…well, everyone should know what it is by now, but in case you don’t, you may never find out, as I can’t talk about it here.
What I can talk about, however, is what a great time I had. People I met for the first time today might not have known it – as an infrequent drinker, last night’s wine shennanigans during a stitch n’ bitch at my home gave me a good swift kick in the pants, and left me feeling a little less than alert/chipper today – but I had a really good time.
Brandon and I got there around a little after noon, and there was already a significant number of people waiting in line. We waited for fellow Lookout Landing denizen Aaron to arrive with Brandon’s ticket, while Lookout Landinger Sue held us some seats (and GREAT seats, incidentally, thank you a billion times over!), and after the ticket was procured, we made our way into the auditorium with several hundred other people. In the process of waiting in the lobby, I met Jason, who runs the MyOhMyMariners Twitter blog, along with Caffeinated Conversations, and a few other Tweeting folks – and my immediate apologies if I cannot remember your names – it’s me, not you; I’ll get it next time, I promise.
Once inside the auditorium, we were treated to what I referred to a sort of baseball comedy hour with the USSM and Lookout Landing guys; the questions were serious (questions about both the opinions of the panel on the team, and about their respective blogs and blogging in general), but the answers were occasionally hilarious, and I found myself genuinely laughing my head off more than once.
After a break, we filed back into the auditorium, and the Main Event got under way. Jack Zduriencik, Jeff Kingston, Tom McNamara and Tony Blengino entered the room to a standing ovation and thunderous applause. The whole thing seemed to throw Kingston off a bit, and Dave Cameron had to wave his arms to get us to sit down.
The format this time was far cleaner and much more smooth. The bloggers had fans pre-ask questions, picked the best ones, and spent two hours taking turns going over them with the front office guys. It was a far superior setup to previous times, where the mic has to be passed around, or people have to wait to be picked to ask their questions, or there is no amplification at all, so if the person asking isn’t speaking loudly, nobody can hear. And then there is always the risk that someone is going to ask an awkward question that is a little out of the realm of the discussion at hand. This was all run far better, and I hope that was seen and will be taken into account for the future. Good work, guys, bravo!
There was a lot of really good information, and a candid story from Zduriencik about one of the Ichiro/Ken Griffey Jr tickle-fests we all heard so much about last year, and throughout, a ton of applause. Frankly, it was a little bit of a love-fest at moments. Eventually, people will start making hippie references when speaking about the team, but I believe I can deal with that. I will leave the USSM/LL folks to fill in things that were actually discussed as they see fit. We bid the front office guys goodbye with further applause and another standing ovation, and Zduriencik took the time to shake the hands of almost everyone in the front row. Our team is so class it kills me.
Now I’m completely geeked for FanFest, and the start of the season. That first hot dog out in the cold is going to be sooooo good!