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So, I’m just surfing the web, and I land over at this blog:
Actually, I am a
pretty fairly somewhat regular visitor there. Last night, he had an insightful and interesting (others thought pompous and condescending) post about autographs, and some tips on how to go about getting them. Most of it seems like common sense to me and is about just being polite, courteous, and respectful. Anyway, it got me to thinking about autographs.
I have never been big on getting autographs. I don’t see all the hoopla over having somebody’s signature in a book. Plus, I think it is more of a thing for kids. I am not a kid (although my wife sometimes will disagree with that) and when I was a kid, I wasn’t around the ballpark enough to even try to get an autograph. As I kid, I preferred baseball cards. I still do, to an extent.
The first autograph I ever remember obtaining was in the late 70s (1978 I think) and was brought home to me by my mother. It was an autograph of Mike Torrez, who had been taken to the ER of Newton-Wellesley Hospital where my mother was a nurse. I think it was signed on some piece of ripped scrap paper and probably ended up getting lost 2 days later.
Since then, I’ve probably gotten maybe 5 autographs since. Ironically, all of them as an adult. The first one was in 1999. The All-Star game was in Boston that year, and Fred Lynn was doing a signing at a Bob’s Store. After work that day, I went to the store, waited in line a few minutes and met Fred Lynn. Although the sign said he would only sign one item, he actually ended up signing a ball and a photo (possibly 2 photo’s, my memory is foggy). He was very kind and friendly and it was a great experience actually meeting a childhood idol. Oh, if he never got traded to the Angels, but I digress……
Two of the other autographs I was able to obtain were because of being a vendor (vendahhh) at Fenway Park. We are usually in the park before the gates open up to the fans (heaven) and thus are able to see a lot of stuff before then. Such as the players walking from the clubhouse through the concourse to the field (and vice versa) instead of through the tunnel in the dugout. One of these occasions I bumped into Manny Ramirez, who I asked if he would mind signing a ball. He obliged and was friendly, but wasn’t talkative at all as he was on his way back to the clubhouse before the game. Anybody want that ball now? Haha
The other autograph was of Greg Maddux. It was after he pitched a bullpen session. I was watching while waiting to get my assignment for the day. After he finished, I politely asked him to sign a ball, and graciously obliged. This was probably about five or ten minutes before the gates opened. He was then on his way back to the visitor’s clubhouse, as his work was done for the day.
I asked Pedro, but he declined. I was bummed, but really it wasn’t a big deal. He was in the middle to talking to some hispanice workers who worked at the park. A few days later, he signed for a whole throng of people along canvas alley while the visitor’s were going through their batting practice.
The last autograph I remember obtaining, was of Cal Ripken, Jr. It was his last game at Fenway Park. Thousands of fans waited between the dugouts to try and get an autograph. I was attending this game with my wife and sister-in-law, and I asked if they wanted to hang around and try and get his autograph, as it is CAL RIPKEN, and it his LAST game at Fenway before he retires. They were game. My wife has always been a fan of Cal Ripken (I think it was the #8 he wore) and has liked the Orioles for some reason. Don’t worry, she is a Red Sox fan first. So, we waited in the throngs of people and got his autograph twice. My sister-in-law actually got both of them. It must be easier for a cute, young girl to push her way to the front than some older guy. Haha. She got my ticket stub signed and a ball signed. However, I then ruined the ticket stub when I tried to laminate it. Doh!
I have a couple other autographs, but they were Christmas gifts purchased from a memorabilia shop. One is Frank Robinson, but I’m not sure who the other is. I don’t want them. The only way I would collect autographs is if I was the one who got the item signed for me. I think it is pointless to buy an autograph.
There’s probably a couple of players I’d like to get an autograph from. Frank Thomas and Ken Griffey come to the top of my head. Then I could put them with my other autographs which is….Hmmmm, I have no idea where they are.
Anybody out there collect autograph? I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts and about your collection, so feel free to share.
Now, we started with one out spoken Red Sox (former) pitcher and we’re off to another:
Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon has spoken out about Manny Ramirez and the leading up to his trade out of Boston. Apparently, this is from an interview that will appear in the April issue of Esquire magazine.
I’m sure a lot of people are going to be critical of Jonathan Papelbon. Just like lots of people are critical of Curt Schilling. Why can’t these athletes just shut up and play? That is the tired old argument the critics use. Personally, I love it. I love hearing what an athlete truly thinks of a situation or a game or another player. I’m tired of the old, “It is what it is” mantra.
I’m sure people will be critical of Pap calling Manny a cancer, but this what the fans and hosts and commentators were saying during the whole Manny trade drama last season. Why can’t a player who actually had to live through it and deal with it say it?
I think the bigger problem with the stories of players like Pap talking, is more in the headline than the actually statement the player has made. For example, last spring there was a headline that stated Papelbon thought he was a better closer or thought he was along the lines of Mariano Rivera? When he was really talking about how he wanted to set the salary standard for future closers that come along. I think Joe Nathan was actually purturbed at Papelbon for this, as well.
Actually, there was a second Rivera / Pap headline controversy when Papelbon stated he wanted to be the guy to close out the All-Star game. The All-Star game happened to be at Yankee Stadium. He did state that he understood that Rivera should and deserves to close out that game, but the headlines slanted the story otherwise.
