# Saturday, 31 March 2012
Well, spring training is ending on something of a downer for me.  I decided to head to Jupiter one last time.  Big mistake.  The major leaguers didn't work out on the practice fields at all, and all of the minor leaguers traveled.  The AAA/AA teams were supposed to be home today against the Mets.  But for some reason the A teams went to St. Lucie, and the AAA/AA teams apparently went to Viera.

90% of the totals below were obtained in the parking lot this morning.  A handful were obtained in the backfields, as the minor league pitchers that didn't travel had a short workout.

Totals:

John Buck - 2/2
Jeff Conine - 1/1, 1/1 (help)
Joey Cora - 2/2
Scott Cousins - 4/4
Matt Dominguez - 1/2
Michael Dunn - 4/4
Ron Hassey - 4/4
Brett Hayes - 2/2
Chad James - 3/3
Jake Jefferies - 1/1
Kyle Jensen - 2/2
Tom Koehler - 1/1
James Leverton - 1/1
Jobduan Morales - 2/2
Logan Morrison - 4/4
Edgar Olmos - 1/1
Bryan Petersen - 2/2
Jeff Schwarz - 1/1
Randy St. Claire - 4/4
Rett Varner - 2/2
Elih Villanueva - 2/2

Today's total - 47 cards

Eighteen day total - 1537 cards, 2 16x20s, 2 10x20s, 2 11x14s, 5 tickets, 11 8x10s, 2 baseballs, 3 mini helmets









posted on Saturday, 31 March 2012 12:48:49 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Friday, 30 March 2012
I spent what might be my last day of spring training at Nats minor league camp.  Unfortunately, they started late today (10:30), so the AAA/AA that were traveling to Kissimmee never came out.

These guys are clearly getting tired of me.  I was thinking about going back tomorrow to try to get AAA guys, but after some of the looks and comments I got today, I'm having second thoughts.  I'll either go to Jupiter tomorrow, or just relax for the first time in over a month.

Of the players that clearly recognized me, Brian Goodwin was the only one that refused to sign for me.  I'm sure Matt Purke would have as well, but I didn't see him.

The Single A Astros were here today.  Unfortunately, they didn't bring Delino Deshields or George Springer.  I was pretty happy to get Cesar Cedeno, though.  He was very friendly.  When he emerged from the dugout and I asked him to sign, he acted shocked and afraid.  Once he took my cards, he started calling over his players and making them look at them, lol.

Totals!

Nationals
Justin Bloxom - 1/1
Bob Boone - 2/2
Matt Buschmann - 2/2
Zach Duke - 4/4
Brian Dupra - 1/1
Cutter Dykstra - 4/4
Brian Goodwin - 1/1 (help)
Rick Hague - 5/5
Trevor Holder - 3/3
Destin Hood - 1/1
Cole Leonida - 4/4
Jason Martinson - 4/4
Yunesky Maya - 2/2
Jack McGeary - 2/2
Adrian Nieto - 3/3
Adam Olbrychowski - 1/1
Hassan Pena - 2/2
J.P. Ramirez - 4/4
Robbie Ray - 4/4
Anthony Rendon - 1/1, 1/1 (help)
Adrian Sanchez - 1/1
Josh Smoker - 4/4
Steven Souza - 3/3
Cory Van Allen - 1/1
Kyle Winters - 3/3

Astros
Dave Borkowski - 4/4
Cesar Cedeno - 2/2
Rene Garcia - 1/1
Miles Hamblin - 4/4
Ben Heath - 4/4
Domingo Santana - 4/4

Today's total - 83 cards

Seventeen day total - 1490 cards, 2 16x20s, 2 10x20s, 2 11x14s, 5 tickets, 11 8x10s, 2 baseballs, 3 mini helmets













posted on Friday, 30 March 2012 14:14:03 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Monday, 26 March 2012
Spent the day at Nats camp. I moved around quite a bit today.  My day went like this:

6:30am - 7:45am - Major League Parking Lot
7:45am - 10:00am - Minor League workout
10:00am - 10:30am - Major League starting pitchers batting practice
10:30am - 1:15pm - Minor League workout
1:15pm - 3:15pm - Major League Parking Lot

The most notable thing that happened today was getting Stephen Strasburg for the first time.  All of the starting pitchers signed after taking BP, other than today's starter John Lannan.  There were quite a few people lined up for Strasburg.  Probably 40 or so.  Strasburg signed for everybody.  Not only that, but he was smiling and laughing.  I guess there is a first time for everything!

