Saturday, July 22, 2017

Steve Springer


I met him at the Bobby Mattick Training Center at Englebert Complex, the Toronto Blue Jays spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida in 2015.

Steve signed a 1991 Line Drive AAA Pre-Rookie card #72.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Aaron Sanchez


I met him at the Bobby Mattick Training Center at Englebert Complex, the Toronto Blue Jays spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida in 2015.

Aaron signed a 2013 Florida State League Top Prospects card.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Steve Delabar


I met him at the Bobby Mattick Training Center at Englebert Complex, the Toronto Blue Jays spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida in 2015.

Steve signed a 2014 Topps card #461.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/delabst01.shtml

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Chad Jenkins


I met him at the Bobby Mattick Training Center at Englebert Complex, the Toronto Blue Jays spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida in 2015.

Chad signed a 2010 Dunedin Blue Jays team set card #18.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/jenkich01.shtml

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Randy St. Claire


I met him at the Bobby Mattick Training Center at Englebert Complex, the Toronto Blue Jays spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida in 2015.

Randy signed a 1987 Fleer card #U-113.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Marcus Stroman


I met him at the Bobby Mattick Training Center at Englebert Complex, the Toronto Blue Jays spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida in 2015.

Marcus signed a 2015 Topps card #90.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Randy Wolf


I met him at the Bobby Mattick Training Center at Englebert Complex, the Toronto Blue Jays spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida in 2015.

This was the first time that I ever brought a blue Sharpie with me. I've had things signed in blue before, but it was always because the player already had the pen in his hand while signing autographs.

Randy signed a 1999 Team Best card #98.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Chase Utley


I met him at a Philadelphia Phillies spring training game at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida in 2015.

Unfortunately, my Sharpie dried up at an inopportune time. You can tell that Chase tried signing his name twice just to see if he could get the pen working. I appreciate his effort.

Chase signed a 2014 Topps card #502.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Pete Walker


I met him at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida in 2015, when the Toronto Blue Jays, whom he was the pitching coach for, came to play the Philadelphia Phillies in a spring training game.

Pete signed a 1994 Fleer Excel card #240.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Mike Compton


I met him at Paul Owens Training Facility at Carpenter Complex, the Philadelphia Phillies spring training facility in Clearwater, Florida in 2015.

For as long as I've been going to this complex to watch the Phillies and collect autographs, Mike was always there, yet I never had a card to get signed by him. A few weeks before getting this card signed, he stopped my brother and me to say hello and told us that he had been working at that complex, as both a player and coach since 1968.
It was that moment that I finally decided to seek out a card of him. Though, my brother beat me to it and told me that he had already ordered one for me.
I went back to the complex about a week later. Unfortunately, the card had still not arrived. Mike approached me and asked if I was having any luck getting autographs. I told him that I had a card of his being sent to me. He replied, "at my age, you better hurry up."
The card finally arrived and a few days later I went back to the complex. When he finished signing my card, I thanked him and he said, "no, thank you for asking." It was such a classy reply.

Mike signed a 1971 Topps card #77.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/comptmi01.shtml

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Bob McClure


I met him at Paul Owens Training Facility at Carpenter Complex, the Philadelphia Phillies spring training facility in Clearwater, Florida in 2015.

Bob signed a 1989 Topps card #182.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Ron Clark


I met him at a Philadelphia Phillies spring training game at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida in 2015.
He was there for the 2nd annual Phillies Spring Training Alumni Day.

Ron signed a 1986 ProCards Clearwater Phillies team set card.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/clarkro02.shtml

Monday, July 10, 2017

Don Carman


I met him at a Philadelphia Phillies spring training game at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida in 2015.
He was there for the 2nd annual Phillies Spring Training Alumni Day.

Don signed a 1991 Upper Deck card #288.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/carmado01.shtml

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Shane Rawley


I met him at a Philadelphia Phillies spring training game at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida in 2015.
He was there for the 2nd annual Phillies Spring Training Alumni Day.

