Tuesday night started out slow, but ended up being one of my best nights of the season so far. After having no luck whatsoever during batting practice, I decided to check out which Red Sox alumni was signing autographs at the team store. Fortunately, it was Sam Horn, and I happened to have a Red Sox team set of 88 Topps on me. I had him sign the card, as well as a promotional giveaway black & white photo.
When I returned inside the stadium, I noticed a young girl with a big homemade "#1 Fan" sign for Hanley Ramirez, so I planted myself next to her. Within a minute of entering the dugout, Hanley noticed, and came over to take a picture with her. I suggested he sign her #1 Fan sign, and then he signed a card for me and a handful of others before retreating back to the dugout.
With a signed Hanley card and a sense of satisfaction, I moved strategically down the line towards a guy wearing a Mets jersey with Reyes' name and number on the back. Sure enough, Reyes came straight to that guy during warmups, having a conversation in Spanish and taking a picture with him before signing for a few people that were close by. I was especially excited to meet Reyes, because he's my grandmother's favorite player. Since she's a Mets fan, she was devastated when he left New York, but I was excited to tell her that I had met him.
I also got Omar Infante on a set card, plus I had Logan Morrison sign a combo card that I'm hoping to complete by the end of the season. For the $12 upper bleacher price of admission, it was a great night, and the Sox won, too!
- Sam Horn- 88 Topps, promo photo
- Logan Morrison- 11 Topps Heritage Rookie Parade (2 down, 3 to go)
- Omar Infante- 09 Topps
- Hanley Ramirez- 09 Topps
- Jose Reyes- 09 Topps