Gio Gonzalez and Edwin Jackson signed everything put in front of them after BP, and again in the parking lot.  Those two guys have been awesome all spring. 

Bryce Harper didn't sign anything. 

Totals!

Bob Boone - 2/2
Sean Burnett - 1/1
Brian Daubach - 4/4
Gio Gonzalez - 4/4, 2/2
Tom Gorzelanny - 2/2
Brian Goodwin - 2/2
Rick Hague - 4/4
Edwin Jackson - 4/4, 3/3
Adam LaRoche - 1/2
Cole Leonida - 4/4
Steve Lombardozzi - 2/2
Jason Martinson - 4/4
Yunesky Maya - 4/4
Tyler Moore - 4/4
Xavier Nady - 1/1
Xavier Paul - 3/3
Eury Perez - 4/4, 4/4
Matt Purke - 2/2 (Called me out again, saying "Man, how many times do I have to sign for you?")
J.P. Ramirez - 4/4
Anthony Rendon - 2/2
Bill Singer - 4/4 (Called me out as well, saying "No more, this is the third time!")
Matthew Skole - 1/1
Steven Souza - 3/3
Craig Stammen - 1/1
Stephen Strasburg - 1/1
Mark Teahen - 4/4
Chien-Ming Wang - 4/4
Jordan Zimmermann - 1/1

Today's total - 88 cards

Sixteen day total - 1407 cards, 2 16x20s, 2 10x20s, 2 11x14s, 5 tickets, 11 8x10s, 2 baseballs, 3 mini helmets













posted on Monday, 26 March 2012 15:24:42 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Sunday, 25 March 2012
Today was kind of a wasted day.  Mark Buehrle wasn't there, and most of the big names were on the bus that left at 7am.  The only notable guys that stayed behind were Mike Stanton, Heath Bell, and Carlos Zambrano.

Zambrano didn't sign anything, Heath Bell signed everything, and Stanton signed a few in the morning.  Stanton and Logan Morrison were still there when I left, doing rehab-related activities.  Since I got both in the morning, I decided to call it a day early.

Totals:

Cole Armstrong - 4/4
Heath Bell - 3/3, 2/2 (1 smeared)
Arquimedes Caminero - 1/1
Jose Ceda - 4/4
Steve Cishek - 2/2
Scott Cousins - 4/4
Matt Dominguez - 2/2
Michael Dunn - 4/4
Jose Fernandez - 4/8, 5/5
Gary Glover - 4/4
Brad Hand - 4/4
Ron Hassey - 4/4
Mason Hope - 8/8
Jake Jefferies - 3/3
Kyle Jensen - 1/2
Austin Kearns - 1/1
Tom Koehler - 3/4
Chase Lambin - 2/2
Damon Minor - 2/2
Luke Montz - 1/1
Logan Morrison - 4/4
Omer Munoz - 1/1
Marcell Ozuna - 8/8, 4/4
Gaby Sanchez - 1/2 (only signed for me and then walked away)
Jeff Schwarz - 4/4
Kyle Skipworth - 4/4
Giancarlo Stanton - 1/1
Gary Thurman - 2/4
Terry Tiffee - 2/2
Rett Varner - 4/4
Ryan Webb - 2/2
Christian Yelich - 5/6 (no dupes)

Today's total - 110 cards

Fifteen day total - 1319 cards, 2 16x20s, 2 10x20s, 2 11x14s, 5 tickets, 11 8x10s, 2 baseballs, 3 mini helmets
















posted on Sunday, 25 March 2012 14:50:25 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Saturday, 24 March 2012
Spent today at Nats minor league camp.  There were a LOT more people there today than have been there previously.  Bryce Harper getting sent down will do that.

I hung out with Ed, Kirk, Jesus, Nelson, Elsa, Cathy (Kathy?) and a few others.  Having people to talk to definitely makes the day go by faster.  Kirk also turned me on to the pizza place inside of the gas station down the street from the complex.  Glad to have somewhere to eat within walking distance!

Bryce didn't sign anything.  Not only that, but he now has a "shadow" that says no for him.  The shadow walks with him throughout the camp.  Whenever he needs to go to the clubhouse, he hops on a golf cart.

