Tagged: Baseball People I have met

Mike Napoli

Last Saturday, I met Mike Napoli, the Anaheim Angels catcher. He was signing at a At&t store. I got him to sign a Angels Mini Helmet. Jered Weaver and Howie Kendrick were already signed on the helmet so it was cool in getting the Catcher. As of today, he has hit 10 Home Runs. But his average is low at .214 I wish him luck. Of course, except when playing against the Dodgers.                                               

Photo Day @ Dodger Stadium

This occurred on May 25, 2008 It was Photo Day at Dodger Stadium. I got there early. I knew it was going to be impossible to get autographs. I didn’t even bring any items. I decided to just take pictures. Alot of fans were there! I was surprised. I remember from 2003 to 2006 I don’t remember that much people went. I know alot of fans come but not like this year. I didn’t go last year so I don’t know if it was less or the same amount of people. Most of the players were cool enough to pose at the camera. I think most of them were happy to do it except Jonathan Broxton. That dude looked mad and just stopped and kept walking. Maybe he acted like that just on my side but he looked weird. I was able to take pictures with 4 players. The first one was Wes Parker. He came toward us and I congratulated him on winning the All-Time Gold Glove by a First Baseman. This happened last year and he was voted the best defensive 1st Ba seman in history. After I congratulated him, he started to talk in spanish to me. I don’t know why. He said “Gracias amigo, muchas gracias” and other stuff that I didn’t understand. I should of told him “Gracias wey!” I just laughed. Next up was Chin-lu Hu. The Taiwan native that seriously looks like he is 14 years old. The third guy was Blake DeWitt. He seemed really enjoying the time to interact with the fans. Rookie of the year ? Who knows but he is playing great! The last guy was Delwyn Young. He looks gangsta. lol 🙂 A couple of players I didn’t see was Jeff Kent, Clayton Kershaw (he was pitching that day so I understand) Derek Lowe, Rafael Furcal (maybe because he is injured) and I can’t remember who else. Well maybe they did come out, but not on my side. Pictures below.


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Pedro Guerrero


This event occured on May 24, 2008 I was away for about a month from the Baseball world. It was nice getting back to the autograph scene. On this day, I got a autograph of Pedro Guerrero. I don’t remember seeing him before in any events. I did some research on him and found out he lives in Florida. So I decided to go and get his autograph since I don’t know if he would do any appearances in So-Cal. Some interesting and sad things about Guerrero is that according to his lawyer, his IQ is 70 Well he signed my ball and didn’t seem that dumb to me. Once, the Baseball writer Bill James called Guerrero “the best hitter God has made in a long time” He was the co-MVP in the 1981 World Series. Maybe if he didn’t have his personal problems, his career could of been better.

Gary Carter/Darrell Evans

This occured on April 19, 2008 (yeah a long time ago, I’m catching up)

Gary Carter and Darrell Evans were scheduled to sign autographs at Cal State Fullerton. Carter is the manager of the Independent Baseball team Orange County Flyers.  Evans is the hitting coach. That day they had a try-out at Goodwin Field for players who want to try to make the team. After the try-out, Carter and Evans were going to sign autographs. When I got there, I didn’t see alot of people. In fact, if I can remember, it was less than a dozen people. That being said, I was able to get the autographs quickly and get out. I got both guys on separate balls (now that I remember, I owe a ball to someone…sorry Ray) It was cool in getting a Hall of Famer (Carter) and Evans (400 plus H.R.’s) Both guys were cool. Pictures below.