**I'll write up on my trip in another post, it's way too long but wanted to share this**
Drew Butera had a signing on the day I'd be in LA and I really wanted to go. It was held at a Sports Authority in Los Angeles at 11am. dearly_beloved
were with me on the trip, the previous night was Fireworks night at the stadium and we didn't even up to bed till around 1:30am, so these two were exhausted. I let them sleep in as I did errands and got them breakfast before the signing.
We got down in LA an hour before the event and the line wasn't too long there was a good 40 people in line. There was great people in line who go to these things all the time and had their bats and helmets ready to be signed. There was a man selling photos, I saw someone in line with this Greinke and Butera photo and I WANTED IT SO BAD, because that's my favorite combo with pitching-catching in the Dodgers, but the guy really wanted to sell me the no-hitter photo but I told him, while no-hitter is awesome, I love Greinke too much. He also had a giant photo of Butera with Jansen who is my FAVORITE closer. Argh! So temping but again stayed with Greinke.
The plan was to have Emily get the hat signed, I'll do the photo and Carlos get the ball signed. The line was divided into 15, so were the first in our group, we were told there would be only one item signed and no photos, I wasn't expecting a photo but was happy enough to get my stuff signed and tell him my favorite moment from him this season (that wasn't the no-hitter which again, IS AWESOME, but I have another favorite) The walk us to the back of the store and I see him signing, the person who there was taking a photo with him and I knew I would at least ask. Both Carlos and Emily were like, "oh wow, he's handsome!" (these two are shameless!)
Carlos went first and Emily went last. When I went up I handed him the photo and thanked him for coming, I then told him that my favorite moment from this season was when he pitched at the end of the game with the Marlins, he then looked up and said, "Really? You remember that?" then he smiled and major eye contact, I think I totally caught him off guard, like, HONEY I AM LEGIT. I WATCH ALL THE GAMES YOU CATCH IN. (he's our back up catcher) He said "But that was a bad game" (We lose that game, it was 13-3 and I HUGE loss for us but I told him for him to come out and pitch, was a crazy night for baseball and I thought it was awesome. He was smiling and said "Thank you, thank you so much" and that was pretty much it, but THAT SMILE AND THAT EYE CONTACT. YES! I hope he remembers that moment because it's so easy to mention the no-hitter, but that night was a crazy when the baseball world stops everything to see a catcher being asked to pitch AND he gave a scoreless 9th inning.
I am glad I went and grateful to have the opportunity to see my 2nd favorite player (Ranking is: #1 Greinke, #2 Butera, #3 Gordon, #4 Turner, #5 Van Slyke/Rojas) and thank you to both C and E for helping out. I wore my signed hat and we won that night, it was the 2nd best game I have ever been to, but I'll need a post for that later.
That moment in question, also caused Greinke's 2nd smile of the season: