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mike squires
01-16-2003, 03:52 PM
Does anyone have any good encounters with ball players?

My first was in the old Comiskey parking lot. I saw a license plate that read Na Na Na and I said hey is that Nancy's car. She was about 20 feet ahead of us and she turned around and waved.

2 summers ago after a Sox/Cardinal game I saw Kelly Wunsch at the arch in St. Louis. I said to my wife, "hey, there's Kelly." my wife said, "oh yeah, sure" thinking I was kidding. She ended up taking our picture and got his autograph on a ball I was carrying around just in case.

I ate just a few tables away from John Garland at a restaraunt a block from Soxfest.

My brother thought he saw Ivan Calderon at the museum, but didn't approach him.

voodoochile
01-16-2003, 03:56 PM
Ran into Frank Thomas back when he was still a star at the JH building (Big Hurt Enterprises was located there). I was making a delivery, so I'm wearing my company coat - the Sox jacket is in the car. ARRRRRRGGGGGHHH!!!

ScottySoxFan
01-16-2003, 04:13 PM
In 1999 we went to Cleveland for a pair of games. At the mall there downtown we ran into Konerko, Norton, Mike Caruso, and a couple of others.

They talked to us for a couple of minutes. The only thing I really remember was that Caruso was really shy and seemed totally out of place around th ebigger guys.

Cheryl
01-16-2003, 04:16 PM
Originally posted by voodoochile
Ran into Frank Thomas back when he was still a star at the JH building (Big Hurt Enterprises was located there). I was making a delivery, so I'm wearing my company coat - the Sox jacket is in the car. ARRRRRRGGGGGHHH!!!

I work a couple of blocks from there and used to see Frank wandering around now and then. I always smiled and waved, and he'd smile and wave back.

southpaw40
01-16-2003, 04:23 PM
In 1983 I was at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore to see the Sox play the O's. I had my daughter with me (she was less than a year old at the time). Before the game started, I took her to the side of the dugout and asked a passing player (Randy Martz if I remember correctly) if he would ask Britt Burns to come out of the club house to meet my daughter, because I had named her after him! (he was my favorite player). Not only did he come to meet us, he took her and held her as I took several pictures. I have that picture (enlarged) on my wall to this day!

OfficerKarkovice
01-16-2003, 04:37 PM
I was at SoxFest in 1994 and met a bunch of players but the best moment was in the hotel. My family and I were riding up in the elevator and a smaller guy got on with a pizza in his hand. My aunt asked him if he had a lot of deliveries to make around this time and I just dropped my head...it was Joey Cora. He was really nice though and just laughed and signed a bunch of autographs and all.

voodoochile
01-16-2003, 04:39 PM
Originally posted by southpaw40
In 1983 I was at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore to see the Sox play the O's. I had my daughter with me (she was less than a year old at the time). Before the game started, I took her to the side of the dugout and asked a passing player (Randy Martz if I remember correctly) if he would ask Britt Burns to come out of the club house to meet my daughter, because I had named her after him! (he was my favorite player). Not only did he come to meet us, he took her and held her as I took several pictures. I have that picture (enlarged) on my wall to this day!

Hey, welcome aboard

Great story. Question, why did you name your daughter "Burns"?

:D:

pudge
01-16-2003, 05:01 PM
I got to go in the dugout before a game once and meet Ozzie Guillen. He was pretty jovial, and we asked him if he thought he was going to have a good game. He said, "I don't care about me, I only care about the team."

Then he proceeded to make a costly error in the 10th inning to lose the game.

Ever since then, I subscribe to the Ayn Rand philosophy: "Do what's best for you, and it will be best for everyone."

