A Great FanFest Experience, Thanks to Trevor Hoffman
The 2012 Padres Fanfest was a great event, it was the third time I had gone and it gets better every year. But for me going this year and experiencing the things I did hit me on a much more personal level.
For those that don’t know there was a special autograph session with Trevor and Glenn Hoffman, only season ticket holders and people who preregistered had the chance to get vouchers for their autographs. The day of the event there was also a twitter trivia contest for another 50 people to win the opportunity.
Despite my parents being season ticket holders and my preregistering we didn’t get the vouchers, but, being a savvy social media college student, I was determined to win and have me and my dad get the Hoffmans autographs.
The trivia question was, what was Trevor’s career high strikeouts in a single season and in what inning did he get most of those strikeouts? Go to that section and row in the park.
My fingers quickly navigated through my iPhone and arrived at the answer 111 K’s (twice in 1997 and 1998) most of witch in the ninth inning (Section 111, Row 9).
I then ran across half the concourse with my 60-year-old dad in tow, who had no idea what was going on and why I was weaving through the crowd frantically waiving at him to keep up.
We end up making it there and getting the voutures.
Back in 2010 I was an intern in the Sports Department at KUSI-TV. One of the cool things I got to do was go to a few Padres games as a member of the media and help the cameraman get some quotes, basically I was a 6’4″ microphone stand.
The second time I was sent down was when the Brewers were in town (on 4/29/10). This was when Trevor was mighty struggling and had just lost the closers job to John Axford before he had 600 saves.
The cameraman and myself were tasked with getting some quotes from Trevor. As a 18 year old zit faced, snot nosed high school kid who was just a two years into being a journalist I had zero business being in the same room as Trevor, let alone essentially a one on one interview.
For the record I only asked one question, after that my brain completely shut down after I was standing just a few feet away from the baseball player I idolized for many years.
Good thing the cameraman knew what he was doing and picked up the slack and Trevor talked with us for about 10 minutes.
At the end I said thanks, shook his hand and he went on his way to cementing his place in the Hall of Fame.
As a fan, a journalist, and an admirer of the man, him standing around for 10 minutes told me all I need to know about him as a person, the fact that he is a great person and a stand up guy, along with any other clique appliciable.
Here is a Hall of Fame pitcher playing terribly, just lost his job and here comes me, an 18 year old high school senior asking him questions. He had every right to say no, and frankly I was scared out of my mind he would. But yet he said yes, answered all of our questions and gave great answers.
As a young aspring journalist it meant a lot to me that a Hall of Fame player would stick around and anwser questions, it gave me hope that if I could ask a major league ball player a question I could handle anything.