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‘On The Road With psugator02’ – March 29, 2010

March 29, 2010

Giants workout
7-11 a.m.
Scottsdale, Ariz.

Mike Krukow: 2/2 (cards)…Guy arrived at 7:30 to drop off some stuff for the truck that was headed back to San Francisco. I had a blue Sharpie in hand but “I’m not signing those cards in Dodger blue.” LOL. great dude
Andres Torres: 1/1 (card)….Giants’ staff was loading stuff so graphers were forced to stand even farther away from the clubhouse door. Torres, however, walked through the aforementioned mess and was very cool
Tim Flannery: 2/2 (cards)…I yelled at him as he was about to get on the bus and he actually walked over
Tim Lincecum: 0/1…his mother left a few minutes before Tim and as she drove by she rolled down her window and said, “Timmy is in a hurry and won’t be signing today.”
Edgar Renteria: 2/2 (SI, Marlins’ program that already had Charles Johnson done)….I got his attention as he was walking from the field to the batting cage. “Can you do one for a huge Marlins’ fan?” Renteria smiled at me and I thought he was going to do it. But then all of a sudden he disappeared. Then I hear a distant voice say, “Over here.” I followed the voice and realized that Renteria had walked up a flight of stairs inside the batting cage to sign for me…I didn’t see him sign for anyone else
Aubrey Huff: 2/3 (5×7 Rays’ promo cards)…I purposely left my Ginters at home because the guy simply never signs. But I started making small talk with him while he was shagging balls in the outfield, asking him whether he missed Fort Lauderdale, etc. Huff was shouting his answers back at me and finally walked over toward me to retrieve a batted ball. When he did I shouted, “Are you still the hardest autograph in baseball?” He laughed and promptly signed…..I never thought I would say this but this dude is awesome. I think he just likes the change of scenerey. After all, Scottsdale is heaven compared to Fort Lauderdale
Madison Bumgarner: 3/3 (8x10s)…Seemed that players had to report by 9 a.m., leaving me idle for an hour since the main stadium didn’t open until 10. So I high-tailed it over to the minor-league complex which is only a few minutes away. I couldn’t have gotten more lucky. I waited only 10 minutes before Madison walked by me and signed.
Joe Martinez: 0/1 …colin from this board chased Joe and had him 1-on-1 but, oddly enough, he turned him down. JOE MARTINEZ!!!???? I chose not to chase him even though he has Ginters. I guess I made the right decision
Dave Righetti: 1/1…I shouted his name as he was getting on the bus but he wouldn’t acknowledge me. I showed the picture to Sergio Romo, who had walked over and was starting to sign. Romo walked on the bus with the pic and showed it to Righetti, who signed it and gave it back to Romo. It’s a picture of Righetti, Ron Guidry, and Tommy John, and I already had the latter two done.
Steve Holm: 1/4 (’09 Ginter)…..said he would do it when he was done with BP and that’s exactly what he did
Barry Zito: 2/2 (Ginters), 1/1 (SS, ROMLB)…though he purposely gave me a light graph and refused to inscribe. Maybe he acted this way because I double-dipped?

1:30-3:30 p.m.
Rockies at Rangers
Surprise, Ariz.

Left Scottsdale at a little after 11, stopped at In-n-Out Burger, then made my way to Surprise for Rockies-Rangers. I needed Olivo on an ’06 Marlins’ team photo. Also needed Melvin Mora on an 8×10 with Miguel Tejada and Brian Robers that was already signed by the latter.

Melvin Mora: 1/1 (dual 8×10)….Old guy next to me was shadowing Mora the whole game so there was no way that I was going to miss him
Miguel Olivo: 0/1 he was one of the reasons I made the trip yet I somehow missed him.
Nolan Ryan: 0/1 …the usher yesterday said that he was going to sign today yet he wouldn’t do it. When I heard in the third inning that he wasn’t going to sign behind the concourse I decided that I was going to have to be creative if I wanted to get him. So I sat in the seat behind home plate that is nearest the field exit, thinking that Ryan would exit this way like he had done yesterday. Sure enough, in about the 9th he left through the on-field entrance/exit. Leaning over as far as I could, I got his attention and was 1-on-1 with him yet he wouldn’t do it.
Vladimir Guerrero: 0/1…he posed with a baby for a pic and I really thought he was going to do it.

As soon as Ryan turned me down I high-tailed it to Glendale for the night game between the Angels and White Sox.

Carlos Quentin: 1/1 (’09 Ginter)
Mark Teahen: 1/1, 1/1 (’08 Ginters)…showed him that he smeared the first one so he kindly did another
Paul Konerko: 0/1, 0/1, 0/1, 0/1, 1/1 (’08 Ginter state card)…..was signing for every little kid in the stadium before the game, turning me down in the process. I finally said, “Hey dude, I’m a collector and these cards are for my set. How about signing one of them?” He finally took my card and as he signed it I told him that I was a teacher and that I was in town for spring break. Said Konerko: “At least you’re honest.” Not really sure what he meant by that.
Juan Pierre: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)…shouted questions at Pierre as he was in the outfield stretching. He shouted his answers back at me. When he finally came over to sign I peppered him with more questions, though he wasn’t too forthcoming with info. Pierre said he still lives in Parkland, which is only a few minutes from me. He also said that he spoke to Dontrelle Willis just a few days ago.
Harold Baines: 1/2 (card)…kicking myself because I would’ve preferred him to sign the old-school 5×7 that I accidentally left in the car
John Danks: 2/2 (’09 Ginters)….one of the nicest guys on the team….told him that he pitches a gem every time I see one of his starts. He then said he needs to buy me a ticket so I can follow him around the country. LOL
Jake Peavy: 1/1 (SS, ROMLB)….stayed until the bottom of the 6th before leaving the stadium for the player parking lot. We arrived as Peavy was signing for two little kids. He couldn’t have been cooler, though he wouldn’t inscribe anything. “I signed my life away and can no longer do(inscriptions),” Peavy said. I probably could’ve gotten multiples because the little boy standing next to me got four.
Mark Teahen: 1/1 (’08 Ginter) on the field before the game, 0/1 in the parking lot after the game….I was one of only two graphers waiting at the parking lot after the game. But I hesitated to find Teahen’s card, which gave him an opening. “I’ll get you tomorrow,” Teahen said. In such a hurry that he couldn’t wait five seconds?
Gordon Beckham: 0/1 whle in his car after the game
Andruw Jones: 0/1…while on the field after the game

