Had Lunch With Andre Dawson Today!!!
Wow, how is that for a headline? Just making my best efforts to draw you in…
And while I didn’t exactly sit down and consume a meal with ‘The Hawk’, I did take an extended lunch break in order to see him at a public appearance he was doing roughly 30 minutes from where I work.
Sponsored by Mobil, Andre Dawson was on hand to meet the public and sign autographs.
It’s just too bad that probably no more than 40 fans showed up… But it was certainly good for me!!!
I got to the event 15 minutes before it started. I met a few friends, made some small talk, and then Andre came out and began singing for everyone. In typical Dawson fashion, he took his time signing each autograph, and as usual each one looked spectacular!!
Since I had some time to prepare for this event (found out about it a week ago), I brought a few premium items with me. And he signed them all!!!
During my first trip through the line, Andre signed two items for me.
A Rawlings ‘Big Stick baseball bat:
And a Black Rawlings baseball:
And since many others were getting back in the line, I did the same.
The second time around, I went vintage:
Andre’s first appearance on the cover of Sports Illustrated:
And his second cover as well:
Sick stuff, huh??? Yeah, I know!!!
I could have hung around a little more, but had to get back to work. By the time that I left there were not more than 8-10 people waiting for autographs. And while I was hoping for a little more interaction with my favorite baseball player of all-time, I think he was a little disturbed by a few overzealous autograph hounds that were stacking items in front of him.
Nonetheless, the event was a huge success for me. I cannot recall ever hearing of a major league Hall of Famer doing a FREE signing for the public like this. And the fact that it was another chance to meet and shake the hand of the guy that I grew up watching is three layers of icing on the cake.
Oh, I also had to opt for another photo of me and ‘Hawk’ too.
GREAT TIMES INDEED!!!
Thank You, Andre!!! And Thank You Mobil!!!