I collect autographs. It’s something that I enjoy collecting since I was a kid. Before, I used to get the autograph and that’s it. Nothing else. I would go home and save it. That’s the end of it. Now, I do something different. I
have been doing it (or trying to do it) for a couple of years now. That’s to make sure that after I get the autograph, I take a picture with the person. Sometimes, it’s not an easy thing to do. Sometimes there are time
restrictions and you just have to settle for the autograph. I remember as a kid, I met Sandy Koufax, Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays, Alex Rodriguez, Mike Piazza, and so on and so on. I have their autographs. I’m happy that I have the autographs of those Hall of Famers. It was something cool to meet these guys in person. I think I even have a couple of pictures of them signing my items. But I don’t have a picture taken with them. I mean, how cool would it be if I had taken a picture with the Joltin’ Joe ? Now it’s too late, he passed away. It’s just something that I never really thought about. I did take a couple of pictures with some guys like Pedro Martinez, Tommy Lasorda, Frank Robinson, and others but that’s about it. Since I bought my first digital camera in 2004 I try my best to take a picture with the person I’m meeting. Some people think it’s really cool what I do. Bloggers/Readers send me e-mails and ask me alot of questions about the experience of meeting a certain person. Others send me e-mails and tell me why I waste my time in doing it. They say I’m already old to be taking pictures with them. Some ask me if I don’t feel weird asking for a picture. I mean, I see kids and women take pictures with them. Why not me ? I enjoy taking pictures of life in general. I take pictures of dumb things and I enjoy it. It’s not just about Baseball. I like taking pictures, period. I remember when I met Cesar Izturis 2 years ago, I got the autograph and my Wife took a picture of me with him. A couple of months later, he was signing at some event and I printed that picture 8 x 10 and I took it. When I was in line to get to meet Cesar, the guy behind me asked what I was going to get signed and I showed him the 8 x 10 picture of me and Cesar. He thought it was the coolest thing to get signed. Now after 2 years, I have known this guy and we always see each other at autograph events and guess what he does ? He always tries to take a picture with the player. A year ago he told me "Hey man, remember that Cesar Izturis picture? I thought that was so cool, now I try to pose a picture with them too" So I guess I’m not the only one. Also, there has been times, where I don’t even get the autograph, all I get is a picture. For example, last year I met Juan Marichal. I said "Hola Juan, como estas ?" and he said "Hola" Then I said "Me firmas mi pelota ?" He said "No puedo" For all you that don’t speak spanish, he said no to my autograph request. Then I reacted quickly and told him "Una foto?" He replied "Si claro" He said yes to the picture. Now I don’t know why he didn’t want to sign. I didn’t get mad. He was super polite. I know he does some signings for a promoter and maybe he has a contract where it does not let him sign in public. Who knows but at least I got a picture. Well I want to thank all those that have sent me e-mails. I always appreciate the comments. Thank you.