heard the announcer in the fifth inning of the White Sox at Mariners
baseball game. He said, "Tomorrow there will be an autograph signing at
the Bon Marche. Carlos Guillen and Arthur Rhodes will be signing one
item per person."
I knew right away that I had to go to this. The year before I had
gotten an autograph from rookie-of-the-year Kazuhiro Sasaki. This was
better though, because it was two autographs.
The next day my mom, sister, cousin, aunt, and I all headed down to
the Bon Marche in downtown Seattle. It was a traffic jam on all the
streets, and it was even worse when we got inside. I had never been to
a signing before, so I didn't know it would be so crowded. We were in
the back end of the line so we waited the longest.
After about ten minutes we hadn't moved at all, so I went to see if
Carlos Guillen was there. It turned out he wasn't. He was coming down
the hall as I walked back to our spot, and I walked right by him. The
funny thing was he was dressed in jeans and a Hawaiian shirt. He looked
like a fan ready to get his autograph.
So finally the lines started to move, and it was probably about
forty-five minutes until we got a signature. We walked up to Guillen
and got a book, two balls, and a poster signed. Then they said, "All
right, you have to go to the back of the line and wait for Mr. Rhodes
to get here."
"Nooooo," I said. As we waited for Arthur Rhodes to get there, my
aunt came back with food. The people behind us started talking with us,
and they said they've been to signings before with other Mariners like
Jamie Moyer and Russ Davis.
We then had to get back to waiting for Arthur, who is one of my
favorite ball players. We waited about fifty-five minutes to get there,
and Arthur Rhodes had a huge earring in, a hat, Harley Davidson shirt,
and about three security guards! Poor Guillen had no bodyguards. We got
the same items signed by Rhodes, and then we started home.
When we got back to my uncle's house, I bolted upstairs and gently
placed the signed ball in my suitcase for safekeeping. It is now in a
case, along with the hat I got signed by Kazuhiro Sasaki.
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