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Sights & Stories From Today’s Spring Training Action Between The Marlins & Cardinals – MUST READ!

Sights & Stories From Today’s Spring Training Action Between The Marlins & Cardinals

Today was a fantastic day for baseball.  It was sunny, but not too hot.  And there was just enough of a breeze out to keep it from feeling too humid.

I got to the stadium early this morning – around 9AM.  With only one day to make the trip to Spring Training, I wanted to take advantage of the full day and spend as much time at the ballpark as I could.

Since the game was not scheduled to start until 1:05, I had plenty of time to walk around and check out what was going on at all of the Marlins fields that makes up half of the Roger Dean Stadium complex.

The minor leaguers were out in full force, with at least 80 of them out and about.  And the big leaguers were present as well – on the main practice field.  After going through a few stretching and running drills, the major league squad split up with the offensive players going to the main stadium for practice and BP and the pitchers going to the side bullpen for their pitching session.

At the pitching session, it was a rotation of four guys throwing at the same time – and Jose Fernandez was in the bunch.  He was closest to the fence, and I literally had a front row seat as he threw 60-80 pitches.  The fence at this area of the field is extremely high, and unfortunately my pictures came out awful.

When he was done, the group that assembled (about 10 of us) asked if he would sign but he said he had to go do some running.  He did, however, open up the gate between the players and the fans and shove five balls he used during his session through to us.  I was lucky enough to grab one!!

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That is a ball that was used by the reigning NL ROY – Pretty cool!!!

Instead of standing around and wait to see if he was going to return and sign for us, I opted to head towards the main stadium to see if I could get anything going there.  The main stadium is not open to the public for practice or BP, but I have learned where to stand as the players have to walk by where I was to get from the stadium to the clubhouse.

I saw almost everyone – Salty, Lucas, Solano, Redmond, Mathis, Hechavarria, Yelich, Ozuna, and then my main man walked through the outfield wall and headed right towards me!!!

Giancarlo Stanton!!!  He was very nice – I asked if he could sign for me as I was the only one around and he waved me over.  He quickly grabbed my pen and signed my ball.  I thanked him for taking the time to do that for me and I wished him well and good luck during the 2014 baseball season.

Here is the signed ball!!!

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I may have missed Fernandez, but I got the guy I was truly seeking – and the auto is crisp and clean!!

After that, it was game time.

Henderson Alvarez was on the hill for the Marlins.

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And Adam Wainwright was on the mound for the Cardinals.  My picture of him came out way too blurry so I will skip posting it here.

But, here is a picture of the new 3B coach for the Marlins – Mr. Brett Butler:

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I was able to walk around to all areas of the park – so I snapped pics throughout the game.

Here are a few more:

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Yadier Molina

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My man Stanton at the plate, with Molina catching:

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The day was fun, lots of fun.  I only get to do this once a year, and I really enjoyed myself today.

I’m a little sun-burned, and a little tired.  But, it was a great day – I got to see my boy Giancarlo Stanton up close.  I got to watch Jose Fernandez pitch.  And the Marlins beat the Cardinals 7-3.

The only thing that would have made this better would have been if my wife and kids could have joined me but it is not Spring Break yet and I don’t think pulling them out of school for the day to go to Spring Training would go over too well…

Oh, I also saw Andre Dawson, but it was just for a minute.  He was moving from field to field during practice and I waved to him.  He waved back, but I am not certain that he recognized me…  Otherwise, I know he would have come over to say ‘Hello’..  LOL

I am so ready for the season to get underway – today was a great kickstart to the 2014 season for me!!!

Thanks for reading.

Tomorrow, I Go To Jupiter!!!

Tomorrow, I Go To Jupiter!!!

Coincidentally, the anniversary of my employment at my workplace is during Spring Training.  And in my world, if you do not use your vacation time when your anniversary hits, your hours are wiped out and the clock resets itself.

In a nutshell, this means that I have 8 hours of PTO remaining that must be used by the middle of next week.  Normally, I save a day or two just in case one of my kids gets sick and I need to take a day or two off, but it looks like I am clear now as everyone is feeling great.

So, what is a guy to do?

