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.
The Lake Elsinore Storm came to town for a three game series against the 66ers. After one of the games I waited for the Storm’s pitching coach Glendon Rusch, who pitched twelve seasons in the big leagues. When Glendon came out he stopped and signed half a dozen cards for me.
After Glendon signed my cards I stuck around and waited for Xavier Nady. Xavier is in his second season with the Storm as the teams hitting coach.
I did meet Xavier last season but this time I had a photo for him to sign. The funny thing about this time is that he came out of the clubhouse hauling ass. The entire team was already on the bus and they were waiting just on him. Luckily for me he did stop to sign my photo.
I made a short trip to San Bernardino to meet former major league All-Star Howard Johnson. During the offseason, Howard got the gig of managing the High Desert Mavericks in the California League.
After waiting a short while after the game, Howard came out and signed for the few of us that were waiting for him. The New York Mets great was thrilled to see that I had a 16×20 photo of him.
Facts about Howard
- Full name is Howard Michael Johnson.
- Nicknamed “HoJo.”
- 2x All-Star.
- 2x World Series champion.
- 2x Silver Slugger Award.
On September 3, 2015, Corey Drew Seager made his major league debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He recently became the youngest position player to start a postseason game for the Dodgers.
Corey spent parts of the 2013 and 2014 season with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in the California League.
I want to wish Corey the best of luck in the big leagues.
On June 5, 2015, Scott Anthony Schebler made his major league debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Scott spent the entire 2013 season with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in the California League where he batted .296 with 27 home runs.
I want to wish Scott the best of luck in the big leagues.