Totals:

Nationals
Colin Bates - 1/1
Bob Boone - 2/2
Brian Daubach - 3/3
Erik Davis - 4/4
Brian Dupra - 4/4
Brian Goodwin - 1/1, 1/1 (help)
Rick Hague - 4/4
Blake Kelso - 1/1
Kevin Keyes - 4/4
Jeff Kobernus - 4/4
Cole Leonida - 4/4
Jason Martinson - 4/4
Yunesky Maya - 4/4
Paul Menhart - 1/1
Tyler Moore - 4/4
Xavier Paul - 4/4
Eury Perez - 4/4, 4/4
J.P. Ramirez - 5/5
Anthony Rendon - 1/1, 1/2 (8x10)
Rick Schu - 3/3
Matthew Skole - 1/1
Steven Souza - 3/3
Ryan Tatusko - 2/2
Mark Teahen - 4/4, 2/2 (8x10s)
Kylin Turnbull - 2/2
Chien-Ming Wang - 4/4 (Major League parking lot)

Astros
Adam Bailey - 4/4
Mark Bailey - 4/4
Brandon Barnes - 1/1
Enos Cabell - 4/4
Joel Chimelis - 4/4
Collin DeLome - 1/1
Jon Gaston - 2/2
Jacob Goebbert - 2/2
Kyle Greenwalt - 1/1
Ben Heath - 4/4
Gary Ruby - 1/1
Jonathan Singleton - 2/4, 2/2 (help)
Jonathan Villar - 4/4 (should have brought more, he was signing everything)
Chris Wallace - 4/4

Today's total - 123 cards, 3 8x10s

Thirteen day total - 1209 cards, 2 16x20s, 2 10x20s, 2 11x14s, 5 tickets, 11 8x10s, 2 baseballs, 3 mini helmets





















posted on Saturday, 24 March 2012 18:23:42 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Sunday, 18 March 2012
Today I hit Marlins camp.  My main objective was Marlins major leaguers, but I also brought stuff for the AAA/AA Mets, as they were there playing the AAA/AA Marlins.

Today was both a great day and a horrible day.  The great news was that I got both Ozzie Guillen and Mark Buehrle for the first time this spring, not counting the season ticket holder event.

The bad news was that Ozzie completely annihilated the mini helmet he signed for me.  He had to toss it over the fence after signing it.  The first time he tossed it, it bounced off of the top of the fence and he caught it with his hand right on the signature, smearing it.  The second time he tossed it he airmailed it over two sections of the fence back into the players parking lot.  It bounced around for a while before Guillen picked it up.  So now, in addition to the smeared signature, the helmet itself is all scratched up.  The third time he was successful.  The helmet is trash.  This completely ruined my day.  What is it with my luck with mini helmets this spring?

Buehrle parked in the stadium to avoid the players parking lot.  He pulled out while the Major League game was still going on, and there were only 2 kids and 3 adults near the parking area getting autographs.  The two kids were waiting where Buehrle pulls out to try to get him to roll down his window.  Unbelievably, he did!  Derek, C.B., and I all ran over.  Buehrle did sign for us, though you could tell he wasn't happy about it.  He actually said to us "I park in here so I can avoid you guys!".  As I wasn't expecting Buehrle to sign, I didn't have any of the nice items I need him on ready, so I just got him on a card.

Andre Dawson and Tony Perez drove in together.  Only two of us approached them.  Tony Perez wasn't having it, but Dawson stopped.  The guy I was with, Jesus, asked Dawson to sign a HOF program.  Dawson refused.  He then went on a fairly long diatribe about how he doesn't sign in the morning.  Nonetheless, he did sign a card for each of us.

Giancarlo Stanton signed going in and coming out.  He is making a point of refusing to come over when people call him Mike.  But as soon as somebody called him Giancarlo, he came over, and was very friendly both times.

Today was my best quantity day so far this spring, and would be a good quality day as well if it weren't for the Guillen mini helmet fiasco.

Totals!

