We’re three weeks away from baseball games that count, so I thought I’d check in with an update on how my spring training autograph requests are faring.
I ended up sending out only 10 letters from the 20 that I’d originally planned. I couldn’t find suitable cards to send to the three coaches and one player, remembered that the Braves don’t get USPS mail during spring training, and decided to save the players who reported directly to minor league camp for the regular season rather than trying to figure out the logistics of writing to them now.
So far, I’ve gotten four of the 10 back. My biggest success to date is new Mets’ second baseman Neil Walker, who sent back a card signed (with his new uniform number) in just over two weeks.
Until last year’s marathon All-Star Game, I’d never heard of George Sherrill. I don’t follow American League baseball very much, and there hasn’t been much reason to pay attention to the Seattle Mariners or Baltimore Orioles lately.
And that’s too bad, because George Sherrill has a great story. He didn’t get drafted out of high school or college. Instead, he had to work his way into affiliated baseball by another route.
On the eve of the first games of the Grapefruit League season, I received another envelope from a Florida spring training camp.
Pat Neshek of the Minnesota Twins has to be one of the most hobby-friendly players to ever play the game. He signed my first 2009 Upper Deck base card of the year. He also sent me a New Britain Rock Cats 25th anniversary card in exchange for a couple of cards I sent to him for his collection.