As a side note, I worked as an intern in Seattle one summer and often went into the Mariners' clubhouse. Griffey was an ass, A-Rod was nice, but hadn't become a star yet. Edgar Martinez was wonderful.

whitesoxwilkes
01-16-2003, 05:29 PM
3 from last year alone:

1)The girlfriend and I ran into Kenny Lofton at Jewel on Roosevelt Rd last spring, he had a cart full of grape juice. He was talking on his cell phone but knew right away that I recognized him and looked up. I shook his hand and told him we were glad to have him around, he thanked me. Musta jinxed him.

2) I was leaving a Sox/Cubs game at Comiskey last summer and "Jesus"Prior almost ran me over in his gold Lexus SUV.

3) I was out running on the lakefront one morning and the Choice was running toward me. I put my hand up to wave and he hi-fived me, gave me that stupid grin and kept going. He is FAST.

cheeses_h_rice
01-16-2003, 06:01 PM
Originally posted by whitesoxwilkes

3) I was out running on the lakefront one morning and the Choice was running toward me. I put my hand up to wave and he hi-fived me, gave me that stupid grin and kept going. He is FAST.

I assume you haven't washed your hand since?

Daver
01-16-2003, 06:06 PM
I got escorted off the Comiskey Field property by security for pelting Royce Claytons Lexus with rocks as he left the players parking lot,does that count as an encounter?

idseer
01-16-2003, 06:10 PM
i was playing at the hyatt regency in denver around 1975 or 76 and met jerry hairston along with andre dawson and a few other eventual big leaguers.
my favorite run in tho was with marvelous marv throneberry. it was at a club in buffalo. around the time he was doing those beer commercials where his line was 'i don't know why they wanted ME to do these commercials'. anyone remember those? we talked awhile and had a drink or two. he was a pretty cool guy,

RedPinStripes
01-16-2003, 06:10 PM
Originally posted by daver
I got escorted off the Comiskey Field property by security for pelting Royce Claytons Lexus with rocks as he left the players parking lot,does that count as an encounter?

As long as you did damage to the car. :D:

soxnut
01-16-2003, 06:13 PM
Back in 1984 I was with a friend of mine and his uncle and we were waiting outside the park after a game(the Sox lost, Fisk hit a grand slam though). About an hour after the game, Don Drysdale came out with a suitcase, we and some other approached him, he talked for a little signed the back of my ticket stub(it was the only thing I had on me to sign). He was really nice!! What great guy. We asked if Fisk was coming out, and he said" well, he's in the hot tub right now, he won't be out for a while". He came out about 45 minutes later, signed some autographs, he seemed a little tired. Someone said "hey nice grand slam tonight" Fisk said "yeah but a little too little a little to late"(Sox lost to Boston 12-8). He also signed my ticket stub.

I saw Ron Schuler with his daughters at Orland Square mall ( '92 I think)

Rubbed shoulders with Mike Deverauex at the Hunt Club once.

I saw Mike Sirotka in 2000 at Portillo's in the River North area. He was there by himself, by the front door. When I got up to leave I approached him. I told him how excited I was about the 2000 season so far and to keep it up. He shook my hand, and with a mouth full of food and a smile he said "Thanks, we will".(of course the next night he pitched and had a horrible game-what a jinx!!)

mike squires
01-16-2003, 06:34 PM
sorry if i am naive, but who is the choice?

ScottyTheSoxFan
01-16-2003, 06:40 PM
Originally posted by mike squires
sorry if i am naive, but who is the choice?


royce clayton

royce the choice

Tavarin
01-16-2003, 08:52 PM
sorry if i am naive, but who is the choice?

No need to be sorry that you don't know who the Choice is, I sometimes block him out of my memory too :)

CHISOXFAN13
01-16-2003, 09:45 PM
I've had two pleasureable experiences.

I ran into Jose Valentin as he was getting onto the roller coaster with his kid at the Mall of America.

The best, however, was in Sept. 2000 when the Sox were playing un Cleveland. I got several dirty looks for wearing my Sox hat out to a club, but it was all worth it when Magglio and Carlos strolled into the club I was in. I think they were a little surprised when I walked up to them to shake their hands, but nonetheless, they were very cordial to me.

