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Well, since my last post explaining the exactly what the autographs games were and listing the 50 players, there have been some changes to the list as well as autographs that were acquired.

For starters, here is the new list of 50 players. The old list was effected by offseason moves.

 

Koji Uehara

1

Felix Pie

1

Adam Jones

3

Jim Thome

4

Jermaine Dye

3

Paul Konerko

2

Carlos Quentin

4

Mark Buerhle

3

Bobby Jenks

2

Alexei Ramirez

3

John Denks

1

Josh Hamilton

5

Ian Kinsler/Joe Mauer

4

Vladimir Guerrero

5

Torii Hunter

4

John Lackey

3

Gary Mathews

1

Justin Morneau

5

Francisco Liriano

2

Evan Longoria

4

Carl Crawford

3

Scott Kazmir

4

BJ Upton

4

James Shields

3

Carlos Pena

3

Dioner Navarro

1

Pat Burrell

3

Alex Rios

3

Roy Halladay

5

Vernon Wells/Miguel Cabrera

4

Magglio Ordonez

4

Placido Polanco

2

Justin Duschecher

3

Matt Holliday

5

Jason Giambi

3

Ichiro

5

Brian McCann

3

Chipper Jones

5

Felix Martinez

4

Carlos Beltran

4

Carlos Delgado

4

Johan Santana

5

Billy Wagner

3

David Wright

5

Jose Reyes

5

John Maine

2

Ryan Zimmerman

3

Cliff Lee

4

Grady Sizemore

4

Victor Martinez

3

Notice the numbers next to the players. We decided upon a point system that each player is worth. After all, why should it be even if one person gets Evan Longoria and the other gets Koji Uehara?

Also, Mark Teixeira was added to the list with a point total of 7 as a little bonus.

Now, onto the good stuff. So far, the only autographs that could have been recieved were of the Orioles or Rays seeing as how there are no Yankees on the list besides Tex.

First, on April 4th, the Orioles held their fanfest. In that day, me and my opponent both received autographs from Felix Pie (1), Koji Uehara (1), and Adam Jones (3).

Then, during the Rays series, both of us got Dioner Navarro (1), and James Shields (3).

Great story goes along with the Dioner autograph. Before the middle game of the Rays/O's series, it was a miserable rainy day - "not good autograph weather" like Jim Palmer told us as he refused to sign. Anyway, Dioner showed up as the rain finally stopped and he gladly signed for all. After he signed one, someone told him "Good luck in the game tonight." He replied "Thank you...its gonna be fu<king cold!" That phrase coupled with his latino accent, it was a funny moment.

It was tied up until Easter Sunday when I got a Scott Kazmir autograph to put me up 13-9.

There were quite a few close calls on the list. The biggest one was of Rays slugger Evan Longoria. While he was doing his stretches pre-game, me and my opponent were yelling his name. He heard us, we knew he heard us. He gave us a wave. Now, at the time, we did not know what this wave meant. Did it mean "I'm gonna come"? Did it mean "No, not today guys,"? Or did it mean "GOD DAMMIT! ****! I HEARD YOU!"? We soon found out that it meant he was signing. However, he did not come towards us but toward a different part of the foul line. So, we made a move over to try and get him. My ball was the very next one that he would have signed... if it continued going in that direction. Instead, he went the other way. That was a HUGE one lost.

Another close one was for my opponent, this time, of Carl Crawford. Carl exited a taxi on a rainy day and preceeded to walk down a ramp to get below the stadium. He was signing autographs while the security guard was yelling at us to not follow him. Too bad we didn't listen. As my friend preceeded to follow right next to him as he walked where no one but players were allowed to walk, he became the next one for Carl to sign. But, Carl looked at him and his baseball, didnt sign it, but signed the other guy next to him who had a card. Maybe he didn't sign because my friend had a baseball and he didnt want to sign a baseball? Or, here is my theory - at the time, my friend was wearing an O's hat. One glance at that may have made Carl think twice.

The final close one was for me with Pat Burrell. On Easter Sunday, I occumpanied my family to the O's game for a little family time. I brought my baseballs with me, three of them. However, I had to give one to my brother for him to get autographs. But, he didn't even attmept to. I was down to one baseball after I got Scott Kazmir. So, of course, Pat Burrell comes over to sign. What to do what to do!? If I get Burrell, I have nothing left incase Longoria, a better player, comes to sign! So, I went the route to NOT get Burrell. No one else signed...DARN MY BROTHER!

Thats it for the failure stories, but here are some successes that aren't on the list above.

Johnny Damon - LF - Yankees (Me)
Andy Sonnanstine - SP - Rays (Me)
Akinori Iwamura - 2B - Rays (Both)
Matt Garza - SP - Rays (Me)
Lance Cormier - RP - Rays (Me)
Jim Johnson - RP - Orioles (Both)
Chad Moeller - C - Orioles (Both)
Adam Eaton - SP - Orioles (Both)
Mark Hendrickson - SP - Orioles (Both)
Dick Hall - SP - Fomer Oriole (Both)
Larry Sheets - OF - Former Oriole (Both)
Paul Blair - CF - Former Oriole (Both)
Mike Devereaux - OF - Former Oriole (Me)
Scott McGregor - SP - Former Oriole (Me)
Al Bumbry - OF - Former Oriole (Both)

Thats it for right now! Next series home is against the Rangers. Hopefully, we get some nice autograph weather so we can get some good ones!

Pictures to come soon!

 

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