I love when athletes speak and actually say something. Sometimes they put their foots in their mouths (which is good for us bloggers), but most times they have something interesting to say.
Looks like the Red Sox are going to have a surpise in camp in the next couple of days:
With the BIG upset (twice) by Netherlands against the Dominican Republic, Big Papi David Ortiz, will be back in Fort Myers much earlier than expected.
I have caught bits and pieces of some of the WBC games, but today was the first time I got to see almost a
complete full game. And what a game it was!! I tell ya, I LOVE pitching duels in baseball. I prefer a good 1-0, 2-1, 3-2, game over a 9-7, 12-11 game any day. This 2nd game between the DR and Dutch was exactly a classic pitching duel game.
After 10 innings, the DR and Netherlands were locked in a 0-0 game. A misplay by former major leaguer Eugene Kinsale allowed the Domincans to get on the board. It looked like this would be all that would be needed for a DR victory with Cubs’ closer Carlos Marmol ready to close it out. However, the Netherlands improbably scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 11th (the 2nd on an error by Rays Willy Aybar) to advance to the next round and knock out DR in the process. Unbelievable to watch!
Pedro Martinez looked impressive in 3 shut-out innings. He did hit a batter and strike out a few, but I can’t find a box score yet to see the rest of his line. Hopefully, his WBC performance leads to a team signing him. I loved Pedro when he wore Red Sox uniforms. He is one of my all-time favorite games, and if healthy, I think he can still be a quality starting pitcher.
In Red Sox news, apparently NOT SO FAST with that long-term contact with Jon Lester. While watching the WBC game on MLB, the scroll across the bottom said that Lester agreed to a 1-yr contact and has stated he knows nothing about a long-term contract. Interesting. 90% of time, these reports of contracts and other such that are broken are reliable, but apparently this is not the case with Lester? Hopefully, they do lock Lester up for the next few years, however, I guess we should be careful about counting our eggs.
Here is the bad apple (thanks to Victor Perez and ESPN.com for the photo)
Anyway, it is being reported that he has been a trainer for various other Dominican ballplayers besides Juan Gone and A-Rod. Some of his other clients have been Miguel Tejada, the Dominican WBC Team, and many other Domincan players including……….
Let’s hope this is where any stories end and there was no wrong doing that will put a tarnish on the 2004 and 2007 accomplishments. However, it seems like this is something that could cast a bad light over all Dominican players. It’s a shame, that it has come to everybody being guilty until proven innocent because of how the Owners, Players Association Leaders, and Players had handled this whole issue.
It’s that time of year. The time to look into the future and see what lies ahead. So, let me put on my swami headgear, take out some sort of crystal thing, and this magic little 8 ball thing:
Okay, now we are ready for our 2009 Predictions:
- The New England Patriots will not win the Super Bowl. (Okay, now that I got my obligatory bad joke out of the way, we can continue.)
- The Pittsburgh Steelers will win the Super Bowl.
- The Boston Celtics will win the NBA Championship….again!!
- The Boston Bruins will lose in the 1st round of the NHL Playoffs. (I really hope that is not true, but I only go by history.)
- Some race horse will win the Kentucky Derby and then the Preakness. Then for weeks we will hear about how great this horse is and it will be hyped up as the first winner of the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978. Then in the Belmont, the horse will finish in 8th place or something stupid. This seems like an annual ritual.
- Tiger Woods will win the first golf tournament he plays when he returns from his knee injury.
Now, let’s get to the baseball stuff:
- Jason Varitek will sign a 2-year contract with the Red Sox.
- The Dominican Republic will win the World Baseball Classic.
- Manny Ramirez signs with the San Francisco Giants. The city of LA has never done a complete 180 on anything faster.
- David Price will become the 1st pitcher to win the Rookie of the Year and the Cy Young in the same season.
- A.J. Burnett will make 18 starts this season, however, J.D. Drew will spend more days on the DL than Burnett.
- C.C. Sabathia will be the AL All-Star Game starter while the NL will send Pedro Martinez to the hill.
- After throwing a complete game in the 10 inning All-Star Game, leading the AL to a 3-2 victory, Sabathia’s shoulder falls apart lifting the All-Star Game trophy MVP.
- Ryan Howard, Mark Reynolds, and Adam Dunn combine for only 400 strike outs between them.
- Curt Schilling signs with the Tampa Rays in mid-May, and goes 8-0 down the stretch to help the Rays surpass the Yanks for the AL Wild Card.
- The Dodgers win the AL West over the Giants after Manny sits out the final month with a “calf strain”, code for “I’m not happy with only getting a 2-year, $50 million contract.”
- The Red Sox win their 3rd World Series Championship of the Century. (Hey, this wouldn’t be a Red Sox blog without this prediction, am I right?)
Now, that those are finally finished, I must say I enjoyed watching the MLB Network and their broadcast of Don Larsen’s perfect game. I am looking forward to more of their stuff. However, I do hope they cut back on showing Viagra ads when I am watching the channel with my son. He is 4, and doesn’t really notice that stuff yet, but……Please MLB, keep those for after bed time. I know they pay the bills for you, but just do it. Okay? Great!