Thursday, June 16, 2011

Non-HoF Autographs: Shawn Green

This evening I was able to visit a book signing at the Barnes and Noble at the Americana in Glendale.  Shawn Green was there to promote and sign his new book.

I was excited about this for several reasons - Mr. Green was both a Dodger and a Blue Jay, plus he was one of my favorite players when I was growing up.

You can read a great review of the event right here, and a bit of my own ramblings over at my other blog.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Failure #17: Stan Musial

While reading an autograph through-the-mail collectors forum, I noticed that quite a few people were having success with requests from Stan Musial through his "Stan the Man" office.  So I sent off a quick request, but all I got back was my blank 3x5 card and a postcard.

The post card is a nice souvenir.  It features a quick bio on one of baseball's greatest players, and on the back gives some details about how to obtain autographed merchandise (for a fee, of course).

Non-HoF Autographs: Ubaldo Jimenez and Matt Lindstrom

I attended my first Dodger game of the season this week and was lucky enough to snag two autographs during batting practice from the opposing team.  Pitchers Ubaldo Jimenez and Matt Lindstrom came over and signed for a few fans in the right field corner.  It probably helped that there were a few fans decked out in Rockies gear.

Jimenez has had an interesting start to his young career.  In 2010 he pitched the first no-hitter in Rockies team history, was named a National League All Star, and looked like a lock for the Cy Young award last year before falling off in the second half of the season.

Lindstrom has also had an interesting career.  He has already played for three different teams - the Marlins, Astros, and Rockies.  He is a hard throwing righty who has been closer at times throughout his career.  Additionally, he was named to the roster of the USA team for the 2009 World Baseball Classic.