When I arrived at Sam Lynn Ballpark, the first thing I did when I got the box for my garden gnome was open it up to check it out. I was worried the Hideo Nomo garden gnome was gonna be silly looking like the Josh Hamilton bobblehead they gave away in July. When I got it out of the box I was shocked. This thing was actually pretty nice. It looked a bit like Hideo and the quality was good. Nomo played for the Bakersfield Blaze in 1995 when they were an affiliate of the Dodgers, so it has the old school Blaze logo on the gnome hat.
After looking at the gnome, I went to get autographs from the Quakes players. I was joined by my buddies Franz and Rob and we patiently waited for Puig. While getting autos from all the other players, we noticed there were only a few minutes left before game time and Puig hadn't shown up. That's when we found out he wasn't in the line-up and he was going to rest that day. He didn't even suit up and take the field with the rest of the team. We were disappointed, but we figured we'd wait until after the game to try and get him.
The waiting paid off. Puig signed for the small group waiting for him outside the stadium. He was a real nice guy and signed everything that was put in front of him. Hopefully we'll see him in a Dodger uniform next year manning left field. After we got Puig, we headed to the car to leave and we ran into the Blaze's manager Ken Griffey Sr. He signed for us as well, so it was pretty successful trip.
|Me and Puig|
|I got one Puig sig on a ROMLB and one on a Cal League ball|