Hanging Out With My Baseball Hero!!!

This is amazing, and I am not even sure how to put this into words.  In most cases, the quote ‘A Picture Is Worth A Million Words’ is fitting.

This is another one of those cases…


Today I met my baseball hero, Mr. Andre Dawson.  This is the second time in my life I have met Andre.  The first time was in 1990 at a Chicago Cubs convention in Illinois.  This time, #2, was at the Florida Marlin’s caravan tour stop in Homestaed, Fl.  The admiration that I have for this special player and the baseball memories he gave me have overwhelmed me at this moment.  In time, I will cherish this even more than I am doing right now.  I have been a fan of Andre’s for more than 20 years now, and with all of the negatives you hear about today’s athletes, it feels wonderful to have another great and personal memory that ‘The Hawk’ has provided for me.

This appearance for the Marlins was not a public event and had I known that in advance I may not have attended.  Lucky for me I did!!  Andre and I spoke for a few minutes and he was more than gracious.  Dressed to the nines, Dawson was extremely polite and easy to approach.  I told him that I have been a fan of his for quite some time and that I have many baseball memories from my youth that focus on his performances on the baseball diamond.

I asked if he would sign my book(actually his book) and he obliged.



Truth be told, I spent 30 minutes last night preparing for this Marlins team event.  I pulled cards, got the book out, cleaned the helmet, grabbed a bunch of Sharpies in various colors and charged my digital camera.  I had no less than 12 Dawson cards with me and I would have loved to have gotten all of them signed.  But I didn’t want to take away from the moment either and I definitely didn’t want to come across as an overbearing fan that was just hungry for autographs.

Instead Andre and I talked baseball, Chicago, and then I told him about my blog.  He genuinely seemed interested and even repeated the name ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ a few times.  Who knows, maybe I have a new reader??

In the final moments of our conversation I asked Andre if I could send the picture of the 2 of us to him for his autograph.  He said no problem and we shook hands 1 final time and then parted.


Tank of gas – $32.00

Miles Roundtrip – 106

Hanging out with Andre Dawson – PRICELESS!!!

17 responses to “Hanging Out With My Baseball Hero!!!

  1. Brian, that’s so awesome!! Dawson mostly played before my time (that must be weird to hear), but I can tell that you have a great appeciation for him. Good for you!

  2. Wow, that is awesome, Brian! It’s too bad that he’s pictured with the Red Sox on the book cover, what’s up with that?

    • Dave – the only thing I can think of that makes any(and very little) sense is that the book was written in 1994 and he was with Boston then. But I do agree it is odd to have him on the cover in that uniform. I would think that the Cubs’ uniform would get just as much interest from the baseball world as Boston’s…

  3. Wow. That is so cool! Congrats!

  4. Oh my, what a day you had! Simply awesome!

  5. Don’t you love it when a plan comes together!

  6. Wow, awesome! Pretty cool, man.

  7. I don’t have the words to explain how cool this picture is…..

    Great job Brian!
    I’m very glad you got to meet your hero.

  8. You’re stoked! Awesome.

  9. Wow man that’s just awesome! To meet a childhood hero, chat, take pics and have him autograph stuff for you is just a fans dream! Congrats!

  10. Very awesome Brian! I’m very happy for you.


  11. That’s terrific. Every fan’s dream right there.

  12. You lucky SOB 🙂 Great pic Brian!

  13. That’s awesome. Great job preparing and getting a cool autograph. I’m so jealous!

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