# Monday, February 02, 2009
I was at Soxfest this weekend. I was staying at the Palmer House Hilton with the wife, and we had 3 day passes.

Most of the Sox players were very fan friendly. A few stand out in particular:

John Danks - He couldn't have been friendlier. He signed everything put in front of him, adding inscriptions if requested. He chatted, and treated all of the fans with respect.

Carlos Quentin - I had heard some bad things about Carlos, and as such was very pleasantly surprised by his personable nature. He smiled warmly at just about every fan, and asked for their names during photo sessions. I saw him fist bump several small children, and watch them walk away with a huge smile on his face. At one point, there was a delay in getting the next fan up to the autograph table, and at that point my wife and I were positioned directly in front of Carlos. He shrugged, and then smiled and waved at my wife. Also, when my wife handed him his 2008 Upper Deck card, he rubbed it down before signing it, explaining to her that it would streak if not rubbed.  Great guy!

Gavin Floyd - I met Floyd when he was playing for the Clearwater Phillies, and he was actually quite rude back then. Maybe he has changed, because he was very friendly. In fact, he is now my wife's favorite player (she didn't have one before). The guy in front of him had him sign a White Sox bib, and Gavin happily inscribed "To Luke or Audrey", as the sex of the baby was still unknown. Gavin and his wife got a kick out of that.

Bob Shaw, Jim Landis, Billy Pierce, Jim Rivera - I'll group all of the 59 Sox legends together, because all 4 were class acts. In particular, Bob Shaw was very gracious and friendly. Like Carlos Quentin, Shaw just seemed to exude "warmth". My wife handed Shaw his 61 Topps card, and commented on how handsome he was. Shaw replied "that was a long time ago", and smiled broadly.

Minnie Minoso - Minnie was great, as always. I told him that I thought it was a crime that he isn't in the HOF. He responded by saying that he has been snubbed because of politics, and said that there are many players with lesser stats, and shorter careers, in the HOF. I was surprised, and pleased, to get such a candid, honest answer. He also looked great for being in his mid 80s.

There were also some players that disappointed me with their attitudes. They are:

Jermaine Dye - JD was the first line I got into on Friday, as I really wanted him to sign a home jersey with the world series patch. I was 3rd in line. I asked him very politely if he would mind adding "WS MVP" to his auto. He didn't even look at me, just shook his head. He could at least have made eye contact with me.

Harold Baines - Pretty much the same thing as Dye. Just shook his head when asked if he would mind adding an inscription, without ever looking up at me. It doesn't upset me that they wouldn't add inscriptions, it bothers me that they thought so little of me that they couldn't look at me. I honestly expected more out of Baines, who I have always thought was the epitome of a class act.

Steve Stone - Stone is a jerk. That isn't harsh enough. Stone is a colossal jerk. He was sitting next to Hawk Harrelson. Hawk was signing a photo for me, and I had my card out ready for Stone to sign when Hawk was done. Stone reached out, dragged my card across the table, and scribbled his signature across his face on the card, commenting "lets keep this moving". The guy behind me had Stone sign a baseball, and asked if he could add a Cy Young inscription. Stone said "No I won't, but you can do whatever you want with it".

All in all, it was a great weekend. Here is my haul:

Harold Baines - 1 16x20, 1 8x10
Jeff Cox - 2 cards
John Danks - 3 cards, 1 16x20 (inscribed 2008 Tiebreaker Win), 2 8x10s, 1 baseball (inscribed Blackout 9-30-08)
Jermaine Dye - 1 jersey
Ed Farmer - 2 cards, 1 8x10, 1 5x7 Topps card
Gavin Floyd - 2 cards, 2 8x10s
Chris Getz - 2 cards
Ozzie Guillen - 2 cards
Hawk Harrelson - 2 cards, 2 8x10s (inscribed 05 Champs)
Kevin Hickey - 4 cards
Darrin Jackson - 2 cards
Ron Kittle - 1 16x20 (inscribed 83 AL ROY)
Paul Konerko - 1 jersey, 1 WS baseball
Jim Landis - 2 cards, 1 8x10 photo (inscribed 59 Sox), 1 Gold Glove baseball (inscribed 5x GG)
Bill Melton - 2 cards, 1 16x20 (inscribed 1971 AL HR Champ)
Minnie Minoso - 2 cards, 1 baseball
Jerry Owens - 2 cards
Billy Pierce - 2 cards, 1 Sport Magazine (inscribed 59 Sox)
Carlos Quentin - 1 card, 1 8x10, 1 16x20
Alexei Ramirez - 2 8x10s, 1 baseball
Clayton Richard - 1 8x10, 1 card
Jim Rivera - 1 card, 1 baseball (inscribed 1959 Sox)
Adam Russell - 4 cards
Bob Shaw - 2 cards, 2 8x10s (inscribed 59 Sox)
Steve Stone - 2 cards
Jim Thome - 1 16x20 (inscribed 9-30-08 Blackout), 1 baseball (with Danks)
Ehren Wassermann - 3 cards