Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Carl Crawford, Bobby Castillo & Paco Rodriguez

Here are this weekends autograph opportunities and events throughout the Southland. As always, be sure to check the Blue Heaven Calendar for other events (a link can always be found on the tab at the top of this page, just left of center), and always confirm with the establishment. Everything is subject to change.  Please email me with any tips about upcoming events in Southern California.  As the rest of the week progresses I'll update this post with other events (if there are any) as I become aware of them.  Also, I don't always list every event below, so be sure to check my Calendar.  I always try to favor free signing events over paying events.  Click on any pic to embiggen.


Carl Crawford will be meeting with fans at the Sony story at the Beveryl Center on Saturday, August 31, 2013 from 11:15 AM to 12:00 PM.  Go here for more information.  From my understanding, this is a free signing event, but I suspect there will be a long wait.  Be sure to call the store to confirm everything, and get there early!
Sony Store @ Beverly Center
8500 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Sunday is Cuban Heritage Day at Dodger Stadium. (1:10 p.m. vs. SD). As part of this cultural celebration, Dodger outfielder Yasiel Puig and reliever Paco Rodriguez will make a special appearance at Viva Los Dodgers. 

Auto gates open early at 10:45 a.m. and fans are encouraged to arrive to lot 6 early. 

Both players are scheduled to attend at 11:00 a.m. 

Paco Rodriguez will sign autographs (11:00AM - 11:30AM) for fans and Puig will be on stage to greet fans and partake in a Q&A session with fans. Legendary Dodger scout and native Cuban Mike Brito will also be on hand. Player appearance time subject to change.

Bobby Castillo will be signing autographs at Manuel's El Tepeyac in the City of Industry on Sunday, September 1, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
Manuel's El Tepeyac
13131 Crossroads Pkwy South
City of Industry, CA 91746
(626) 488-9432
Hat Tip: Roberto at Vin Scully is My Homeboy

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A Blue Heaven Interview with Baseball Artist Monty Sheldon

Yesterday, I shared with you Monty Sheldon's most recent artistic creation - a painted Artball® of Yasiel Puig.  Check out that post here.  When I first came across that painted ball I immediately reached out to Monty to see if he'd be willing to answer some questions.  Thankfully, he was happy to oblige.

As you may already know, Monty Sheldon is an artist who primarily paints about Baseball using a baseball as his canvas.  He has also drawn sketch cards that have been used by Helmar Brewing and Topps for their card sets.  Feel free to check out his facebook page that includes hundreds of photos, and his website.

Below is my interview with Monty Sheldon.


Monty, thank you for taking the time to answer some questions for me.  I’ve admired you work for several years and have always wondered what inspired you to paint on a Baseball? 
MS: Ernest, Thank you very much for the kind words and for taking the time to ask me about my art!
One day while visiting the Tacoma Dome memorabilia show near Seattle back in 1997, a good friend and dealer at the show, Mark Macrae, asked me if I had ever thought about painting on a baseball before.  Mark knew that I was an artist and that I worked for Dark Horse Comics at the time and he thought it wouldn’t hurt to ask.  He mentioned that a couple of tables over were examples of another artist (Eric Black) and that I should go check it out.

Now at that time I had many different passions in life, none of which really crossed paths with each other.  When I looked at Eric’s baseball art I can honestly say I had an epiphany.  With that one object I realized I could combine my passion for baseball, art, and collectables.  Over 570 baseballs later and I still feel the same way.

Blog Kiosk: 8/28/2013 - Dodgers Links - Greinke, Wilson, Kershaw and Kemp

Tommy Lasorda hugs it out with U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Cedric King of Norlina, NC.  Cedric was the Veteran of the Game, yesterday.  Pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2013.
King is a member of the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division.  He has served one deployment in Iraq and two in Afghanistan. He is a Purple Heart Recipient for injuries he sustained during his second tour to Afghanistan when he was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device causing the loss of both of his legs and functionality of part of his foreman. He is currently undergoing treatment at the Walter Reed Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.
“I think Clayton takes some of the attention away from him, which Zack doesn’t really crave, and Clayton can handle,” (AJ) Ellis said. 
“He’s given us what we wanted when we signed him. It gives us another quality arm back there in the closing innings in the game where we can spread out work where we don’t have to wear anybody out,” added Mattingly.

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