Friday, August 21, 2009

Éric Gagné IP

Tonight I went to see the Quebec Capitales play against the New Hampshire American Defenders at Quebec City's Stade municipal. I brought some cards of Eric Gagne as I knew he was scheduled to be the Capitales' starting pitcher. I had brought them when I went to another Capitales game last weekend, but Eric Gagne had been ejected during the 4th inning for arguing a call made by a referee, so I hadn't bothered waiting for him at the end of the game, not even knowing if he would still be around. So tonight, I arrived early to catch him coming out during batting practice, but it turned out most of the team didn't even practice on the field before the game, as the other team hadn't arrived yet and nobody knew when they would arrive. A player for the Capitales told a kid next to me that Eric Gagne never signs anything before the games for which he's scheduled to pitch though. I then decided I was gonna wait for him after the game instead. The game was delayed an hour, but it eventually started. Unfortunately, after 5 innings, the game was rained out. I waited around in the stands for a good half hour for the rain to ease up, but before finally leaving for my car, I decided to go and take a look in the Capitales' dugout to see if there were any players left, and there were Eric Gagne and another player still waiting for the game to be officially rained out. I asked him if he wouldn't mind signing my cards and he did. I slipped him the cards carefully under the roof of the dugout to ensure that they wouldn't get wet and the autographs turned out awesome!

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