|Room Key with a Cubs theme!|
We checked into the convention and were given a draw string bag with goodies.
A description and schedule of presentations was listed inside AND so was the schedule of players who would be signing autographs!
We also found a map, which was helpful the first evening, but we quickly learned our way around the facility.
We made our way to Vendor Alley the first afternoon and got our pictures taken with Arrieta, Maddon, and Schwarber Fatheads. It was a nice little photobooth and it was free!
The weekend was sponsored by Budweiser and Pespi to name a few.
Before leaving the minor league room I got my picture taken as a Squatch! Nice!
Somewhere in there we scored some autographs, but it's a blur, so I'll save those for the end. We rested our feet by sitting down on the ball room floor to watch "Friday Night with Ryan Dempster".
|A panorama shot in a rectangular ballroom before BINGO started.|
My big find was a game-used road jersey of Brandon Hyde's! Notice the nice patches on the sleeves, the white outline around letters and number, and the number change! Hyde was #17 in early April, but then gave up his number to some kid named Kris Bryant.
On to the autographs! My sister and I weren't lucky enough to win a voucher for an elite autograph, but that didn't stop me from taking a nice candid shot of the new Cubs Ambassador. Welcome back, Ryne Sandberg!
On to the cardboard! While my sister got thirty-three autographs on the home plate I was able to collect twenty autos on cards. I spent some of my time helping her fill up the plate! Woo-Hoo!
Minor leaguers Carl Edwards, Dallas Beeler, Erick Jokisch and Jemier Candelario are on the left.
Current Cubs hitting coach, Eric Hinske, and bench coach, Davey Martinez:
Current Cubs Trevor Cahill, Clayton Richard, Travis Wood and Neil Ramirez are on the left.
My sister, inexplicably, scored a "fast pass" for an autograph at one of the vendors earlier in the weekend. I could have used it to get to the front of the Jose Cardenal, John Lackey or Ben Zobrist line . . . but . . .
custom card of him pitching that Mark, from Battlin' Bucs, made me and Ross seemed genuinely touched. No need for a TTM now!
My favorite of the weekend! VOGELMONSTER!
Some of the fans mistook Vogelbach for Kyle Schwarber, and most agreed that Vogelbach looks like Schwarber. Hmph.
WRONG! The VOGELMONSTER was drafted by the Cubs first, thus Schwarber will forever be known to me as Vogelbach's doppelganger. NOT the other way around. Yes, I may be a little biased.
HOW COOL IS THAT!?!?! That was easily my best in person autograph experience of the weekend. Heck, it was my best ever! Every player was really nice and treated me with respect and appreciation, but my VOGELMONSTER experience will be the one I remember twenty years from now.
Overall, it was a great weekend spent with my sister and the Chicago Cubs! #GoCubsGo