PaleHoseGeorge
01-16-2003, 09:54 PM
I met Jose Valentin, his wife, his infant daughter, and his limo driver, in the baggage claim area at Detroit Metro. I think he thought I was nuts.

:)

Jerry_Manuel
01-16-2003, 10:07 PM
Originally posted by PaleHoseGeorge
I met Jose Valentin, his wife, his infant daughter, and his limo driver, in the baggage claim area at Detroit Metro. I think he thought I was nuts.

:)

I'm the sure the grease from the french fries hurt your appearance.

Iwritecode
01-17-2003, 12:13 PM
Originally posted by PaleHoseGeorge
I met Jose Valentin, his wife, his infant daughter, and his limo driver, in the baggage claim area at Detroit Metro. I think he thought I was nuts.

:)

I bet that post is still on here somewhere...

ScottyTheSoxFan
01-17-2003, 12:41 PM
not a sox player, but my friend met Michael Finley of the dallas mavs in one of the sky boxes at Comiskey. got his autograph on a sox program too.

DirtySouthsider
01-17-2003, 12:42 PM
I ran into, of all people Albert Belle back in the 98. It was shortly after the season and it was late night at "The Drink". He was hanging out so I decided to walk up to him. I shook his hand and said "good season" and will get 'em next year! He was actually very nice.....smiled and said thanks. I was ready to duck in case he took a swing at me!
Also in 2000 in Baltimore.....went there just for the Sox series. I was walking along the ocean(I think that's the ocean there) and Rocky Biddle went jogging by. He was just called up earlier that week and had just mad his first start and pitched well. He on a Sox T-shirts on...and plus the side burns so I recognized him right away. So as he ran by I yelled "Rocky great game the other day"!
He waved and smiled. He had to love the fact that someone actually knew who he was!

southpaw40
01-17-2003, 12:54 PM
Originally posted by voodoochile
Hey, welcome aboard

Great story. Question, why did you name your daughter "Burns"?

:D: thanks, I really enjoy talking about my favorite subject: the Sox! ....... she thinks Britt is bad enough for a girl's name...if it was Burns, she would be more upset than the boy named Sue!

Cheryl
01-17-2003, 12:58 PM
Not exactly Sox related, but I went to high school (and Sox games) with the Asst GM of the Astros.

Hangar18
01-17-2003, 12:58 PM
Met BlackJack McDowell Last year when his band was playing
a gig at Schubas. I went really early, like 3pm, to take
my "29" jersey to get him to sign it. Sure enough, his band
just finished their soundcheck, he was much taller than I expected. he took a couple of pics with me, signed the
jersey, and ended up talking to my buddy about music,
rock and roll, baseball. What a cool guy. We were standing
at a table, and Mike the bass player (used to be in the Smithereens) walked over and gave him his Guiness, but did
it so that we could just keep talking to him.
Really good guy, and pretty damn good band too

Hangar18
01-17-2003, 01:10 PM
In 99, I was in the upper deck behind homeplate at old Tiger
Stadium, watching BP, and I hear someone making a joke
about the jersey I was wearing (black jersey with 57WOLAK on the back, from garage sale) I turned around to see which Tiger
fan was busting my chops, and it turned out to be
Tom Paciorek. I laughed at him and told him it mustve been
some minor leaguer. He starts doing an impression of an
old Polish guy pronouncing the name W-O-L-A-K.
It was pretty funny. took some cool pics with him (I have here at work) He had a ton of relatives sitting in the section I was at,
so after his nephew finished taking our picture, the nephew tells
me Paciorek, The Hawk and some players were playing golf all day, and I say to him "hey kid, is your uncle tom any good?"
and the kid made Cracks me up....he goes "NAHHHHH, he
was Shanking them all day" pretty funny how his nephew even
was hip to that Term.

