You gotta believe

Nick Swisher released an album, “Believe” on October 11, 2011. Last Saturday, November 19, 2011 he came to J&R Music to sign copies of the CD. I went, I bought a CD, I waited in line, I shook his hand (twice- once for hello, then again for good-bye). I also took pictures.

The store is at 23 Park Row which is downtown. I got off the subway at the Brooklyn Bridge – City Hall stop and walked past City Hall and the bridge to the store. I got there about 11:30 (the signing was at 2:00), I was rather surprised to see that the line was not very long, there were maybe 20 people waiting. The man from J&R kept coming out and saying Nick Swisher would only be signing copies of his CD, so I got out of line and bought one. Then I got back in line, by now there were about 40 people in line. Nothing to do but wait and chat to people.

The couple behind me were interesting. She was a Met’s fan, just there to keep her boyfriend/husband/partner company. He was there to get an autograph for his favorite daughter-in-law who, according to him is simply mad about Swisher. Everybody was behaving themselves. Being orderly, not blocking the sidewalk, an elderly man with a walker and “OWS” button was walking down harassing people waiting to see Swisher. A YES cameraman was there, but I don’t think he got me so I won’t be on TV.

It was cold, not freezing cold but cold and they let us come inside, I think it might have been the size of the line and so that when Swish got there they could start the signing right way. The way the line was I was at the back of the room, a straight shot up from where Swish was going to be sitting for autographs. He comes in, loud and cheerful, stands up and poses next to the sign. The whole time we were waiting the people in charge were saying, only the CD’s signed and no pictures. People were standing between the CD bins taking pictures so I walked up to get this shot. The people behind me encouraged me, saying they would hold my spot, I had already told them everything I know about Swisher including the fact that Dave Robertson is WAY CUTER. I told them, that I thought they just didn’t want people taking pictures from right in front of the table. When I got up close, I saw people getting CD’s signed, stepping back and taking a picture, so then I decided, no pictures must have meant, no pictures with Swisher. One woman was told to put her video camera away.

I took this picture right before I went up to get his autograph, its a little blurry cause I took it quickly and was a little nervous, then I went up. He stuck his hand out, asked me ‘How you doing today?’ I told him my friend had asked me to say hi, that seemed to amuse him and he said, ‘Tell her hi back!’, then as I was leaving he stuck his hand out to shake again, good-bye. He’s such a doll.

So here it is, what I waited 2.5 hours for.

I was so excited! and I am such a dork!

It started when I got an e-mail from yankees.com telling me that Joe Girardi was going to be at the AT&T store today. I told Kasey and she was all excited, but couldn’t go. I didn’t think I could go either. But the e-mail also said that there was going to be a drawing for Yankee stuff. So I figured I could go and at least fill out the form. After all, Time Square is just two subway stops or one quick shuttle ride from GCT.

When I got there the store wasn’t open so I got some tea at a cafe with the idea I could use their bathroom, out of order. So I went back to the AT&T store thinking I could hold it until they opened and I filled out an entry form. There was a woman waiting outside the store, I stood next to her and another woman walked up and asked, “Is the line (line? there were only two of us!) to see Joe Girardi?” and the first woman says, “Yes.” What? Well, you know what I decided right there and then!

JoeFBComment.JPGAfter the store opened they let us come inside. Good thing too cause it was COLD! So we sat around and chatted with each other. I had to confess this was my ‘first’ autograph, so I didn’t bring anything, should I have? I got worried because no one knew if there was going to be anything to sign or not. I had my Yankee backpack with me and decided I would use that if I had to. So I took everything out so it would be flat when he signed it, and I found a ring I had lost! Then someone told us that there were pictures of him holding the World Series trophy to sign if people didn’t bring anything. I was glad because my backpack is dirty and after he signed it I wouldn’t be able to wash it. Now I know to bring something to sign if I ever have this opportunity again.

IMG_0280.JPGThey had decorated the store with balloons, some just said Yankee, some were in the shape of baseball jerseys. You can see some of the shirt shaped balloons in this picture. And that guy smiling at the camera? He forgot his so I promised him to send him one I took. I hope he likes it.

Anyway, they came around with little bottles of water and little bags of popcorn and little bags of M&Ms. We also got wrist bands with numbers on them, so we could walk around and look at the phones while we waited and not lose our place in line. What else? Oh the woman behind me had to state (more then once) how much she hated Joe Girardi, thought he was a terrible manager and wished Joe Torre would come back. She was only there because “We collect autographs and pictures with¬†celebrities.” I never found out who the we was. I did fight down an overpowering urge to hit or kick her.

Then Joe shows up, there was not a huge amount of people. I hope he wasn’t disappointed. Now comes the dork part. All the time I was waiting I was going over in my head things to say, ‘Congrats on winning the series.’ ‘Love your team.’ ‘See you next year when you win #28.’ So what actually happened? I walk up to the table, he looks up and sees I don’t have anything for him to sign so he grabs a picturefrom the stack, picks up the silver sharpie and signs “Joe Girardi, #27”, hands it to me and I say, “Thank you.” and leave. As I told Kasey on Facebook:

The woman behind me was also said Joe was mean at these autograph signings, but I found him to be quite nice, he smiled at me and said “You’re welcome.” after I thanked him. I did manage to get this picture.

So that was my excitement for the day. When my boss kept asking me where I was that morning I finally showed him this picture and he was excited too.

~~and that’s all she wrote~~¬†