# Sunday, 20 February 2011
I made my way over to Kissimmee for the Astros workout today.  My main objective, of course, was Carlos Lee.  I got there at 7:00am to try to get him as he pulled into the parking lot.  I had a large sign that read "Please Carlos".  When he rolled up in his Bentley at 8:30am, I held the sign up in the air.  I was the only person there.  Unlike last year, when this gambit worked, he just waved as he drove right by me.

It was a fitting start to a terrible day.  Carlos didn't pick up a pen all day.  The pitchers only worked out for an hour or less, then went straight back into the clubhouse.  So you had to choose between sticking around to try and get position players, or head to the parking lot to try for the pitchers.  I stuck with the position players to try to get Lee.  Of course, Lee didn't sign.  Neither did Hunter Pence.  The only notable guys that signed more than a couple of autographs were Clint Barmes, Jason Castro, Brett Wallace, and former Sox Jason Bourgeois.  The guys I missed by staying (that I was told about) were J.A. Happ and Wandy Rodriguez.

It's only been two days, but it has been a discouraging start to spring training.  I'm striking out on all of the big names (Chipper, Lee, Heyward, etc) and the most notable former Sox (Linebrink, Lee).  I just hope the trip to Arizona leads to more success.

Here is my tally:

Brad Arnsberg - 2/3
Mike Barnett - 2/2
Clint Barmes - 2/2
Jason Bourgeois - 4/4
Enos Cabell - 2/2
Jason Castro - 2/2
Dave Clark - 2/2
Jose Cruz - 2/2
Matt Downs - 2/2
Burt Hooton - 1/2
Jason Michaels - 2/2 (he is the only guy that signed in the parking lot in the morning)
Jiovanni Mier - 4/4
Brad Mills - 2/2
Paul Runge - 2/2
T.J. Steele - 4/4
Milt Thompson - 2/2
Ty Van Burkleo - 2/2
Brett Wallace - 2/2

Today's total: 41 cards

2011 Spring Training 2 day total - 88 cards


Tomorrow I'm off to Arizona to see the White Sox!!!  Probably won't get there in time to get any autos tomorrow, but I should be racking on Tuesday!