Viva Magglio
01-17-2003, 01:13 PM
At SoxFest 2000, I encountered Mágglio Ordóńez, Carlos Lee, and their wives in the Hyatt elevator twice on a Saturday night. I was going down to leave the hotel for Mass at Holy Name Cathedral. When I came back, they were in the elevator on the way up too and Mágglio recognized me from the first ride.

At another SoxFest, the elevator arrived at my floor and opened with Mike Caruso inside. He was quiet and looked spacy.

And I had an encounter with the Choice in St. Louis in the Union Station mall. The Sox were there to play Mark Buehrle's future team, and Choice was there in the mall with a group of people.

Vsahajpal
01-17-2003, 01:17 PM
I played a round of golf with Kenny Lofton at Harborside International in Chicago the day before he was dealt for Felix Diaz.

A few days prior, I played in a group behind Carlos Lee and Bobby Howry (who was dealt to Boston a few days later), at Willow Crest Golf Club in Oak Brook.

I rolled up alongside El Caballo's S500 at PF Chang's in Oak Brook. He was on his cell.

My father was the attending physician at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Oak Lawn and took care of Greg Walker.

I've met Lance Johnson and Frank Thomas at the White Hen Pantry on Route 83 in unincoporated Hinsdale.

I had a conversation with Matt Guerrier, Miguel Olivo, and Joe Borchard at the AFL last season.

This past summer I met Ryan Rodriguez and Micah Schnurstein at an AZL rookie league game at Fitch Park.

Iwritecode
01-17-2003, 01:29 PM
I fell really stupid reading this thread. I have never had an "unexpected" encounter with anyone even remotely famous. Unless you want to count local TV and radio personalities. I once pitched against one of our local TV news anchors when I was in 16 and under fast pitch. I was about 10 years old and the guy is 6'+ and I still managed to walk him. :(: My team still won the game though. :D:

Anyway, other than Soxfest last year, I have never personally met anyone famous. The first autograph I ever got in my entire life was "Beltin" Bill Melton last year. My wife stood in line and got me an autograph from "Weird Al" Yankovic about 5 years ago but that doesn't really count either.

I do have a Sox helmet at home that was signed by the famous (infamous?) French Fry Boy!!!

rmusacch
01-17-2003, 01:33 PM
I was sitting in the first row behind the visitors dugout at old Arlington Stadium when the Sox were in town. Ozzie Guillen popped his head out and I said Ozzie, is Jimmy Sasetti (used to be a batboy). he said no. He did not travel with the team by then. He was a clubhouse attendant by them. Had a nice chat with him, he was a nice guy.

My dad used to work out with Steve Trout at Nautilas (sp) in South Holland and my mom dated his older brother in high school.

chisoxt
01-17-2003, 01:35 PM
I remember about 9 years ago I went out to Wilmette Golf course in the fall and joined a three some of Northwestern students. One of the guys had just returned from the Cape Cod league and said that he played for the Northwestern baseball tam. Like a goof, I asked if he was any good. He said that he wasn't bad.

As it turned out, Mark Loretta was pretty good, and good enough top play in the bigs!

FoulkeFan
01-17-2003, 01:58 PM
In 2001, I met Rocky Biddle at an autograph signing he was doing with Sean Lowe & Keith Foulke. After he was done signing autographs, I talked to him for about 10 minutes. He was a really great guy. He asked me how many games I go to a year (about 15) and said that I should come by the dugout and say hi next time I was at a game (yeah right, "Hi Rocky, remember me?"). He was very modest, at the time he thought he was going to be sent back to AAA (he was having a lot of so-so outings plus no run support). Anyway, I was sad to see him go & hope he has good luck with the Expos.

Brian26
01-17-2003, 11:48 PM
Great thread.

Met Keith Foulke and his girlfriend at Blockbuster Video on 63rd Street in Willowbrook in Novemeber 2000.

