I did not plan on coming this day. If you haven’t read my last entry, I did exceptionally well with this team the day before. I got Don Sutton twice, Chipper Jones twice, Jeff Francoeur twice, Derek Lowe twice, Brian McCann, Terry Pendleton, Eddie Perez, and Mike Gonzalez 12 times and a few other guys to total 35 for the day That’s a great day. A solid total and very solid quality autographs.
Like I said I hadn’t been planning on coming this day. But while watching the game that night, I noticed a familiar face in the Braves dugout. A man who’s parents named him Thomas Michael Glavine. As you know, Glavine won his 300th game with the Mets, and is a two time Cy Young award winner. The man is a first-ballot hall-of-famer and is a super nice and classy guy. That was enough to get me to go. We didnt see him Monday, but we presumed that he had checked in that night for whatever reasons. Obviously Glavine would be great to get but even so, it was still worth it to go for Chipper, McCann, and Francoeur again, maybe another Don Sutton?
I talked it over with my friend Joe, and we both decided it was a go. I dont want to spoil anything, but I will say it was VERY well worth it. (That probably gave it away. Oh well)
I got to the hotel at around 9:35 and right before that Joe had texted me that Terry Pendleton was hanging out in the lobby. I wasnt there two minutes before he walked out. Like yesterday, he came out very early. Some guys are just morning people. I am not one of them, but I make do. Terry was nice, and I congratulated him on a nice win. He smiled and thanked me, and for the third strait hotel outing I had an autograph within the first few minutes.
The next guy out was Yunel Escobar. We hadn’t seen him at all Monday, so it was good to see a new face. I like Yunel. I think he has great skill, and a few of us agreed at the hotel, that in a few years he may be very tough to get. But looking at his autograph, you may not want it anyway. Its basically a big loop, then a bunch of little loops, another big loop, and then a bunch of small ones again. Oh well, not everyone is gonna have a nice signature I guess.
Then we saw Greg Norton come out with Tim Hudson. Tim Hudson had told us the day before that he would “sign when I come back.” He never came back. He wouldnt do it again this morning. He again told us that he would “sign when I come back.” Okay, Tim, whatever you say. Play a game this season, and THEN you can say no. Whatever.
Then there was a big gap of time where I didnt get anyone. A few players did come out. Greg Norton, James Parr, and someone else, but I had nothing for any of them.
Luckily though the next guy out was the real reason I came. Tom Glavine walked out of the hotel, and without any hesitation started signing. He was doing two per person, as most people didnt have much for him. Then he got to me. I had a board of 9 cards for him. He signed one, then two, then three. I was suprised he did three and I was hoping he would do a few more, but he handed my sharpie back. Im not going to complain with three Tom Glavines whatsoever, and if I did, I would deserve to take a shot to somewhere below my belt.
I really wanted one card signed in particular though, which was a gold bordered 2007 Topps Updates season highlights “Achieves 300th Win- August 5, 2007” card. The card is numbered 0159/2007. I went back up to him when he was done and asked him if he could sign it with 300 wins and the date. He didnt say anything, just took my pen and did it no problem. He didnt say much when he signed, but he doesnt have to. Tom is a super classy guy, and I can’t say enough of his generousity signing today, especially knowing that you’re a future hall-of-famer and quite possibly one of the last 300 game winners of all time.
Then I capped it off by getting a picture with him. Check it out: too bad my eyes are half shut and my hat casted a shadow over my face. At least Tommy was classy enough to lift his sunglasses!
About ten minutes later a group of players came out. Jo-Jo Reyes, Eric O’Flaherty, and Peter Moylan came out looking for a bite to eat. I got Jo-Jo Reyes first, who signed another 2009 Topps card, and then Eric O’Flaherty signed 2 of his 2006 Upper Deck card.
“Good win last night. Its gotta be tough to beat Johan.” I said to Eric.
“Thanks, but you gotta ask Derek about that, I didnt pitch last night.” He smurked.
Well that wasnt the point, since its a team effort, but I think he was joking anyway. I didnt get Peter Moylan since I had gotten him 3 times the day before and had nothing left for him.
The next player out was Jeff Francoeur. Like always, jeff is a nice, classy guy, who will sign a bunch of cards no problem. The day before he signed 2, this day he signed 3. That makes 17 total since 2005 for Jeff, and it seems as if each year his autograph gets just a little nicer, which is weird because of how simple it is already, and usually players signatures get worse. I’m not going to sit here and try to solve it.
After things settled back down, I said to fellow a grapher John: “Chipper should be out in about 5.” This team is very predictable when they’re going to come out for the most part, which is nice, and sure enough, I dont even think 5 minutes later, Chipper walks out.
