Monday, July 1, 2013

Adrian Gonzalez T-Mobile Appearance


When I found out Dodger first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was going to be making an appearance at a T-Mobile store in Huntington Park, I knew it would be a camp out situation. I camped out once for a Matt Kemp autograph a couple of years ago and I told myself then that I would never do it again. Adrian Gonzalez isn't the easiest autograph to get so I decided to do the overnight thing once again.

Gonzalez was scheduled to appear at the T-Mobile store on Saturday morning at 10:15. I figured I needed to get there at least 12 to 15 hours in advance to be at the head of the line and I was right. I planned everything out with my buddy Franz and we decided to go to Dodger Stadium beforehand for a little batting practice and graphing. After the National Anthem, we made the 9 mile trip from DS to Huntington Park. We arrived in line at 7:30 and we were about ten people back. The nice thing was, there were barricades posted on the sidewalk for us to setup our chairs behind.We figured if we were behind those barricades we'd be good. So we unfolded our chairs and the night began.

As the hours kept passing more and more people showed up. I'd say there were 100 people there by 10:00. I knew a lot of the people there waiting in line and we all had a good time chatting and BSing. Time flew by very fast and before I knew it the sun was coming out. In the fifteen hours I was there I probably got about one hour of sleep and I knew I'd be hurting later. But it didn't matter because the payoff would be worth the pain.



At 7:00 in the morning, the T-Mobile employees started showing up and so did Dodger Security and local police. I must admit this was the most organized event I've been to. Security gave us the run down of the day's events and the T-Mobile employees started handing out wristbands and shwag at 8:00. We were told Adrian would arrive at 10:15, do a Q&A session with the first twenty fans and then he'd start signing.



Once 10:00 rolled around we saw Adrian enter the store. He was taken to the back and given a Dodger jersey. Like clockwork the Dodger security and T-Mobile employees brought us in at 10:15. Adrian answered a few fan-friendly questions and we were sent back into line in an orderly fashion. Minutes later we were brought back in for the autograph session. 









Adrian was in a very good mood and gave some beautiful autographs. I decided I was going to get a bat signed. Since I would never be able to bring a bat into Dodger Stadium this would be a good time to do it. The line moved very fast and I was at the front about ten minutes after the event began. I thanked Adrian for coming out and he signed my bat for me.

After I got my auto it was time to go, but I wasn't done with the Dodger appearances that day. Matt Guerrier's event was next but I'll get into that later.

Overall I think the AGon appearance was an amazing event and I don't regret waiting overnight at all. I'm not gonna start going through names, but I want to thank everyone who camped out, you really made it an interesting night. Thanks to T-Mobile, the Dodgers and of course Adrian Gonzalez.

9 comments:

  1. Wow. I don't think I coulda lasted overnight. I went to Viva Los Dodgers the next day and got his autograph in less than 30 min I think. Thanks for posting

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  2. Nice pickup. And that was 100 ppl u saw. It wrapped down the alley and that's when I dropped by and drove away. Nice pick up at the stadium too and sorry about the beaning

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  3. I'm not gona lie..not exciting camping out 4 an auto but was well worth it & hanging out with the Dodger fam made it a bit easier & fun :) Sweet auto's bro

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  4. CasiAguilar -It's tough, that's for sure. I got him at Viva Los as well, but I don't think he signed for thirty minutes. It was closer to 15.

    Matt - 100 people is a lot. I understand why you'd drive off.

    Franz - It was a lot of fun. I'm sure we'll do it again if the right player signs. Lol.

    Greg - Thanks.

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  5. Awesome! Great thinking about taking the bat with you! I would love to do an overnight wait in line for one of our guys in blue some day (night).

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