I’ll tell you what this guy is gonna do.  He’s going to Jupiter, Florida to catch himself a full-days worth of Miami Marlins Spring Training action.  The fish play the Cardinals at 1:00 so I will catch a few innings of the game.  But, I will get there much earlier than that.  I love the Jupiter complex and enjoy walking around taking in all of the action.

Hopefully I will be able to see some of the players on the side fields go through their drills before the game starts.  And since not all of the guys will be playing in the game, I am hoping to be able to see some of the ‘main roster’ players during their workouts.

It should be fun.  It should be hot.  And I cannot wait.

And if I am able to snap some good pictures while there, I will surely share them with you when I return.

Happy Friday to me!!

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Sights & Sounds From Today’s Marlins/Mets Spring Training Affair

Sights & Sounds From Today’s Marlins/Mets Spring Training Affair

Well, as you may or may not know, I headed out to Jupiter today to catch a little Spring Training action between my Miami Marlins and the New York Mets.

The Mets don’t really have anyone on their roster that I am interested in seeing play, and the team that they threw on the field had several guys on it that I had not heard of.

But, as for my Marlins, this was going to be my first time seeing the ‘Miami’ version live in person.  And even with Logan Morrison, Giancarlo Stanton, Hanley Ramirez, and Gaby Sanchez out of the line-up, I was happy to get to see ‘my team’.

Here is a great picture that my wife took of the new sign that leads you into the ballpark:

And once inside, here is a not shot of my new skipper Ozzie Guillen.

He looks pretty relaxed, huh?   I love the atmosphere of Spring Training, and by the looks of it, so does Ozzie.

Team ace Josh Johnson was on the hill today, and thanks to my wife’s new ‘zoom’ lens, we got some great shots of JJ in action during the first inning:

And even though he gave up a run and three hits in the first inning, the ball was zipping nicely.

And I finally got to see my new lead-off hitter in action too – Jose Reyes!

Here are some great shots of Jose leading off the bottom half of the 1st inning:

While he did not manage to connect for a hit, I was very happy to bring home some quality images!!!

And then the rain started…

And it rained…

And it rained some more….

And then it really, really started coming down in buckets…

And after waiting around for 57 minutes, we left.

The day was exhausting due to the downfall of all of that rain.  And if you have ever been to Roger Dean Stadium, there is very little cover.  And there is nothing worse than hiding from the rain in a cramped stadium than doing it with soggy Mets fans – trust me on that one!!!

So, my Spring Training experience in 2012 lasted less than 40 pitches.  We actually spent more time in the car making the round-trip than what we spent in the stadium.

But, every cloud has a Silver lining.  And this journey was no exception.

Right before we entered the stadium, I was showing my wife the player clubhouse, parking lot, and the side fields.

All of a sudden, I ran into someone I know.

You may know him too:

Yep, I caught up with Andre Dawson yet again.  It was great to see him, but he was definitely in a rush to get out of there quickly.  He signed my baseball and one for a kid that ran up to him as I was chatting with him.  He was not really in the mood to chat, but that is not something that I will take personally…

So, another great autograph for the collection – too bad there is no inscription though…  Not really too sure what I am going to do with the ball since I only need inscribed ones for the collection these days…  We’ll see.

Overall, the day was fun-filled as my wife and I enjoyed the day together sans kids.  And while we may not have gotten to soak in the Florida rays that we wanted to this afternoon, we did get soaked and we were in Florida – and that has to count for something.

Thanks for reading.  And thanks again Andre!!!

I’m Headed To Jupiter Today To Catch A Little Miami Marlins Spring Training Action!!!

I’m Headed To Jupiter Today To Catch A Little Miami Marlins Spring Training Action!!!

I’ve got the next few days off of work as another anniversary comes to a close.  So, with a few days to burn prior to the end of the month, I scooped up tickets for the Marlins/Mets Spring Training game this afternoon.

My wife will be coming with me, and she is a much better photographer than I am so if she snaps some good pics, I will be certain to share them with you all later tonight.

It’ll be nice to catch an afternoon game – the weather is supposed to be beautiful and Josh Johnson is on the mound.

I’m really looking forward to this one.  Story and pics to be posted at ’30-YOC’ later tonight.

Have a great day.  GO FISH!!!!

Pandemonium Erupts Throughout Spring Training Ballparks And I LOVE IT!!!!

