Chris and I got to Frisco super-early. With the signing starting at 1:30, we pulled up and jumped in line at about 10:15. Sadly, we weren't the first people there either-- we were about thirtieth.
We ended up jumping to about fifth though as the line was moved to the main entrance half an hour later. Finally at about noon, a list was put out of who would be where-- Group A was Tanner Scheppers and Michael Choice, Group B was Steve Buechele and Mark McLemore, while Group C was Elvis Andrus (in for the injured Derek Holland) and Shawn Tolleson. Needless to say, when the doors opened, we grabbed a ticket for Group C.
Tolleson came in first stopping by to shake hands and chat with the fans up near the front, followed soon by Elvis. I was surprised-- he was signing multiples for the first few before the handlers made him crack down to one-per. Both were in a great mood, with Elvis even commenting on my beard that I've been rocking for a few weeks now. He has a kickass one going right now too. Hope he's going to be more personable this season-- I got him once in all of 2013.
|Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has just left... err, entered the building!|
I thought about taking a second trip through Group C's line but decided not to. Wish I had grabbed an extra ticket while I could though-- I would have been able to get through it before cutoff time. I did get a few more of Chris' cards of Choice though and hit his line, having Scheppers sign the generic photo I had Tolleson sign, while Choice signed two of the three I had from Chris.
Chris got through Elvis' line as one of the last few, while I got a picture or two for him to use on his post on The Bench. If I felt like pleading, I probably could have gotten through the line there with them at the end, but I passed on it.
Overall, this was an excellent start to 2014 graphing campaign. Looking forward to a few more Winter Caravan outings (maybe) and a good baseball season
TOTALS: 37 autographs (plus 5 for Chris)
Quick outing on Sunday, Craig Ludwig 4/4 as the Stars' pregame signer. Two go to Nathan in Nova Scotia.