Originally Posted by RedEye
I've never run into a baseball player in person, but I did have former Bengal Eddie Brown introduce himself to me at a KFC in Miami. My son and I happened to be wearing our Reds hats, and the man standing in front of us in line asked if we were from Cincinnati. I said "yes" and then he said "I used to play there." When I asked where, I assumed he was a UC or Xavier alum or something... but then he said "I played for the Bengals." I suddenly was able to put two and two together and realized he was the same guy I watched catch so many passes from Boomer Esiason in my youth!
Had he not said anything, I would not have been able to tell who he was other than the guy in front of me ordering a pot pie. Incidentally, Eddie now works for a law firm in Miami and is still trying to get his injury settlement worked out with the Bengals (that's the downer part about the story I'm afraid).
Anyway, I know this is a bit off topic, but I just wanted to share the story.
First game at GABP, I was there. I was hanging out in the hotel lobby (I was probably like 13-14 at the time) when I spot Kenny Lofton walk in. Kenny Lofton was probably one of my Top 5 favorite players growing up.
I walk up to him and I'm like oh my god Kenny Lofton! Can I have autograph?
He goes, and I quote, "No, go to bed kid."
Will never forget it lol.