‘On The Road With psuGator02′ – Cardinals Team Event w/Albert Pujols – February 26, 2011
Cardinals’ season-ticket signing
Roger Dean Stadium
5:55 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday, February 26
Even though I started getting texts from friends at 11 p.m., I told myself that there was no way I was going to wait in line overnight even if that meant only making it through one line. I was halfway through the McGwire line when time lapsed. I wouldn’t do anything differently, though, as the only guy in the third line I needed was Holliday and all I had for him was cards, and I can get those done anytime. If I were anyone else, I’d probably be upset that I wasn’t able to get McGwire but I’ve gotten him a lot this spring and will most likely get him a few more times before ST ends. All my help wanted was for me to buy him breakfast and lunch. Can’t beat that. I do, however, have a problem with the way the event is organized. Those who arrived early added their ‘friends’ to the list. Those ‘friends’ didn’t even show up until very late, yet they were still allowed to cut the line.
One simple solution: pass out wristbands the night before, then line everyone up by number the day of the event. I told a Roger Dean employee that something better needed to be figured out for next year. His response was that fans were responsible for policing themselves.
P.J. Walters: was supposed to be the very first player in the Pujols line but either he wasn’t there or I missed him
Skip Schumaker: 1/1 in blue Sharpie, 1/1 help in blue Sharpie
Ryan Theriot: 1/1 in blue Sharpie, 1/1 help (card) in blue Sharpie
Ian Snell: 2/2 (’08 Ginter and ’08 Ginter Delaware), 1/1 help (’08 Ginter) in blue Sharpie…….still a great signer
Jason Motte: 1/1 (’09 Ginter) in blue Sharpie, 1/1 help (’09 Ginter) in blue Sharpie…Tried to give him two more. “I think we’re only supposed to do one.”
Albert Pujols: 1/1 (Kings and their Castles poster) in blue Sharpie, 1/1 help (11×14 SI image) in blue Sharpie…..rookie mistake: had ridged cardboard under the poster…..look closely enough and you can see the ridges in Pujols’ graph. Probably would have been better had I put a toploader or something thicker under the poster. Sharpie also skipped a tad though it’s barely noticeable. The photo was thick so the graph came out fine even though the cardboard was under it…. Funny story: my adopted sister’s brother helped me. He knows nothing about baseball or autographs. He wasn’t sure what to do with the photo I had given him so he asked me for help. Albert heard him and got pissed for some odd reason. “This photo is for you (me) and not for him?” I told him that he was my brother, then asked why it mattered. I guess that ticked off Albert and he gave me what looks like his ballpark graph. Guy is a real tool. I had two tickets so why does it matter who keeps the graphs?
Had a late lunch at my favorite Jupiter restaurant. You guessed it. McGwire walked in as we were walking out. We stayed in the car for almost an hour. Seemed like he was taking a long time to eat so my brother went back in to purchase a soda. McGwire was still inside. My friend made eye contact with McGwire’s wife. She must have said something to Mark about my friend recognizing him. Instead of leaving out the front door, McGwire must have left through the kitchen. There’s absolutely no way we could have missed him because our eyes were glued to the door the whole time he was inside. Would have been nice to get two more graphs from him. But I can’t complain because I’ve done pretty well with him the last few weeks.