I got to Staples at 4pm. I was 17th in line to get in. Ran to the Quick line, was in the first row to get through, got all 4 signatures, got in the Brown line and ended up not getting through. The wife did Brown first and then got through the penner line as well.
I understand why, so I'm not mad. There were a ton of people there. I got there really early because I did so last year and got a hat signed by the whole team. The luck I had last year makes up for the frustration of this year.
Thanks so much to McNasty38 for the tickets! I only made it through Kopitar/Williams/Nolan/King, but I still had a great time. The line for the locker room tours was nuts too!
My kid got to meet his hero:
Couldn't agree more. They were still letting people down to the seats right where the lines were supposed to get to the players. Very unorganized. We waited an hour and 45 to get Brown, Scuds, and Frazier. We to the team store and bought the book, then they wouldn't let us out the STAR Plaza door!. Had to walk to the original entrance then walk back by the Plaza entrance again. WTF?
It was funny, before the event I was telling myself pick two players you want to see (not the big guys) knowing I wouldn't see everyone. I picked Mitchell and Williams and then saw Williams in the Kopitar group and Mitchell in the Richards group and decided to just go for the shortest groups. I got through two player groups, the locker room, and the announcer line. Granted I only took a pic with Penner so that probably helped in the player lines.
I think it was about managing expectations. I was happy about just getting any players.