Waited outside the park in 1994 and on one night got Schueler, Farmer and Reinsdorf's autographs on my scorecard. Farmer commented on my Notre Dame shorts and Michigan t-shirt combination.

This is the best though: Took a piss next to a hammered Terry Bevington in the Bullpen Sports Bar in 1996. This was when he was doing the Dave Wills/Kris Kross post game show. We were the only guys in the bathroom at the time. I told him don't let the sportswriters or tv guys bug him. He went off on a 10-minute tirade on the news guys and how they hide behind the microphones.

Got Melton's autograph on another occassion in the tunnel outside the Bullpen Bar.

Met Scottie Pippen at Spy Bar downtown just before he left the Bulls (must have been late '98 or early '99). Told him he had to stay in Chicago. He left two weeks later.


:wills


"And Again, Kris Kross couldn't tie his own shoes, let alone work the post-game show with me."

pearso66
01-18-2003, 01:11 AM
my only encounters with sox players were once back when he was with the team, not sure of the year, but Tim "Rock" Raines was stopped outside Comiskey, and we went up to the car and got autographs, and the other was during a Fuji film day, when the fans got to go out on the field for pictures. I have one of me, my uncle and my brother with Keith Foulke, it was the only one to come out good enough to see.

But other encounters were I saw Ryan Miller, former MSU goalie, right after he had been signed by the Sabres, I was attending my girlfriends brothers hockey game and they were playing Miller's brother's team, Ryan sat basically right next to me, he's a pretty nice guy.

And I ran into Norm Van Lier outside of Gurnee Mills one day, he walked past me, hit my on the bill of the hat and said "Go Spartans" (I had been wearing my MSU cap)

CHISOXFAN13
01-18-2003, 10:39 AM
Until the pissing next to Teery Bevington was brought up, I failed to remember the best one, probably because I was hammered at the time.

Anyway, two friends and I went on a baseball trip to five cities on the East Coast. After watching the Angels in Toronto, we headed out the Loose Moose. Former trainer Mark Anderson told us a week before the trip that this was the spot to go.

After about 20 minutes at the bar, a host of Angels, including Troy Percival, Paco Martin and Black Jack showed up. This was the first and last time, I ever had the opportunity to piss next to a Cy Young Award winner.

However, the highlight of the night was hanging out with Martin. He didn't seem to friendly with the rest of the players, but was thrilled that we knew who he was and even more that we were Sox fans.

It was definitely a fun evening....

hose
01-18-2003, 02:49 PM
I met Ray Durham in a bar in Tucson last spring training and shook his hand. Ray is a real nice guy.

In a different bar(same owner) I was sitting no more than 5 feet from Mark Grace in the beer garden. He was smoking cigarettes and talking to some babe. It was a weekday and the place only had a few people in it, I totally ignored him.

Back in the 80's I was sight seeing and driving down Sunset Blvd. all the way to Pacific Palasades and the Pacific Ocean.
I slowly pulled up to a convertible Porsche at a red light which had a woman driver and a guy in the passanger seat with a huge neck.

I said to Ellen, "Thats Mike Tyson" and she said "how do you know?" I said, "I know"

As I came up almost even to the all white Porsche I looked over and there was Mike Tyson and his wife Marla Gibbons.

I can see how Tyson intimidated his opponets in the early part of his career.......whoa!!

Homer J Simpson
01-18-2003, 06:17 PM
I've met Harry Carey a bunch of times, the last time was walking down a street on the North side.
My impression was "This guy is always the life of the party." He was a fun person, but damn, those
glasses were SO BIG that I swear that birds flew into them and broke their necks. Saw Roger Ebert
that same afternoon, but wasn't the least bit interested in meeting him.

When I was a kid, our nieghbors son was a team physician for the (beloved) Sox. He would give my
brother and I tons of promo items, but the coolest was a pair of autographed socks from Chet Lemon!
Someday I'd like to bump into Chet, and ask for another pair.

