2010 Cubs Convention Autograph Report:
Autograph hunt: Bob Dernier (Comcast Booth) Jody Davis (Stage C)
Kitty O’Shea’s: Randy Hundley, Tim Stoddard, Keith Moreland, Glen Beckert, Mike Quade
The autograph hunt featured some new areas this year (two booths in the registration area with Dave Otto and Steve Trout) but there did not seem to be many current players or any of the most popular former players (Banks, Williams, Sandberg, Dawson, etc.) signing during the hunt. Ryan Dempster was the lone exception, signing at the booth for his charitable foundation.
In line: Carlos Marmol, Geovany Soto, Ryan Theriot, Derrek Lee (lottery winner)
This convention seemed much less crowded in the autograph hall. The Cubs moved all of the lottery picks up to stages E and F set up in the International Ballroom, along with three scheduled non-lottery signing sessions with Bob Dernier, Ryan Dempster and Ted Lilly. This certainly helped alleviate some of the congestion.
Further, there were still rooms available when we checked in. I believe that there were thousands less people in attendance this year. (Seems as though some of the fair-weather die-hard fans stayed away this year.)
Finally, it seemed like the people in charge of scheduling the autograph sessions did a better job of aligning the sessions to be more balanced in terms of avoiding having two less popular players against a much more popular one, such that everyone crowds one line.
Kitty O’Shea’s: Bob Dernier
In line: Micah Hoffpauir, Randy Wells
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