So, here's how this happened.
I got an email from Mike Huang over at Vine Line asking if I'd be part of a presentation with Randy Hundley, 1st rounder Brett Jackson and VL photographer Steve Green. They told me to talk about how I hooked up with VL, they'd show some slides of my work, and to plug my blog.
I said "absolutely".
Now it's 15 minutes before the thing starts and I'm sitting up on this stage with a microphone on a stand in front of me - it looked like this.
Then Mike walks in with Jackson and introduces me. He's pretty big and looks like a movie star guy, and like a complete maroon instead of asking him anything smart about baseball I tell him a stupid story about Tyler Colvin. Then Hundley walks in. This man was an all-star stud catcher on the '69 team - set a record catching 160 games. That was the first year I remember watching the Cubs.
We shook hands and then suddenly the thing started.
They handed me a sort of outline - I was going to talk after Mike and Randy and Brett. That morning I thought out some stuff I wanted to say and I had some notes and was able to doodle while I had the half hour to get nervous.
Brett was pretty funny, Randy told about his knee injuries and how awful surgery was back then - the surgery itself was a devastating injury.
And suddenly Mike introduces me. I was supposed to talk.
I was gonna say to the crowd something like "I'm just like you guys - a regular slob Cub fan. And I do these drawings from that point of view yada yada..."
Instead, I said this to the crowd: "Uhh excuse me, but you'd TOTALLY do this if you were me."
Then to Hundley I said, "Can I have your autograph?"
It was the only funny thing I did, and Randy played along - I took this photo while it was happening (that's Mike in the background).
Then I finished my story and they moved on to Steve Green.
So for the last half hour I got to sit there and think about how I totally forgot to plug the blog, and that oh yeah, there was a screen back there for a slide show and I didn't even talk about any drawings (maybe they were showing them while I spoke).
Anyway, just wanted you to know that the guy who does this blog?
He's one slick dude.
Here's the autograph.