Dodgers Ace Clayton Kershaw made an appearance at Living Spaces in La Mirada today. He was scheduled to meet the fans and sign autographs from 10:00am to Noon.
I arrived at Living Spaces at 4:30am. There were already about 150 people in line. This was one of those appearances I knew would get crazy. I had heard from a few different people that they would be arriving very early. Well, by 6:00 am, the line was wrapping around the building, and by 8:00 I think there were over 400 people there.
At around 8:30, that's when all hell broke loose. Two Living Spaces employees started handing out wrist bands. Everyone from from the back of the line began rushing them. Before you knew it, there were hundreds of people at the front of the line surrounding the lady with the wrist bands. A lot of those people from the back of the line were now closer to the front, and the line had turned into a huge mess.
The first group of 100 people got yellow wrist bands. I eventually got a green wrist band, which put me in the second group of people. This pissed me off because I should have been in that first group.
Things finally started getting organized, but the line was growing longer and longer. I was finally sent into the store at around 9:30 and was about 215 people back. Clayton arrived on time. He walked in through the front door and the crowd started cheering. The line began moving at around 10:10, and it moved at a nice pace.
I got to the front of the line at around 11:30. We were told one autograph per person and no pictures with Clayton. I decided to get my bobblehead signed. Kersh was very nice, signing his name on one side of the hat and inscribing 2011 All-Star on the other side.
When I walked out of the store at 11:35, the line was still very long, and still wrapping around the building. There were hundreds of people there, and I've heard now that most left without the autograph.
I hate to say it, but this event was a little disappointing. Living Spaces usually has their shit together, but today was very unorganized, and the whole wrist band incident could have been handled better.
|This was the line when we left
There are just too many people to give shout outs to in this post, but it was great seeing everyone today. Thanks to Clayton Kershaw for the autograph and Living Spaces for hosting the event.