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Results: Cody Ross Autograph Signing

What a great event!!  The crowd was well-managed.  The fans were friendly.  And most importantly, Cody Ross seemed happy to be there!!!

I am terrible at estimating the size of a crowd, but if I had to select a number I would guess that there were roughly 150 fans in attendance.  Cody arrived promptly at 11AM and the signing began.  I would guess that we were somewhere in the middle of the line and we arrived 20 prior to the 11AM start time.  We were allowed to enter the Dunkin’ Donuts store in small groups and Cody did a good job of keeping the line moving while also taking a few seconds to greet each person that he met.

When it was our turn, me, my wife, and our two sons entered the store and Cody greeted us with a warm smile.  I introduced him to the boys and my soon-to-be 3-year old gave him a ‘high-five’ and a ‘Hi Cody’.  I also gave him the package I prepared for him.  He signed a few cards for us and we were on our way.

The signing ended promptly at Noon, and with the ultimate show of class, Cody exited the store and immediately went to the line of people that did not make it inside and he signed and took pictures for all of them.  A true class act!!!!

Here are some pictures:




And now onto the autographs we picked up:

Cody Ross Autos

Sidenote – when I presented the cards I wanted Cody to sign he immediately said that the 2008 A&G was his favorite.  I’m glad that I threw a couple of those in the package for him…

Thanks again Cody!!  This was a great experience for the 3 of us!!!

Cody Ross Autograph Signing Tomorrow!!!

I’ve been preparing for this day for 2 weeks now.  Cody Ross, who is easily the most fun guy on the team to cheer for, is doing a public signing for free at a Dunkin’ Donuts around the corner from my house.  I’ve racked my brain and I believe that the last non-team event I went to like this was for Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway back during their glory days with the Miami Heat.  So, yes it has been a while!!!

It will be a very busy day tomorrow.  First is the signing, followed by a birthday party for one of my son’s classmates.  Then it’s back to the house for a family party for my youngest son’s first birthday!!!  I guess my point is that it may take some time, but I will certainly do my best to get pictures from the signing on the site for you to enjoy.

On top of getting to meet Cody and get a few autographs and hopefully a picture of him with me and my boys, I have eluded to giving him some kind of gift.  Here is the scoop – I am dying to get an interview with Cody for this blog.  My exhausting attempts with the Marlins have been a wild goose chase which has led me nowhere.  The interview is all typed up and ready to go.  It’s in a ’20 Questions’ format and I have done my best to allow for short answers.  I don’t expect Cody to sit there and let me fire my questions away at him during the signing, so I have put together a little package for him.

The contents: 


 80% of the cards I have of Cody were not for me, but for him.  I know he has young children as well and they would probably get a kick out of seeing ‘Daddy’ on so many baseball cards at 1 time.


The interview along with a self-addressed-stamped-envelope so he can answer it at his leisure and return it to me easily. 


And all of this is now wrapped up and ready to hand over in a nice and neat package.

Hopefully this works out well.  I tried to make the interview a fun process for him and something that he would enjoy answering.

Stay tuned to ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ as I will be bringing you pictures from the Cody Ross autograph signing as well as an interview with the man himself(hopefully)!!!!

Ask And You Shall Receive!!!

Shocked.  Stunned.  I cannot believe the volume of cards that have come my way!!!

A little over a week ago I did not own a single card of Cody Ross.  Well, today that story is certainly in the past as I am the proud owner of 38 cards and I believe that there are more on the way too.


This is going to work out perfectly as I hope to grab a few autographs from Cody this weekend.  And I also have a little surprise in store for him and these cards will certainly aid my efforts.

Thanks to everyone for their ‘donations’.  I am extremely grateful!!!

Take Your Pick – Cody Ross or Alex Rodriguez???