Just like yesterday, Chipper signed while walking to the same store. Again, he just signed not really paying attention to who he was signing for. He must have signed 60 things both days. He took my board the first time and I pointed to two cards, one being an Allen and Ginter, one being a 2008 Goudey and asked if he could sign both, and he did so no problems. He handed me the board back, and I continued to follow him. I took 2 cards, this time another Allen and Ginter and an Upper Deck X, and placed them on top of my binder so he wouldnt realize that he signed for me already, not that he probably would, but just to be on the safe side, and again signed both no problem.
“Are you gonna miss Shea at all, Chipper?” I asked him.
“Hmm. Im sure I will but that new stadium is real nice.” He replied. “Im sure I will though.”
And after watching the last two games and watching 3 balls that would have been homeruns turn into two doubles and an out, I’m sure he does. And for the record, Carlos Beltran was 100% out when he stole thrid in the 10th in that night’s game. I am a Met fan, but he was out, just for the record. Here are what the Goudey (left) and X Chipper cards look like. And trust me, they look 100 million times nicer signed.
Chipper four times, Glavine four times, Francoeur three times, and Yunel Escobar. It didnt matter if i didn’t get another autograph for the rest of the day, I was just fine with that.
The next player we saw was Omar Infante. Omar is a nice guy, doesnt really look like a player. Either way Omar signed three. He has a weird signautre but it looks nice on cards.
The next guy out was javier Vazquez. Javier had pulled the Tim Hudson on us the day before and told us that he would sign when he came back, and never did come back. Idiot. But today was different and he did actually sign. He has a nice autograph, and I asked him to sign right in the middle, which was an Allen and Ginter, but he didnt listen and signed a crappy 2008 Upper Deck. At least I got him.
David Ross came
out looking for a bite to eat. I recommended a pizza place to him, which he didnt seem to care at all about. He did sign two cards though, which was good for me at least.
Buddy Carlyle, who we never saw leave, came wandering by the hotel, so we stopped him and he signed a 2008 Topps High Heritage card.
Jair Jurrjens, who should have gotten a win Tuesday night was the next guy out. He signed spiratically as he talked on the phone. Some people got three cards signed. I got one. At least it was a first year 2005 Topps Updates and Highlights, so that makes it a bit better that he screwed me out of two more. Oh well.
Then Brian McCann came out with Greg Norton. Brian signed a few and I was lucky to get him, but it turned out horrible. He used someone else’s sharpie and it ran and it was a bad signature anyway. He said that he would be back in a few minutes and that he would sign more then. He was honest and he was back in about ten minutes with a starbucks iced something that resembles coffee in his hand. He signed two for me this time, a 2007 Topps Chrome (Nice) and a 2009 Topps Heritage (Nicer).
So to add to the rediculous day I had already I just added three more Brian McCann autographs. I was already extatic on my decision to go, and that made me even happier.
Then we saw Tim Hudson and David Ross making their way out of the hotel and towards the subway. We chased up to them, and David Ross heard the sound of us running and thought there must have been an earthquake happening cause he ducked and covered his head. Hudson gave us a bit of attitude but when we reminded him how he said he would sign when he came back he gave in. He was giving horrible autos, but it was a little better when I had him sign an Allen and Ginter.
The last auto of the day was from Jeff Bennett on a team card from 2003. Whatever.
I got recognized by Don Sutton at the bus, and he politely asked that since I got him yesterday if I could please step off the line. It didnt bother me since he signed two the day before. And now I have something to get signed in August when they come back. So its not a horrible thing.
That was it, I grabbed some food, hung out with Joe a little and grabbed a 4:43 train home.
Here’s the recap:
Jeff Bennett: 1/1 (Team Picture Card)
Buddy Carlyle: 1/1
Mike Gonzalez: Refused
Jair Jurrjens: 1/8
Kenshin Kawakami: 0/0
Derek Lowe: Missed
Peter Moylan: 0/0
Eric O’Flaherty: 2/2
James Parr: Missed
Jo-Jo Reyes: 1/3
Rafael Soriano: Missed
Javier Vazquez: 1/9
Brian McCann: 3/9
David Ross: 2/9
Yunel Escobar: 1/5
Omar Infante: 3/9
Kelly Johnson: Missed
Chipper Jones: 4/9
Casey Kotchman: Missed
Martin Prado: Missed
Garrett Anderson: Refused
Matt Diaz: Missed
Jeff Francoeur: 3/9
Greg Norton: 0/0
Jordan Schaffer: Missed
Jorge Campillo: Missed
Tom Glavine: 4/9
Tim Hudson: 1/9
Bobby Cox: Missed
Terry Pendleton: 1/1
Eddie Perez: Missed
Don Sutton: Refused
Braves Total: 29
Here are the highlights:
I am all caught up to date now. My next outing will be Minnesota on Saturday. If Pat Neshek were healthy I’d have 95 cards alone signed by him, but without him being there I’m hoping for 18-25. Minnesota is a bad signing team, but I’m gonna try.
Tuesday’s Total: 29 Autographs
Season Total: 278 Autographs
Season Average: 46.3 Autographs/Hotel