I had been hearing about this event for quite some time. I was kind of nervous about the turnout because Albert Pujols held his golf tournament today, and I figured if a player attended that, they would not attend CJ's event. I didn't think Pujols' event would be any good because it was at a really private golf course, but I have been hearing rumbling that some people really scored, oh well! Anyway back to the event, even though CJ and his people didn't put out a whole lot of information the cost was only 50 dollars, and that included one game of bowling, shoes, and all you could eat food. In the information he listed that other Angels players would be there, but he did not mention which ones, but even with the limited amount of information it seemed worth it just based on what you would get from the night, not including any chance of autographs. The last bowling event I went to was amazing, so I figured I would try my luck again. Chris Paul bowling event. I decided to go with my buddy, Jack. I didn't want to be sitting there alone all night, and if it was a bust I wanted to have someone to bowl with. When we walked in the door we decided to check out some of the raffle prizes they had. They had some really cool stuff, including bowling balls signed by the whole team, a Pujols sweet spot baseball and some other stuff. I spent 20 bucks on raffle tickets, but came away empty handed.
After wasting some money on the raffle tickets we saw a line and we decided to go check it out. It was CJ greeting people, we jumped in line right away. Unfortunately this was the slowest moving line ever, but we didn't have anything better to do. When we were almost to the front, a whole family cut in front of us and literally had CJ sign every single garment of clothing from their closet. I normally would've minded, but this was such a laid back setting, that all it meant for me was that CJ would sign everything I had as well. When me and my buddy got up to CJ he couldn't have been any cooler. I had three photos for him, one of them got cropped extremely bad by the store and I was just contemplating throwing it away, but since he was signing everything anyway I decided to get it signed as well. He signed three photos for me, and on the first one he added "PMA" which is his little zen-like saying that he always uses on twitter, which basically just means to have a positive mental attitude. He signed my three photos, and all the time we were just chatting about a bunch of random things. He was telling me and my buddy why he believed his prank to give out Mike Napoli's cell phone number one Twitter was so genius, and thanked us for coming. While he was talking I pulled out my card book and he signed my cards as well. He was just trying to be goofy, you could tell he was like I never know what piece of my body to sign my cards on, its just flat out weird if you write your name over your balls. Anyway I got CJ to sign seven things for me (which was about a third of what the lady in front of me had him sign) and I got a picture with him. He thanked us for the support, and literally would have signed everything you had.
Next I saw Kevin Jepsen and Bobby Wilson. I didn't have anything for Kevin Jepsen, but I did ask to sign. He signed two of the four cards that I have.
I saw a big commotion, and I figured someone good had arrived. I was right, I walked towards the front of the bowling alley. Jered Weaver walked in with a crowd of people. Weaver wasn't signing at all and quickly walked into the "VIP room." My buddy Jack and I said if a lot of players come we would pay the extra 45 bucks to get into the VIP room if we thought it would really help our chances of getting autographs.
Literally within a matter of five minutes, Weaver came back out of the VIP room with Tim Mead, Angels PR guy, and some other random guy that was telling everyone he wasn't going to sign. He signed for two people and left. Weaver wasn't in the building for more than eight minutes. After walking back I saw Arte Moreno, Angels owner taking pictures with fans. I actually don't have a picture with Arte. I have seen him a million times, but never wanted to bother him, I know once person asks him for something, many more would follow. I felt like this would be the ideal situation, so I got my picture with Mr. Moreno.
I walked to the front of the alley to see if I saw anything else. It was around the time that if people didn't show up now, they weren't showing up at all. Right when I looked out the door I saw a bunch of autograph hounds that didn't want to pay to get in trying to graph someone. I looked up and it was Dan Haren. He came in and a few other people inside showed up right next to me as well. We asked him to sign, and he mumbled something. I figured it was a long shot because Haren is typically very tough. He might be the toughest autograph on the Angels. He went into a room, just to the left of the enterence. When he came back out he signed for everyone. He wasn't very talkative and was only doing one per, but I cannot complain. I saw him tell an old lady he would not sign her blank white piece of paper because of, "security reasons," the lady had no idea what he was talking about. It was quite a scene watching Haren sign for that many people. There were a ton of fans and autograph collectors in this event, I think the main reason was the fact that it was so affordable at only 50 bucks. I can't complain too much about the amount of people and dealers because of the five players that showed up, four of the signed. If more Angels showed up, it might have been a problem, but with the small amount of players that showed up and the multiple activities that you got with the purchase of your ticket it made for a good time. Kudos to CJ Wilson for putting on such a fun event.