I would never say or think that the careers of Cody Ross and Alex Rodriguez are comparable.  Cody Ross has finally found his groove in the majors but it took his fourth attempt with a big league club before he was able to latch on and become an everyday player.  On the other hand Alex Rodriguez has had an enviable career which has not been matched by many in baseball’s long history.

But for this one year, the 2009 baseball season, these guys have almost identical numbers.  So for this one season, who would you rather have on your roster?  The guy making $2.5 million dollars that smiles from ear-to-ear each and every time he runs onto the field?  Or the guy making over$25 million dollars who is clearly not himself this season, most likely due to his off-season hip surgery?

Let’s take a closer look at their 2009 stats. 


 A-Rod is batting .258 with a .387 on base percentage.  He has hit 20 home runs, driven in 62 runs, scored 49 runs, and collected 74 hits in 79 games. 


Cody Ross is hitting .260 with a .318 on base percentage.  He has hit 20 home runs, driven in 61 runs, scored 57 times, and has collected 101 hits in 106 games.

Pretty similar huh???  I know that A-Rod missed several weeks during the early part of the season.  And I know that it’s unfair to compare one player’s best season to another guy’s worst season.  But it’s fun too!!

On Saturday I found myself at an early dinner for my wife’s grandmother’s birthday.  The Yankees/Red Sox game was on and I was able to enjoy the first 5 innings.  A-Rod doesn’t look happy or healthy.  And even with his game-winning heroics from the night before fresh in my memory you would think that a player that carried his team to victory less than 24 hours prior would be a little more relaxed and happy to be at the ballpark.  On the flip-side, I also watched a ton of the 3-game set between the Phillies and Marlins too.  And I have to say that Cody Ross is pure joy to watch – I just wish he got more national attention.  In this 3-game series, Ross went 6-for-14 while collecting 2 home runs, 4 RBI, and scoring 3 times.

So I ask you.  For this 2009 baseball season, who would you rather have on your squad: Alex Rodriguez or Cody Ross??

Attn Readers: Donate Your Cody Ross Cards Here!!!

 Yes, I have broken down and am now accepting donations.

You may recall that 1 of my main objectives from the baseball card show that I attended this past weekend was to scoop up as many Cody Ross cards as I was able to find.  And I did just that.  I grabbed each and every one that I saw and when all was said and done I ended up with ZERO cards.

Cody will be doing an appearance around the corner from my house in less than two weeks.  I will be there and hope he will sign a few cards for me and my sons. 

That’s where you come in.  I want as many cards of him as I can get – The more the merrier!!!  So if you have any Cody Ross cards sitting around that you don’t need please send them on over.  And for each of you that helps me out, you will be rewarded.  🙂


Cubs Marlins Baseball

“Now Pitching For Your Florida Marlins, Right-Fielder, Cody Ross”

Am I the only one that cringes when a position player takes the mound?  Actually I more than cringe, I get pissed off!

Haven’t we seen guys lose years off of their careers for this exact same move(Canseco)?  Aren’t the Marlins paying Cody Ross to be out in the outfield on a daily basis?  What if he threw his arm out?  I know it was just 19 pitches, but he was averaging in the mid-80’s and to me that is just not good for the team.  I don’t care that he was a pitcher in high school – he is a professional outfielder.  Hell, ‘The Fish’ were down by 11 runs at the time.  If he got hurt how mad would they be that it happened in a game that they had very little chance of winning.

Cody, please stay off of the mound.  Work on your hitting, and keep playing right field.  We don’t need to lose you to this kind of silliness..

Come On Fredi, Give The Kid A Little Consistency…

As you know by now I am documenting Cameron Maybin’s 2009 season via the feature ‘The Maybin-Meter’.  You can find a link to this page on my site on the banner of my home page or by clicking this link.

The Marlins have been incredibly successful 6 games into the season(they’re 5-1) so I don’t want to start questioning management’s moves.  But I am very curious as to why they have been alternating Cameron Maybin’s batting position.  He’s been switching between the #2 and #8 spots and has been unable to develop a consistent approach at the plate.

