, especially with all the driving. You deserve a day off.

    Morton's is around the corner from my office in Warner Center. I'm gonna try to go. Maybe I'll see you there.

  5. looked like you guys had a great time. I cant wait for the sellers event