I always look forward to this yearly gathering, mainly for the 40+ retired baseball players who show up and sign for free. Though, many of the same players
The alumni players are split into 3 groups, each signing for an hour before the next group comes in.
Of the 15 players listed in group 1, I already autographs from 11 of them from previous years. Unfortunately, one of the players listed (Casey Cox) was a no-show. I had ordered a really nice card of him this past Monday night and amazingly it arrived on Friday, just in time for today. Hopefully he'll show up next year.
I still ended up with 4 autographs from group one. Josh Fogg, who spent several seasons with the Pirates and Rockies, was not listed with any of the groups, yet, he was there to sign. He's appeared at these fan
Here are the aforementioned 4 autographs from that first group.
I breezed right through the second group. I only needed 2 listed, but one was pushed back to group 3, which meant I was standing in line for 1 guy.
I only needed 4 players from the third and final group, which included the last player listed in group two.
You have no idea of the fear I
had watching Seth McClung sign that 2007 Topps card. Recently, Zach at autocards.blogspot.com posted his 2007 Topps autographed cards. However, because of the glossy finish, some of those cards came out very poorly. Luckily, mine came out practically flawless.
I try to stay away from cards with pre-printed signatures on them, but this was the only card that my local card shop had of him.
After the alumni players were finished signing, I decided to walk around to see who else I could get.
I spotted Hall of Fame writer, Peter Gammons
doing a Q&A with Rays manager, Kevin Cash and team President of Operations, Matt Silverman. When it concluded, I approached the stage near where Gammons would be exiting.
I was fortunate to get him. Security immediately whisked him away when he handed me my card back.
It's not uncommon to see Rays players walking around to different parts of the stadium. They're always with at least 1 security guard who is basically there to thwart people from asking for autographs. While a lot of players won't sign, they do often stop to pose for pictures. There are players that will sign. I was able to find three of them.
Coming home with 13 new autographs is a pretty successful day, I must say.
It felt good to get some baseball autographs after spending most of the month of February getting soccer cards signed.