This thread reminded me of a story about Jamie Campbell (who was the voice of the Jays up until a couple of years ago).
The trip itself from this story was incredible, so I'll save that "trip story" for another time and focus this on just the details involving Jamie Campbell.
My best buddy had just graduated from University so we decided to celebrate by heading down to Kansas City as the Jays just so happened to be in town for a 4-game series the following week (it started out as all of the best road trips do, by joking that the Jays are in KC next week, we should go "haha", then one guy looks into it and a few days later you are on the road).
So Sportsnet was covering the first 3 games of the Series which meant Jamie Campbell in the booth for the Jays. We showed up to Kauffman Stadium as the gates opened every day, as we had nothing better to do anyway, and our first order of business was to make our way behind the home plate area and call up "Jay-ME!" to which he would look down, we would salute our hats, and he would give a very excited wave back. It was always a great way to start game day. We ended off each game by being the last ones out of the park and the same salute to Campbell and his broadcast partner on the way out of the park.
Well at the end of game 3, I knew that Sportsnet would be packing up and heading out of town so I had to try and leave a lasting impression on Jamie. As the park cleared out, I made my way directly beneath the broadcast booth and got his attention. We started a conversation, the classic "where are you guys from" and "oh, that's awesome that you made the trip down, good times" etc. Well I then boldly asked Jamie Campbell if I could have his tie. I don't remember exactly why that was the object I was hoping to acquire, but I'm sure there was a running joke between me and my buddies. Anyway, so Jamie's response was to pretend to rip it off, crumple it in his hands and toss it down, but then he explained that this particular tie was his favourite one and that he had one back at the hotel that he would have gladly given away (should have asked after game 1!). He was very nice about it, and we had a good laugh, and he actually tossed me down the KC Royals media guide for that year. It was about the size of a small encyclopedia and it was pretty cool to discover that it had notes that he had scribbled in it during the broadcasts of the previous 3 games.
Fast forward a few months and Stefanie's brother was getting married in British Columbia. Low and behold the Blue Birds had a 3 game set against the Mariners the following week, so I stuck around and took a bus down to Seattle as Stefanie had to get back to work in Winnipeg (Dubs88 actually joined me on this trip and this is another great story for another time).
So before game one I surprised Jamie with the familiar "Jay-ME!" and salute. He could not believe the same nut from Kansas City was now at Safeco in Seattle, but he seemed to love it all the same (the second picture below is a full scale shot that Dubs captured of the salute, me in the #49 Accardo jersey <- yes, I said Accardo... that's yet another story, and Jamie Campbell just above the big "M")
So after the 3 games in Seattle, I called up to Jamie and made the motion of a tie down my chest. He immediately laughed, obviously recalling the request I made in Kansas City. Well wouldn't you know it the next thing I know Jamie Campbell is leaning over the side of the broadcast booth, tie in hand, aiming for my glove. The next 3 shots are a nice sequence of pictures, first of Campbell aiming the toss to my awaiting glove, the next one has the Tie in mid flight, and finally Dubs and I posing with our prizes (his was a home run ball to the right field bleachers off the bat of one of the Mariners during Batting Practice).
The best part of it all is that we closed the place down, and met Jamie Campbell himself in the hallway as we were exiting the stadium. This was just one of the best/funniest memories of my life. I hope those of you that stuck it out to read the novel enjoyed it!