‘On The Road With psugator02’ – March 18, 2010
Roger Dean Stadium
Arrived in the top of the 4th and didn’t feel like paying for a ticket. So I wandered over to the Cardinals’ backfields hoping to get Red Schoendienst. Never did see Red but I was able to snag graphs from a few Marlins’ minors, particularly pitchers Todd Doolittle (1/1 card) and Edgar Olmos (7/7 cards). I told Olmos he looked a lot different from his card and he replied, “It’s all that good Mexican food I’m eating.”
Hoped to get a few other minors, but they wouldn’t sign during the game. Walked back to the Cardinals’ parking lot and thought I might wait around to see if any of the players stopped. But once I looked at the horde of people I realized that I was probably wasting my time. That’s when I walked over to the Braves’ bus, which was parked near the Marlins’ clubhouse.
Tim Hudson exited the clubhouse for his car about 15 minutes after I had arrived. He did 1/1 (2008 Ginter). I knew he played baseball at Auburn so I thought I’d tell him about my Gators’ losing this afternoon to BYU. Hudson said he had heard the score but wasn’t a big college basketball fan. A few minutes later Chipper Jones walked out and I was able to get him to do a 1997 Beckett Baseball Card Monthly magazine. He signed it squarely in the middle of the magazine in big, bold, blue Sharpie. I tried to make small talk with him but he didn’t acknowledge me. You’ll find this hard to believe but the last time I got Chipper was 1990, the year he was drafted. I remember that he signed two of his Topps rookie cards.
I had a dinner date with the girlfriend so I couldn’t stay for the Marlins-Mets night game. But I was able to snag 2/2 (8x10s) from Sean West as he was arriving for the game. I also got another graph from Jorge Cantu, who did a 2009 Ginter. Cantu has a habit of having something in one hand, forcing the grapher to hold the card as he signs. Invariably, when Cantu does this the graph comes out horribly.
All in all, decent quality for only 2.5 hours of graphing.
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