The AWESOME folks at VINE LINE got me a couple passes to the Cubs Convention...
But I had a meeting, knew I was gonna be late, gave my digital to Sutter to take some shots.
I should have explained a little more about the camera.
There's this REALLY long, annoying delay between when you push the button and the actual picture is taken.
So, this might be Mark DeRosa's foot, or else it's probably, you know, Larry from Des Moines.
I got there about 6:20 or so, pretty much missed everything.
Saw Andre signing autographs.
We saw Tim Stoddard having a cold one at Kitty O'Shea's in the lobby (what is up with the no fine tasting Anheuser Busch products, Kitty?)
And on the way out I walked right past TRIBUNE Cubs writer Paul Sullivan.
You know, me being a member of the press and all (with the VINE LINE connection), I was gonna introduce myself.
"Hi Paul! Love your work, dude. Hey, you've probably seen my Cubby Blue illustrations right? Yeah ha haaa. Hey brother, can I buy you a beer..."
But instead I walked right by, then turned around and stared at him.
He pretended not to notice, but that's what you do when you think a stalker is staring at you, right?
Pretty sure my mouth was open too.
What an idiot.
Oh well, I'm about to round up Wyatt and get back down there.
A hundred cool things are happening today.
I'm bringing my video cam, so if I get some cool shots I'll post a little movie some time next week.
Oh, I almost forgot.
I go, "Sutter, what was the coolest thing tonight?"
He says, "When they introduced all the players, who you think got the biggest - by a mile - applause?"
"Derek Lee? Fonzie? Lou?"
"No" he says "Mark DeRosa."
I look around at all these weird people.
"You think these people are savvy to the Roberts thing, or was it just a bunch of women going ga ga?"
He says, "Oh they know...that was the message from the fans: Screw Brian Roberts. We've got DeRosa."
Yep, we do.
And of the whole team last year, I thought DeRosa was our mvp.
So, good for him, and good for this crowd at the convention.
ps: the carpet at the Hilton (or Hyatt or wherever this convention is) is actually that hideous...