I don’t even know how to start this entry… I’m not a very good writer. haha. And if you know me at all, you know I often like to tell super long and overly detailed stories >< hahaha so I’m probably going to write waaayyy too much and bore you all to death. OH WELL! Here goes!
First of all, Andres Torres is my favorite baseball player. Why? Many reasons. Most of which I put into a card for him. 🙂 haha.
Hmmm… it’s going to take forever to fully explain this one story that I’m going to tell about right now. I would like to eventually write about all the stuff that happened before, but not at the moment. So, I’m going to assume you know most of the story already, especially if you’ve been following me on Twitter at @sfgiantsgirl. If you don’t… sorry, I’ll add more details later! 🙂
Here’s the basic background: Andres Torres has been my favorite player since Spring Training, so every time I saw him at the ballpark I would scream at him and wave, and every time he played I would always compliment him on whatever good thing he did that day. He started recognizing me, shaking my hand and asking me how I was doing every time he saw me. I gave him a half-birthday card before the game on July 28th (his birthday is January 26th), basically telling him all the reasons why he’s my favorite player. He thanked me for the card when he saw me after the game on July 29th. 🙂 Then, he got injured during the game on July 30th. 😦 So, I made him a sign that says “Have a speedy recovery, Andres!” (got the idea for the message from Naomi, @njnakamura). Then, before the game on August 1st, I saw him on the field and got his attention. He came over to me and said hi and asked me how I’m doing, and I told him I was sad because he was injured and I hoped he’d come back soon. He thanked me and said he appreciated it and that he would try to be back as soon as he could. Then I excitedly showed him the sign I had made, and he said “Thank you so much. You know what, I’m going to give you a bat, and I’m going to sign it for you.” I was like, “WHAT?! REALLY?!” and he said “yeah!” and then walked away. I was soo excited!! A couple months later, he still hadn’t given me the bat, but he kept telling me that he would give it to me soon. As it got closer and closer to the end of the season, I started feeling like maybe I wouldn’t end up getting the bat. I never doubted that he intended to give me a bat, I was just afraid he wouldn’t have a chance. My friends who regularly get stuff from players told me I had to bug him about it, to keep reminding him, or he wouldn’t give it to me. But it felt so awkward! I didn’t want to be too pushy. It came down to the day of the last night home game of the season, and he still hadn’t given me his bat. This is where my story begins – on Wednesday, September 30.
I got to the ballpark at around 12:20 PM, and waited around as usual for all the players to arrive. I was especially waiting for Andres Torres so I could ask him if I could have my bat that day, during batting practice. It was the 2nd to last home game of the season, and the next day (a day game) I wasn’t even going to make it to the game until about the 2nd inning because I had to come from school. I had no idea how else I was going to get my bat if I didn’t get it during bp that day! But, he probably ended up coming in on the visitor’s side, because I never saw him come in on the Giants side.
I went over to the main gate, met up with a few friends, and got in line about 15 minutes before the gates opened. When I got inside the ballpark, I ran over to get as close as I could to the Giants dugout so I could ask Andres for my bat when he runs in when bp is over. However, a whole bunch of other people managed to get there first, so there was a huge mass about four people deep in front of me, blocking my view of the dugout. I saw Andres on the field, so I called out his name and waved at him. He waved back, as he always does. 🙂 I kind of wanted to call him over to ask him when I could get my bat, but I still felt really weird bothering him about it, so I was just going to wait until he ran in the dugout. Well, for some reason batting practice ended really early, and he ran in really fast, and since there were a ton of people blocking my way I never had a chance to catch his attention. I was hoping maybe he would come back out, but he never did.
Now I kind of have to explain something. At the Giants ballpark, there is a tunnel that runs beneath the field level seats. If you stand in one roped off spot in the tunnel, you can watch players walk from the clubhouse to the dugout right before the game starts. This is the view from the roped off area (taken about a year ago):
(The players walk on that gray carpet from the left, which is where to clubhouse is, to the right, which leads to the dugout.) I went and stood in that roped off area with my friends, hoping to see Andres so I could ask him when he was planning to give me my bat. A bunch of players walked out, and I was getting nervous waiting for Andres because I knew that if he came out too late he wouldn’t have time to stop and talk. Also, the night before, since he was starting, he had run through REALLY fast and had barely even seen me before he dashed onto the field to warm up, so I was afraid he would do that again. The good thing was that this time he wasn’t starting Wednesday night, so he probably had a little more time. Most of my friends left to go to their seats, as it was nearing game time. But one of my friends, Julie (@phibear35) stayed with me, and helped calm me down a bit because I was really nervous, jumpy, and excited. 🙂 FINALLY, Andres walked out (luckily he wasn’t running) so I called out “ANDRES!” He looked over and waved and smiled as he was walking off. I said, “When are you going to give me the bat?” He said, “I’ll give it to you later!” and started running out. I yelled, “WAIT!” He was already running through the doorway but he stopped. I still didn’t feel very comfortable bothering him about it, but I knew I had to since he wouldn’t have a chance to give it to me later. So, I was super nervous and started stammering, “But… I’m not gonna… tomorrow… I can’t… here… after…” so he turned around and went back into the clubhouse without saying anything. I stood there, shocked, thinking, “Is he really going back in there to get my bat??” It felt like forever that I was just standing there waiting for him to come back out, and I was getting really excited. I’m so glad Julie was there though, because I was just like “omg, is he really coming back out? Is he really going to get my bat? omg, is this really happening?!” And it was just nice to have a calm friend there with me. 🙂 After what seemed like an eternity, he came running back out of the clubhouse holding a bat, and handed it to me. 😀 I intended to say something like, “omg, thank you so much! You’re the best!” but I don’t actually remember if I did. Julie was amazing and was totally prepared and actually took a picture of Andres handing me the bat!
He ran off right away again, and I turned around to face Julie and everyone else and just started saying, “omg, omg, omg, omg!” and crying. I don’t actually remember, but chances are I was probably jumping up and down also. And I was so happy, I couldn’t stop smiling! I smiled so big and so long that my face actually started hurting after a couple minutes. LOL! Then I looked a little more closely at the bat, which is signed “Best Wishes Andres Torres 59” and engraved with his name! 🙂 Julie wanted to get a picture of me and the bat right after I got it, to capture the moment, so she had her camera pointed at me and I was looking right at her. But my mind was going so crazy that I really wasn’t thinking straight at all, so when something distracted me I completely forgot she was taking a picture of me and I looked away. Right at that moment, the camera clicked, and then I was like, “oh yeah, you were taking a picture of me!” haha. I really wasn’t in the mood for standing still, so we didn’t try again. But, I actually think this picture captured the moment much better – it really shows how excited I was!
People were asking me whose bat it was and so I started showing it off to people. 🙂 A couple of my friends were still with me in the roped area but a few feet away, so I showed it to them, too. I had told them earlier that Andres had promised me a signed bat, so they knew I had been waiting for this moment for awhile. It was so exciting! I think one of the things that made me even more excited is that I didn’t even ask him for the bat, but he is the one who told me he wanted to give me a bat. A lot of my friends who hang out at the ballpark a lot get bats, gloves, and cleats from various players, but they usually have to ask, or sometimes even beg the players for their stuff, or they’ll exchange things like photos for a glove. I really did want something from him, but I didn’t want to ask. So it made it super special that I didn’t have to! 🙂 After a couple minutes of me going crazy, I finally calmed down enough for Julie to take a really nice picture of me holding up the bat.
…and that’s basically it! The end! 😀 (for now)
WOW, I wrote a REALLY long post. ><