August 31, 2008
There was a “big” sports card show event here in Southern California. It wasn’t really big. Not alot of collectors came. The players that appeared were 5 former Dodgers, Jim Rice, and Gaylord Perry. I only bought autograph tickets for Rice and Perry. First up was Rice. I got a 11×14 picture of Rice. Got in line and ready to meet the great Jim Rice….Well he wasn’t that great of a person. Not very approachable. There was about 5 people in front of me. I wasn’t able to see what was going on but I noticed right away that Rice looked upset. It looked like the people were not ready with their items and then when it was my turn it looked like he was upset. I said “Hi Mr. Rice” and he didn’t say or look at me. I knew right away he was going to be a difficult person. While he was signing the picture, I was thinking “Should I ask for a picture ? He looks mad, maybe it’s not a good idea….ah what the hell, I will ask” Hahaha So I did ask for the pix and gave the camera to the person behind me. Rice didn’t respond to my question and I think that meant a “no” answer because he didn’t even look at the camera. I told him thanks and he just looked the other way. Wow, bitter dude. I mean I know you deserve to be in the Hall of Fame but do you really have to be upset with your life ? Maybe if I told him that I read his blog on a weekly basis, he would of been happy ? I gave the picture to my Wife so she can hold it for me while I get Perry’s Autograph. Later she told me that someone asked her “How was Rice as a person?” and she said “Oh no, I didn’t meet him, my Husband just met him and he said he was not that friendly” and he said “Oh yeah, I heard. He just looks bitter” Oh well…it was still cool getting that autograph and I do hope that he makes it to the H.O.F. one day. Thanks Jim.
Next up was Gaylord Perry. The Hall of Famer pitcher. I’m sure Mr. Perry is the biggest Hall of Famer you will see. Well….Tony Gwynn might be a close 2nd. I’m not sure what’s going on with Gwynn, but the dude keeps getting bigger. Anyways, Perry is one big guy. When they announced his name, he came out and you can tell he is getting old. Didn’t look good when walking. Right away, I noticed his San Francisco Giants hat. It’s good that I didn’t wear my Dodgers hat 🙂 I bought a Hall of Fame ball for him to sign it. While in line, I was talking a guy behind me and he asked me what I was going to get signed. I told him a ball. With the autograph comes with 1 free inscription. If you wanted a extra inscription, it would be 10 extra bucks. Well he told me “I’m getting a ball and I’m going to tell him to put “H.O.F. 91” and “No Vaseline” and I said “No way?” He said “yeah watch me” Well it was my turn and I greeted Perry and gave him the ball. He asked what inscription I wanted and I said “H.O.F. 91” He was very nice. At least he did some small talk compare to Rice. I gave the camera to the “Vaseline guy” and he shot this picture…The sun blows away one of my eyes. Oh well, still looks good 🙂
I told him thanks and while I was putting my ball away, I wanted to see if Perry was going to put “No vaseline” The guy gave him the ball and told him “put No Vaseline” and Perry said “no…I can put my win totals” So he did that 🙂 Funny. Have no idea what I’m talking about ? Read this NY Times article about Gaylord Perry using Vaseline. It was cool meeting these 2 guys. Later!