This post is just to allow me to vent about the Braves Caravan in Roswell at Publix today. Jason Heyward, Fredi G., Mike Minor, Scott Linebrink, Scott Proctor, and Steven Marek were there. I knew there was going to be a big draw for this one since J-Hey was going to be attending, but I would have never thought 600 or so people would be there. I arrived at the Publix at around 3:50pm ( the signing was between 4pm-6pm) and was already around the 450th person in line. Now, I am not annoyed because I was so far back in line, but I am annoyed by the way the Braves staff handled things.
1st. If they were only going to allow a limited number of people to get autographs they should have posted it on the Braves Caravan website.
2nd. If they knew they weren't going to get through the whole line they should have had a staffer cut off the line so that some of us wouldn't waste 2+ hrs waiting to see if we would get an autograph.
3rd. They finally decided to tell people to go home with around 35-40 people remaining to get autographs (some had driven all the way from South Carolina).
4th. The Braves had a staffer standing at the door and only allowed a few people (possibly a family or your group) in at a time. This made the process very slow. If they had the line flowing and had people moving constantly there is no doubt everyone would have received an autograph.
5th. Just overall the event was unorganized and disappointing. It was sad to see some kids and fans who had driven hrs away get turned away when only an extra 10-15 minutes and everyone would have received an autograph.
I know that this was a free event, but if you get to an event before it even starts it seems like you would receive an autograph. The Braves should do a better job of telling people what to expect so that fans don't go home disappointed. This is warning to all the fans planning to attend a future caravan event. Arrive very early and you might get an autograph. Even if you are the last person in line, if the event ends at 6 and it is 6 don't expect an autograph. Even if it will only take a couple more minutes.