When I was 10, my Mom and Jimmy Piersal met at Water Tower Place. They looked at each other like
they knew each other. After stammering, and making no context of how they knew each other, the two just launched
into a nice, polite, interested conversation. As we left, Mom asked, "Who is Daddies friend?" I said, "I dunno,
but that was Jimmy Piersal!"

SoxRulecubsdrool
01-18-2003, 10:16 PM
This is probably kind of dorky. I am almost 36 and have chewed tobacco for many years on and off in my life. I started at the age of 11. Believe it or not I am from Chicago and not Alabama. When I was an early teen US Tobacco had those commercials on tv with Fisk(big time Copenhagen user) splitting the wood while he was chewing. (They also had Earl Campbell and that other guy chewing Skoal) One night I was at old Comiskey and I ventured up behind the dugout and took a pinch of my Copenhagen, Fisk was standing out front of the dugout and saw me standing behind the dugout and raised his hand to me as he was taking a pinch. We were both doing it at the same time. It's sounds kind of dorky but in a way it is kinda cool, don't you think.

mike squires
01-18-2003, 10:24 PM
Man, that is not dorky at all. I remember a Sunday afternoon game I was sitting in the leftfield bleachers. He was walking to the bullpen since Karko had the catching duties and I was waving to him saying hey Pudge, hey Pudge. He looked at me (at a distance) for probably 5 seconds and didn't even flinch to wave back. I was dissapointed....He did wave to me in the old Comiskey Sox parking lot but I was much younger. I always he was moody but a professional. I saw him walking on tv not too long ago and felt really sorry for him. his knees must be really messed up.

Vsahajpal
01-18-2003, 10:26 PM
Originally posted by SoxRulecubsdrool
This is probably kind of dorky. I am almost 36 and have chewed tobacco for many years on and off in my life. I started at the age of 11. Believe it or not I am from Chicago and not Alabama. When I was an early teen US Tobacco had those commercials on tv with Fisk(big time Copenhagen user) splitting the wood while he was chewing. (They also had Earl Campbell and that other guy chewing Skoal) One night I was at old Comiskey and I ventured up behind the dugout and took a pinch of my Copenhagen, Fisk was standing out front of the dugout and saw me standing behind the dugout and raised his hand to me as he was taking a pinch. We were both doing it at the same time. It's sounds kind of dorky but in a way it is kinda cool, don't you think.


I quit dipping almost a year ago. Every time I go to a minor league game, 75% of the scouts will chew...in their seats. It drives me insane. Nothing quite like seeing 65 y/o scouts dropping some Red Man lipper.

Vsahajpal
01-18-2003, 10:29 PM
In fact that reminds me... some of you guys might know big time Angels prospect Bobby Jenks. A few months ago I'm sitting alongside Jenks while he's charting pitches, holding his baby girl, and dipping. That was a trip. Nasty habit.

doublem23
01-18-2003, 10:30 PM
Originally posted by mike squires
Man, that is not dorky at all. I remember a Sunday afternoon game I was sitting in the leftfield bleachers. He was walking to the bullpen since Karko had the catching duties and I was waving to him saying hey Pudge, hey Pudge. He looked at me (at a distance) for probably 5 seconds and didn't even flinch to wave back. I was dissapointed....He did wave to me in the old Comiskey Sox parking lot but I was much younger. I always he was moody but a professional. I saw him walking on tv not too long ago and felt really sorry for him. his knees must be really messed up.

I know plenty of kids from Chicago who dip like crazy. Hell, 80% of my team must have been dipping.

SoxRulecubsdrool
01-18-2003, 10:36 PM
Originally posted by doublem23
I know plenty of kids from Chicago who dip like crazy. Hell, 80% of my team must have been dipping.

I was kind of joking when I made the Alabama reference. Back in the late 70's dipping was absolutely unheard of back in the hood on the southside. I had a friend who when I pulled out a can of Cope tried to act cool and took a pinch and tossed it in his mouth. It took about 15 seconds before he was puking. That happened more than once with other friends. Kind of funny talking about it though. I know it has grown in popularity in urban circles.

