JUCO players, Hollywood star cross paths - in GJ
Jacob Means went in for a tuna fish sandwich and came out with a celebrity selfie.
On Saturday night, Means was one of seven baseball players from Cowley College (Kansas) who made a late-night run to the Shell station, 745 Horizon Drive, when they ran into actor Shia LaBeouf.
The Cowley College players are staying at the Courtyard by Marriott, 765 Horizon Drive, in Grand Junction while playing in the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series.
LaBeouf is currently hitchhiking across America for a month as part of an art project he was commissioned to do by Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and the Finnish Institute in London.
The project, #TAKEMEANYWHERE, started in Colorado, which is how LaBeouf found himself in a Grand Junction Shell station off Interstate 70 at about 11 p.m. Saturday. A need for chocolate milk, chips and salsa, mini doughnuts and the aforementioned tuna fish sandwich is what brought the baseball players to the same convenience store.
Cowley College’s Mason LeClair said he initially did a double take, thinking it was LaBeouf because he knew the eccentric actor was hitchhiking across Colorado but hesitated because what are the chances the guy from the “Transformers” movies was at a Grand Junction gas station?
The guys started chatting amongst themselves and soon LaBeouf acknowledged his presence.
Then, the players heard LaBeouf say, “Let’s mess this thing up” and hopped up on a counter for a photo, which the clerk — the only other person in the store at 11 p.m. — took for the baseball players.
LeClair tweeted the photo out of the group holding up a No. 1 sign in front of LaBeouf.
LaBeouf asked the baseball players for some money to buy coffee and Means obliged, giving LaBeouf a dollar to fill up his giant reusable, travel mug. LaBeouf then took a selfie with Means.
The players said LaBeouf hurried out of the store as soon as he paid for his coffee and hopped in a dark-colored Honda Pilot and headed west toward Utah.