Friend Encounters is a weekly series featuring friends who have met celebrities.
I met Jonathan Cimaglio at a Chicago Bandits game a few years back, when he was getting pictures and autographs with the players. I learned he is quite a "grapher," as he puts it. He literally has thousands of autographs from athletes and celebrities of all sorts.
Cimags takes it to an pro level. He has the techniques down and gets the big names. He has a YouTube channel featuring videos documenting some of his chases, as well as his Pokemon pursuits.
Victoria Draper was a softball star at Auburn Universoty. She played in the NPF with the Cleveland Comets, which is how Cimags met her. She went on to become a coach for the National Team of China.
Meeting Draper was one of his easiest successes. She was appearing at a pre-game tailgate during the NPF playoffs a few years back. I might have even taken this picture. Cimags and I have helped each other many times in our attempts to get pictures.
Check out Cimags on YouTube to see all of his video uploads. You can also follow Victoria Draper on Instagram.
Jonathan Cimaglio and Victoria Draper in Rosemont, IL-August 2018.