Welcome to the first BIO post of the Superfan Blogs! I figured, whom better to start with than myself? This will be easy, and others will follow! Yeah right. It’s a work in progress, and any feedback is appreciated. So here we go!
NAME: Peter Gourlie
SUPERFAN NAME: Superfan Pete
OCCUPATION: Full-time mattress sales at Steinhafels, part-time camera sales at Best Buy.
FAVORITE PLAYER: I like all of them, but Corey “The Condor” Hart has to be the top one for me!
BEST BASEBALL ROADTRIP: I think Pittsburgh last year when I saw my first double-header in person, was on TV a ton, and had my life saved by Shaun Marcum.
3 Random Questions:
1. How were the Superfans first born?
Well, from our mothers I guess. Ok, after that, back in 2007 I believe it was, 4 of us came together to form the ultimate Brewers Superfan Alliance, and we were quickly joined by a fifth member. We randomly assigned numbers as our Superfan club began to grow. Rob Gustafson was assigned Number 1, Dan Bilke was Number 2, I was Number 3, and Chris Schatz was Number 4.5. Shortly after, Numero Cinco (Omar Andrade) joined up and we became a legit crew. We made signs for the ball games, came up with awesome nicknames like Seth “Big Country” McClung and the Condor, and even Mr. Perfect for Manny Parra (same initials, and he had the perfect game in the minors). This is our humble beginnings, but the story is far from over. To be continued….
2. How many games do you attend during the season?
Simple! As many as possible. It starts in Spring Training, then continues to the regular season, and, God-willing, the post-season. I have attended 60+ games in a season before, finding tickets anywhere I can, standing in Corey’s Corner above right field cheering my head off. I am very fortunate to have a profession with a fairly flexible schedule. I’m able to make it to a lot of weekday games where most people are working. I also have a great game buddy in Superfan Handy Jay, which is whom I am with most of the time. Although I have been known to take a lady Superfan more than once to a fun game!
3. Is it all about the autographs?
Hell no! In past years, I have been heavy into the autographs, but there is a time and a place for it, and sometimes you need to recognize that. I have asked for a few very uncomfortable autographs in my time due to necessity. For example, I have a canvas picture of Miller Park framed with 70+ autographs on it, ranging from coaches to players to September call-ups. I worked on it for two years, taking it to various cities such as Phoenix, Minneapolis, Chicago and Cincinnati. I finally got Prince Fielder at our hotel, and he was cool with it because I asked prior and showed him that he was one of two I needed. The last one, Mark Rogers, eluded me until we made it back to Milwaukee. He had flown back with some of the guys for golfing, and they met us at an undisclosed location for some fun. When we have dinner and hang out afterwards, that for sure is not a time/place for me to ask, but Superfan Handy Jay wanted to see me finish it more than anyone. He was sick and tired of picking it up off the ground when it fell out of my bag at the stadium, and seeing me get passed over so many times by players who just didn’t know how important it was to me. He made me go get it out of the car, and I approached Mark and told him, Mark, usually I don’t do this, but um, would you sign this? He looked it over, and asked how many of the guys I got, and I told him, everybody but you. You are the last one, His eyes got real big, and he said, I’m the last one? Really, you want me to sign this? I’d love to!
Bottom line, time and place rules can be broken or bent, and in this case that was a start of a good friendship between myself and Mark Rogers. He then proceeded to sign my next team piece at Brewers on Deck in January, a jersey, and he incsribed it with #1 fan. He said he’s my number one fan, but honestly Mark, you’re part of a whole bunch of Number One Fans, known as “The Superfans.”
This is the conclusion of the first Superfan Bio. Please, if you have random questions you’d like answered by a certain Superfan, send them to me at SuperfanPete@gmail.com or via Twitter @SuperfanPete. Expect to see a few more bios from other Superfans this year such as Handy Jay, Sly, Pauly, Shaggy, Pikachu, Alaskan Assassin, and Wild Bill, plus the plethora of other Superfans I cannot mention due to time and word constraints. Keep it real folks, and GO BREW CREW!!!