Re: The Autograph Thread
Justin Verlander and Dave Dombrowski - went to spring training years ago, it was the season before Verlander broke out. I believe Edwin Encarnacion hit a home run off of him off the team bus.
My favorite autograph is Tim Salmon. For my senior project of high school we had to shadow a professional for 2 weeks. My cousin was/is an executive for UPS in Detroit. I stayed with him and his family for 2 weeks and one day we took the day off and went to a businessman special at Comerica Park. He got really good tickets from his boss so we were sitting 2nd row behind 1st base dugout. We got there early for batting practice and some of the Angels were signing balls. I was lucky enough to get a ball that was thrown to me. I went over to Eckstein first, got his autograph, seems like a really nice guy. Tim Salmon was a few feet away, so I walked over to him, I noticed he was really quiet. At the time the Angels were hovering around .500 and nobody was really thinking much of them. For some reason I thought the Angels were a sleeper and what transpired is a memory I will always remember. Since Tim wasn't saying anything I said "I picked you guys to go all the way this year, I think you are going to win it all" and he rolled his eyes, turned to me and said "yeah right, kid" then walked away.
I sure showed him!