Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Michael Carter

I met him at Carpenter Complex, the Philadelphia Phillies spring training facility in Clearwater, Florida in 1999.

Michael signed a 1992 Upper Deck Minor League card #270.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=carter002mic

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

John Finn

I met him at Carpenter Complex, the Philadelphia Phillies spring training facility in Clearwater, Florida in 1999.

John signed a 1992 Classic Best card #96.

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

Monday, November 28, 2016

Ruben Amaro

I met him at Carpenter Complex, the Philadelphia Phillies spring training facility in Clearwater, Florida in 1999.
I had met his son, Ruben Amaro, Jr., 7 years earlier.

Ruben signed a 1968 Topps card #138.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/amaroru01.shtml

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Steve Lake


I met him at Carpenter Complex, the Philadelphia Phillies spring training facility in Clearwater, Florida in 1999.

I started collecting baseball cards in 1984 (the year this card came out) and when I pulled this particular card from its pack, it became an instant favorite. I loved it so much as a kid that I had it hung up on a bulletin board in my bedroom.
You have no idea how much of a thrill it was for me 15 years later to meet Steve Lake and have him sign it for me.

Steve signed a 1984 Topps card #691.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lakest01.shtml

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Chris Eddy

I met him at Carpenter Complex, the Philadelphia Phillies spring training facility in Clearwater, Florida in 1999.

Chris signed a 1994 Upper Deck Minor League card #58.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/e/eddych01.shtml

Friday, November 25, 2016

Bobby Abreu


I met him at Carpenter Complex, the Philadelphia Phillies spring training facility in Clearwater, Florida in 1999.

If you've been following along, you might be wondering how I went from Ramon Castro's autograph in 1997 to Bobby Abreu in 1999. I had moved from Florida in the fall of 1997 and spent a little over a year living in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, the autograph collecting was put on hold during that time.

Bobby signed a 1996 Fleer Excel card #169.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/abreubo01.shtml

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Ramon Castro


I met him at a Minor League game at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in Clearwater, Florida in 1997, when the Kissimmee Cobras came to play the Clearwater Phillies.

Ramon signed a 1994 Signature Rookies Draft Picks card #17.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/castrra01.shtml

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

John Tamargo

I met him at a Minor League game at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in Clearwater, Florida in 1997, when the Kissimmee Cobras, whom he was managing, came to play the Clearwater Phillies.

John signed a 1981 Topps card #519.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/tamarjo01.shtml

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Billy Owens

I met him at a Minor League game at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in Clearwater, Florida in 1997, when the Kissimmee Cobras came to play the Clearwater Phillies.

Billy signed a 1994 Classic Best Gold card #7.

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

Monday, November 21, 2016

Decomba Conner

I met him at a Minor League game at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in Clearwater, Florida in 1997, when the Lakeland Tigers came to play the Clearwater Phillies.

Decomba signed a 1995 Fleer Excel card #175.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=conner001dec

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Joe Georger

I met him at a Minor League game at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in Clearwater, Florida in 1997, when the Lakeland Tigers, whom he was the pitching coach for, came to play the Clearwater Phillies.

Joe signed a 1992 Classic Best Quad City River Bandits Team Set card #29.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=george001jos

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Lorenzo Bundy

I met him at a Minor League game at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in Clearwater, Florida in 1997, when the Brevard County Manatees, whom he was managing, came to play the Clearwater Phillies.

Lorenzo signed a 1990 Best Jacksonville Expos Team Set card #27.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=bundy-001lor

Friday, November 18, 2016

Bob Pailthorpe

I met him at a Minor League game at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in Clearwater, Florida in 1997, when the Brevard County Manatees came to play the Clearwater Phillies.

Bob signed a 1996 Kane County Cougars Team Set card.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=pailth001rob

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Bryan Harvey

I met him at a Minor League game at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in Clearwater, Florida in 1997, when the Brevard County Manatees, whom he was on a rehab assignment with, came to play the Clearwater Phillies.

Bryan signed a 1990 Upper Deck card #686.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/harvebr01.shtml

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Marc Barcelo

I met him at a Minor League game at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in Clearwater, Florida in 1997, when the Daytona Cubs came to play the Clearwater Phillies.

