I knew about a month ago that Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp were going to be at the Macy’s in Northridge for an autograph signing. And from past experiences, I know you had to spend X amount of money in X department to get a Macy’s baseball signed. What I didn’t know was how strictly Macy’s enforced said rules. I showed up around 10:30 and Macy’s was packed. There were two lines, VIP (those who made a purchase) and those who didn’t. I was not going to make a purchase, but I didn’t really want an autograph Macy’s ball or picture. I didn’t want an autograph really. I just wanted a photo. I just wanted to see Andre Ethier and Clayton Kershaw. Oh yeah. They changed Matt Kemp out with Kershaw. And must have forgot to tell whoever was advertising the event because they had signs that still said Kemp. Long story short, they told us only one person can go up to the table at a time. That person must have the Macy’s ball and a receipt. No personal items allowed. You are given a big Macy’s bag to put all your personal items in so that when you approach the table, all your have is the ball. You want to know how strictly enforced this rule was? Not sure if this was the outcome of the rule … but as we were getting closer to the front, a little boy in tears was brought to the DJ table. Poor thing was probably between 6 and 8 years old. He got separated from his mother. I can totally see the Macy’s people separating a child from the parent because of the “one person only” rule. When it was Hannah’s turn to get her ball sign, I couldn’t even go up with her to take her picture. They practically pushed us out of the store. I didn’t get one picture of them. And so I was trying to meet up with Hannah again. There was a security guard yelling at people to move, that they were not allowed to stand in the walkway in front of Macy’s, the entrance to the mall. He was yelling practically every five minutes. This will probably be the last Macy’s event I will ever attend. And there was nothing announced at Dodger Stadium or on their website about the Macy’s rules about the signings. Poorly run in my opinion. But that’s because I’m still seeing red. I knew it was going to be a mad house because Andre Ethier was going to be there. But I didn’t care about seeing Andre as much as I wanted to see Clayton. There were a bunch of people who were disappointed that Matt Kemp wasn’t going to be there. One guy blamed last night’s loss on Kershaw. Three runs is nothing when our team averages 5 runs a game. Then again, that’s why it’s called an average. Because we can score 10 runs one day and zero the next. Kershaw didn’t single handedly blow last night’s game. He must have forgot the other eight players in the lineup who weren’t able to beat Cole Hamels. Then again, it was Cole Hamels.
I was going through my 2007 scrapbook looking for an article when I came across this:
“Wolf ties for league lead with eight wins”
That was from the L.A. Times on June 12, 2007.
Wolf beat the Mets on June 11, 2007 for his eighth win of the season. Remember, shortly after that, he went on the disabled list for the rest of the season. I think (without looking it up) he with 9 – 6 in 2007, 12 – 12 in 2008. So far this year, he should have a better record than what he has, but since he has a couple No Decisions, we figure some of the NDs even each other out. Currently he is 3 – 1. He has left games with leads as big as five runs and ended up with a ND. He also has left games with the other team leading as big as five runs and still ended up with a ND. That’s baseball for you.
I had intended on catching up on my posts yesterday night … but I went to the game! I have these games to recap on still:
May 23 – against the Angels
June 1 – against the DBacks
June 2 – against the DBacks
June 3 – against the DBacks
And the autograph signing still. I intended on catching up tomorrow … but JoAnna convinced me to go to the Andre Ehtier/Clayton Kershaw signing at the Macy’s in Northridge. I hate autograph signings at Macy’s. I called Macy’s yesterday because they announced the signings online and at the game, but didn’t mention any of the stipulations Macy’s always has. So I called. And got transferred about five times. Each time I got transferred, my greeting got longer. It started out as “Hi, I’m calling about the autograph signing that will be held there on Friday/ It’s with Andre Ethier and Clayton Kershaw/ they’re with the Dodgers” I put the / in there because each time I got transferred, I added that phrase. I finally got the answer I knew I was going to get. You have to have spent $75, bring your receipt, no personal items allowed. You get a cheap Macy’s ball that the autographs will fade quicker than Jason Schmidt’s career as a Dodger.
Oh yeah. And I just got an e-mail about the next Dodger’s Life road trip down to San Diego. The same trip I’m planning on making. Well, at this point, I might just go down for Saturday’s game. Here’s the link to the Dodger’s Life San Diego Road Trip. Too bad I don’t have any money for that kind of trip.