Pandemonium Erupts Throughout Spring Training Ballparks And I LOVE IT!!!!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Players I Would Like To Watch Take Batting Practice’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Players I Would Like To Watch Take Batting Practice’

I love the tradition of batting practice.  I love that guys still feel like they have to get into the cage to sharpen their skills.

And while I have seen my share of BP during Spring Training, I have never had the chance to witness BP at a major league park.

So, for this week’s ‘Top Ten List’, I will offer up to you the top ten players that I would like to watch take BP today.

ANd the list is not going to be composed of just home run hitters, although there are many on here that are.  My list is of the guys that I think are becoming of have become masters of hitting – and I would like to watch them do their thing.

Honorable Mention – Josh Hamilton, Robinson Cano, Ryan Howard, David Ortiz, Jose Bautista, Brian McCann, Carlos Pena, Adrian Gonzalez, and Adam Dunn.

And now onto the ‘Top Ten’:

10 – Josh Johnson.  I know that he is a pitcher, but he is a powerful hitter too.  I have seen him launch some longballs in live games, he has to be fun to watch taking 60 mile per hour pitches in BP.

9 – Evan Longoria.  He packs a mighty swing, and he can hit to all areas of the park.

8 – Ichiro.  The greatest hitter in the game since Tony Gwynn.  I am thinking that he can point to a location and hit the ball to that spot pretty well; a la Babe Ruth!

7 – Hanley Ramirez.  While slumping horribly this season, I know that he hits the ball very hard when he connects.

6 – Jayson Heyward.  If what I have heard is true, nobody hits the ball harder than this young guy.  And when Hank Aaron says that, I pay attention!!

5 – Ryan Braun.  Possibly the most underrated hitter in the sport, Braun is rapidly becoming one of the best hitters in the National League.  And he is a threat for 30 home runs every year too…

4 – Alex Rodriguez.  I’d love to see what he is able to do at this stage of his career.  He still puts up solid numbers, just not the numbers he once did.  I’d also love to see him in the HR Derby – I think he still has what it takes to contend for the title.

3 – Albert Pujols.  I’ll take the Pujols with a healthy arm, not a broken one please.  I would love to see this guy taking BP – can you imagine the bombs he launches when he’s getting 60 mile per hour balls tossed to him?  WHOA!!

2 – Mike Stanton.  I watch a lot of Marlins games and this guys crushes the ball.  He strikes out a lot too, but when he makes solid contact, the ball sails.  He is a future Home Run league leader – trust me!

1 – Prince Fielder.  I consider Prince to be the greatest showman in the sport today.  He has a lot of personality, and his performance backs up his persona.  And for a big guy, he always hovers around that .300 mark too, which is very impressive!!

And there you have it!!!

Did I miss any one?  Let me hear it!!

Oh, and before I forget – There will be no ‘Top Ten List’ next Sunday night.  It is a very special day at ’30-YOC’ so the ‘Top Ten’ will be skipping a week.  Make sure you stop by to see why….

‘On The Road With psuGator02′ – Braves/Mets/Cardinals/Marlins – March 26, 2011

‘On The Road With psuGator02′ – Braves/Mets/Cardinals/Marlins – March 26, 2011

Braves at Mets
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Port Saint Lucie, Fla.
Saturday, March 26

Arrived at 10:45 and had to wait only 15 minutes for Ralph Kiner. He wasn’t having any part of it this time.

Ralph Kiner: 0/1 “I can’t do that, 0/1 “I can’t do that. I pleaded, “Ralph, it will only take two minutes.” Said Ralph: “Yeah, but if I do it for you then I’ll be signing for 20 minutes.”

I came for him and Carlos Beltran, who was supposed to be appearing in a minor-league game on the backfields. This place is such a fortress that even the gate to the minor-league fields was locked. I didn’t understand why so I begged a few security guards to let me in. That idea failed so I walked into the Mets’ administrative offices. The secretary referred me to a lackey wearing a Mets’ collared shirt who said he sympathized with me, but that no one was allowed into the backfields after 11 a.m. on home games.

