# Friday, April 15, 2011
I was in Huntsville, AL on business this week.  I decided to make a 2 hour road trip down to Birmingham to catch a Barons game.  It was my first time in Birmingham.  Prior to the game, I stopped at Flip Burger Bistro.  I had a "d'lux burger".  The burger was made from ribeye, and it had lobster, foie gras, and some other interesting stuff on it.  It was quite tasty!

Anyway, back to baseball.  This was my first time graphing a White Sox minor league team.  I had a blast!  The stadium was very nice.  I particularly liked the Robin Ventura Patio.  I had great seats 3 rows behind the Barons dugout.  Unfortunately, the Barons got shutout.  I still had a great time.  On to the totals!

Justin Greene - 8/8 (Justin commented that I was the first person that had ALL of his cards)
Greg Infante - 8/8
Charlie Leesman - 8/8 (When he came over, I told him "I have quite a few, I hope you don't mind".  He replied "At least you don't have 30 like some of the people I see")
Ozzie Lewis - 4/8 (he was in a hurry)
Shane Lindsay - 5/5
Johnnie Lowe - 3/3
Christian Marrero - 8/8
Brian Omogrosso - 8/8 (Brian is a very cool guy.  He was making fun of the photos on all of his cards.)
J.R. Perdew - 5/5
Jared Price - 2/2
Brandon Short - 4/8 (He was also in a hurry.  When he saw me, he asked "Didn't I see you at spring training?"  I can't believe he remembered me!)

I was the only person getting autographs, so I missed a few guys.  The main guys I missed that I would have liked to have gotten were Josh Phegley and Seth Loman.  I'm planning a road trip to Jacksonville for another Barons game, so hopefully I'll get them then.

Total - 63 cards

posted on Friday, April 15, 2011 8:45:24 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Sunday, April 03, 2011
Well, today was my last day graphing spring training.  Part of me is sad, and part of me is relieved that I can get back to my normal life.  I will probably stop by in the next couple of weeks for extended spring training, in hopes of getting Strasburg.  Chien-Ming Wang should also be there, as well as a few others.

Anyway, the AAA/AA Braves were supposed to be here for a game today.  Unfortunately, they canceled the games.  The fields here are still in pretty rough shape from all of the rain.  I assume that is the reason for the cancellation. 

So my last day was spent with the Nats.  I'm out of cards for most of the guys.  There were a few guys that were among the final Major League cuts, so at least I got a couple of new guys.

I also got Bryce Harper one last time.  I didn't get him at all on my first 6 or so visits to Nats camp.  I got him 4 times during my last 3 visits.  A kid asked him for a picture, and Bryce replied "I don't do pictures". 

My totals:

Colin Balester - 4/4
Brian Bixler - 2/2
Justin Bloxom - 4/4
Brian Daubach - 4/4
Jesus Flores - 3/3
Bryce Harper - 1/1
Destin Hood - 1/1
Patrick Lehman - 6/6
Steve Lombardozzi - 1/2
Chris Marrero - 3/3
Jason Martinson - 3/3
Ryan Mattheus - 4/4
Derek Norris - 3/3
Elvin Ramirez - 2/2
Henry Rodriguez - 2/3
Josh Smoker - 1/1
Steven Souza - 3/3
Craig Stammen - 2/2
Chien-Ming Wang - 2/2, 2/2

Today's total - 53 cards

2011 Spring Training 17 day total: 1336 cards, 14 8x10s, 11 baseballs, 7 16x20s, 2 10x30s, 2 11x14s (4 autographs), 2 10x20s (9 autographs), 2 mini helmets, 2 magazines

2011 Spring Training Final Total: 1387 Autographs

posted on Sunday, April 03, 2011 6:45:38 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #