‘On The Road With psugator02’ – Spring Training Road Trip – Day 7

‘On The Road With psugator02’ – Spring Training Road Trip – Day 7

9:30 a.m.
around Phoenix
Friday, March 18

at Diamondbacks’ backfields

Got lost so didn’t arrive until 9:30 a.m., just as Kirk Gibson had finished signing. I could actually see him signing but just couldn’t get there in time. I thought for sure that I had blown my opportunity because this guy has been very hard for me. He eventually walked past me again and I gave him a sob story about getting lost. His reply? “So.” But he gave in, and I thanked him for feeling sorry for me. This setup is the most grapher-friendly in all of the Cactus League. Can’t wait to get back.

Kirk Gibson: 1/1 (SS, ROMLB) in blue ink. He does not do the inscription
Don Baylor: 1/1 (card) in blue Sharpie. I was going to get him on a ROMLB, but he refused to do the inscription.
Justin Upton: 1/1 (11×14)….I kissed his butt, but he still wouldn’t give me the good graph. Totally different from all the other times I’ve encountered him. Engaged me, which was a pleasure. Said his father, a college basketball referee, is not working the NCAA Tournament, instead choosing to vacation with his wife in the Dominican.
Stephen Drew: 1/1 (’09 Ginter)…Doesn’t enjoy doing it, but Gibson allots 20 minutes in the day’s schedule for “Autographs” so he has to
Wily Mo Pena: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)….He won’t turn around to sign so you have to recognize him in time.
Kelly Johnson: 3/3 (’08 Ginters) in blue Sharpie….best signer on the team
Alan Trammell: 1/1 (5×7 a friend took from the mid-1980s) in blue Sharpie
Chris Young: has still eluded me. I think he’s the last of the ’08 Ginters that I need from the D’backs
Brett Butler: 3/3 (5×7 Topps cards from the 1980s) in blue Sharpie. Really nice dude

at A’s

Kevin Kouzmanoff: 2/2 (’09 Ginter) in blue Sharpie…You can now read every letter compared to last year’s KK
Todd Steverson: 1/1 (card) in blue Sharpie
Hideki Matsui: 1/1 (’08 Ginter) in blue Sharpie, 1/1 (SS, ROMLB) in blue ink pen…First time I got him was when the A’s took the field for pre-game workouts. I was one of only two graphers in the stadium. Second time a few more graphers had gathered. Oddly enough, he made sure the cameras were on him both times he signed
Kurt Suzuki: 3/3 (cards) in blue Sharpie. Great dude
Josh Willingham: 0/1. Shouted a bunch of Marlins’ things at him but he wouldn’t come over
Conor Jackson: 0/1 weird dude
Dallas Braden: 0/1 didn’t stop because he wasn’t recognized right away
Michael Choice: 2/2 (8x10s)

at Angels

Missed Bobby Abreu because I chose not to enter the stadium.

Tori Hunter: 1/1 (’08 Ginter) in blue Sharpie
Vernon Wells: 2/2 (’08 Ginters) in blue Sharpie
Bobby Abreu: 0/1 wouldn’t stop in the parking lot
Brandon Wood: 0/1 wouldn’t stop in the parking lot
Other: Also saw former manager Kevin Kennedy but didn’t get him on anything. … A great place to get visiting stars because they park in the same lot as the public.

at Indians’ backfields before their night game

Austin Kearns: 1/1 (’08 Ginter) in blue Sharpie
Other: Missed Sizemore again by less than five minutes

at Goodyear before game

Sandy Alomar: 1/1 (’97 All-Star ticket) in black Staedtler with the inscription, 1/1 help (card) in blue Sharpie. Alomar said he had never seen the Dynasty card I had him sign
Austin Kearns: 1/1 help (’08 Ginter) in blue Sharpie

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