Originally Posted by TheBigLebowski
If I made it big as a professional baseball player, which was always my dream, there is no way in HELL I would sign one of those contracts. I could go on a 3 paragraph diatribe about this, but let's just say that it is almost sinful for a professional baseball player, what with his 5 mil per year salary and other endorsements, to turn away a 8 year old kid with a topps card because he has a contract with donruss.
Topics like this make me hate professional sports in general.
I really have no problem with Griffey not signing. This is not new news. If anyone has ever been to a Reds game, they would realize this. Griffey just does not sign autographs before games. If Griffey did sign autographs, I am sure there would be threads about how Griffey is an *ss because he did not sign my kids forehead.
A good friend of mine "knows" Griffey... (well his wife does). They have his cell number and can call him whenever they want and often call for free tix. One time I went with them to a game. They go down to the field to the right of dugout before the game and tell one Reds employees to tell Griffey that "so and so is here" and wants to talk to him. Griffey comes out and near chaos erupts as kids swarm thinking Griffey is signing autographs. Ushers/Security swarm as well... but he does not sign any autographs. Kids are a little disappointed... but everyone gets within 10-15 feet of the great one. Kids are probably a little disappointed that they did not get his auto... but nobody did. If you really want an autograph, buy one on ebay.