:gulp:

Streets
01-19-2003, 02:35 AM
I've met some players at Sox day at the last few Taste of Chicago events. About 2 years ago at Soxfest, my friend and I were leaving the hotel, going up the escalators, we're the type of girls who just randomly start singing songs that pop in our heads and for some reason we're "singing" Who let the dogs out, and just b.s.ing around, then some people going down the escalator shout "Hey Hawk!" and I turn around to see the Hawk right behind us, and I turn back to my friend and we just try not to laugh at ourselves. As we get off, I said something to him, can't remember what, and shook hands. Walked off, and just started laughing.

pearso66
01-19-2003, 09:48 AM
These posts of Fisk made me remember another one. We were at a game back in '92 and Fisk was in the bullpen. We wandered over, and were talkin to him, and once people realized who we were talking to everyone came over. I asked him if he could sign a ball and toss it up to me, and he said no, then we got kicked away from the bullpen by some security guy.

nut_stock
01-19-2003, 11:09 PM
Back in September, I met Carlos Lee after a Sox game at GrandStands on 35th. I got his autograph and took a picture of him behind the counter.
The only other Sox player encounter was outside Busch Stadium after a game and I got Ray Durham and Hawk's autographs before they got onto the bus.

guillen4life13
01-19-2003, 11:38 PM
I haven't had too many experiences. Both of them happened at the ball park near the home dugout. THe first one happened in 2001, when Keith Foulke was signing autographs on the 3B side. Some jagoff started mouthing off because Keith missed his kid. Keith was just like,
"Hey, you don't see any other players signing autographs... it's kind of realistic that I miss at least a few people when I have 100 people shoving to try and get my autograph... I only have one hand to sign this stuff"
The jerk who was talking to Keith replied, "Don't give me this bull****. You know what you are? You're a loser! Look at your record! you're a ****in' loser."

What appalled me was that this guy was saying this in front of a whole bunch of kids under six, and didn't seem to show any remorse for the foul mouth he was displaying full control of.
Keith just get a security guard over tehre and the guy was escorted out.


The other experience was just talking to Carlos for a bout ten minutes before a sox-rangers game before the pregame meeting.



I've had a pretty cool experience with the 1998 Bulls. In my grade school (I was in 4th grade at the time), there was a teacher who was friends with some lady who worked in the Berto center. Each class sent who was perceived to be the biggest Bulls fan in the class. I was a huge fan, and so I was selected from my class. I met Steve Kerr, Judd Buechler, Joe Kleine, and Bill Wennington. We were in a room right next to a little balcony type thing with a stairmaster. I ventured in there and was somewhat startled because on the stairmaster was Dennis Rodman. You have no idea of how surprised, excited, nervous, and frankly, scared I was to see that guy. When you're about 4'7", looking at someone who's 6'8" with his slew of tattoos, rings, and what not--and knowing about his exploits that you see in the papers and on the news--it's pretty scary when he towers over you on his stairmaster. I was too nervous to say anything and I just went back into the other room.

WinningUgly!
01-19-2003, 11:58 PM
In '84 (12 at the time) I was treated to a Sox game by my best friend & his dad. His dad was cool, paid for everything, my ticket, food & drinks, even a road hat (navy with the red bill). Outside after the game, Tom Paciorek was signing a few autographs, & was big time pissed off because they blew the game late to the Yankees. I remember cutting in front of my friend in line & getting Wimpy to sign the bill of my hat. After me he just turned around & left. Some friend huh? Get a free day at the ballpark & screw your buddy out of an autograph. :D:



Another time, must have been early 90's, Greg Hibbard was signing stuff down in the LF corner before the game. I handed him my program to sign. He opens it up & starts flipping through the pages, then eventually stops on a picture of him & signs it. Very cool.