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Viva Magglio
02-02-2003, 05:03 PM
Well, that was quite a SoxFest. I just got back home after spending the weekend at the Hyatt for the event. I do not recall ever seeing as many people at a SoxFest as I have seen this year. It was a great event, and I miss it already.

For me, the highlight was a pair of encounters with Mágglio Ordóńez. I went into his autograph line Friday night and had him sign a baseball. For someone who is said to be very shy, Mágglio is very conversational if you talk to him. I said hello to him and asked how his offseason was. He said it was good and made reference to the cold temperatures here. I then thanked Mágglio for signing the baseball and shook his hand. He has quite a firm handshake.

Those of you who were there know that it was quite a scene each of the three times Mágglio arrived and left the autograph area. Upon arriving, he waves at the cheering crowd like he's the President of the United States. The same occurs when he leaves with a mob of fans following him away. The scene today was surreal which I think Mágglio encouraged.

Upon leaving Autograph Booth #1, the players normally go directly to the escalators. Today, Mágglio made a scene upon his exit. As people are waiting for him in the normal pathway to the escalators, he gets up, looks at the crowd, and points the other way. Sox security probably wanted to whisk Mágglio the other way to avoid this crowd, and there he goes telling them where he is going. You could imagine the swarm shift.

This is where my second encounter with him takes place. I happen to be where he is going already. As Mágglio approached, he was high-fiving people around him. He reaches me and we did what I call the "fist-tap" (I don't know what it's really called). He makes his way to the escalator with the mobs of people following him. When they are escorting players, Sox security normally whisks them in a secret hallway around the grand ballroom. Instead of going that way, Mágglio walks right past it and through main entrance with more-and-more people spotting him. He goes down the hallway from the ballroom with a growing army of people following him, as if it were an army of people following Tiger Woods to the 18th green at Dubsdread. Mágglio gets on his cellular phone and goes up the escalator going to the Hyatt lobby. It is there security blocks the escalator from the army of MágglioManiacs, and the scene finally ends.

I shared that story to demonstrate what kind of person I think Mágglio Ordóńez is. For someone said to be very shy, he was very accommodating to the fans this weekend. Now his shyness may explain why he did not show up for a scheduled seminar with Hawk, D.J., and Paul Konerko. Nobody knows why he did not come to it. But he clearly appeared to be very happy being around fans this weekend. His charm was overwhelming and is looking incresingly presidential. There is no doubt that this is the most important player in our franchise, in more ways than one. I cannot fathom how anyone -- even partisan Cub fans -- could dislike him.

gogosoxgogo
02-02-2003, 08:53 PM
Hey man, I agree with ya. Mags was great. He was a little shy, but very friendly nonetheless. I got to practice my spanish when I met him in the autograph line. He was much more friendly in Spanish, actually. I also saw him Friday night in the hotel front circle for valet parking outside for rich hotel guests. He was waving to one of the workers there for his car. Then, he got in his VERY nice Mercedes and drove off with two very hot chicks. I figured I'd let him have his peace there. After all, he did just sign 550 autographs.

Viva Magglio
02-02-2003, 09:06 PM
Originally posted by gogosoxgogo
Then, he got in his VERY nice Mercedes and drove off with two very hot chicks. I figured I'd let him have his peace there. After all, he did just sign 550 autographs.

One of them was probably his wife because I believe he was here with his family. The other woman was probably some relative. On Saturday, his son appeared with him during the autograph session. I get the feeling that Mágglio is not the type of person to flirt with other women.

gogosoxgogo
02-03-2003, 09:49 AM
Originally posted by ˇViva Mágglio!
One of them was probably his wife because I believe he was here with his family. The other woman was probably some relative. On Saturday, his son appeared with him during the autograph session. I get the feeling that Mágglio is not the type of person to flirt with other women.

Yeah, you're probably right. The windows were all so tinted that it was sort of hard to see them. All I know was that they were two blondes with long hair and looked very attractive.

Iwritecode
02-03-2003, 09:53 AM
The only thing about Magglio is that he signed an autograph for some retard wearing a Cubs hat and shirt on Friday night. We I finally got up there to meet him on Saturday, I heard the lady sitting next to him tell him that the same retard got in Billy Koch's line that night also. The only difference is that Billy wouldn't sign for him. Told him to get off the stage.

WTG Billy!!!

gogosoxgogo
02-03-2003, 10:00 AM
Originally posted by Iwritecode
The only thing about Magglio is that he signed an autograph for some retard wearing a Cubs hat and shirt on Friday night. We I finally got up there to meet him on Saturday, I heard the lady sitting next to him tell him that the same retard got in Billy Koch's line that night also. The only difference is that Billy wouldn't sign for him. Told him to get off the stage.

WTG Billy!!!

sweet! Go Billy! I love that guy already!

Speaking of evil Cubness, did anyone else see WOO WOO! Ronny WOO WOO! at Soxfest? He was there on Saturday prancing around in full Cub attire.

Viva Magglio
02-03-2003, 10:05 AM
Originally posted by gogosoxgogo
Yeah, you're probably right. The windows were all so tinted that it was sort of hard to see them. All I know was that they were two blondes with long hair and looked very attractive.

That would just about match the description of his wife, who has long strawberry blonde hair.

ilovemags30
02-03-2003, 11:40 AM
ya i wet to soxfest on sunday. we arrived late and we just missed the cutoff line for mags session... i think by maybe 10 poeple they said.

when mags left his autograph session i never heard so many people cheer in my life. i was at jon garlands pitching seminar when mags was finishing up. i went over to the stage just as he was leaving. as he walked by he said "hey" and smiled. he also shook my hand.

it most likely was his wife in the car. she was there sunday. i saw her by one of the booths and went to say hi to her. dagly was with 2 other woman and some guy. i didnt want to bother her so i just asked her how she was doing and that ill prolly see her sometime during that season. shes a very, very nice woman. i met her last yr at a charity event she went to with mags and the kids. i also took my pic with her. (makes me sad how beautiful she is *sniff*)

Viva Magglio
02-03-2003, 11:49 AM
Originally posted by ilovemags30
it most likely was his wife in the car. she was there sunday. i saw her by one of the booths and went to say hi to her. dagly was with 2 other woman and some guy. i didnt want to bother her so i just asked her how she was doing and that ill prolly see her sometime during that season. shes a very, very nice woman. i met her last yr at a charity event she went to with mags and the kids. i also took my pic with her. (makes me sad how beautiful she is *sniff*)

I met her a few years ago at SoxFest. She, Mágglio, Carlos Lee, and Lee's wife were in the elevator I was taking down. I was on my way to Holy Name Cathedral for the 5:15 Mass that night, and when I got back from Mass there they were in the elevator on the way up. And Mágglio rememberd me from the first elevator trip. Surreal.