Thursday, December 09, 2010

KNBR Sports Auction Experience

Several years ago (2007), we were in San Francisco and stopped by the then, Acme Chophouse (now Public House), at AT&T Park for the annual KNBR Sports Auction. Determined to win a Giants related auction item, we finally had the winning bid for the "David Flemming Experience." The auction included: 4 games tickets from Dave's season seats, meet and greet before the game with Dave, a visit on the field for batting practice, dinner in the press room, and tour of the KNBR radio booth.

In 2008, with the help of Lyell Perry (promotions director at KNBR), we were able to secure a date to honor this auction item. It was in the month of July versus the Cubs. After corresponding with Dave via e-mail we finally met him the day of. Dave was gracious for the entire visit, gave us the grand tour, and even invited us to watch the game from the booth. The one thing that stand out during the "experience" was when Willie Mays came out of the dugout. After gawking for a few minutes, we had the nerve to ask him for a photo and autograph ... needless to say, Mr. Mays was totally accommodating and even spent some time chatting with us before heading out to his pregame obligations. The second event was watching the game (the last 3 innings) from the KNBR booth and listening/watching Dave and Jon Miller call the game. It was kinda of funny, during the commercial break they would chat with us and then boom, right after the last commercial they were calling the action on the field.

This was certainly a once-in-a-lifetime experience and we're glad that we were able to experience it. We hope someone out there is able to win a game experience auction and have the same memories that we had.

Here's a pic of the KNBR announcing crew on the post game wrap.

Our signed Willie Mays ball

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