The Major League Baseball All-Star game and all the festivities it comes with are heading to my city of San Diego, and to unofficially kick it off, Sycuan Casino had a three night event in which former star Steve Garvey hosted a different Hall of Fame player each night to discuss the game of baseball. The first night he hosted Goose Gossage, the second night was with Dave Winfield, and the third was with Reggie Jackson. Sycuan Casino is a pretty good drive from my home in north county and autographs were never actually specified, but the event sounded like a good time so I drove down with my friend Lawrence and met up with another friend of mine named Nouky to see if we could perhaps add a couple of good signatures to our collection.
The event was to begin at 8:00PM, with the doors to open at 7:00. We actually arrived around 6:30 and were the sixth people in line. This was a good thing since it was general admission. Through some small talk with others in line, we heard the first two nights had less than fifty people show up, but since Reggie Jackson is a pretty big star the casino was expecting 150-200 people. We were also told that the players signed autographs during both of the previous two nights. I saw a few of the common autograph seekers that you'll see at a lot of the events, among them David from http://davidsautographsignings.blogspot.com/.
Around 8:00 a VIP line randomly formed for certain people to get the chance to take photos with both Garvey and Jackson. How the people got in this VIP line I do not know, nor do I particularly care. Information between much of the autograph "community" is treated like CIA and FBI top secret info, and unless you're in the in-crowd you aren't going to ever know what they know. This line lasted approximately 20 minutes, at which point Garvey came out and gave an introduction, then brought out Jackson. We had seats in the second row pretty much right down the middle;