Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Ivan Arteaga


I met him at a Minor League Fort Myers Miracle game at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Florida in 2015, when he was the pitching coach for the Fort Myers Miracle.
This was my first time ever visiting this stadium, home of the Minnesota Twins' Florida State League affiliate.

Outside the stadium.

Game ticket.

View behind home plate.
View from centerfield.

Ivan signed a 1995 Bowman card #97.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=arteag001iva

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Reese McGuire


I met him at a Minor League game at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Florida in 2015, when the Bradenton Marauders came to play the Fort Myers Miracle.

Reese signed a 2015 Topps Pro Debut card #38.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=mcguir001ree

Monday, September 18, 2017

Tony Oliva


I met him at a Minor League Fort Myers Miracle game at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Florida in 2015.
The Miracle were having a promotion called Latino Heritage Night and Tony Oliva was the special guest.
My brother and I made the 2-hour drive south for our first ever visit to the stadium.



Tony signed a 1993 Ted Williams card #50.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/o/olivato01.shtml

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Chad Mottola


I met him at a Minor League game at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Florida in 2015, when the Charlotte Stone Crabs, whom he was there as the Tampa Bay Rays hitting coordinator, came to play the Dunedin Blue Jays.

Chad signed a 1994 Classic Best Gold card #196.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mottoch01.shtml

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Buddy Borden


I met him at a Minor League game at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Florida in 2015, when the Charlotte Stone Crabs came to play the Dunedin Blue Jays.

A month earlier, I was at a game where Buddy threw a no-hitter against the Clearwater Threshers. I didn't have a card of his that day, but I made sure to order one that night. I saved my ticket from that game, hoping that I could get that signed as well.

After the Stone Crabs vs. Blue Jays game, which Buddy had started and won, I asked him for his autograph. I hand him the card and he signs it. I tell him that I never ask for more than one autograph from anyone, but I was going to make an exception with him. He offers to sign anything that I have. That's when I pull out the ticket and ask him if he knows the significance of it. A big smile comes across his face and he says, "that's my no-no." I told him that I was at that game and he seemed very happy to hear that.


Buddy signed a 2015 Bowman Chrome Prospects card #BCP63 and a ticket stub from his no-hitter that he threw on May 13, 2015.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=borden000bud

Friday, September 15, 2017

Skeeter Barnes


I met him at a Minor League game at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Florida in 2015, when the Charlotte Stone Crabs, whom he was there as the Tampa Bay Rays outfield/baserunning coordinator, came to play the Dunedin Blue Jays.

Skeeter signed a 1992 Topps Stadium Club card #585.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/barnesk01.shtml

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Dickie Joe Thon


I met him at a Minor League Dunedin Blue Jays game at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Florida in 2015.

Dickie Joe signed a 2011 Bowman Chrome Prospects card #BCP184.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=thon--002ric

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Jake Bauers


I met him at a Minor League game at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Florida in 2015, when the Charlotte Stone Crabs came to play the Dunedin Blue Jays.

Jake signed a 2015 Bowman Chrome Prospects card #BCP132.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=bauers000jak

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Willy Adames


I met him at a Minor League game at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Florida in 2015, when the Charlotte Stone Crabs came to play the Dunedin Blue Jays.

Willy signed a 2015 Bowman Prospects card #BP61.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=adames000wil

Monday, September 11, 2017

Taylor Guerrieri


I met him at a Minor League game at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Florida in 2015, when the Charlotte Stone Crabs came to play the Dunedin Blue Jays.

Taylor signed a 2014 Bowman Platinum Chrome Prospects Purple Refractor card #BPCP8.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=guerri000tay

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Alex Reyes


I met him at a Minor League Palm Beach Cardinals game at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida in 2015.
This was my first time ever visiting this stadium, home of the Palm Beach Cardinals and Jupiter Hammerheads (Marlins).


Alex signed a 2015 Topps Pro Debut card #195.

https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/reyesal02.shtml

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Rob Whalen


I met him at a Minor League game at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida in 2015, when the St. Lucie Mets came to play the Palm Beach Cardinals.
This was my first visit to Roger Dean Stadium, home of the Palm Beach Cardinals and Jupiter Hammerheads (Marlins).


Rob signed a 2015 Topps Pro Debut card #32.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/whalero01.shtml

Friday, September 8, 2017

Dilson Herrera


I met him at a Minor League game at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida in 2015, when the St. Lucie Mets, whom he was on a rehab assignment with, came to play the Palm Beach Cardinals.
This was my first visit to Roger Dean Stadium, home of the Palm Beach Cardinals and Jupiter Hammerheads (Marlins).


Dilson at the plate.
Knowing that this would most likely be Dilson's last day on his rehab assignment with St. Lucie, my brother and I made the 3+ hour drive to the east coast of Florida to watch him play and hopefully get his autograph.

Dilson signed a 2015 Topps Opening Day card #111.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/herredi01.shtml

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Marcos Molina


I met him at a Minor League game at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida in 2015, when the St. Lucie Mets came to play the Palm Beach Cardinals.
This was my first visit to Roger Dean Stadium, home of the Palm Beach Cardinals and Jupiter Hammerheads (Marlins).


Marcos signed a 2015 Topps Pro Debut card #49.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=molina003mar

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Champ Stuart


I met him at a Minor League game at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida in 2015, when the St. Lucie Mets came to play the Palm Beach Cardinals.
This was my first visit to Roger Dean Stadium, home of the Palm Beach Cardinals and Jupiter Hammerheads (Marlins).


Champ signed a 2015 Bowman Prospects card #BP59.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=stuart002cha