Not exactly the guys I wanted but the quantity wins out so I’ll consider it productive. Another double-dip tomorrow: A’s at White Sox in the day game followed by Indians at Royals in the night game.

If you would like to contact Mark, he can be reached at psugator02@yahoo.com.

‘On The Road With psugator02’ – March 28, 2010

March 28, 2010

White Sox at Rangers
Surprise, Ariz.
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Had heard great things about the Rangers’ facility. But in retrospect, I spent a lot of hours graphing and really didn’t get much. However, every stud Rangers’ minor leaguer walked right by me, including Font, Boscan, Smoak, and many many more. If I had seen Smoak in time I most definitely would’ve gotten him on a SS.

Ozzie Guillen: 1/1 (B+W 5×7 sketch card)….gave him blue Sharpie but he signed it in black and it came out so well that the graph actually looks like it’s part of the sketch
Ian Kinsler: 1/1 (8×10)….one of the prettiest graphs I’ve gotten in a long time
Josh Hamilton: 1/1 (’09 Ginter)…got the last Hamilton item I own signed. I think I’m gonna read his autobiography and get that signed….every time he signs for me it seems I have a story. This time, he was inscribing Psalm 62. He did it on a lot of items but not mine. I asked him why I didn’t get the inscription. He looked at me and asked, “Do you remember it?” I said that I did and Hamilton smiled. GREAT GREAT dude
Gordon Beckham: 1/1 (SS, ROMLB)…I was on the other side of the stadium and saw him signing. I rushed over to where he was and got lucky. Funny thing is that a young girl standing in front of me asked for the SS and he refused. Then when it was my turn I asked for the SS and he did it. It may have had something to do with me telling Beckham that I had flown in from Florida. I wished him luck this season and he thanked me. A real GREAT dude
Ron Washington: 2/2 (cards)…guy was a common in the 1980s so I have a ton of his cards. I didn’t bring all of them with me. Maybe I should have because now I have nothing left for him. A great guy and a great signer
Nelson Cruz: 1/1 (’09 Ginter)…went down the line on the backfields, signing for everyone. a GREAT GREAT dude
Michael Young: 0/1…this guy has proven to be hard. he actually signed for three people standing next to me, including a little boy, but he wouldn’t sign for me
Elvis Andrus: 0/1
Nolan Ryan: 0/1..I finished my pregame graphing and knew that Ryan was probably in attendance so I talked to an unsher who worked the area behind home plate. He pointed to Ryan’s seat (he sits in the same seat every game). He said Ryan hadn’t yet arrived. Oddly enough, five minutes after speaking to this usher I turned around and saw Ryan standing five feet from me. I was the only one to recognize him. I asked him to sign and he wouldn’t do it. I walked with him a few feet, trying to make small talk and butter him up for later. He ended up leaving the game in the bottom of the 8th, but this time went out through the field exit, which was inacessible to me. On a side note, between half innings ushers would guard Ryan on all sides, preventing people from scooting over near him. However, if you happened to be a good-looking woman, Ryan would motion you over and allow you to sit next to him. I saw a hot blonde point at Ryan and he invited her over. She sat next to Ryan for 15-20 minutes and when the two of them were done talking Ryan signed for her.
Alex Rios: 0/1
Paul Konerko: 0/1
Juan Pierre: 0/1

Once I saw Ryan leave I knew that the stadium’s logistics would limit further postgame graphing opportunities so I high-tailed it back to Phoenix.

Indians at Angels
Phoenix, Ariz.
4-4:45 p.m.

Huge crowd of people stood outside the fence waiting for Angels’ graphs. I knew the chances of anyone stopping were slim so I thought of something creative. A 6-foot wall surrounds the player parking lot, which is also where the visitors’ bus parks. I’m 6’5, so it was easy for me to look over the wall at the Angels’ players exiting the clubhouse, in addition to those Indians boarding the bus. The wall is only a few feet from the entrance to the visitors’ bus so the players had to acknowledge me as they boarded. After a few minutes I looked down and saw three boulders, which I piled on top of one another. I stood on the three boulders and was even taller, leaning over the wall with my items in hand.

While standing on the boulders

Tori Hunter: 0/1 …I was only two feet from him as he exited the clubhouse yet he wouldn’t do it
Chris Perez: 4/4 (cards for deejayshane)….I saw him so many times in Jupiter last year that I recognized him immediately, which is the only reason I was able to get him. If I had waited to see the name on his back then I most definitely wouldn’t have gotten him. I gave him the four cards I had and he asked why I needed so many. I told him that they were set cards for a friend whom I trade with. He then said he was just messing with me. We talked about the University of Miami and I wished him luck. One of my favorite players in MLB. GREAT GREAT dude
Sandy Alomar: probably could’ve gotten him but I didn’t realize it was him until he had already passed me

As soon as I got Perez a security guard stationed inside the clubhouse walked over to me and told me that I had to get down off the wall.

Back behind the barricades

Hideki Matsui: 0/1 …wouldn’t stop his car

If you would like to contact Mark, he can be reached at psugator02@yahoo.com.