Tony Gwynn Jr. @ St. Vincent de Paul’s


It was announced a while back that Tony Gwynn Jr. was going to do an autograph appearance on June 18th. Well, then I heard on the radio during a game that Gwynn was going to be doing another appearance on the 17th at St. Vincent De Paul’s. I figured it was going to be sponsored by KABC since it was advertised on KABC. You know me. I always prefer the KABC sponsored events over the Dodger sponsored events. On top of that, St. Vincent’s is less than 5 minutes from my house! I even contemplated walking… good thing I chose to drive instead.

Since it was so close and the Friday crowds are relatively small… I didn’t leave my house until 9. I got there around 9:15 and there were about 5 – 8 people in front of me. The first person in line was Mike, who I met at the Broxton signing. They weren’t sure where to line up. One of the girls was going to go find out. I said I would since I knew some of the KABC staff. We go the line situated and then it was time to mingle. I was expecting some friends to show up but they couldn’t make it. One of them came by to drop off his canvas for me to get signed for him. I got tons of inquiries of where I got the canvas. I told them it was my friend’s and he went to five different Targets trying to find it. The next most asked question was where did I find out about the signing. I told them VSIMH.

Gwynn showed up pretty close on time. I met a lot of great Dodger fans in line around me, though we didn’t exchange any names. Still, had a great time! I went inside and even did a little shopping. I found four books in their book section! When I was checking out, they thought I was buying the canvas but I told them I brought it in with me for the signing. When I got up to the front of the table for Gwynn to sign, one of the KABC guys introduced me as one of the biggest Dodger fans! I got my two items signed and of course they were for friends. I went back outside and mingled some more. I had asked someone if he had an extra picture because one of my friends who couldn’t make it wanted one. He told me had an extra one after all so I got that. Another friend in line asked me to get another item signed for him. So I got back in line. I met two more fans, only got the name for one of them. Alex said he recognized me from other signings. Then he realized that he recognized me from the Kemp video that VSIMH posted from the beach event!

Second time through, I told Tony I got some more things for him to sign. He said “that’s fine.” And he signed both of them. I noticed on the Dodger photo he wrote his number “10″ and on the Padre program, he wrote the number “18″… which he didn’t do for my other things or for other people’s things. I thought that was pretty cool. The third most asked question I was asked was where was my camera? Two of the KABC staff asked me where my big camera was. I explained it was loaner and I currently don’t have a camera. Won’t have one for awhile. But I am saving up for one and will hopefully get one by the end of the season if not the start of next season.

Overall, again, a terrific experience at the signing. Thanks to KABC and St. Vincent de Paul for hosting Tony Gwynn, Jr.! Thanks Tony for coming out and being so awesome!!!

4 Comments

Very nice! I wanted to go to TGJ on this day too, so I could hit one of the other appearances on Saturday, but it’s too tough on a work day. As you know, I ended up getting him the next day.

Hope to see you at the next signing!
Josh@ dodgerbobble.com

You going to Jamey Carroll’s? He’s easy enough to get at the Stadium and I don’t really need him on anything bad enough to drive 30 minutes there and then 40 minutes to work. I’d go if it was AJ Ellis or Trent Oeltjen (Even though I don’t need anything from those guys either) but I love those two that I’ll just show up to show up. Now if it was like St. Vincent’s and really close I’d go.

I was just wondering, how crowded are the signature events for the bigger stars like Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw. I live in New York so I wouldn’t be going for those players in particular, but I just wanted to get a sense of the crowds at these kind of things.
-Mateo Fischer
http://mateofischer.mlblogs.com

Mateo,

WAY bigger. The bigger the player, the bigger the crowd.

I went to one Kemp signing (my friends wanted to go and I needed to get him in my scrapbook that he turned away earlier) this year. I showed up around 1:30 AM and there were at least 150 or so people already in line. First person in line got there around 6 or 7 PM (this was Friday night btw). What time was the signing? It was at 10AM on Saturday morning,

Hope that helps.
Linda

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