Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Only two Spring Training autographs, but they were good ones!

I mentioned in a post yesterday that I had been given some free tickets to todays Dodgers - Cubs Spring Training game at the Dodgers and White Sox Camelback Ranch Stadium. I took the day off work and went to the park early to try to get some autographs and watch a little practice before meeting up with my wife and kids for the actual game.

I struck out in regards to current players, but I did get a couple of autographs from some Dodger greats. Don Newcombe, the only player in Major League baseball to have won the Rookie of the Year award (1949), Cy Young award (1956), and Most Valuable Player award (1956), rolled up in a golf cart and signed for a good 20 minutes. I was about the 5th person in line and got him to sign a ball which I think turned out great! Thanks Mr. Newcombe!

Mr. Tom Lasorda had a table set up where he signed autographs for everyone who wanted one. To be honest, he wasn't very nice about it though. He was rushing people through the line and making snide comments about everthing and everyone. I got him to sign the postcard below. I had written to the Dodgers back in the early 90's and they sent back a couple Tommy Lasorda postcards. I happened to come across them the other day and so that's what I took with me.

So I was a little disappointed that I wasn't able to get Kershaw, Kemp, or Looney, all of whom signed for a few people, but I wasn't able to get. Mattingly didn't sign at all today and Ethier wasn't even there. I could have gotten autographs from others like Rick Honeycutt, Ivan De Jesus, Jamey Carroll, and Jonathan Broxton, but I didn't have anything for them to sign. Next time I'll have to be more prepared.


  1. Good stuff! I was at that game too. It's a really nice complex

  2. Nice work! I got Mattingly a few weeks ago and he was super cool. Got a good pic of him and he was very kind.

    Same thing about Lasorda, kind of made a lot of comments and didn't seem realy happy to be signing.

    Camelback is amazing though, isn't it?

  3. Nice autos! I was at the Brewers v. Padres game and I scored Robin Younts auto, and he was way nice about it signed for a while, talked to people took a couple pictures. And politely told somebody that he was not Paul Molitor.