I had left my bag in the car, which was probably a bad idea because while I was in the Mets’ office Kiner walked by me. I doubt he would’ve done it anyway because he seemed grumpy. I was just about to head back to Jupiter when I got a text that Sandy Koufax was in camp. Of course, I got a little excited but it wasn’t long before I found out that I had missed him by 30 minutes. The security guard who told me this also said that Koufax stopped signing two weeks ago. I asked him what prompted this. According to the guard, Koufax asked a fan what he planned on doing with the ball he had just signed. “Sell it,” the fan told Koufax. That must have pissed off Koufax, who has since shut it down.

Cardinals-Marlins
Jupiter, Fla.
1-3:30 p.m.

I chose not to go into the game, instead waiting outside the Cardinals’ parking lot.

Dennis Martinez: 3/3
Bob Gibson: 0/1 despite just two graphers
Mike Aldrete: would’ve stopped but didn’t really need him

‘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

‘On The Road With psugator02’ – Spring Training Road Trip – Day 6

‘On The Road With psugator02’ – Spring Training Road Trip – Day 6

All over Phoenix
Thursday, March 17
8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Getting pulled over by the female cop after a long day of graphing really could’ve put a damper on things. But alas, she gave me a warning. I’m driving a rental and didn’t realize the brights were on. Started the day driving to the Oakland complex but didn’t realize the workouts were closed to the public. Chose Goodyear and arrived just in time.

at Indians’ complex

Fausto Carmona: 2/2 (’08 Ginters) in blue Sharpie. Still one of the best signers in all of MLB
Asdrubal Cabrera: 1/1 (’10 Ginter)
Vinnie Pestano: 2/2 (cards) in blue Sharpie
Travis Hafner: 1/1 (’09 Ginter) in blue Sharpie…He does it but he doesn’t seem to enjoy it
Trevor Crowe: 3/3 (cards) in blue Sharpie. Really nice kid.
Jon Nunnally: 1/1 (card) in blue Sharpie. Corrected me when I told him that I saw him with a woman last year at the Angels’ complex. “I need to tell you right now that I wasn’t with any women at that stadium last year.” LOL. Wasn’t trying to get you divorced, Jon. I was just making conversation. One of the nicest guys in all of MLB. He trained in Baseball City a year after Conine. Told me about a blind pianist in Hollywood, Fla., that he used to love listening to.
Carlos Santana: 0/1 as he was boarding the bus to the game. I was the only grapher there. “I don’t have time,” Santana told me.

Somehow missed Sizemore, Choo and Sandy Alomar, who I believe all walked around

at Royals’ backfields

Arrived a little early for Rangers’ pre-game BP so I drove over to the Royals’ minor-league fields and wasn’t disappointed.

Michael Olt: 4/4 (8x10s) in blue Sharpie. Offered him the fourth photo, but he told me to keep it. He laughed when I told him I just chose him in my fantasy draft. Also told him that he was recently ranked the 156th best prospect in baseball and that Baseball America says he has the best power in the system. He says he follows none of that. Played in the Triple-A scrimmage I witnessed, but starting 2011 at that level seems a bit premature even if he did play in college.
Christian Colon: 2/2 (8x10s) in blue Sharpie. He personalizes photos.
Danny Duffy: 4/4 (8x10s) in blue Sharpie. Asked whether he really took time off from baseball to pursue the priesthood. “Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet,” Duffy told me.
George Brett: 1/1 (Perez-Steele) in blue Sharpie. You can really tell that he hates signing, but now that he’s part of the front office I guess he feels obligated.
Steve Buechele: Confirmed that he did, in fact, attend spring training at the old Pompano Beach Municipal Stadium. When he told me as much, I replied, “Sweet.” Said Buechele: “Actually (the place) sucked.”
Colby Lewis: 1/2 (8×10) in blue Sharpie
Mike Maddux: 0/1 (card)…not a soul around who even wanted his graph
Willie Wilson: He was there but I didn’t consider him ball-worthy
Spike Owen: He would’ve signed but I didn’t need him. Thought he had a nickname so I asked him. He said he couldn’t recall ever having a nickname. Also said “Spike” is his given name
Notes: Talked to a scout who gushed about Rangers’ RHP Neil Ramirez. Said his FB sat 93-98 and that he has a plus curve and a plus changeup. “A No. 3?” I asked. “I really like him,” the scout said, implying that he could front a rotation. … Texas RHP Yhency Brazoban got lit up in the Double-AA scrimmage.

