On September 25, 2013, I was invited to have lunch with my buddy Dr. Liu. The plan was to meet up with him at his office in Rowland Heights and decide where we wanted to go eat. When I arrived at the office he told me that lunch would have to wait. He was expecting a special guest for an eye exam. Dr. Liu explained to me that former Los Angeles Clippers forward, Lamond Murray, was on his way to the office.
Lamond arrived a short while later and went to the back of the office for his eye exam. After the exam he signed some autographs and Dr. Liu discussed some business with Lamond. Some of the business they discussed had to do with Lamond doing a public autograph signing at the optometry practice. If and when a date is confirmed, I will be sure to post the information on the events page.
Here is a photo that Dr. Liu gave me to have signed.
Former Lakers star Michael Cooper made an appearance at Dr. Liu’s Optometry practice in Rowland Heights. The event was a private meet and greet just for patients and friends.
As patients and friends arrived we were all required to check in with the receptionist since all of the invited guests were on a list. We were only allowed a few items per person because Michael was only going to be there a short time. Coop had everyone entertained by joking and making conversation with fans.
Coop is very entertaining at his appearances.
Facts about Michael
Full name is Michael Jerome Cooper.
Was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1978 NBA Draft.
Won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 1987.
Won 5 championships with the Lakers in 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987 and 1988.
Had a 12 year playing career with the “Showtime” Lakers.
I attended the final home game of the 66ers as they played the San Jose Giants for the California League Championship. After the game I waited outside the 66ers clubhouse since it would be my last chance to receive autographs this season.
As I waited for the team to come out I noticed a man posing for photos with some fans. I made my way closer and recognized exactly who he was. It was Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto. Jerry posed for photos and signed autographs for the people that did recognize him.
Jerry attended the game to watch prospects in the organization.
Bill Haselman was the main reason I waited outside the clubhouse.
Facts about Bill
Full name is William Joseph Haselman.
Drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 1st round of the 1987 amateur draft.
Was backup quarterback to Troy Aikman at UCLA.
Was on the coaching staff of the 2004 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox team.
The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes made a visit to San Bernardino to play the 66ers in what was the final game of the season for the Quakes. Before and during the game I did some autograph seeking since that was the main purpose of attending.
Quakes pitching coach Matt Herges signed a couple of photos for me.
Matt recognized me from previous games where I’v asked him for autographs. He told me, “good to see you again”.
I’v been obtaining autographs from top prospects in San Bernardino for a number of years. Many of those prospects have went on to play in the big show such as Trayvon Robinson, Scott Van Slyke, and Ethan Martin to name a few.
I never write about any minor leaguers I meet. This time I will make an exception since these two prospects are in the organization of my favorite team, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Outfielder Scott Schebler is ranked 16th in the Dodgers organization according to MLB prospects watch. This season Scott was 2nd in the California League with 27 home runs.
According to MLB prospects watch, Corey Seager is the 2nd ranked prospect in the Dodgers organization. Corey struggled after being promoted to the California League, but he’s still a teenager and has plenty of time to develop.
An announcement was made when the game started that caught me by surprise. Former major leaguer Jay Johnstone was in attendance and would be signing autographs for the first few innings of the game.
The purpose of Jay’s visit was to raise funds for his charity, Hope 4 Heroes. If you would like to read about the charity that Jay is heavily involved in, then click on the document below.
Our last giveaway featuring an autographed Darren Collison floorboard piece was so popular, we’re going to do it again. This time we will make it a little better. Along with a Darren Collison floorboard we are going to include an autographed photo of your choice.
To enter, send us an email stating that you want to win. The winner will be chosen using random.org next week. The only rule is that you can only enter once. Good luck to those who participate.
Remember, the winner will also receive one autographed photo of your choice.