While driving to a little hot spot in Los Feliz to grab a burger, my husband, son and I noticed the Dodger bus right in front of the restaurant. We quickly parked, went in, and waited to be seated, hoping the whole time that maybe one of my son's and husband's heroes might be close by. As I went in to say hi to a friend who worked there, I looked over at my husband to see if we had our table yet. His eyes were popping out of his head and he was mouthing... JEFF KENT... BEHIND YOU!!
Now I have no idea what Jeff Kent looks like but I certainly know the name. I ought to. My son's fish is named Jeff Kent and at one time half his stuffed animals were named Jeff Kent. There are Dodger posters, Dodger balls, Dodger bobble heads, including one of J.K., Dodger everything from one end of my son’s room to the other. He and his dad have been going to Dodger games since he was 10 months old! When we play ball he is always Jeff Kent and his goal is to hit like Jeff Kent, unless, of course, he is being a catcher, and then he is Russell Martin, who BTW was also at this little luncheon. But for us it was all about Jeff Kent. Keep in mind, our son is only 3 1/2!!
A very nice security person must have overheard our excitement and told us we couldn't talk to him now, but maybe we would get an autograph after the team ate. Of course, we never would gone over and interrupted his lunch, but I quickly explained to the security person that my son is a huge fan, and that his fish is even named Jeff Kent, and that this is an amazing coincidence, and well, it's just meant to be!!! I am not sure if he really cared or maybe he has just heard it all before, but he just calmly repeated himself and we went back to standing at the door waiting for a table.... or waiting for something!! We then met a very nice woman wearing a blue Dodger jacket. Apparently, she saw my son's excitement, and began talking to us. She told us that the Dodgers were on a local goodwill tour for the next couple of days.
She then asked us, "Do you want me to take your picture next to the bus?". Of course, we said "sure". Meanwhile another nice woman in Dodger Blue, went onto the bus, grabbed something, and returned to the restaurant. As I ran back in to get my camera, (BTW a darn good reason to ALWAYS carry a camera) who should we almost run smack into?, the woman returning to the bus with Jeff Kent! So, camera in hand and son in my arms I said, "Would you mind taking a picture with my son?" I'm not sure how most Major Leaguer's are, but I have to say that Jeff Kent was so charming with my son. He and my baby were just talkin' away. They talked about Jeff’s kids and what his 4 year-old son named his fish! Oh, it was so sweet! I grabbed my camera back and started shooting... It turned out that the 2nd press woman had gotten a baseball cap for Jeff (notice, he's now ‘Jeff’) to sign for my son. It was so precious when he put it on my son's little head, then took it off, sized it, and put it back on. I know that both my husband and son will never forget this day. And there you have it, heroes, hamburgers, and a perfect day!!!