at Rangers’ backfields

Derek Holland: 2/2 (8x10s) in blue Sharpie with “Dutch Oven” inscription, which he does automatically. Said he umpires in the offseason. According to a story he told, a coach came out of the dugout to argue a call, claiming Holland didn’t know the rules. Holland finally grew frustrated so he told the coach, “You do realize that I’m Derek Holland and that I pitch for the Texas Rangers?”
Mitch Moreland: 0/1..only signed for kids
Ian Kinsler: 0/1 Left through the CF fence and didn’t sign
Brandon Webb: He signed but I must have been on the Royals’ side ‘cuz I missed him
Josh Hamilton: 1/1 (11×14) in the black Sharpie he ran with. It was in a crowd but it still came out OK

at Chik-Fil-A in Surprise

Drove from Surprise to Peoria to watch the Rangers at Padres game. Was in the middle lane when I looked to my right. In the lane next to me was a young kid in a monster truck with flame tattoos on his left arm, which he hung out the window. I knew right away who it was. I watched as he and the coach he was with pulled into the drive-thru at the Chik-Fil-A I had just eaten at that afternoon. I pulled in behind them, waited for them to order and then got out of the car and walked up with the SI.

“I swear I didn’t follow you, Josh. You happened to be in the lane next to me. Would you mind signing my SI?” Hamilton laughed, shook his head, and signed it with the blue Sharpie I provided. “This isn’t good food to be eating before a game, is it?” I asked Hamilton. “Man, if you ever saw the food in that clubhouse, you’d eat at Chik-Fil-A, too,” Hamilton told me.

Josh Hamilton: 1/1 (SI) in blue Sharpie

at Padres/Mariners in Surprise, pregame, near dugout

Everth Cabrera: 2/2 (’09 Ginters) in blue Sharpie. The usher who works the section to the right of the Padres’ dugout does a great job getting graphers to line up
Dave Roberts: 1/1 (’08 Ginter) in blue Sharpie. “Do you miss the Red Sox?” I asked him. “I always have a place in my heart for Boston,” Roberts told me.

in the section of seats behind the Padres’ dugout before the game

Talked to a grapher as I soon as I arrived. He told me how he had gotten Dave Winfield at 4:45 p.m. as the Padres walked from the backfields to the stadium. I was a bit jealous. Not two minutes later Winfield appeared out of the dugout. I tried to get his attention. “Hey Dave, would you sign my book? It’s absolutely worthless,” I yelled, wanting to emphasize that I did not intend to sell his graph, which I’ve been told really irks him. Winfield turned around and laughed. He left the field and walked to the section of seats between home and the first-base dugout. I tried to shadow him. I finally caught up to him and asked again if he’d sign. He didn’t want to create a mob scene so he told me to walk with him for a few minutes. He asked me my name and I told him, then I told him how I grew up watching the Yankees, who trained five minutes from me throughout my childhood. I actually graphed Winfield in the late ’80s when I was 14. He didn’t remember the story. He asked where I grew up and I told him. I then told him that I didn’t realize he worked in the Padres’ front office. That’s when he handed me a Padres’ media guide. “Turn it to page 137 (at least I think it was 137),” he told me. I did, and there was a picture of Winfield. I then asked him about Casey Kelly and Anthony Rizzo, the two prospects the Padres acquired in the Adrian Gonzalez trade. Winfield knew nothing about them, which I thought was a little odd. For almost five minutes, Winfield and I rapped. He actually put his hand on my right shoulder as we walked. He genuinely seemed interest in talking to me, which I thought was sort of cool.

Dave Winfield: 1/1 (baseball book) in blue Sharpie

at “Autograph Alley” after the starters were pulled

Jorge Cantu: 1/1 (Marlins’ magazine) in black Sharpie he was running with
Cameron Maybin: 1/1 (8×10) in blue Sharpie. “You’re missed in Jupiter,” I told Maybin. “Thanks, brother,” he said.
Heath Bell: He signed but all I had was a ROMLB and I didn’t think he was worthy
Kyle Blanks: signed but didn’t need him
Chase Headley: signed but didn’t need him

A shout-out to Chad Qualls, who was a real class act. An 8-year-old slipped on the ledge in “Autograph Alley” and Qualls was cool enough to get the kid ice from the clubhouse.

