Tony Gwynn sat behind me last year at a Dbacks/Brewers game, the game where his son made his major league debut.
It was one of those times when I had tickets on back to back nights, and on the very next night Clive Cussler, the famous best selling author, was in those same seats. I've never seen anyone else remotely close to famous in those seats since.
In terms of meeting people. A couple years ago some friends and I were walking around downtown after the Reds/Mets game back to our car and we passed Tom Glavine and his wife. When I was in Detroit last year my friend and I saw Aaron Boone and a few of the Indians pitchers when were were walking around downtown after the game.
I was on a flight from England back to the U.S. with Merrill Osmond of the famous Osmond family. How did I know who he was? Because he and his entire family had satin jackets that said Merrill Osmond on the back. He was signing a stack of photos of himself in the event that someone might ask for an autograph. He really wanted people to know who he was. It was both sad and hilarious.
I know you're all jealous of my celebrity sighting but maybe this will allow you to get a little closer to this legend. Enjoy.
"I can make all the stadiums rock."
I was at a comedy club in Dayton one night and went to the bathroom between acts. I had had a few drinks and tripped as I walked through the door. When I got up and headed to the urinal I noticed Dave Chapelle was standing at the next stall over. He asked if I was alright and I told him I was ok. He said he was there to try out some new material. I went back to my seat and prayed that my little bathroom tumble wasn't going to be part of his act. It wasn't and after the show I got his autograph and he signed it "your a trip".....Dave Chapelle.
Sometime last year (I can't remember when) I saw comedian Nick Swardson at the St. Matthews Mall in Louisville, KY. I said something to him but know body would get it unless they knew his act, and he's a nice guy. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0841910/.
At the 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship game I sat two rows behind Bill Walton and Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Watching Walton cheer you'd think that he was a completely uncoordinated person. No kidding, if I didn't know who he was I would have thought he'd have a tough time marking it to the bathroom and back without tripping on his own feet.
My wife travels a lot for work, so she bumps into famous people semi-regularly. She was on a flight back from Las Vegas & was a row behind George Clinton (who made many trips to / from the restroom before and during the flight). She also said he "smelled...funny". There was another flight where she saw Jerry Stackhouse. Her high school was in the same conference as his (before he went to Oak Hill) so she went over to chat him up. As he signed an autograph for her, she casually mentioned that she went to Wake Forest, at which point he got noticeably unhappy.
this video explains some of Jerry's pain.
Most recently, she saw Andre 2000 (or whatever his name is) from Outkast on a flight to NYC. About 5 years ago she saw Flavor Flav (well before his rebirth as a reality tv star) in a CVS.
5 years ago, we were on an early morning run. It was dark - about 5:45 am in November. An older man was trudging up the hill (for those of you who know Atlanta, we were on the path along Freedom Parkway right near the intersection at Boulevard) towards us. It wasn't until he was about 10 feet away that I realized that it was Jimmy Carter running right towards us. SS agent was about 20 feet behind him, with one hand in the front pocket of a hooded sweatshirt. Rosalyn was well behind him on a walk, and she, too had an escort. When we passed him on the way back, we both smiled and wished him well. I also felt like such a pansy - he was wearing shorts while I thought it was cold enough that I had to wear windpants.
www.threebarbecues.com). But she didn't have one of Jay's cards with her, but he liked the title. Oh, man, talk about missing a chance!
Famous people eh?
Here are my list of walking around scores
Paul Kanter - Jefferson Airplane
Nate Thurmound - Basketball player
Jon Berry - Basketball (met him when he was 12, a brat)
The lead guitar player for Blue Cheer
Dave Pirner - Soul Asylum
The Fattest Twins in the World
Steve Jobs - Numerous times
Chelsea Clinton - Numerous times
Who I have met
The 1972 Detroit Lions
The Grateful Dead