It’s no secret that I am a diehard Mariners fan, even though they continue to break my heart year after year I still yearn for Opening Day! Today was a bit of a dream come true for a Mariners fan…one that almost didn’t happen because of a choice I made!
Last Thursday morning was a very busy morning at work. We had our providers picking up their orders, volunteers working and donors dropping off donations. The combination of the three make for crazy busy mornings. During one of my runs to grab something from our workshop I passed a moving truck who’d pulled up in front of our donation drop-off area. Being the amazingly helpful employee I am, I did what anyone would do….I hid so I didn’t have to help empty the truck! Even though I hid, I did have my listening ears on and heard the woman dropping off donations say they’re “moving to New York” and they “travel a lot”.
It sounded like a brilliant plan at the time, but soon I learned who was driving that truck happened to be the former Seattle Mariners head coach, Eric Wedge.
I wish I could say that I KNEW it was Eric and Kate Wedge, but that would be a lie. I had NO idea and it wasn’t until the truck was emptied and long gone did my boss come (skipping giddily I might add) in to let me know who I had just avoided. There goes my super fan status!
I was mordified that I was so close to a former Mariner and I avoided him! Grrr……..
My only saving grace was they were going to bring a second load another day.
Lesson learned. Don’t shirk work!
When I came into work Friday morning I was greeted by a “signed” photo from “Eric”…aka Madeline. Madeline’s only downfall was she printed a photo of him in a Cleveland uniform…not quite right, but I still have to give her credit.
EVERYONE loved hearing how me, the biggest Mariners fan in the world, missed a chance to meet Eric Wedge. I heard about it constantly all week long. At that time I vowed to NEVER again to hide from donation drop offs!
Fast-forward to this morning, happily sitting at my desk working when the door opens and a woman walks in to drop-off donations. Remembering my new vow, I immediatly hopped up to help. However, I quickly learned that the woman was Kate Wedge, Eric Wedge’s wife and right behind her the door opens and in walks Eric. I about died.
I wish I could say that I was in complete control. Calm, cool and collected. That would be a total lie. I made a complete fool out of myself!
It only took moments for the story of my hiding the week before and then the “signed” photo to come out and be told. *Luckily* both Kate and Eric laughed at my story of hiding from them to avoid working and the (thankfully) loved the “signed” photo. In fact, Eric grabbed a sharpie, the photo off my desk (Cleveland uniform and all) signed in. With me absolutely giddy as I watched. (I warned you I’m a total dork!) I then kept to my word and helped them unload their carful of donations!
I was excited when they accepted my invitation to come and tour the Hub and learn more about EBC. But that exceitement was nothing compared to when Kate asked “do you guys want your photo taken?” Ummm….YES!!
I got to take the first photo, but then I nicely allowed Madeline, Helen and Sheila to join us!
Here’s the message “Eric” signed, but in the bottom right corner the REAL Eric really signed it!
Needless to say I’m happy to have had a second chance to meet him!
Oh…and in case you’re curious he offered to drop off a signed photo of him in Mariners uniform AND both he and his wife Kate are the NICEST people you could ever meet. I’m bummed to know that he resigned from the team after last season, but looking forward to getting my signed Mariners photo