‘On The Road With psuGator02′ – Cardinals & Marlins – March 6, 2011
Roger Dean Stadium
Cardinals at Marlins
Went for the sole purpose of trying to get Lou Brock, Bob Gibson and Mark McGwire. Failed miserably.
Mark McGwire: 0/1. …signed to the RF side of the dugout. I was a few too many seats toward RF and missed him. Would’ve gotten him had I been a little closer to the dugout. That’s, of course, if he had even done it for me. I have a funny feeling that he now recognizes me, which is not a good thing. I was one graph away from getting him
Bob Gibson: 0/1, 0/1..I can’t win. This time I was too close to the dugout. Had I been farther out in RF I would’ve gotten him. I look too old, have too much grey hair and was not wearing any Cardinals’ gear so I doubt he would’ve done it for me anyway. I’ve been graphing pretty hard for almost three years now and I still haven’t gotten Gibson.
Other: Daniel Descalso, Mike Matheny, Zach Cox and Matt Carpenter signed but I didn’t need them
Left Jupiter at about 2 p.m. when I got a tip that Ralph Kiner was in Port St. Lucie doing television work. I parked next to his car and was there about 20 minutes when he walked out. He kept saying “I’m not signing today” even while he was signing. A little strange.
Ralph Kiner: 3/3 (ROMLBs) in blue ink pen. He inscribed two with “HOF ’75”
He wanted to do the picture while sitting in his car, but he obliged when I asked if he could stand up. The standing up part seemed to take him forever.
Arrived back in Jupiter at about 3:15 p.m. to pouring rain. Knew the Cardinals’ side would be packed with fans so stopped to graph the Marlins.
Randy St. Claire: 4/4 (cards) in blue Sharpie. Got a little pissed when I asked him whether Chris Volstad was “all the way back.” LOL
Jeff Conine: 4/4 in blue Sharpie. Spoke briefly about his son, who plays middle-school baseball for Pinecrest.
Hanley Ramirez 1/1 (SP, ROMLB)….Complete dick. Reached for one grapher’s item, then drove away. Got all the way to the corner when he realized he had left something in the clubhouse. Pulled the car back into the lot, left the engine on and went back to get whatever it was that he had forgotten. On his second time out of the lot, he stopped the car at the corner and signed but refused to sweet spot. I had an 8×10 back in my binder but I would’ve missed him had I gone to grab it.
Chris Coghlan: 0/1……Said he already signed for everyone. I told him that he hadn’t signed for me. His reply as he kept walking toward his car, “Sorry.” One item left for him so that shouldn’t be difficult.
Was trying to waste some time so I went back to the Cardinals’ side. Everyone had departed except for………
Derek Lilliquist: 3/3 (cards) in blue Sharpie….and he smeared the first one.