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Brian26
08-11-2007, 03:34 PM
We went to the annual Madison and Friends signing this morning on Oak Street. This event also was a part of the grand opening celebration for their new store location (the old store appears to have been knocked down to make room for a high-rise at Oak & Rush).
http://s72.photobucket.com/albums/i172/brian2653/OakSt.jpg

We got their around 7:15am. BainesHOF and Salty99 were already in line. I don't think I saw anyone else from WSI. The line began to get very long, wrapping around the corner, and I'm curious what happened because the event was supposed to only last one hour. It was very clear by 11am that there would be no way the players were going to sign for everyone who was in line.

The lineup inside was AJ, Thome, and then PK. They were sitting at a pretty small table, so it made it rather cramped. I congratulated AJ on his big homer on Wednesday night to tie the game.
http://s72.photobucket.com/albums/i172/brian2653/AJThome.jpg

Thome was pretty laid back. They looked like they had possibly been golfing this morning.

Konerko signed the ground-rule double ball I got from earlier in the year.
April 7 - I caught Konerko's groundrule double thread (http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=86092&highlight=konerko%27s+ball)

Konerko looked at the ball to check it out since I've added the date, game info, who he hit it off of, etc. He was really cool about it and asked me what color pen to use and where to sign. :thumbsup: I think it turned out pretty nice.

http://s72.photobucket.com/albums/i172/brian2653/PKball.jpg

Thome signed two photos for me, including the cool pic of his Opening Night '06 homer in the rain, and PK and AJ also signed their World Series card. Mrs26 was with me, so I was lucky to be able to get two autographs for everyone. Mrs.26 told Thome she hopes he breaks the home run record (I have no idea where she got that one from, or what record she was refering to). Konerko started cracking up and said Thome's got a long way to go. :D:
http://s72.photobucket.com/albums/i172/brian2653/AJWS.jpghttp://s72.photobucket.com/albums/i172/brian2653/ThomeOpeningNight06.jpg

It was a pretty good time. All the donations went to Children's Home & Aid, the charitable organization that Konerko and Thome, along with their wives, started. Their website is: www.childrenshomeandaid.org (http://www.childrenshomeandaid.org/)

Good time was had by all. Hope they keep doing these events because they're a blast.

ilsox7
08-11-2007, 03:37 PM
7:15 AM in this area? I am sure you saw people just leaving Tempo after a night at the bars!

Brian26
08-11-2007, 03:37 PM
7:15 AM in this area? I am sure you saw people just leaving Tempo after a night at the bars!

The people watching is phenomenal in this area.

dickallen15
08-11-2007, 03:55 PM
We went to the annual Madison and Friends signing this morning on Oak Street. This was event also was a part of the grand opening celebration for their new store location (the old store appears to have been knocked down to make room for a high-rise at Oak & Rush).
http://s72.photobucket.com/albums/i172/brian2653/OakSt.jpg

We got their around 7:15am. BainesHOF and Salty99 were already in line. I don't think I saw anyone else from WSI. The line began to get very long, wrapping around the corner, and I'm curious what happened because the event was supposed to only last one hour. It was very clear by 11am that there would be no way the players were going to sign for everyone who was in line.

The lineup inside was AJ, Thome, and then PK. They were sitting at a pretty small table, so it made it rather cramped. I congratulated AJ on his big homer on Wednesday night to tie the game.
http://s72.photobucket.com/albums/i172/brian2653/AJThome.jpg

Thome was pretty laid back. They looked like they had possibly been golfing this morning.

Konerko signed the ground-rule double ball I got from earlier in the year.
April 7 - I caught Konerko's groundrule double thread (http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=86092&highlight=konerko%27s+ball)

Konerko looked at the ball to check it out since I've added the date, game info, who he hit it off of, etc. He was really cool about it and asked me what color pen to use and where to sign. :thumbsup: I think it turned out pretty nice.

http://s72.photobucket.com/albums/i172/brian2653/PKball.jpg

Thome signed two photos for me, including the cool pic of his Opening Night '06 homer in the rain, and PK and AJ also signed their World Series card. Mrs26 was with me, so I was lucky to be able to get two autographs for everyone. Mrs.26 told Thome she hopes he breaks the home run record (I have no idea where she got that one from, or what record she was refering to). Konerko started cracking up and said Thome's got a long way to go. :D:
http://s72.photobucket.com/albums/i172/brian2653/AJWS.jpghttp://s72.photobucket.com/albums/i172/brian2653/ThomeOpeningNight06.jpg

It was a pretty good time. All the donations went to Children's Home & Aid, the charitable organization that Konerko and Thome, along with their wives, started. Their website is: www.childrenshomeandaid.org (http://www.childrenshomeandaid.org/)

Good time was had by all. Hope they keep doing these events because they're a blast.
The old store's location is actually going to be a Barney's which is now located across Rush St. Barney's will become a Hermes. I walked by there today going to work out and couldn't believe the line.

yazz32
08-11-2007, 04:25 PM
Did they end up signing after 11:30AM?

I was in line and got in around 11:15AM so am wondering if everyone got an autograph that paid..

CWSpalehoseCWS
08-11-2007, 08:02 PM
I was there around 8:15 and I barely got in for an auto. I think everyone that paid got in, but there was alot of pissed off people (with no ticket) that didn't get in.

JGarlandrules20
08-11-2007, 10:10 PM
Mrs.26 told Thome she hopes he breaks the home run record (I have no idea where she got that one from, or what record she was refering to). Konerko started cracking up and said Thome's got a long way to go.