Marc signed a 1994 Classic Best Gold card #183.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=barcel001mar

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Gus Kennedy

I met him at a Minor League game at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in Clearwater, Florida in 1997, when the Daytona Cubs came to play the Clearwater Phillies.

Gus signed a 1996 Fleer Excel card #130.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=kenned001jes

Monday, November 14, 2016

Steve Roadcap

I met him at a Minor League game at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in Clearwater, Florida in 1997, when the Daytona Cubs, whom he was managing, came to play the Clearwater Phillies.

Steve signed a 1992 Classic Best Peoria Chiefs Team Set card #28.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=roadca001ste

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Alan Dunn

I met him at a Minor League game at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in Clearwater, Florida in 1997, when the Daytona Cubs, whom he was the pitching coach for, came to play the Clearwater Phillies.

Alan signed a 1993 Fleer Pro Cards card #3194.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=dunn--001ala

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Chris Allison

I met him at a Minor League game at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in Clearwater, Florida in 1997, when the Sarasota Red Sox came to play the Clearwater Phillies.

Chris signed a 1996 Fleer Excel card #10.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=alliso001chr

Friday, November 11, 2016

Rob Derksen

I met him at a Minor League game at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in Clearwater, Florida in 1997, when the Sarasota Red Sox, whom he was managing, came to play the Clearwater Phillies.

Rob signed a 1991 Classic Best Beloit Brewers Team Set card #27.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=derkse001rob

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Virgil Chevalier


I met him at a Minor League game at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in Clearwater, Florida in 1997, when the Sarasota Red Sox came to play the Clearwater Phillies.

Virgil signed a 1996 Fleer Excel card #11.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=cheval001vir

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Joe Hamilton

I met him at a Minor League game at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in Clearwater, Florida in 1997, when the Sarasota Red Sox came to play the Clearwater Phillies.

Joe signed a 1992 Front Row Draft Picks card #35.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=hamilt002jos

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Jon Mathews

I met him at a Minor League game at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in Clearwater, Florida in 1997, when the Fort Myers Miracle, whom he was the hitting coach for, came to play the Clearwater Phillies.

Jon signed a 1994 Classic Bend Rockies Team Set card #16.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=mathew002jon

Monday, November 7, 2016

A.J. Pierzynski

I met him at a Minor League game at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in Clearwater, Florida in 1997, when the Fort Myers Miracle came to play the Clearwater Phillies.

A.J. signed a 1996 Fleer Excel card #80.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/pierza.01.shtml

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Darren Fidge

I met him at a Minor League game at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in Clearwater, Florida in 1997, when the Fort Myers Miracle came to play the Clearwater Phillies.

Darren signed a 1995 Fleer Excel card #82.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=fidge-001dar

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Billy Koch

I met him at a Minor League Dunedin Blue Jays game at Dunedin Stadium at Grant Field in Dunedin, Florida in 1997.

Billy signed a 1997 Dunedin Blue Jays Team Set card.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kochbi01.shtml

Friday, November 4, 2016

Rich Miller



I met him at a Minor League game at Dunedin Stadium at Grant Field in Dunedin, Florida in 1997, when the St. Lucie Mets came to play the Dunedin Blue Jays.
He was there as the New York Mets Minor League roving outfield and base running instructor.

Rich signed a 1990 CMC Tidewater Tides Team Set card #29.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=miller005ric

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Bill Pulsipher


I met him at a Minor League game at Dunedin Stadium at Grant Field in Dunedin, Florida in 1997, when the St. Lucie Mets, whom he was on a rehab assignment with, came to play the Dunedin Blue Jays.

Bill signed a 1994 Classic card #110.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/pulsibi01.shtml

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Eddie Brooks

I met him at a Minor League game at Dunedin Stadium at Grant Field in Dunedin, Florida in 1997, when the St. Lucie Mets came to play the Dunedin Blue Jays.

Eddie signed a 1994 Signature Rookies Draft Picks card #87.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=brooks001edd

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

David Spykstra

I met him at a Minor League game at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in Clearwater, Florida in 1997, when the Vero Beach Dodgers came to play the Clearwater Phillies.

David signed a 1992 Classic Best Draft Picks card #65.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=spykst001dav