I arrived at Dodger Stadium around 10 AM. You can see some of the outfield construction and remodeling here.
The line to get wristbands (!) for autographs did not seem too bad from this point. But, then I crossed the ridge and saw that the line seemed to have no end. Spiegel of Nomo's Sushi Platter fame met up with me around 10:20ish AM. Spiegel and I had drawn up a cursory plan to get autographs from Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu. The plan was doomed to fail from the start. The autograph line must have been at least a mile long because it wound, folded, and curved on itself. I thought that there must have been at least ten thousand people there, though Dylan Hernandez said that the Dodgers thought the number was closer to 21,000. After about an hour of waiting in line and shooting the shit, Greg of Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle fame met up with Spiegel and yours truly.
This was where we were a little more than an hour and a half into our riveting line-standing. It was almost noon.
At some point during our wait in line, Josh Dodgerbobble, Stealing Home and his son met up with the three of us. Dodgerbobble managed to score himself a Magic Johnson autographed baseball, the lucky duck. We all traded a few cards and chatted for a while. Dodgerbobble and Stealing Home left early. We finally got to the wristband tent some time between 1:30-2:00 PM. That was a three hour line! Spiegel, Zakwin, and I each got our one autograph wristband for Hyun-Jin Ryu and proceeded into FanFest. It wasn't necessarily better inside the event area than what was outside.
On stage right is Matt Kemp playing at DJ'ing and on stage left is Nancy Bea. As you can see, it was super crowded inside FanFest. This was the view from where we were standing in line to get Ryu's signature.
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