Lol, that's so cute. Those kind of stories are my favorite things about signings. At soxfest, Paulie and I had a little discussion on labradors, hah. It was random.

I'm glad you were able to get the autographs. Thanks for sharing. :smile:

MrT27
08-12-2007, 12:33 AM
What year and company are those World Series cards? I have seen them before and woudl love to try and get the whole team.

StillMissOzzie
08-12-2007, 02:05 AM
What year and company are those World Series cards? I have seen them before and woudl love to try and get the whole team.
They came out by Topps shortly after the world series ended. A card for each player, and then appx 25 cards of post-season highlights. They retailed for $20, IIRC.

SMO
:gulp:

DumpJerry
08-12-2007, 08:28 AM
It was a pretty good time. All the donations went to Children's Home & Aid, the charitable organization that Konerko and Thome, along with their wives, started.
Nice pics and story, but please post pictures in the Photo Gallery, not on the message board. Childrens' Home + Aid was started in 1983 and was not started by baseball players and their wives. Konerko was 6 or 7 years old when the organization was started (he was born in 1976). Thome was 12 or 13 years old at the time (born in 1970). I've done a lot of work with them on my child abuse cases.

Konerko et al probably do work on the behalf of the organiztion, but that is not the same as starting it.

esbrechtel
08-12-2007, 09:32 AM
I got there at 8:45 just in time to be one of the final people to get an autograph...there were literally only 2 people behind me and let me tell you as we walked in at 11:29 there were some really angry people especially since the guy at the door let one of his friends in, who was actually in line behind me....Overall, I thought it was pretty cool although I think they could have told the people earlier there is no chance you are getting an auto so do not even wait in line I think that would limit the angry people to only 2 or 3 at a time...

Brian26
08-12-2007, 10:13 AM
I got there at 8:45 just in time to be one of the final people to get an autograph...there were literally only 2 people behind me and let me tell you as we walked in at 11:29 there were some really angry people especially since the guy at the door let one of his friends in, who was actually in line behind me

Did the people in line behind you already pay for their tickets? We were curious what would happen if you paid and then didn't get the autograph. Since it was a charitable contribution, I can't imagine they would give the money back.

itsnotrequired
08-12-2007, 10:42 AM
seems like a cool event

BeefyD
08-12-2007, 12:01 PM
I got there at 8:45 just in time to be one of the final people to get an autograph...there were literally only 2 people behind me and let me tell you as we walked in at 11:29 there were some really angry people especially since the guy at the door let one of his friends in, who was actually in line behind me....Overall, I thought it was pretty cool although I think they could have told the people earlier there is no chance you are getting an auto so do not even wait in line I think that would limit the angry people to only 2 or 3 at a time...

Hehehe... I thought that was you. I was about 4-5 people behind you. We were shut out. Everyone who paid for tickets DID get in for an autograph. The only reason why people were mad, was when he was selling the tickets, he was telling everyone "I'm going to stop the tickets here, but don't worry, we'll get you in" multiple times. Then suddenly, when it was 11:25, he tells everyone "if you don't have a ticket, you're not getting in". So we waited for over an hour to not get in. If he had said in the first place "I'm cutting off tickets here, everyone else can go home", then it wouldn't have been as big of a deal. Overall, I was disappointed, but not mad. And for the record, I got there at 8:50.

Then, to put salt in the ol' wound, I get to the game about 4:30 and find out Paulie and AJ weren't even playing. :(

Brian26
08-12-2007, 01:02 PM
Childrens' Home + Aid was started in 1983 and was not started by baseball players and their wives. Konerko was 6 or 7 years old when the organization was started (he was born in 1976). Thome was 12 or 13 years old at the time (born in 1970). I've done a lot of work with them on my child abuse cases.

The foundation was started in 1883. Paul Konerko would have been negative 93 years old (he was born in 1976). Thome would have been negative 87 years old (he was born in 1970). The players and their wives have started a "Family of Champions" partnership with Childrens' Home & Aid.

BainesHOF
08-12-2007, 01:05 PM
All in all, it was a good event. I got there plenty early to make sure I got the autographs. A.J., who is the best on the team when it comes to signing and dealing with fans, nicely signed a photo, Thome had no problem signing a game-used bat as long as he personalized it to me, and Konerko perfectly signed a World Series ball.

The $40 donation to the charity to get all three players was a bargain. In my opinion, the store owner does a good job putting the event together and running it. He imposed a limit of one ticket per person and asked people not to take pictures with the players in order to take care of as many people as possible. He also repeatedly said that anyone who doesn't get autographs could receive a refund. "I want everyone to be happy," he said. He knew at some point that everyone couldn't be accommodated and that's why he stopped selling tickets. Heck, he was even accepting personal checks from people, which he didn't have to do.

The problem Saturday is not unique to the store. It happens at many signings. More people show up than the players can sign for in their scheduled time. That's no one's fault. If you want to receive an autograph, then you have to arrive early enough to get one. Also, if you want your item signed nicely, bring your own pen or marker.

I'm continually amazed by the number of people who show up right when the signing is supposed to start or even later as if they're the only ones who are going to show up. I also don't understand why people proceed to line up behind hundreds of people when a simple assessment of the situation says there's no way players can sign for everyone even if they stayed twice as long than their scheduled time. (Last year's Podsednik appearance at Brookfield Zoo and the Crede/A.J. signing at the Taste of Chicago being two prime examples). Then these people complain to event organizers when they get shut out.