Marlins

Jose Alvarez - 2/2
Chase Austin - 2/2
Andy Barkett - 2/2
Heath Bell - 2/2
Emilio Bonifacio - 1/2
John Buck - 2/2
Mark Buehrle - 1/1
Mark Canha - 4/4
Steve Cishek - 4/4
Joe Coleman - 4/4
Jeff Conine - 1/2, 1/1
Joey Cora - 2/2
Scott Cousins - 4/4
Andre Dawson - 1/1
Matt Dominguez - 2/2
Michael Dunn - 4/4
Jose Fernandez - 4/4
Ryan Fisher - 2/2
Isaac Galloway - 3/3
Chad Gaudin - 4/4
Nick Green - 1/1
Ozzie Guillen - 1/1 mini helmet (smeared and scratched)
Brad Hand - 4/4
Ron Hassey - 4/4
Josh Hodges - 2/2
Mason Hope - 4/4
Chad James - 2/2
Jared Jefferies - 4/4
Kyle Jensen - 1/2
Austin Kearns - 1/1
Ben Lasater - 4/4
Tim Leiper - 2/2
James Leverton - 2/2
J.D. Martin - 2/2
Brian McConkey - 2/2
Blake McGinley - 4/4
Damon Minor - 4/4
Frank Moore - 2/2
Robert Morey - 2/2
Jobduan Morales - 4/4
Edward Mujica - 4/4
Jim Negrych - 2/2
Ricky Nolasco - 4/4
Edgar Olmos - 4/4
Eduardo Perez - 3/4
Bryan Petersen - 2/4
Dallas Poulk - 3/3
Omar Poveda - 3/3
J.T. Realmuto - 2/2
Jared Rogers - 4/4
Cookie Rojas - 1/1
Aaron Rowand - 1/1 11x14
Gaby Sanchez - 2/2
Jeff Schwarz - 4/4
Aaron Senne - 3/3
Jake Smolinski - 4/4
Giancarlo Stanton - 1/1 8x10, 1/2
Randy St. Claire - 2/2
Graham Taylor - 2/2
Rett Varner - 4/4
Sean West - 1/2
Christian Yelich - 4/8

Mets
Wally Backman - 2/3
Darrell Ceciliani - 4/4
Matt Den Dekker - 2/2 (he smeared 2 handing them back to me)
Wilmer Flores - 1/4, 1/1 (help)
Blake Forsythe - 4/4 (2 got smeared in the rain)
Sean Ratliff - 3/3
Cory Vaughn - 2/2

Today's total - 182 cards, 1 11x14, 1 mini helmet

Thirteen day total - 1081 cards (1086 autos), 2 16x20s, 2 10x20s, 2 11x14s, 5 tickets, 8 8x10s, 2 baseballs, 3 mini helmets




























posted on Sunday, 18 March 2012 18:15:07 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Saturday, 17 March 2012
Spent another day at Nats minor league camp.  I thought the AAA/AA Astros were going to be here today, but I mixed up the dates.  It was just a camp day.  Oh well!  Here are the totals:

Paul Applebee - 3/3
Justin Bloxom - 4/4
Greg Booker - 3/3
Bob Boone - 2/2
Brian Daubach - 4/4
Paul Demny - 2/2
Amaury Garcia - 2/2
Brian Goodwin - 1/2 (Either he hit me with a 1-per, or he doesn't sign dupes.  I was the only one there.)
Rick Hague - 4/4
Jarrett Hoffpauir - 3/3
Blake Kelso - 4/4
Cole Leonida - 4/4
Jason Martinson - 4/8
Alex Meyer - 2/2
Hassan Pena - 2/2
Eury Perez - 4/4
Matt Purke - 2/2
J.P. Ramirez - 8/8
Robbie Ray - 2/2
Anthony Rendon - 2/2 (Hadn't seen his 2011 Playoff Contenders Prospect Ticket card)
Carlos Rivero - 1/1
Danny Rosenbaum - 1/1
Adrian Sanchez - 4/4 (gorgeous autograph)
Matthew Skole - 4/4 (Hadn't seen his 2011 Playoff Contenders Draft Ticket card)
Steven Souza - 3/3
Kylin Turnbull - 4/4 (2 smeared)

Today's total - 79 cards

Twelve day total - 899 cards (904 autos), 2 16x20s, 2 10x20s, 1 11x14, 5 tickets, 8 8x10s, 2 baseballs, 2 mini helmets











posted on Saturday, 17 March 2012 13:26:24 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Tuesday, 13 March 2012
No time for a recap right now.

Totals:

Marlon Anderson - 2/2
Colin Bates - 4/4
Erik Davis - 4/4
Cutter Dykstra - 4/4
Amaury Garcia - 4/4
Christian Garcia - 4/4
Brian Goodwin - 2/2
Bob Henley - 2/2
Destin Hood - 2/2
Kevin Keyes - 4/4
Cole Kimball - 2/2
Randy Knorr - 2/3 (wouldn't sign 1 card because it wasn't him pictured)
Jeff Kobernus - 4/4
Matt Lecroy - 2/2
Pat Lehman - 4/4
Cole Leonida - 4/8
Sandy Martinez - 1/1
Alex Meyer - 1/1
Adrian Nieto - 3/3
Matt Purke - 2/2 (help from Holly)
Robby Ray - 4/4 (sweat all over them again)
Danny Rosenbaum - 4/4
Steven Souza - 3/4
Tony Tarasco - 1/1
Ryan Tatusko - 3/3

Today's total - 71 cards

Eleven day total - 820 cards (824 autos), 2 16x20s, 2 10x20s, 1 11x14, 5 tickets, 8 8x10s, 2 baseballs, 2 mini helmets










posted on Tuesday, 13 March 2012 11:24:28 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Saturday, 10 March 2012
Today I spent the morning at the Nats Major League parking lot, and then I headed over to the back fields to get the Nats Minor Leaguers. 