Batting 2nd, and in front of Hanley Ramirez is going to give Maybin a much different pitching style to face than he will when batting 8th and in front of a pitcher.  As the #2 hitter, he’s making decent contact and fouling off the ball very hard.  In the 8-hole, he is striking out more because the pitcters don’t have to throw him anything decent.  He’s still young and undisciplined enough at the plate so he’s committing to swing very early. 

What’s funny about this is that for most of the off-season and deep into Spring Training Maybin was slotted to be the lead-off hitter.  The team released Dallas McPherson and gave the 3rd base job and lead-off role to Emilio Bonifacio.  Since Bonifacio has gotten off to an amazing start he will likely keep that job until he is unable to produce.

So what’s the deal Fredi?  Maybin need to play every day to develop his skills.  But you cannot keep changing his role on the team.  Give the kid a chanceKeep him at #8.  Let him learn how to be a more patient hitter.  Let him make mistakesMake him learn.  But please, please, I beg of you STOP switching up his role!!!


Spring Training – Marlins vs. Orioles – Helmet Update

My quest continues to complete the Marlins helmet I started a few weeks ago.  Prior to the game I had 19 autographs on the helmet.  I made this project a bigger priority as I knew that the crowd was relatively small and most of the guys on the team bus were guys that I needed to add.

Now the signature count on the helmet stands at 28 players and coaches.

Here are the guys I added :  Andrew Miller, Dallas McPherson, Robert Andino, Fredi Gonzalez, Jay Gibbons, Kyle Skipworth, Mike Rabello, Matt Dominguez, and Brett Hayes.

And now, an updated look…  I don’t know how I am going to be able to add the 10-15 more that I still need!! 




Spring Training – Marlins vs. Orioles – The Autographs

I scored quite a few autographs before and during the game yesterday.  I’m glad that I got there early as the players starting arriving around 9AM.  Only about 7-8 guys drove themselves and I scored most of my pre-game autographs from them.  The team bus came around 945, and they park in a private section near the entrance but none of those guys came back to the 10-12 of us that were waiting for them.

Before the game, in the parking lot near the visiting team’s entrance I got the following guys to sign for me:  Andrew Miller, Dan Uggla, Robert Andino, Jeff Conine, and Anibal Sanchez.  The guys that were also there but I missed were Cameron Maybin, Jeremy Hermida, and Cody Ross.

Once the gates opened up at 11AM, I found a comfortable spot along the left field fence and hung out a bit while watching the pre-game action.  The O’s were taking BP and working in the field.  A bunch of them signed, but I had nothing to get their signatures on.  I was able to snag a foul ball hit by one of the Orioles non-roster guys though.  That was pretty cool – my first ever game used ball from an actual game I attended!!

During the pre-game and even between innings I was able to grab more Marlins autographs.  Jay Gibbons, Dallas McPherson, Mike Rabello, Kyle Skipworth, Brett Hayes, Fredi Gonzalez, and Matt Doniguez all signed for me.

Here are some of the better autographs that I scored: 

All-Star Stud, Dan Uggla

All-Star Stud, Dan Uggla

Mr. Marlin - Jeff Conine

Mr. Marlin - Jeff Conine


Fishing For Some Marlins Autographs Through The Mail!!!

I’m going to do everything I can to see a few Spring Training games this season and I hope to add a few more autographs to my Marlins helmet.  Currently the helmet stands at 16 signatures and counting…

But I want to see if my team is ‘fan-friendly’ as well when it comes to signing autograph requests through the mail.  So these are all going out today.  Let’s see how quickly these are returned back to me…

The Guys:  Anibal Sanchez, Cody Ross, Gaby Sanchez, Matt Treanor, Andrew Miller, John Baker, Dallas McPherson, Jorge Cantu, Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Alfredo Amezaga, Mike Rabelo, Rick Vandenhurk, and Fredi Gonzalez.