Fans Line Up for Chance to Meet Bird

Jeff Wilson, | June 27, 2008
SHORELINE -- At the TOP Food & Drug, a line of people had formed that wrapped around the store.

The line wasn’t for a new food product or a cool refreshment from the summer heat. People were lined up to see Seattle Storm star Sue Bird, who was on hand to sign autographs and pose for pictures.

In fact Bird’s appearance in the store was so popular that it delayed grocery shopping for many. Even TOP’s manager and employees had to take time out to get their picture taken with Bird.

“I didn’t know Sue Bird was going to be here,” said one male shopper. “The milk can wait.”

While most fans talked to her about the season and thanked her for bringing a championship back to Seattle, many were excited about the upcoming 2008 Beijing Olympics.

“I am going to China to cheer on you (Bird) and Lauren Jackson with the Australian team,” said one female fan.

Another fan said it was awesome to see three Storm players -- Bird, Jackson and Kelly Santos from Brazil -- playing in the Olympics, but this fan told Bird she would be rooting hard for Bird and Team USA.

The younger fans were more interested in being a professional basketball player.

“I will be a WNBA player in nine years,” said one girl.

Another young fan asked Bird how many points she has scored in all her games. A difficult question to answer right away, Bird said a lot. She has actually scored 2,555 points throughout her career.

While Bird signed and chatted, Storm mascot Doppler showed up to provide entertainment to the people waiting their turn to meet Bird.

As Bird was signing autographs, fans were entering to win Storm prize giveaways, with the help of Doppler. The prizes included a signed Bird jersey and courtside seats to an upcoming game.

As well as a giveaway, fans 18 years of age and older were able to purchase a $5 Washington's Lottery Hit 5 ticket during the one-hour promotion and receive a voucher good for two complimentary game tickets to one of five select Storm home games.

“The Storm are outstanding partners,” said Jim Warick, Washington Lottery’s marketing and merchandising manager. “They really help public awareness and it’s a win-win situation for both.”