Friendly Encounters is a weekly series featuring my friends who have met celebrities.
Jonathan Cimaglio is a huge fan of the Chicago Bandits, which is how I first met him. He also has an impressive autograph collection, including may from the Bandits and other teams of National Pro Fastpitch.
One of the more interesting people he has met was Julianna Zobrist, wife of Chicago Cubs player Ben Zobrist. She also happens to be an accomplished musician. Known for her Christian pop style of electronic dance music, Julianna released Shatterproof, her first album, in 2016. Two of the songs made it onto the Billboard charts.
I wonder if Cimags got her autograph. If he did, I wonder if it was on a ball. If it was, I wonder if he will attempt to get Ben to sign it, too. That would be a unique dual-signature ball.
I miss seeing Cimags around the ballpark in Rosemont. He's doing good up in Minnesota, but he should be here, cheering for the Bandits and adding to his NPF collection.
Julianna Zobrist and Jonathan Cimaglio in Oak Brook, IL-May 2017.