Friday, May 20, 2022

Tommy Pham


I met him at the Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida on February 9, 2019.

Tommy signed a 2018 Topps Allen & Ginter card #108.

https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/phamth01.shtml

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Adam Kolarek


I met him at the Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida on February 9, 2019.

Adam signed a 2013 Binghamton Mets Team Set card #16.

https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kolarad01.shtml

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Dennis Rasmussen


I met him at the Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida on February 9, 2019.

Dennis signed a 1992 Upper Deck card #439.

https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/rasmude01.shtml

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Wily Mo Pena


I met him at the Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida on February 9, 2019.

Wily signed a 2006 Topps Allen & Ginter's card #32.

https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/penawi01.shtml

Monday, May 16, 2022

Jason Johnson


I met him at the Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida on February 9, 2019.

Jason signed a 2002 Fleer Tradition card #394.

https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/johnsja02.shtml

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Nick Belmonte


I met him at the Florida Minor League Camp at Baseball City in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2019.
Nick, who runs this camp, was standing in the dugout underneath the shade so that he could check his phone. When he was done, he started to go back onto the field to join the rest of his coaches. I called for him to ask for an autograph. He comes over and is surprised that I had a card of his. He then says, "wait, you have to ask me in front of the coaches," then he hands me my unsigned card back and walks back onto the field. I yell to him as he's around his staff and he motions for me to walk onto the field. So, here I am, walking past players warming up for the game, approaching the coaching staff with card and Sharpie in hand. I felt awkward but it seemed to make Mr. Belmonte's day as he was proudly showing the card to his staff.

Nick signed a 1991 ProCards card #3227.

https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=belmon001nic

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Marv Foley


I met him at the Florida Minor League Camp at Baseball City in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2019.

Marv signed a 1981 Donruss card #399.

https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/foleyma01.shtml

Friday, May 13, 2022

Taylor Motter


I met him at the Florida Minor League Camp at Baseball City in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2019.
The camp is designed for undrafted college players to get professional coaching. Taylor just happened to be there taking infield drills along with them. I recognized him and by chance had this card on me.

Taylor signed a 2018 Topps Heritage card #604.

https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/motteta01.shtml

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Mark Brewer


I met him at the Florida Minor League Camp at Baseball City in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2019.

Mark signed a 2010 Binghamton Mets Team Set card #26.

https://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Mark_Brewer

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Khano Smith


I met him at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2019, when Birmingham Legion FC, whom he was the assistant coach for, came to play the Tampa Bay Rowdies in a scrimmage.

Khano signed a 2008 Upper Deck Major League Soccer Assist Kings card #AK-13.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Femi Hollinger-Janzen


I met him at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2019, when Birmingham Legion FC came to play the Tampa Bay Rowdies in a scrimmage.

Femi signed a 2017 Topps Major League Soccer card #61.

Monday, May 9, 2022

Tom Soehn

I met him at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2019, when Birmingham Legion FC, whom he was the head coach for, came to play the Tampa Bay Rowdies in a scrimmage.

A day earlier I had met Chad Ashton and discovered that Tom Soehn was mistakenly pictured on Chad's card. So, after Tom signed the above card, I asked if he'd add his signature to Chad's error card.


Tom signed 1993 Pacific Major Indoor Soccer League cards #61 and #54.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Chad Ashton


I met him at the Walter C. Campbell Sr. Park, D.C. United's spring training home in Clearwater, Florida in 2019.

Chad signed a 1993 Pacific Major Indoor Soccer League card #54. After signing it, Chad told me that's not him pictured on the card, it's his teammate, Tom Soehn. Chad did tell me that the picture on the back is indeed of himself.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Steve Birnbaum


I met him at the Walter C. Campbell Sr. Park, D.C. United's spring training home in Clearwater, Florida in 2019.

Steve signed a 2018 Topps Major League Soccer card #86.

Friday, May 6, 2022

Wayne Rooney


I met him at the Walter C. Campbell Sr. Park, D.C. United's spring training home in Clearwater, Florida in 2019.

Wayne signed a 2016 Topps Stadium Club Premier League card #64.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Zoltán Stieber


I met him at the Walter C. Campbell Sr. Park, D.C. United's spring training home in Clearwater, Florida in 2019.

