Daily Archives: March 12, 2009

AWESOME Andre Dawson Autograph TTM Success – Part 2

Along with the 8×10 picture that I sent to Andre, I sent along 4 cards to get signed.  In my letter, I told Andre that I wanted to build the ‘Ultimate Andre Dawson Memorabilia Collection’ and asked for these cards to be signed a little differently that what he may normally be asked.

Andre obliged, and these 4 cards look PERFECT!!!! 

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Top Left – 1981 Donruss card signed by Andre Dawson with the inscription ‘The Hawk’ : Top Right – 1979 Topps card signed by Andre Dawson with the inscription ’77 N.L. ROY’ :  Bottom Left – 1988 Topps card signed by Andre Dawson with the inscription ‘8x All-Star’ : Bottom Right – 1989 Score card signed by Andre Dawson with the inscription ’87 N.L. MVP’

What a great start to this collection huh??  I am thrilled that ‘Hawk’ took a few extra minutes of his time to help me with this.  I cannot think of a better way to remember and memorialize Andre’s amazing career than to have his greatest accomplishments added in this manner!!!  This is AWESOME!!!!

My mind is racing as to what I can send next, but it will be a little while as funds are tight right now…

AWESOME Andre Dawson Autograph TTM Success – Part 1

You probably recall that I met Andre Dawson last month at a Marlins community event that was part of their caravan tour that led up to FanFest.  If not, you can read about that great experience here.

I was able to get a picture taken with ‘The Hawk’ and I asked if I could send it his way for an autograph.  Well, last night the picture was waiting for me at my front door.

This is going to look awesome framed in my office!!! 

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Spring Training Review – Twins VS Orioles

Man, it was hot at the game yesterday.  The sunburn on my arms is going to last for some time…

I wanted to go see the Twins for a few reasons.  I had been reading quite a bit that most of the Twins legends had been at their Spring camps, but I wasn’t sure if any of them traveled to away game with the team.  I was hoping to see Rod Carew, Paul Molitor, Terry Steinbach, Dan Gladden, and hopefully a few others.  Well, the answer is no, they do not travel with the team, at least not to Ft. Lauderdale.

So as for autographs, I walked away with 0.  This was by plan though as I don’t have any cards of any of the current players or coaches for either they Twins or Orioles.  Many of them signed, and I could have walked away with at least 12-15 autographs, but many of the players that the Twins brought down that signed for the fans were non-roster guys.  With Justin Morneau playing in the WBC and Joe Mauer rehabbing an injruy, the biggest stars that Minnesota brought down were Joe Nathan, Joe Crede, and Michael Cuddyer.  Of the 3, Nathan signed a few, but I did not see Crede or ‘Cuddy’ pick up a pen all afternoon.

Here are a few of the sights from the game: 

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 The Twins players preparing to take the filed for practice.

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 Ryan Freel getting ready to sign some autographs.  The Orioles are great with their fans – most of their players signed along that line prior to the game starting.

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 Joe Crede at the plate!

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 Former Phillies All-star Juan Samuel and Twins player Joe Crede exchanging pleasantries in between innings.

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New Twins player Carlos Gomez at bat.

‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #20

‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #20

Gary Sheffield – 1989 Topps

Gary Sheffield joins the list as the first active player to make his debut during the 1980’s.  It’s very possible and likely that with 3-4 more successful seasons under his belt that ‘Sheff’ climbs further up the ladder than his current spot at #20.

A 9-time All-star, Gary Sheffield has put together a brilliant career due to his amazing talents of power and contact hitting as well as running the bases.  With a career batting average of .292 with 2,615 hits, Sheffield has an outside shot at 3,000 hits before he retires from the game.  And with 499 career home runs to his credit, #500 should land in the bleachers in ealry April, 2009.  Sheffield also has 251 stolen bases for his career, and if he is able to grab another 49 swipes before he’s done playing he would be just the 7th player in major league history to join the 300/300 club for home runs and steals in a career.

Defensively, Sheffield has mastered the outfield and was a pretty solid 3rd baseman when he began his career.  ‘Sheff’even spent time at short-stop during his 1st and 2nd seasons in the big leagues.

Gary Sheffield has finished in the Top 9 for the MVP award 6 times.  In his best statistical season of 2004, Sheffield finished as the runner-up while posting .290/36/121 along with 166 hits and 117 runs scored.

Gary Sheffield’s lone appearance in the World Series came in 1997 as a member of the Florida Marlins.  In that 7-game series, ‘Sheff’ hit .292 while crushing 1 home run and collecting 5 RBI.  His efforts helped the Marlins with the first championship in team history. 

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