‘On The Road With psugator02’ – Spring Training Road Trip – Day 5

‘On The Road With psugator02’ – Spring Training Road Trip – Day 5

all over the Phoenix area
Wednesday, March 16
6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Giants practice from 6 a.m.-noon:

Jeremy Affeldt: didn’t need him. “Thanks, bro,” he said when I told him he might be one the top 5 best signers in all of MLB. I”ve never seen him not sign
Travis Ishikawa: 2/2 (cards) in blue Sharpie
Steve Decker: 1/1 (card) in blue Sharpie. I had a bunch more but the only one I cared about was the one of him in the Marlins’ uni
Shawon Dunston: 1/1 (card) in blue Sharpie
Barry Zito: 1/1 (card) in blue Sharpie
Tim Flannery: 1/1 (surfboard card) in blue Sharpie
Jonathan Sanchez: 1/1 (ticket) in black Staedtler. Gave the full inscription
Miguel Tejada: 1/1 (2006 Orioles team photo with Mitre the only player left) in blue Sharpie, 1/1 (Orioles’ tri-player photo that is now finished)…Couldn’t have been cooler…Told him I was from Fort Lauderdale and he said, “Hey, I’m from Fort Lauderdale, too.”
Pablo Sandoval: signed but I didn’t need him
Andres Torres: signed but I didn’t need him
Bruce Bochy: signed but I didn’t need him
Brandon Belt: 2/2 (11x14s) in blue Sharpie. As of two weeks ago, he no longer sweet-spots ROMLBs
Orlando Cepeda: 0/1, 0/1 even though there were only seven graphers left. Weird dude

Giants after the game at Camelback:

Mark DeRosa: 1/1 (card) in blue Sharpie…Beautiful graph
Tim Lincecum: 0/1..The crowd rushed him and I couldn’t get him despite walking with him for about 50 feet from the clubhouse to his car

Mariners’ backfields prior to game vs. Milwaukee:

Ken Griffey Jr.: 0/1 …..almost glad because all I had with me was a ROMLB and I didn’t want it paneled
Ichiro Suzuki: 0/1
Jay Buhner: 1/1 (SI) in blue Sharpie….Much cooler than last year
Carl Willis: 1/1 (card) in blue Sharpie…Wouldn’t stop telling me the story behind the ’86 Topps card I had him sign
Matt Tuiasosopo: 1/1 (’09 Ginter) in blue Sharpie. Signed the card while I held it, which is lame. Doesn’t take much time with his graph
Dustin Ackley: 2/2 (8x10s), 1/1 (SP, ROMLB)…A bit of a dick. He did the two photos without a problem. I asked for the ball and he must have gotten pissed that I wanted a third graph so he hit the panel

While standing near the RF side of the Marlners’ dugout before the game:

Adam Kennedy: 1/1 (’08 Ginter) in blue Sharpie
Justin Smoak: 2/2 (8x10s) in blue Sharpie
Felix Hernandez: 1/1 (SS, ROMLB) in blue ink while he was talking to the woman next to me. Signed maybe three total

In “Autograph Alley” after game:

Rickie Weeks: 1/1 (’08 Ginter) in blue Sharpie. Real cool dude. Said he still lives in Florida. “Where in Florida?” I asked. “Florida,” Weeks replied.
Matt Tuiasosopo: 1/1 (’09 Ginter) in blue Sharpie
Casey McGehee: 1/1 (SS, ROMLB) in blue ink. This dude HATES the Cubs. “Wish these things (Cubs’ photos) would stop popping up,” he said.
Franklin Gutierrez: 1/1 (card) in blue Sharpie
Robin Yount: 0/1 before the game he said he would sign after the game. But once the game ended he just kept walking past the graphers who were shouting his name
Justin Smoak: 1/1 (SS, ROMLB) in blue ink
Brendan Ryan: signed for everyone, then asked, “Everybody good?” before walking away. Real cool dude. Said that if he had two deals on the table and one was with a team that trained in Arizona he’d take it in a heartbeat over the one with the team that trained in Florida. Said he wasn’t happy with the way the Cardinals handled his situation.

While waiting in RF after game:

Chris Chambliss: 1/1 (ticket) in black Staedtler.