Let me start by saying that things like this never happen to me. I enter to win random stuff all the time and have never, ever won. So when an employee from the Pittsburgh Penguins tapped me on the shoulder yesterday with a beautiful All-Star ticket in her hand, I was stunned.
As a Pittsburgh native, I represent my teams no matter where I live. So when All-Star weekend rolled around, I pulled out my Pens gear. I was standing in the intersection of Demonbreun and 5th, decked out in my Pens throwback jersey and brand new Pittsburgh beanie, when a woman tapped me on the shoulder. (I would like to add, at the exact moment she tapped my shoulder, I was wishing someone would have an extra ticket to the game). I was so shocked, the rest is all hazy...
Andi, the Manager of New Media for the Penguins, complimented my jersey and offered me a ticket to the All-Star game. She snapped a picture, asked my name and gave me a ticket. I was in a daze. This never happens to me. Next I know, my phone is going off with texts - "Did you know the Penguins just tweeted a picture of you?"
I was stoked! Granted, I was going alone, but this was a crazy opportunity! So, I had a another drink and that's when I realized where my seats were. Lower Level. Then a friend of mine that works for the Nashville Predators told me I was about 6 rows back from the ice.
Could this get any better? Yes, it can.
As I got to my seat, I was greeted by Terry Kalna, Senior Vice President of Sales & Broadcasting, as well as some other staff members. This was truly a whirlwind for me. As a teenager, the Penguins were dream job material and I was now sitting with executive staff members.
The highlights of my night pretty much went like this:
- Evgeni Malkin was so close to me. So freaking close. I was fangirling, so hard.
- I got my picture taken with Iceburgh, a first for me. You can tell how excited I was by how hard I'm cheesein' in this picture.
- I attended my first hockey event in Bridgestone Arena and I was able to sit with some friends for the final game.
Living in Nashville has created some incredible memories for me, but this one takes the cake. Thank you Andi for picking me out of the crowd and thank you Terry and the other staff members for showing me a great time! LET'S GO PENS!