I have many, many, many IP auto's compared to my 2 TTM.
Mookie Wilson (Saw him at Shea)
These are from '08 Spring Training
Carlos Gomez (My stupid pen ran out of ink)
One person who I honestly don't know. He was in uniform and wearing a number and when I couldn't find him on the roster I asked who he was and he said, "I'm not on the team." ???
During the '08 Season
Mark Anthony, sang the anthem at the Last Game at Shea
These are from '09 Spring Training
Jon Heyman (SI Writer)
(I was at 2 games)
These are from '10 Spring Training
Gerald Laird's Batting Gloves
I was THIS close to getting Ryan Howard. He was signing down the line and when he got one person away from me he said, "Sorry I gotta hit."
During the '10 Season
R.A. Dickey (TTM)
Josh Thole (TTM)
12 players from the Short-Season A New York Penn League Champions, the Tri-City Valleycats.
At a signing
Francisco Rodriguez (K-Rod)
At an event
As you can see, my IP is a little better than my TTM.
But besides the autograph, I was left with some great memories. Here are a few,
I yelled down to Jon Heyman, the SI writer and he looked up at me and said,
"You want my autograph?"
Terry Francona, who stopped signing after a kid threw his glove at him.
Carlos Gomez, who couldn't sign because my pen ran out of ink. smash:
Akinori Iwamura, who almost dropped my ball in the dirt which was wet from earlier rain.
At the World Baseball Classic when a player from the Netherlands signed my ball and tossed it back but he threw too short and I never saw the ball again.
One ever-lasting memory was when I was a kid and I dropped my baseball in the Mets dugout accidentally and during the game, a player picked it up and actually gave it back. I can't remember who.
When I told Nick Evans, "I enjoyed seeing the play for the Mets" to which he replied, "Yeah, so did I."