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Old 04-25-2018, 08:05 PM
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Default Not to paint with a broad brush . . . .

Not to paint with too broad of a brush, most of the Sally League (and Southern Association) top prospects--other than Little Man Tate--were awesome, such as:

Anderson Espinoza
Billy McKinney
Brendan Rodgers
Josh Naylor
Phil Bickford
Ryan Mountcastle

and many others . . . .

Here's a favorite pic of my nephew and son getting an auto from Brendan Rodgers (who is a very cool guy):
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Old 04-25-2018, 09:18 PM
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By far the worst autograph signing experience that I ever had was with Albert "Don't call me Joey" Belle.
I had heard that Belle was a notoriously nasty signer. I decided to take him on as a challenge and approached him outside of the Doubletree Hotel in Anaheim, CA in the mid 1990's while he was with Cleveland.
The Doubletree was frequently used by visiting teams that were in town to play the Angels.

I timed it so that I had him one on one out in front of the hotel and politely asked him to sign a ball that I had brought with me. He literally told me to get the f**k away from him and threatened me. Nice! The word is out on what a scumbag he really is these days. No surprise for me...

Ricky Henderson would always tell you that he would sign in the stadium, but would never sign for anyone except for black children in all the times that I watched him.

Randy Johnson was always nasty/surly and would literally growl at people that asked him for his autograph. That and 6' 10" of big ugly unit made for a near impossible autograph. In a paid signing though, he comes off as a decent guy.

Eddie Murray would never sign for me, but he was always very polite in his refusal. On Father's Day he singled me out outside of the stadium and gave me his wrist band with his uniform number on it.
It is funny, I hear so many horror stories about Albert Belle, and don't doubt them for a second, but he was one of the best autograph experiences I had. I believe it was 1993 and my family took a trip to Toronto and we stayed at the Skydome. We had tickets to a game, and my father found out that you could stand outside the stadium after the game and try and get autographs. Many Indians players came out a signed a few autographs. Albert came out, and he was the star at the time and everyone surrounded him. He said I will sign just give me some room. He had to be out there for about 45 minutes or so and he signed for everyone. I got him 2 times, my brother got him twice also. He got mad one time because half way through everyone was really crowding him. He got mad and said if you do not give me some space I am leaving. Everyone backed up and he signed for a good 20 minutes more. Maybe we just caught him on a good day?
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Had a ba experience with Ken Griffey Jr one time. It was 1988 and I was in 6th grade and staying with friends for a week in Vermont. We went to a Vermont Mariners game, I didn't know who Ken Griffey Je was but my friend said he was a big star there. After the game we were standing out by parking lot to get autographs. Griffey comes out and everyone surrounds him. He keeps walking, there was maybe 10-15 people, mostly kids trying, and he gets in his BMW and leaves. We had to walk with him for a good 100 feet or so from stadium to his car, he didn't sign one autograph.
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As a collector at visiting team hotels in the 1960's Aaron , Mantle, and Bob Buhl were horror stories I still remember 50 years later the details of which I put on other posts.
One of those is not like the others. LOL.
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Old 04-27-2018, 11:07 AM
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One of those is not like the others. LOL.
Was Buhl nicer in his old age?
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Old 04-27-2018, 11:16 AM
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Besides Mays, the only other ones that I thought were jerks (more in their attitude rather than anything they said or did) were Rose and Winfield. Reggie Jackson was similar the first time I got his sig (shortly after his playing days) but I think he's mellowed out quite a bit. Was real nice when I saw him at the HOF in 2008.
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Old 04-27-2018, 12:35 PM
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Was Willie Mays always bad towards fans?

Anyone know if he has a specific reason why he chooses to be an idiot?
Besides, of course, being an idiot.
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At spring training about 5 years ago all us graphers would wait outside the stadium in the morning. The players would park and walk by us. There was a 90+ year old man who more than anything else wanted Willie to sign a personal item that definitely wasn't for resale. Willie was there that day. We all (even the dealers) moved away as we all wanted this guy to get him and we didn't want to scare Willie off. Willie totally ignored him and he was crushed.
I find it interested when I have been treated horrendously by some players (the vast minority), I still want their signature. Kind of sick when you think about it.
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How Verlanders name has not been brought up yet amazes me.
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How Verlanders name has not been brought up yet amazes me.
Or Ted Williams.
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