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.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Dalton Pompey


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

Dalton signed a 2015 Topps card #97.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/pompeda01.shtml

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Kevin Pillar


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

It had been 14 years since the last time I collected autographs there.

Kevin signed a 2014 Bowman card #83.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/pillake01.shtml

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Mike Schmidt


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

Mike signed a 1993 Ted Williams card #141.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/schmimi01.shtml

Monday, June 5, 2017

Enny Romero


I met him at the Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida on February 21, 2015.

Enny signed a 2014 Topps card #49.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Alex Cobb


I met him at the Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida on February 21, 2015.

Alex signed a 2015 Topps card #28.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/cobbal01.shtml

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Chris Archer


I met him at the Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida on February 21, 2015.

Chris signed a 2014 Topps card #383.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Raekwon

On January 8, 2015, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon performed at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Tickets were $25, but for an additional $15 at the gate you could get a VIP ticket which included a meet-and-greet after the show. I already had a regular ticket since my brother gave it to me for Christmas, so I paid the extra that night to get the VIP access.

The VIP area ended up being roped off, so you really didn't get to meet them. If you wanted something signed, you had to hand it to one of their handlers who then passed it on. I should have just waited. A few minutes after getting my signed CDs back, I called out to Raekwon to see if I could get a picture with him. He motioned for me to come on over, so my brother and I were able to get pics with him and Ghostface.

Raekwon signed the cover of his Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... CD, which Ghostface also ended up signing.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Kevin Kiermaier


I met him at the Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida on February 21, 2015.

Kevin signed a 2014 Topps Update Series card #US-253.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kiermke01.shtml