As you've probably guessed by now, I chose to attend the Jerry Sands signing at Southbay Cards. I've never been to their shop before, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to check it out and at the same time get an autograph from the Dodger's popular rookie. The signing was scheduled to start at 11:00 am and I arrived at around 10:30. There were about 15 people in line outside the store and alot more inside waiting for Sands to arrive. When I purchased my autograph ticket I got to meet one of the owners, Scott, who was telling me about some of the other signings they've had in the past and some of the events they host. He offered me the opportunity to talk more with him after the signing but I couldn't stay long after I got my autograph. Maybe another time Scott.
After I bought my ticket and got in line outside, the line outside the store had grown to about 25 people and people kept showing up and the line kept growing. At around 10:45 am Sands pulled into the parking lot, parked his car and made his way into the store. A few minutes past 11:00 am, the line began to move and approximately a 1/2 hour later it was my turn to get my autograph. I asked Sands if he was going to be in the lineup tonight and he replied, "We'll see, I hope so!" There were a couple of small children in line next to me. They couldn't have been more than 7 years old and Sands asked one of them, "Do you know who I am?" and one of the kids replied "Sands". Jerry then asked him "do you know what position I play?" and the kid replied, "I forget", and then Sands said "I play right bench." I thought it was pretty funny and was glad to see Sands showing a sense of humor and interacting with fans.
Overall, it was a great experience. The line moved quickly and all the employees at Southbay Cards were very friendly. You can tell this is a family run store. They allowed fans to pose for a couple pictures as long as they kept the line moving.
Check out the pictures below:
The line outside the store
Jerry's rookie ride...can anyone guess what it is?
True to the Blue!