# Friday, February 26, 2010
I made the drive down to Ft. Myers last night, and checked into the Holiday Inn Express on Forum Blvd.  I'll be there for 3 nights while I hang out at Twins camp trying to get some Jim Thome stuff done.

The place was a zoo, and as such I didn't do all that well.  Just about everybody signed at some point, but you had to pick and choose who to go for.  Of course, I followed Jim Thome around.  Here is what I got:

Jim Thome - 1/1
Joe Nathan - 1/2, 1/1
Denard Span - 2/2
Carl Pavano - 1/2
Alexei Casilla - 2/2
Jesse Crain - 1/4, 2/2
Ron Gardenhire - 2/2
Mike Maroth - 2/2
Juan Portes - 2/2
Wilson Ramos - 3/3
Danny Rams - 4/4
Jon Rauch - 4/4
Matt Tolbert - 1/1, 1/1
Loek Van Mil - 1/1

Joe Mauer signed around 40-50 autographs, for a group of 300 or so.  Unfortunately, I just missed getting him.

Morneau signed a couple of times, and I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. 

Denard Span is a great guy.  He signed everything, and he was very personable.  Jon Rauch was pretty cool too.  When I handed him my book, I told him I was a huge White Sox fan and that I was very happy to be getting him.  With a hard look on his face, he handed my book right back to me without signing anything... then he cracked a smile and took it back.

Thome was very friendly, but he didn't sign a whole lot.  I only got him because I shadowed him the entire time he was working out.  At one point, he walked across a field to a building with some gym equipment.  A little kid chased him across the field and asked him to sign.  Thome obliged.  When Thome came back a few minutes later, I said "I bet you were shocked when you turned around and saw that little kid", to which he replied "I know!".

Pictures will be posted when I get back home.

2010 Spring Training Totals - 122 cards, 1 8x10, 1 mini helmet, 1 16x20