The Dodgers have been playing some pathetic baseball this season. The team got swept by the hated Giants over the weekend and are trying to salvage one game from the Diamondbacks to avoid the sweep tonight. My baseball life has been pretty sad so far in 2013. My collecting baseball life has been quite swell recently at the very, very least.
Aside from the Dodgers losing over the weekend, Sunday brought a shade of happiness for me. This was just one little bright spot from an otherwise dismal weekend. There was an autograph signing at a card shop in Whittier,CA called Harry's Dugout and it was featuring Pedro Guerrero. Awesome.
Guerrero was a beast of a hitter for the Dodgers in the 80s. He had some 30 homer seasons, a couple seasons of an on-base percentage over .400 and a little postseason glory in 1981. The Dodgers beat the Yankees in 1981 to win the World Series. Guerrero was a key piece to that championship by hitting two homers in the series and taking home a third of the World Series MVP award. Ron Cey and Steve Yeager also took home a third of the MVP award, respectively.
It was good to see Guerrro looking good and healthy. He has had some off the field issues with drugs and I wasn't sure what his physical appearance would be. As you can see above, Guerrero seems to be doing well and that made this autograph signing even better.
I always struggle picking out a card to bring to one of these Dodger signings. I pick through boxes and flip through pages on the lookout for the perfect card to bring. It gives me some anxiety while on this search and I examine the cards with a microscope. A big fear of mine would be to bring a piece of cardboard to get autographed, only to realize the card had a huge bend in it.
That isn't my biggest fear in life. The biggest fear I have are clowns with red hair. They are pure evil just like Angel Pagan.
I settled on this card because I love the retro design and I knew the signature would come out looking sweet. Guerrero's flowing afro was also a major plus for me.
This signing was tons of fun. I had a good time in line chatting some baseball with a handful of the local LA graphers. Good conversation always makes waiting in line more enjoyable.
Thanks to Harry's Dugout for hosting such a nice event with a big time ex-Dodger.