Most of us are thinking about the Super Bowl and the game on Sunday. Our colleague, Jim Patton, is looking ahead to baseball.
Enjoy his post here, where he shares a great experience he and his daughter, Sarah had recently.
If you're like me, this made you smile!
Are you ready for some ... BASEBALL? I know Sarah is!
I know that there is a football game coming up this Sunday. I will be watching it along with a Billion other people. But what I am ready for is some Major League Baseball. Did you know spring training opens for Pitchers and Catchers in less than 2 weeks?
I got my first taste of the 2013 baseball season last weekend. Last Sunday was the Oakland A's Fanfest. This was actually the first time I had been to the A's FanFest and I have been a fan since the early 70's. (the 1970's in case you are wondering)
One of the draws at FanFest is the chance to see some of the players up close. Sometimes you get a chance to say hello, get your picture taken with them and even an autograph. With me at the FanFest was my girlfriend Kelly and her 16 year old daughter Sarah. Sarah is a HUGE Josh Reddick fan, more on that later.
Upon entering the FanFest we were given a ticket to one of the autograph sessions. Each session had three autograph tables and each table was limited to 250 people in line. The only thing was that the players at each session were not going to be announced until 15 minutes before they started. We had tickets for the second session. We had some time before this session started so we went into the arena to watch the introductions of players , coaches and former players. Then there was a video recap of the 2012 season in which the A's won the AL West!
After that there was a question and answer session with players and coaches. We were sitting in the first row and just before the Q&A session was to start we asked one of the emcees, Shooty Babbit, if he knew what session Josh Reddick was going to be signing in. He very graciously agreed to find out for us. He came back with bad news, Josh Reddick was going to be in the third autograph session. Sarah was pretty disappointed. I asked Shooty if it was possible that after the Q&A that Josh could at least walk by and give Sarah a high five or a hand shake.
After the Q&A, Mr. Babbit told Josh that he had someone he would like him to meet and brought him right up to Sarah. Josh said hi and shook Sarah's hand. Thinking quickly, Sarah said that she didn't have a ticket for his autograph session and could he please sign her baseball. He was very happy to do so and talked to Sarah for a couple of minutes before he was hurried off by the A's staff for his turn at the twitter desk.
Needless to say, Sarah was on cloud nine after meeting her idol. I think she still is. Josh couldn't have been nicer or more genuine. Sarah commented to him that she was at the game when he hit his grand slam against the Red Sox (his old team). He told her that that was his first grand slam, but she already knew that. I think know that Josh Reddick made a fan for life that day. I'm ready for some baseball now!
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Jim Patton - Realtor, Short Sale Specialist, CDPE
Century 21 M&M and Associates
The author of this blog, Jim Patton, is a full time Realtor with Century 21 M&M and Associates. Jim is a Central California Short Sale Specialist who lists and successfully sells short sales throughout Stanislaus, Merced and San Joaquin counties. Call Jim Patton at 209-633-2839.
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