Shane signed a 1984 Topps card #254.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/rawlesh01.shtml

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Jose Bautista


I met him at a free autograph signing at the Oakley store at International Plaza and Bay Street in Tampa, Florida in 2015.

Jose signed an 11x17 poster.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bautijo02.shtml

Friday, July 7, 2017

Brian McCann


I met him at a free autograph signing at the Oakley store at International Plaza and Bay Street in Tampa, Florida in 2015.

Brian signed a 2015 Topps card #17.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mccanbr01.shtml

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Rocco Baldelli


I met him at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida in 2015, when the Tampa Bay Rays, whom he was the first base coach for, came to play the Philadelphia Phillies in a spring training game.

Rocco signed a 2000 Topps Traded and Rookies card #T86.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/baldero01.shtml

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Bobby Meacham


I met him at a Minor League spring training game at Paul Owens Training Facility at Carpenter Complex in Clearwater, Florida in 2015, when the Toronto Blue Jays, whom he was managing, came to play the Philadelphia Phillies.

Bobby signed a 1990 ProCards card #607.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/meachbo01.shtml

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Cole Hamels


I met him at Paul Owens Training Facility at Carpenter Complex, the Philadelphia Phillies spring training facility in Clearwater, Florida in 2015.

Cole signed a 2015 Topps card #10.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hamelco01.shtml

Monday, July 3, 2017

Rod Nichols


I met him at a Philadelphia Phillies spring training game at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida in 2015, when he was their bullpen coach.

Rod signed a 1992 Upper Deck card #212.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/n/nichoro02.shtml

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Carlos Ruiz


I met him at a Philadelphia Phillies spring training game at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida in 2015.

Carlos signed a 2014 Bowman card #204.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/ruizca01.shtml

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Brian Bogusevic


I met him at a Philadelphia Phillies spring training game at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida in 2015.

Brian signed a 2014 Topps card #524.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bogusbr01.shtml

Friday, June 30, 2017

Celph Titled




On May 22, 2015 I went to see Celph Titled perform at Crowbar in Tampa, Florida.

Celph signed the cover of his quadruple disc, The Gatalog: A Collection of Chaos CD.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Jackie Bradley, Jr.


I met him at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida in 2015, when the Boston Red Sox came to play the Philadelphia Phillies in a spring training game.

Jackie signed a 2015 Topps card #314.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bradlja02.shtml

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Garin Cecchini


I met him at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida in 2015, when the Boston Red Sox came to play the Philadelphia Phillies in a spring training game.

I had met his brother, Gavin, the year before at the same stadium.

Garin signed a 2014 Topps Pro Debut card #77.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Charlie Manuel


I met him as he was getting into his car in the parking lot of Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida in 2015, after a Tampa Bay Rays vs. Philadelphia Phillies spring training game.

Charlie signed a 2012 Topps Heritage card #318.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/manuech01.shtml

Monday, June 26, 2017

Tom Foley


I met him at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida in 2015, when the Tampa Bay Rays, whom he was the bench coach for, came to play the Philadelphia Phillies in a spring training game.

Tom signed a 1992 Upper Deck card #492.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Jamie Nelson


I met him at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida in 2015, when the Tampa Bay Rays, whom he was the assistant hitting coach for, came to play the Philadelphia Phillies in a spring training game.

Jamie signed a 1984 Topps card #166.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/n/nelsoja01.shtml

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Aaron Nola


I met him at Paul Owens Training Facility at Carpenter Complex, the Philadelphia Phillies spring training facility in Clearwater, Florida in 2015.

Aaron signed an 8x10 photo. As he was signing my picture, his sweat was constantly pouring onto the picture. He apologized and attempted to wipe it, but more just kept dripping. I told him it wasn't a big deal.
If you look closely you can see the stain marks from his sweat. I say it gives my signed picture more character, plus, a story I'll always remember.

UPDATE: A year later, the autograph has almost completely vanished from the picture. Apparently, ink and sweat do not mix.
Thankfully, the following spring, I was able to tell Aaron what happened to this image. I don't like asking for autographs once I already have that person's signature,  but I really wanted to replace this image, so, I asked Aaron if he'd sign a card for me.

