Moment from PSL: Autograph hounds abound

Andrew Vazzano, SNY.tv

Spring training is an autograph collector’s dream. Players walk on the same paths as the fans down here, so they’re readily accessible between drills as they jog from field to field.

The autograph seekers run the gamut in age from just able to walk to barely able to walk, so it’s always an interesting mix of people asking for signatures on any number of things. The popular choice, of course, is a baseball, but hats, gloves, shirts and jerseys are also brought forth to be inked by the players.

After some pitcher batting practice in the cages, fans gathered to get some John Hancocks from Dillon Gee, Daisuke Matsuzaka (surprisingly popular) and Jenrry Mejia, among many others…


Dillon Gee signing


Dice K signing


mejia signs




11 comments
Stephen
Stephen

I don't think that's a fair assumption to say grown ups shouldn't be seeking autographs.  I think there's a healthy respect you should have and I always let kids go before me anyways.  It's the inconsiderate collectors (as well as those who do it to sell) that ruinthe experience for all.

tullydew
tullydew

Grown men should not be seeking autographs unless it's for your own child.

amazagain
amazagain

Preseason shocker prediction: Dice-k wins as many games as Tanaka. Probably can get 50-1 on that in Vegas!

dan_celso
dan_celso

@AVSNY I collect signed baseball cards and got 100 last sunday alone

11gilkey
11gilkey

@dan_celso @AVSNY  Anyone over the age of 16 who seeks autographs from other adults is a loser.  

boo5270
boo5270

@11gilkey @AVSNY  I couldn't agree more.  Nothing sadder than watching an adult push a 10 year old kid out of the way so he can get an autograph of a guy with a .260 lifetime batting average.  LOSERS!  I've been there many times and I've seen it all. 

boo5270
boo5270

@dan_celso @AVSNY  They SHOULD be fan friendly.  I am convinced that someone higher up asked them to be more fan friendly to help offset how awful they are on the field.  I've been bringing my son there for the last ten years, and last year was the FIRST time when players would sign during BP or when walking in between fields.  Such an easy thing for the players to do.  I was always appalled when Reyes would jog into the clubhouse after practice without signing anything.