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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Alex Rodriguez 2003 Texas Ranger Winter Carnival Arlington

More Mr. Peabody and the WABAC trips…

I think this is the last baseball oriented post for a while.

I have meant to write this post for years.  This autograph is tied to a ’I remember where I was when…’ moment. I have a few of those: Prince Diana’s death, 9-11 and the Twin Towers, Challenger, the Iraq War, etc.

I was standing in the cold shadow of the Ball Park in Arlington. I was in line waiting for the Texas Rangers signing event to start. I only had one goal: Alex Rodriguez’s autograph.

I brought a ball, pop tarts, a Pepsi, and a book. This was 2003. I had a cell phone but it was always kept in the car for emergencies. It was rare that a mobile phone was carried at all times. The internet wasn’t as fast or friendly either.

I was ready for the marathon wait. When I joined the line at 4:30 AM, there was already 100 people in line. I was slightly nervous about my chances of getting a signature. I knew how the front of the line swells with last minute additions.

You may not know this abut me but I have a superpower.  I attract people that don’t have social skills. Invariably, when I’m in line, the people next to me will want to chat. They do not realize their opinions are offensive. They do not understand that their ‘facts’ are extremely wrong. They do not realize I am not deaf and they their side of the discussion is heard through the whole line. Yes, if you ‘always’ meet the nicest people in line and make friends with them, you can thank me. The ones that never bother you are next to me and chipping away at my soul.

Reading my book did not deter his gentleman from talking to me. After a few hours of being actively ignored, he bothered others. I did not take pleasure in their discomfort.

The queue started on the west side of the stadium. At some point we were moved to the north side. It was exciting to just be moving. It was out of the cold wind. I’m not sure if that was done intentionally or not but it was nice. However, this gave the obnoxious guy next to me got his second wind.

Spending so many hours next to the stadium you hear lots of odd noises.  You hear a lot of booms as the forklifts move and drop pallets. You hear ventilators start and stop. You hear workers shouting to each other.

Around 8AM CST, I remember hearing a thunder clap. I wasn’t the normal boom from the stadium. I looked up and didn’t see any storm clouds.  A few minutes later Mr Obnoxious got a call. Yes, he was one of the few that carried his cell with him.

I overhear part of the conversion. He hung up and announced to the crowd that the Shuttle Columbia blew up over Texas. I was alarmed he would be so crass to say something stupid like that. After 3 hours of his crap, I was actually going to tell him to shut up as that was very sick and unfunny joke. Then ominously, a few cell phones rang and people confirmed the event.

I was kicked in the gut by this news. I quickly wondered if terrorist shot down the shuttle. This wasn’t long after 9-11. I assumed the odd thunder I heard was the explosion. I was in line with no access to info other than what I overheard as people talked. The rumors were flying fast and furious.  The biggest one was that debris landed just blocks away from where we were.

I really didn’t know if I should leave and go home or stay.  Would it be petty of me to get my autograph? What was a signed ball compared to the lives lost and the National disaster?  I stayed. Judge me as you wish.

A few hours later I got my ball signed.

I went to my car and called The Wife. She was safe. She hadn’t turned on the TV yet. She was doing some crafts while I was out of the house. She turned on the news and confirmed some of what people were saying we chatted as I drove home.

That was where I was on Feb 1, 2003.


Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Robin Yount 2011 TriStar Houston

More Mr. Peabody and the WABAC trips…

This was a quick day trip to Houston and back. Robin Yount was at the TriStar Houston show.


Monday, June 8, 2020

Carl Yastrzemski 1999 National Atlanta

More Mr. Peabody and the WABAC trips…

The 99 National in Atlanta was interesting. The Wife and I had a good time.  The airline needed our seats and paid us very good money for them. Then the next flight we were upgrade to 1st class.   I nice start to the day.

I had heard of Carl Yastrzemski my whole live. Even though I wasn’t a Red Sox fan, I was excited to get his autograph.


Friday, June 5, 2020

Dave Winfield National 2002 Chicago

More Mr. Peabody and the WABAC trips…

I was happy to add Dave Winfield to my collection. I do remember him being a big guy and he interacted with some fans as he signed.


Thursday, June 4, 2020

Dick Williams TriStar Houston 2009

More Mr. Peabody and the WABAC trips…

I don’t remember anything about this signing other I drove to Houston. I just know I was happy to add Dick Williams to my collection


Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Frank Thomas TriStar Houston 2012

More Mr. Peabody and the WABAC trips…

I can’t believe this was 8 years ago.  As is often the case, I drove down to Houston early in the morning. Frank Thomas was friendly an all smiles.  


Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Don Sutton

More Mr. Peabody and the WABAC trips…

Again, I don’t remember much about Don Sutton’s signing. I’m pretty sure it was at a National card show.

I remember him from the Dodgers when both they and the Phillies were trying to make the playoffs in the later 70’s


Monday, June 1, 2020

Bruce Sutter TriStar Houston 2008

More Mr. Peabody and the WABAC trips…

Again, I don’t remember much about Bruce Sutter’s signing.
As is often the case, I drove down to Houston early in the morning. Got a few autographs. Then rushed back to Dallas to try to beat the traffic.


Friday, May 29, 2020

Warren Spahn

More Mr. Peabody and the WABAC trips…

Again, this is most likely from a National but I don’t know which year or city. I don’t remember much about Warren Spahn.  This was always a legendary name to me I know I was excited to see him in person.


Thursday, May 28, 2020

Duke Snider

More Mr. Peabody and the WABAC trips…

Again, this is most likely from a National but I don’t know which year or city. I don’t remember much about Duke Snider other than the boyish grin of his.