Aaron signed a 2014 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects card #DP4.


http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/n/nolaaa01.shtml

Friday, June 23, 2017

Ben Lively


I met him at Paul Owens Training Facility at Carpenter Complex, the Philadelphia Phillies spring training facility in Clearwater, Florida in 2015.

Ben signed a 2014 Bowman Chrome Prospects card #BCP66.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Jorge Velandia


I met him at Paul Owens Training Facility at Carpenter Complex, the Philadelphia Phillies spring training facility in Clearwater, Florida in 2015.

Jorge signed a 1994 Fleer Pro Cards card #3047.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/v/velanjo01.shtml

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

David Buchanan


I met him at Paul Owens Training Facility at Carpenter Complex, the Philadelphia Phillies spring training facility in Clearwater, Florida in 2015.

David signed a 2015 Topps card #218.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/buchada01.shtml

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Maikel Franco


I met him at Paul Owens Training Facility at Carpenter Complex, the Philadelphia Phillies spring training facility in Clearwater, Florida in 2015.

Maikel signed a 2015 Topps card #309.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Rafael Chaves


I met him at Paul Owens Training Facility at Carpenter Complex, the Philadelphia Phillies spring training facility in Clearwater, Florida in 2015.

Rafael signed a 1993 Classic Best Gold card #56.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=chaves001raf

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Hak-Ju Lee


I met him at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida in 2015, when the Tampa Bay Rays came to play the Philadelphia Phillies in a spring training game.

Hak-Ju signed a 2014 Bowman Platinum Prospects card #BPP93.

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

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Clint Hurdle


I met him at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida in 2015, when the Pittsburgh Pirates, whom he was the manager for, came to play the Philadelphia Phillies in a spring training game.

Clint signed a 1987 Topps card #317.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hurdlcl01.shtml

Friday, June 16, 2017

Homeboy Sandman




On March 7, 2015 I went to see Hail Mary Mallon (Aesop Rock & Rob Sonic with DJ Abilities) perform at The State Theatre in St. Petersburg, FL.
Homeboy Sandman was their opening act. I met him just minutes before he hit the stage.

Homeboy Sandman signed his First of a Living Breed CD.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Neil Walker


I met him at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida in 2015, when the Pittsburgh Pirates came to play the Philadelphia Phillies in a spring training game.

Neil signed a 2015 Topps card #292.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/walkene01.shtml

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Chris Truby


I met him at Paul Owens Training Facility at Carpenter Complex, the Philadelphia Phillies spring training facility in Clearwater, Florida in 2015.

Chris signed a 1999 Team Best card #93.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/trubych01.shtml

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Les Lancaster


I met him at Paul Owens Training Facility at Carpenter Complex, the Philadelphia Phillies spring training facility in Clearwater, Florida in 2015.

Les signed a 1992 Upper Deck card #481.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lancale01.shtml

Monday, June 12, 2017

J.P. Crawford


I met him at Paul Owens Training Facility at Carpenter Complex, the Philadelphia Phillies spring training facility in Clearwater, Florida in 2015.

J.P.  signed a 2014 Topps Pro Debut card #133.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=crawfo000jp-

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Gary Allenson


I met him at the Bobby Mattick Training Center at Englebert Complex, the Toronto Blue Jays spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida in 2015.

Gary signed a 1984 Topps card #56.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/allenga01.shtml

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Devon Travis


I met him at the Bobby Mattick Training Center at Englebert Complex, the Toronto Blue Jays spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida in 2015.

Devon signed a 2014 Topps Pro Debut card #87.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/travide01.shtml

Friday, June 9, 2017

Hail Mary Mallon (Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic and DJ Abilities)










On March 7, 2015 I went to see Hail Mary Mallon (Aesop Rock & Rob Sonic with DJ Abilities) perform at The State Theatre in St. Petersburg, FL.
Hours before the show I met Rob Sonic. I met DJ Abilities and Aesop Rock immediately after the show ended.
Rob Sonic signed his CD, Sabotage Gigante. DJ Abilities signed his CD, ...For Persons with DJ Abilities, and Aesop Rock signed his Float CD.