Buddy Borden, the starting pitcher for the Stone Crabs, who was acquired in the off-season from the Pittsburgh Pirates, ended up tossing a no-hitter that day.
I didn't have a card of Buddy at the time, but that night I immediately ordered one.
I had to wait nearly a month before the Stone Crabs came back to my area. A series with the Dunedin Blue Jays kicked off this week and I attended todays game, an 11am start time.
For my sake, I was happy to see Buddy was still with the team. He had a 6-2 record and was just announced as a Florida State League All-Star this week.
Coincidentally, another morning start for him that I got to witness.
After the game I asked him for an autograph. He came over and I handed him my card.
I told him that I never ask for more than one autograph, but I was going to make an exception with him. He said that he didn't mind and would sign as many as I want. I then pulled out the ticket stub pictured above and asked him if he knew the significance of this ticket. He smiled and I told him I was at that game. He happily signed it for me.
I'm not much of a memorabilia collector. All I care about is getting cards signed in person on my own, but having this ticket stub signed with the inscription is pretty special to me.