The UCLA Bruins held football training camp on the campus of Cal State San Bernardino. The Bruins have had at least one week of camp in San Bernardino after Jim Mora jr. took over the head coaching duties. I had never attended since the temperature always hits triple digits this time of year.
This year I did attend two practices and it was a really good experience. The practices lasted at least a few hours long and were very entertaining.
After practice the Bruins would make their way back to the locker room. Along the way they would take posed photos and sign autographs for all fans that asked. Below are a few of the Bruins that I met.
Defensive back turned wide receiver Ishmael Adams
Quarterback Josh Rosen who recently made the cover of Sports Illustrated.
I attended a 66ers game in San Bernardino to meet New York Mets great Howard “Hojo” Johnson. Howard’s team, the High Desert Mavericks, were in town for a three game series against the 66ers.
I had already met Howard at the beginning of the season, but wanted to get more items signed by him. I gave Howard a 16×20 photo for him to keep for himself. He was very grateful for the gift and signed all of my items.
Here is one of my signed items. A 1990 Starting Lineup.
Steve Sax made an appearance at the Optometry Practice of Dr. Alex Corbin Liu. Even though Steve has already done a number of public events at the office, he continues to draw large crowds.
The entire event went smooth and Steve as always, enjoyed his time at the office.
A very rare Steve Sax Dodgers bobblehead ended up on the autograph table.
Facts about Steve
- 1982 National League Rookie of the Year.
- 2x World Series champion.
- 1986 Silver Slugger.
- 5x All-Star.
Former Angels pitcher Chuck Finley made an appearance at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino. The appearance highlighted Halo Day, where an Angels alumni makes an appearance before the game to sign autographs.
When I arrived the autograph signing had already started. I was surprised to see less than fifty people in line for the 5x All-Star. Chuck signed one item per person and posed for photos.
There was the opportunity to get back in line for an additional item, but my signed baseball and picture with Chuck was good enough for me.
Facts about Chuck
- Full name is Charles Edward Finley.
- Drafted by the California Angels in the 1st round of the 1985 amateur draft.
- Is the Angels all-time career leader in wins with 165.
- 5x All-Star.