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‘On The Road With psugator02′ – Baseball’s Winter Meetings – December 5, 2010

‘On The Road With psugator02′ – Baseball’s Winter Meetings – December 5, 2010

Baseball’s winter meetings
Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 5

Because of some bad information, I arrived about six hours too early. No harm I guess. Saw tons of baseball people simply walking around the Disney hotels. Peter Gammons, Jim Fregosi, Clint Hurdle, Terry Francona, Carney Lansford, Tim Kurkjian, Ken Rosenthal, Tracy Ringolsby, Richie Garcia, Chuck Greenberg, Quinton McCracken, A.J. Pierzynski, Al Kaline, Jim Leyland, Dave Dombrowski, Brian McRae and a bunch of others I can’t think of right now. I actually got a picture with Frank Robinson, but of course he wouldn’t even consider signing. Only player on the veterans committee I saw was Robinson, the only player on the veterans committee I saw. Really wanted to wait for Nolan Ryan but had to leave at 6 p.m. so I could make it to work in the morning.

Greg Maddux: 1/1 (SS, ROMLB)…..walked into the hotel and of the five graphers sitting in the lobby I was the only one who recognized him. I’ve never seen a better Maddux graph. He did three and would’ve done a lot more but some handler cut him off.
Peter Gammons: 1/1 (SS, ROMLB)…debated whether he was even worth a ball….FOR SALE OR TRADE
Tony LaRussa: 1/1 (SS, ROMLB)…had his hands full and made me hold the ball. FOR SALE OR TRADE
Frank Robinson: didn’t even ask because I know better but I got a picwith…..As he was taking the pic he asked what it was for and I said ‘my collection.’ I guess he didn’t believe me because as the picture was being taken he actually shouted ‘ebay.’ LOL. i’m sure there’s someone out there who will pay for a picture of ugly me with Frank Robinson. Of course, not a single grapher there knew how to work a camera, thus my head being cut off

And I almost forgot….I stopped to visit the wife of Jack Armstrong, who used to pitch for both the Marlins and Reds, on the way home. She’s a friend of a friend. I met her briefly and she gave me all of the items that I had asked her husband to sign.

Jack Armstrong: 5/5

‘On The Road With psugator02’ – March 27, 2010

‘On The Road With psugator02’ – March 27, 2010

Seattle Mariners at L.A. Dodgers
9:15-7 p.m.

Day was pretty much a bust. Way too many people — the game was a sellout — so most of the players chose not to do it.

Don Newcombe: 0/1 in the morning going from the clubhouse to the practice fields in a golfcart, 0/1 walking from the stadium to his car “If I sign one then I’m gonna have to sign them all”, 0/1 while in his car leaving the stadium
Tommy Lasorda: 1/1 on the backfields, 0/1 while leaving the stadium in his car at about 6 p.m……I guess every day the Dodgers choose a former player to sign for free. This day it was Lasorda who sat down at a table and signed for more than an hour. My buddy and I were actually the last graphs he signed. Said his handler while pointing to me: “Sign one for this guy who flew here from Florida.”
Rick Honeycutt: 1/1 (card) while walking from the clubhouse to the practice fields and no one recognized him, 1/1 (card) at 6 p.m. leaving the stadium
Ian Snell: 2/2 (’08 Ginter, ’09 Ginter)….might be the coolest player in all of Arizona right now. I asked him if he missed Pittsburgh and he replied, “Ask Jack Wilson if he misses Pittsburgh.” Just a real awesome dude
Blake DeWitt: 0/1 got mobbed
J.D. Closser: 0/1 ….I didn’t even need him but when he left at about 6 p.m. he wouldn’t even sign for the six graphers remaining
Vin Scully: 0/1…..Got him one-on-on but “There’s just too many people here.” Dodgers’ fans treat this guy like a rock star. It was neat seeing him.
Casey Blake: 0/1 followed his car but he wouldn’t roll down his window
Manny Ramirez: 0/1 wouldn’t even acknowledge me
Garrett Anderson: 0/1
Peter Gammons: 0/1
Frank McCourt: 1/1 (whitesheet with “Go Dodgers” inscription)
Chone Figgins: 0/1 while getting into a van after the game
Casey Kotchman: 0/1 wouldn’t even acknowledge me
Ken Howell: 0/1 while in his car leaving the stadium at about 6 p.m.
Manny Mota: 0/1 while in his car leaving the stadium at about 6 p.m.
Mariano Duncan: 0/1 while in his car leaving the stadium at about 6 p.m.
John Wetteland: 0/1…just missed him
Russell Martin: 0/1 wouldn’t stop his car

This and that: Jonathan Broxton signed on the backfields but only for little kids. … Ronald Belisario signed but I didn’t need him. … George Sherrill signed on the backfields before the game but I didn’t need him. … Russ Ortiz, who I can’t believe is still in the big leagues, signed at about 6 p.m. but I didn’t need him. … Mike Brito, the guy who used to hold the radar gun at Dodger Stadium, signed autographs and took pics with. Real cool guy. … Charlie Steiner, the voice of the Dodgers, signed graphs for a good 15 minutes. … Fernando Valenzuela was at the game but I never did see him. … Milton Bradley was very cool and signed but I didn’t need him. … Chin-lung Hu signed but I didn’t need him.

Day would’ve been a complete disappointment had it not been for the Lasorda graph.

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

My Email To Peter Gammons

Jersey retirement has been on my mind constantly over the last two months.  I started to think about it quite often once the Cubs retired the #31 of Fergie Jenkins and Greg Maddux.  But my fascination with one of baseball’s greatest honors did not start there.  During the infancy stages of this blog I wrote an entry about why I think the Chicago Cubs should retire #17 which was worn by Mark Grace.  And during ‘Andre Dawson Day’, I blogged about his Expos jersey that had been retired and is now unfortunately meaningless.  Just this past week, the Atlanta Braves retired Greg Maddux’s jersey and the Oakland A’s are making plans to retire Rickey Henderson’s jersey in just a few short weeks.

So that has all led me up to this.  Last month Wade Boggs celebrated his birthday and the ‘gift’ he received from ’30-YOC’ was to finally get his jersey retired by the Boston Red Sox.  To be quite honest, I was shocked that this had not already occurred and it has been on my mind ever since.

I set out to get answers and below is my email to baseball’s ‘Answer Man’ Peter Gammons.  If I hear back from him, I will be sure to publish the results for you here.

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Have a burning baseball question? Ask Peter Gammons. ESPN’s baseball guru answers users’ questions through this mailbox. His answers are posted on his Web site and on other related ESPN.com pages. Use the form below to ask a question — keep it short and clean, and check back to see if it’s answered! Your question:

 Hi Peter- Can you provide any insight as to why the Red Sox have not retired Wade Boggs’ jersey? Thank you.

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Peter Gammons Is The Man!!!

I like it when a person that is normally known for their calm and professional demeanor shows us a different side.  I especially like it when they allow us to laugh at them and find humor in it too.

Peter Gammons gets the job done!!!