Zoltán signed a 2016 Panini Prizm UEFA Euro card #231.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Daniel Royer


I met him at the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex in Clearwater, Florida in 2019, when the New York Red Bulls came to play the Philadelphia Union in a scrimmage.

Daniel signed a 2018 Topps Major League Soccer card #152.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Royer

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Chris Armas


I met him at the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex in Clearwater, Florida in 2019, when the New York Red Bulls, whom he was the head coach for, came to play the Philadelphia Union in a scrimmage.

Chris signed a 2000 Upper Deck Major League Soccer card #36.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Armas

Monday, May 2, 2022

C.J. Brown


I met him at the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex in Clearwater, Florida in 2019, when the New York Red Bulls, whom he was the assistant coach for, came to play the Philadelphia Union in a scrimmage.

C.J. signed a 2007 Upper Deck Major League Soccer card #8.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._J._Brown

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Aurélien Collin


I met him at the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex, the Philadelphia Union's spring training home in Clearwater, Florida in 2019.

Aurélien signed a 2012 Upper Deck Major League Soccer card #129.

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Tim Parker


I met him at the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex in Clearwater, Florida in 2019, when the New York Red Bulls came to play the Philadelphia Union in a scrimmage.

Tim signed a 2017 Topps Major League Soccer card #162.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Parker_(soccer)

Friday, April 29, 2022

Sean Davis


I met him at the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex in Clearwater, Florida in 2019, when the New York Red Bulls came to play the Philadelphia Union in a scrimmage.

Sean signed a 2017 Topps Major League Soccer card #166.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sean_Davis_(soccer)

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Kemar Lawrence


I met him at the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex in Clearwater, Florida in 2019, when the New York Red Bulls came to play the Philadelphia Union in a scrimmage.

Kemar signed a 2016 Topps APEX Major League Soccer card #33.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kemar_Lawrence

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Preston Burpo


I met him at the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex in Clearwater, Florida in 2019, when the New York Red Bulls, whom he was the goalkeeper coach for, came to play the Philadelphia Union in a scrimmage.

Preston signed a 2009 Upper Deck Major League Soccer card #159.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preston_Burpo

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Bob Skinner


In January 2019 I found a great deal on eBay for 2 sealed boxes (AA & AAA) of 1991 Line Drive Minor League cards. I started to open the AAA packs first. Shortly into opening those packs, I pulled a card of Bob Skinner. I had never had a card of him, and I knew that he was a great signer thru the mail, plus, his son Joel had just been recently named the Minnesota Twins AAA manager, so I knew I'd have a chance at meeting him that spring. So, I decided to go ahead and see if I could get the father first by mailing him a card and then hoped that his son travels to my area when the Twins played in Clearwater.
Sadly, I had injured myself just days before spring training games had begun and missed 3 weeks' worth of games, including my chance of seeing Joel.

Seven days later my card came back signed.

Bob signed a 1991 Line Drive AAA Pre-Rookie card #624.

https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/skinnbo01.shtml

Monday, April 25, 2022

Kolten Wong


I met him at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, the St. Louis Cardinals spring training facility in Jupiter, Florida in 2019.

I had met his brother, Kean 4 years earlier.

Kolten signed a 2018 Topps card #347.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Jordan Humphreys


I met him at First Data Field, the New York Mets spring training facility in Port Saint Lucie, Florida in 2019.

Jordan signed a 2018 Bowman Prospects card #BP66.

Saturday, April 23, 2022

T.J. Rivera


I met him at the Mets Minor League Complex & Rehabilitation Center in Port Saint Lucie, Florida in 2019.

T.J. signed a 2018 Topps card #405.

Friday, April 22, 2022

Jose Alvarez


I met him at Paul Owens Training Facility at Carpenter Complex, the Philadelphia Phillies spring training facility in Clearwater, Florida in 2019.

Jose signed a 2015 Topps Update Series card #US339.

https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/alvarjo02.shtml

Thursday, April 21, 2022

DaMarcus Beasley


I met him at the Onyx Elite 2nd annual performance training camp at the University of South Florida recreation field in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2019.

DaMarcus signed an 8x10 photo.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DaMarcus_Beasley