I've done the parking lot a couple of times recently.  The first time, I was the only person there.  Today, there was one other person.  I've been surprised at how many players refused to sign for just one person.  Rick Ankiel, Matt Purke, Cole Kimball, Yunesky Maya, John Lannan, Jordan Zimmerman, Anthony Rendon, & Eury Perez all refused to sign both times.  Surprisingly, Henry Rodriguez stopped and signed today. 

When I got Colin Bates on the back fields, he pointed to my hat and asked if I was a Sox fan.  It turns out he grew up in the Chicago area and is a big Sox fan as well.  He said his favorite player was Paul Konerko.  I keep forgetting that I'm 10+ years older than some of these minor leaguers, otherwise how could it be anyone other than the Big Hurt?

Cutter Dykstra skipped both of the Bowman Chrome cards that I had out.  It turns out he thought they were already signed.  He has to have signed a bunch of these before, right?  In any case, he was very friendly.

I had 4 Heritage cards for Robbie Ray to sign.  The first one turned out perfectly.  The other 3 look like they were signed in a sharpie that had been capless for about 2 weeks.  While signing, he said "Your pen is dying".  That didn't make any sense, as the first card looked perfect.  Once he handed my book back, I realized why: he had left puddles of sweat on the cards.  No wonder they didn't turn out!  To those who sent Ray cards for a 50/50, I won't charge you extra for the game used sweat!

Ryan Tatusko asked whether he should sign above or below the facsimile signature on his Bowman card.  Alex Meyer asked where I'd like the photos signed.  Both good guys.

The totals!

Marlon Anderson - 4/4
Paul Applebee - 4/4
Colin Bates - 4/4
Seth Bynum - 2/2
Brian Daubach - 4/4
Erik Davis - 4/4
Ross Detwiler - 4/4
Cutter Dykstra - 4/4
Danny Espinosa - 4/4
Gio Gonzalez - 2/2
Mark Grater - 2/2
Rick Hague - 4/4
J.R. Higley - 1/1
Destin Hood - 3/3
Trevor Holder - 2/2
Blake Kelso - 4/4
Kevin Keyes - 4/4
Stephen King - 2/2
Pat Lehman - 4/4
Cole Leonida - 4/4
Sandy Martinez - 4/4
Jack McGeary - 2/2
Alex Meyer - 2/2 8x10s
Adrian Nieto - 4/4
Luis Ordaz - 3/3
Ryan Perry - 2/2
Wilson Ramos - 4/4
Robbie Ray - 4/4
Henry Rodriguez - 2/2
Brian Rupp - 2/2
Rick Schu - 4/4
Matthew Skole - 4/4
Josh Smoker - 2/2
Ryan Tatusko - 4/4
Michael Tejera - 3/3
Dean Weaver - 1/1

Today's total - 111 cards, 2 8x10s

Ten day total - 748 cards (751 autos), 2 16x20s, 2 10x20s, 1 11x14, 5 tickets, 8 8x10s, 2 baseballs, 2 mini helmets




















posted on Saturday, 10 March 2012 15:03:42 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Tuesday, 06 March 2012
I don't have time for a long write-up today, so I'll jump right to the totals.  Not a bad day at all!

Roger Bernadina - 2/2
Sean Burnett - 3/3
Tyler Clippard - 2/2
Mark DeRosa - 2/2
Ian Desmond - 4/4
Chad Durbin - 4/4
Jesus Flores - 3/3
Tom Gorzelanny - 2/2
Bryce Harper - 1/1
Edwin Jackson - 1/1 11x14
Adam LaRoche - 1/1
Brad Lidge - 1/2
Steve Lombardozzi - 2/3
Ryan Mattheus - 2/2
Mike Morse - 4/4 (was very cool today)
Ryan Perry - 2/2
Wilson Ramos - 4/4
Craig Stammen - 1/1
Drew Storen - 3/3
Chad Tracy - 4/4
Chien-Ming Wang - 4/4

Today's total - 51 cards, 1 11x14

Nine day total - 637 cards (640 autos), 2 16x20s, 2 10x20s, 1 11x14, 5 tickets, 6 8x10s, 2 baseballs, 2 mini helmets








posted on Tuesday, 06 March 2012 19:14:48 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #