Thursday, July 13, 2023

Matthew Liberatore

I met him at a Tampa Bay Rays game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2019.

During the final homestand of the regular season, the Tampa Bay Rays invite their instructional league squad, minor league award winners, and minor league coaches/staff to take in a Major League game.
Unfortunately, the Rays instructional league roster had not been posted online anywhere, so I brought every Rays card that I had. Matthew passed me several times but I didn't recognize him. Finally, he stopped and asked who I was looking for. I told him I had cards of pretty much everyone and they're all in alphabetical order. He went through my book, page by page, telling me who was there. He then gets to the L's, takes the pen out of my hand, and starts to sign my card. I laughed because he was one guy that I thought I would've recognized but he commented that he's grown a beard since then, which is what threw me off.

Matthew signed a 2018 Bowman Draft card #BD-30.

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