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‘On The Road With psugator02’ – March 30, 2010

March 30, 2010

Dodgers’ backfield workouts 10-11:30 a.m.
Glendale, Ariz.

Didn’t know what to expect when I arrived. Figured that most of the starters would be at the away game in Tucson. However, the only starter to travel was Loney. The rest were back in Glendale. And this time I would only have to battle a few dozen people. It sure is a lot different when you’re not competing with a million other graphers.

Don Mattingly: 1/1 (Beckett magazine from 1990)…signs daily but for some reason only in one spot. “You guys know where I do it.”
Chad Billingsley: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)….Real friendly guy. Signed for at least 20 minutes after the workout
Hiroki Kuroda: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)
Clayton Kershaw: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)
Andre Ethier: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)
Matt Kemp: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)…had the ROMLB ready but this time he was SPing. not sure why because the other day at A’s he was giving SSs
Russ Martin: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)…he stopped his car on the way out of the parking lot and was VERY friendly
Manny Ramirez: 0/1…while riding a three-wheeler back to the clubhouse….would’ve been the perfect time to do it because there were only a handful of graphers there

A’s at White Sox
Glendale, Ariz.
11:30-4

Kevin Kouzmanoff: 1/1 (’09 Ginter)….graph worse than the one he gave me a few days ago. This time it was just “KK”
Coco Crisp: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)…great dude. asked him to tell me how he got the Coco nickname (his real name is Covelli) but he said it was a long story….took pics with…even shouted into someone’s cell phone
Kurt Suzuki: 1/1 (’09 Ginter)….a bit weird, in addition to being difficult, when I saw him in NYC. but very cool today
Daric Barton: 1/1 (’08 Ginter state card)….only a handful of people even cared about getting his graph yet he couldn’t do his second ’08 Ginter. “I told you I’m only doing one.” weird dude.
Eric Chavez: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)
Ozzie Guillen: 1/1 (’89 Donruss DK)…i like his graph
Jake Peavy: 1/2 (’08 Ginter). would’ve gotten him on SS but didn’t want another ball that had no Cy inscription. got lucky again as I left the game in the 6th inning and got Peavy two minutes later in the parking lot
Mark Buehrle: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)…he couldn’t have been cooler. going to get his perfect game 8×10 done next

Indians at Royals
Surprise, Ariz. (My favorite stadium in the Cactus League)
5-9 p.m.

Eric Hosmer: 1/1 (8×10 with help). Didn’t want to bother doing the minors ‘cuz I wanted to graph the majors as soon as I arrived. So a big thank-you to Tony, a local grapher, for the help
Grady Sizemore: 1/1 (Rich Abel 5×7 that I’ve had since ’02)..Mine was the only graph he signed all night…I’ll have plenty of time to get his Ginter done since I’m seeing the Indians two more times before I leave
Yuniesky Betancourt: 0/1
Billy Butler: 0/1..wouldn’t even acknowledge me
Mike Aviles: 0/1…wouldn’t even acknowledge me
Zack Greinke: 0/1, 0/1, 0/1, 0/1…only signing team balls. and even then he was killing them all with a black Sharpie. weird dude.
Rick Ankiel: 0/1….he did sign a bit but I missed him because I was getting Sizemore

Other: Ernie Young was at the A’s-Sox game, but I had nothing for him. … I have to plug AZ Cards. Stopped by there a few days ago and had a long talk with proprietor Donald Yost, who promptly gave me two free tickets to today’s White Sox game. The store is loaded with cool stuff and has the best prices on ROMLBs in all of Phoenix. … Bob Feller signed autographs for free at the Indians-Royals game in Surprise. I’ve gotten the guy so many times that I didn’t even bother. … Talked to Jordan Danks briefly while waiting outside the player parking lot. Real polite kid.

‘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.