Today was the day that chisoxcollector reported to spring training. I spent the day at Nats camp, though I had to leave a bit earlier than I would have liked for a doctors appointment.
I got to the parking lot at approximately 6:45am. There was one other guy there, and we remained the only two there for close to an hour. During that time, the only big name to arrive was Jayson Werth. To my surprise, he actually signed! He signed a ball (SS) for the other guy, and two cards for me. The only notable person to arrive during that time was Davey Johnson. He didn't sign, saying "I might get in trouble". I wanted to say "But you're the manager!".
Gio Gonzalez, Chien-Ming Wang, Tyler Clippard, and Mark DeRosa were some other notable players that signed in the parking lot in the morning.
During the workout, the position players went out to the field just outside of the stadium, and the pitchers went to the practice fields. I went with the pitchers, as Edwin Jackson was my main objective. He was one of the first pitchers to come out. He was very cool, and signed 4 cards for me. I also had a 16x20 and 10x20 that I wanted him to sign, but I didn't want to carry it with me while I was walking, as I was afraid of them getting bent.
I also got Brad Lidge, Jordan Zimmermann, and a few others as they walked to the practice fields. I think good old Stephen Strasburg was the only person that refused to sign.
Once I got to the practice fields, I decided to get in line to try to get Strasburg. I was in line for about 1.5 hours when the pitchers finished their workout. When Strasburg left the field, he walked right past the line of people waiting for him. He got about 25 feet away, and then turned around and started signing for those that followed him.
I was one of the first people that got to Strasburg. During the entire time he signed, I was standing right in front of him. He repeatedly went out of his way to reach around me and take other people's items. At one point, he took an item from a guy that didn't have a pen. I volunteered my pen, and Strasburg took it. After signing the guy's item, he handed my pen back, still refusing to sign for me. After signing about 15-20 autographs, he announced he was done. I asked him why he blatantly avoided signing for me, and his response was "Well, I can't sign for everybody". That obviously didn't answer my question. I really wanted to tell him what I think of him as a person (I think he one of the two biggest assholes I've ever attempted to graph), but I didn't want to be "that guy" that "ruined it for everybody".
After getting stiffed by Strasburg, I noticed Edwin Jackson had just started making his way out of the practice facility and towards the stadium. I ran to my car and grabbed the two large photos. He signed them both for me, giving a particularly beautiful signature on the 16x20. Stephen Strasburg could learn a thing or two from Edwin Jackson.
After that I head back to the parking lot, hoping to get Bryce Harper. Unfortunately, I had to leave at 1:30, and he hadn't left by then. I'm sure I'll find out that he left at 1:32 and signed for everybody.
All in all it wasn't a bad day, as I got all 3 of the former Sox that were my targets (Jackson, Gonzalez, Teahen).
Roger Bonifacio (this dude has Popeye arms!) - 2/2
Sean Burnett - 4/4
Tyler Clippard (flat out told a young blond that she had a nice ass) - 2/4
Mark DeRosa - 2/2, 1/1
Gio Gonzalez - 2/4
Tom Gorzelanny - 1/2, 1/1
Edwin Jackson - 4/4 cards, 1/1 16x20, 1/1 10x20
Randy Knorr - 4/4
John Lannan - 1/2
Adam LaRoche - 1/2
Jim Lett - 1/1
Brad Lidge (extremely nice)- 1/2, 1/1
Steve Lombardozzi - 2/2
Chris Marrero - 4/4
Steve McCatty - 2/2
Ryan Perry - 1/4, 1/1
Wilson Ramos - 2/2, 1/1, 1/1
Craig Stammen - 4/4
Drew Storen (very cool guy) - 2/2
Tony Tarasco (much nicer than usual) - 2/2
Mark Teahen - 4/4
Chad Tracy - 4/4
Chien-Ming Wang - 4/4
Jayson Werth - 2/2
Spin Williams - 1/1
Jordan Zimmermann (gave a ridiculously exaggerated sigh when I asked him to sign) - 1/2
Today's total - 66 cards, 1 16x20, 1 10x20