Fan Fest 2013

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I decided to go to Fan Fest although I had vowed never to go to another one after the last one. It turned out to be an absolutely beautiful day. It had been raining the last few days so I wasn’t sure how the day would turn out.

I went a little early so I could avoid the crowds. I found out once I got there that the gates had been open and that there were hundreds of fans already there.

I also realized I forgot balls to autograph and also shoes. I hate wearing sandals to Dodger Stadium since inevitably someone has to step on my feet. I really wasn’t prepared.

It felt odd entering the gates since I hadn’t done so in a while. It made me sad because the Stadium reminded me of my father.

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The first thing I did was buy 3 balls. I don’t usually get autographs but today I thought I would make an exception. The line was very long of course but I decided it was worth it. I hurried to the Fan Fest line.

I was able to snag a Magic Johnson autographed ball. I was very lucky.

I went directly to the autograph line. It already was a little long but not 3 hours long like the other autograph line I had waited in last Fan Fest. Last Fan Fest I waited in the heat and when I got to the front, there was Kenley Jansen. I had told him I waited 3 hours for his autograph and he looked puzzled and asked why. I can get his autograph anytime. Oh well.

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Nick Punto was the player in my line. I like Nick so I was pleased. Very sweet guy.

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I then stood in another line…..yes I actually did! I did because I saw it was the gorgeous Andre Ethier. He was gracious and kind. He said maybe this autographed ball would cheer me up when I told him about my Dad.

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The ball is special because of what Andre said. Thank you Andre!

By that time I ran into my friends Norma, Pat, Donna and David.

I was also surprised that my buddy Robert came with his cute baby Lucas Dodger.

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We stood in one more autograph line.

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The motivation for standing yet in another line? Zack Greinke…the new kid on the block. Talk about a young guy. He seemed tired and unenthusiastic.

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Ok so I am autographed out. I’m done.

I ran into the Dodger organist Nancy Bea Hefly. She is very down to earth and easy to talk to. She asked me if I were going to Spring Training. I told her the heat of Arizona gets to me. Everyone knows I don’t even tolerate day games!!

I also talked to Stan Kasten, one of the new owners. It actually was a nice day.

I didn’t see my boyfriend Matt Kemp. Sad.

One of my friends told me his seat no longer exists. Apparently they made our seats bigger and plusher so they had to remove some seats. I hope my view of the game is the same.

I have decided to start writing my blog again. It’s something I love to do. I am privileged to be able to talk to the players and see things at the Stadium that not everyone can. I want to share my experiences with my friends. The Dodgers and the organization have become my second family. I love them so much. I love my Dodger reps: Caroline and Craig. They have made my Dodger experience very special.

If there is anything anyone would like me to write about, please let me know! If there are pictures you would like to see, I will take them.

My wonderful Father passed away last week after a month long hospital stay. Many of you were able to meet him. Thank you for making him feel special.

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It will be difficult when I go back to the games because everyone loved my Dad there. Hopefully they will keep his memory alive.

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I love that picture of Tommy and my Dad. Now I’m crying again!

Thank you for stopping by. Think blue and count down the days until pitchers and catchers report. Love all of you!!!

9 Comments

Cat glad to see you back writing again. Also proud you went to Fan Fest after a bad episode/adventure last time. Each one presents not only a new angle of the team, but is a great place to renew team spirit, friendships and see your “baseball buddies”. 15-odd days until the cowhide hits the mitt

Very nice Cat…I am sorry to hear about your father, I am sure he is smiling down upon you. Oh and I am also so glad to see you and Mr. Kemp ( the boyfriend ) are still a hot item :)

Cat — I for one am excited. I’ feel like I know you from all the years chatting online. I can’t make it down there to games so seeing your posts on here is fun for me as well as others. I’m so sorry for the loss of your Father — but you were a great Daughter and took care of him. I’m sure he is looking down on you with much pride and happiness that he has such a great daughter! Take care…

So excited to see you doing this again Cat! I feel like I know you as a friend from all the years of chatting online bout the Dodgers. It will be fun to see your insight on things as I can’t really make it down there that often for games. Hopefully I’ll make 1 this year. Also you are a great Daughter the way you were taking care of your Father — I agree with D4 — he must be smiling on you & very happy to of raised someone with such a kind heart. Take care…

I think seeing someone you’d love to get an autograph signed by but not having anything to get signed is one of the most helpless feelings in the world…especially if you’re too cheap to buy a signable item like me. The irony is I have over a hundred baseballs to get signed but they were all in New York.
-Mateo
http://mateofischer.mlblogs.com

Cat- I was also at Fan Fest and was very very excited for it. Greinke also looked as if he didn’t want to be at Fan Fest and kind’ve had an attitude. Kasten was the one person I wanted to meet and finally got to. Great guy.

Matthew–I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to Mr. Kasten many times. He’s been gracious and accessible every time. He’s a great guy.
Mateo–I always have something like a ticket. I saw the great Orel Hersheiser and only had my ticket….I also had Pittbull sign a ticket!!! A cap is good or the shirt you are wearing.

Cat,I enjoy reading your blog and saying hi to you at the Stadium.I am so sorry for your loss.Hugs and prayers

Hppy Birthday CAt.

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