Sunday, June 19, 2011

Brewers @ Red Sox, 6/18 & 6/19: Fielder, Braun, & The (Bru) Crew!

This weekend was bedlam in Boston as the Bruins held their rolling rally parade on Saturday, then came through Fenway with a mini-parade, driving 4 duck boats packed with players into the ballpark. After circling the warning track, the team stepped off in the outfield and walked to the mound as the Red Sox formed a wall of players at home plate. The B's threw in a line to their baseball brethren in an awesome combination of two sports. In addition to getting some great autos today, I caught a squishy puck thrown into the crowds from the duck boats with a commemorative championship logo on it. Here's how I did:

Saturday (all outside the stadium):
  • Shaun Marcum- 09 Topps
  • Nyjer Morgan- 11 Topps
  • Ryan Braun- 09 Topps (My 200th signed card of the set!)
  • Prince Fielder- 09 Topps
I had read about how much of a character Nyjer AKA "Tony Plush" could be, but you can't really understand it until you see it firsthand. Somebody tried to hand him a Nationals card and he said "sorry man I don't do Nationals stuff I hate those f*ckers." Inside the stadium today somebody else tried to hand him a Nats card, but being mindful of the young kids nearby, simply said "Washington hated on me man".

When he got out of his cab today, I thought he was yelling at one of the graphers that was right at the cab door when he got out. Turns out the person getting the brunt of it was the cab driver, who apparently was rushing Morgan to pay him. After he paid the cabbie he told him to have a better day. When I asked him about it inside later on, he started to laugh and said "Man I don't know what was up with that dude, somebody must have pissed in his corn flakes this morning." Regardless of what kind of trouble he got himself into with the Pirates and Nationals organizations, you have to respect a guy like Tony Plush for telling it like it is.


Outside the stadium:
  • John Axford- 11 Topps
  • Mark Kotsay- 01 Upper Deck MVP
  • Sergio Mitre- Brewers custom logo card
  • Casey McGehee- 09 Topps U&H
  • Prince Fielder- 09 Topps U&H Home Run Derby + photo op
Inside the stadium:
  • Clay Buchholz- 08 Allen & Ginter
  • Nyjer Morgan- Brewers logo card
  • Casey McGehee- 10 Allen & Ginter
Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder have to be two of the fan-friendliest stars in the game right now. Braun didn't sign today, but yesterday he took the time to sign for everybody and take pictures as well. Prince signed for everybody yesterday when there were about 10-15 people waiting for him. Today there were quite a few more people waiting for him, but even in a suit and carrying luggage, he took the time to sign for everyone and take pictures with anyone that had a camera. I was amazed at how great he was to us both days, and he's definitely picked up a new fan in the process.


  1. Sweet! Do you have scans of the autos?


  2. I'll post scans on Tuesday night. Going for the Padres tomorrow night, so it'll be another late one.