I'm a huge D-Backs fan and I had never been to a D-Backs Fan Fest before yesterday. It was awesome! I planned on attending with a buddy of mine, but we weren't able to meet up, so I went by myself. Subway was the main sponser and they had a promotion going where if you bought two value meals, you could bring in your reciept and get in an hour early and get Dan Haren's autograph for free. So I took advantage of that opportunitty and arrived right at 9 am. When I got in I was surprized to see that people could pick between Dan Haren, Luis Gonzalez, and Miguel Montero for their free autograph. I wanted Haren, so I got my voucher and got in line. I probably waited about 45 minutes or so, not too long. Here is a picture of Dan handing me my ball back. Not the best picture, but a picture nontheless.
Here is my new Dan Haren autographed baseball.
From there I walked over to section 132, where I could enter the field. Here is a shot of the field.
I headed over to the Foundation Yard Sale. Again, this was my first D-Backs Fan Fest, so I was unaware of the Yard Sale. I walk in and right off the bat are a couple thousand autographed baseballs for sale, mostly from former D-Backs. They wanted $50 for Gonzo and then had several players for $25, $10 and $2. That's right, $2 for an autographed MLB ball. I could have gone nuts, but I controlled myself and picked out two balls that were each $2. They had broken bats, game worn hats and jerseys and a smattering of other items all for great prices. All proceeds went to Diamondback charities. Here is what I got.
Robby Hammock autographed ball ($2)
Shane Reynolds autographed ball ($2)
Josh Wilson Locker Nameplate ($3) - my last name is Wilson, so I had to get this
Alex Cintron Locker Nameplate ($3) - these are the actual nameplates that were above the players lockers
Troy Glaus Locker Nameplate ($3)
Carlos Quentin Bobblehead ($3)
After checking out at the Yard Sale I started wandering and ran into Matt Williams, who was signing autographs while waiting for his turn to go on the radio. I pulled out my card binder, but for some reason I had forgot to bring any Williams cards.
I did however, have some Signature Cards, so I had Matt sign one for me. Thanks Matt!
Next I went over and took a tour of the locker room/clubhouse area. Here are some of the teams lockers.
The tour ended with you coming out in the dugout, which was pretty cool.
I had a great time! My time and funds were both low, so I didn't stay for any of the autograph sessions that required a $5 per player per item donation, but I still ended up with some sweet auto's to add to my collection. I can't wait til next year!