Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The streak ends... begins... and ends again.

Well, it was good while it lasted.

25 mail delivery days in a row with at least one autograph success-- September 13 through October 12 (30 days total minus four Sundays and Columbus Day).

My follow-up streak ended at one in a row as USPS has nothing on my Informed Delivery today.

September 28
Ray Rippelmeyer, c/o home, 3/2, 1 week, wrote a note back
Lee Thomas, c/o home, 2/2, 1 week

September 29
Jerry McNertney, c/o home, 2/2, 3 weeks

October 1
John Castino, c/o home, 5/5, 3 weeks
Jim Rooker, c/o home, 3/3, 3 weeks
Dave Marshall, c/o home, 3/3, 3 weeks

October 2
Don Sutton, c/o home, 1/1, 1 month, $5

October 3
Lee Richard, c/o home, 3/2, 2 weeks, added signed notecard
Ray Culp, c/o home, 1/1, 1 week

October 4
Tony Oliva, c/o Twins Spring Training, 1/2, 8 months, kept one, but gave good signature
Cookie Rojas, c/o home, 3/4, 3 weeks, sent one back unsigned
Ron Swoboda, c/o home, 2/2, 2 weeks, $5 each
Sparky Lyle, c/o home, 1/1, 2 weeks, $5
Rick Kester, c/o home, 2/1, 1 week, wrote note back

October 4 - Stars Opening Night Green Carpet
Alexander Radulov, 1/1

October 5
Brent Strom, c/o home, 3/3, 2 weeks

October 6
Bobby Floyd, c/o home, 3/3, 2 weeks

October 9
Greg McMichael, c/o home, 4/4, 6 months

October 10
Ron Stone, c/o home, 2/2, 3 weeks
John Odom, c/o home, 2/2, 2 weeks, $5 each

October 11
Ken Tatum, c/o home, 2/2, 1 month

October 12
Darrell Waltrip, c/o home, 3/3, 1 year
Buddy Bradford, c/o home, 1/1, 2 weeks

October 15
Mike Cosgrove, c/o home, 3/3, 1 month
Eddie Fisher, c/o home, 2/2, 1 month

I got Radulov finally, but had to skip my potential outing for the Anahim Ducks this past weekend due to rain. Hoping it all finally lets up by this weekend for the Frisco NASL event.

Friday, September 28, 2018

September recap

Nothing like finishing out the month on a hot streak.  USPS says I have two more coming in today (Lee Thomas and Ray Rippelmeyer, I believe), and the last mail delivery day where I got nothing was September 12.

September 18
Dan McGinn, c/o home, 3/3, 1 week
Frank Reberger, c/o home, 3/3, 1 week
Roger Repoz, c/o home, 3/3, 1 week

September 19
Billy Grabarkewitz, c/o home, 3/3, 1 week

September 20
Beto Dos Santos, c/o home, 5/4, 2 weeks
Bobby Pfeil, c/o home, 2/2, 2 weeks
Dick Woodson, c/o home, 3/3, 2 weeks
Paul Doyle, c/o home, 2/2, 2 weeks
Bill Stoneman, c/o home, 3/3, 2 weeks

September 21
David Wright, c/o Las Vegas 51s, 1/1, 3 weeks
Darcy Fast, c/o home, 1/1, 1 week

September 22
Manny Mota, c/o L.A. Dodgers, 3/3, 2 weeks
John Strohmayer, c/o home, 3/3, 2 weeks
Dick Green, c/o home, 3/3, 1 week
Don Buford, c/o home, 3/3, 1 week

September 24
Jussi Jokinen, c/o home, 1/1, 2 and a half years (11x14 photo)
Brian Lee, c/o home, 1/1, 3 weeks, personalized
JC Martin, c/o home, 3/3, 2 weeks

September 25
Jarrod Parker, c/o home, 1/1, 3 weeks
Bill Voss, c/o home, 2/2, 2 weeks

September 26
Ron Cook, c/o home, 1/1, 1 week

September 27
Gary Nolan, c/o home, 3/3, 1 week
Oscar Brown, c/o home, 3/3, 1 week
RTS: Lee Stange, with note from his wife; I mailed September 19 and he died September 21

After hearing that hockey team hotels are no longer the barren wasteland of impossibility that they once were, I may try a few this season for set needs.  Looking at...

THU. OCTOBER 4: Stars Opening Night Green Carpet (Alexander Radulov)
SAT. OCTOBER 13: Anaheim (Ryan Miller)
TUE. OCTOBER 23: Los Angeles (Dion Phaneuf)
THU. OCTOBER 25: Anaheim (if 10/13 fails)
THU. NOVEMBER 8: San Jose (Doug Wilson)
FRI. DECEMBER 7: San Jose (if 11/8 fails)
FRI. JANUARY 4: Washington (Alexander Ovechk-HAHAHAHA sorry, trying to be serious here)
TUE. JANUARY 15: Tampa Bay (Steven Stamkos and Ryan Callahan-- finish two sets at once!)
THU. JANUARY 17: Los Angeles (if 10/23 fails)
TUE. MARCH 5: New York Rangers (Henrik Lundqvist)
FRI. MARCH 15: Vegas (Paul Stastny)
TUE. MARCH 19: Florida (Keith Yandle)
SAT. MARCH 23: Pittsburgh (Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin)

We'll see. I haven't done hockey IP on a serious basis since 2005. In the incredibly unlikely event that I can get them all AND my help comes through in Europe and Canada AND I get my TTMs back successfully, I'll have two completed sets (2007-08 and 2008-09 UD Rookie Class), two cards left on the 2005-06 UD Rookie Class set (Pavel Vorobiev and Mike Richards), and three cards left on the 2006-07 UD Rookie Class set (Alexei Kaigorodov, Yan Stastny, and Kelly Guard). Plus 14 left on Archives, 10 left on Topps Total, and 15 left on Fleer Throwbacks. And several of those guys I know I can get for a small fee (Schultz, Esposito, Dionne, and Mahovlich are all about $10 each).

I also have enough stamps to fire off three more requests. Not sure who will get them yet.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Mid-month update

I finally got around to mailing off a bunch in early September once my stamp order came in.  Slowly they're coming back in...

SEPTEMBER 4
Tyler Ervin, c/o Texans, 2/2, 2 years

SEPTEMBER 11
Tom House, c/o home, 3/3, 1 week

SEPTEMBER 13
Jim Gabarra, c/o home, 3/3, 1 week
Cleo James, c/o home, 1/1, 1 week

SEPTEMBER 14
Jim Burt, c/o home, 5/5, 1 week

SEPTEMBER 15
Bill Lee, c/o home, 1/1, 1 week

SEPTEMBER 17
Tim Cullen, c/o home, 3/3, 1 week

USPS say I have another three coming in today. Based on the postmarks and my list of mailings, my guesses are Dan McGinn, Frank Reberger, and Paul Doyle. Let's see how good my guess is...

Sunday, August 26, 2018

End of baseball 'graphing season

Possibly, at least. I have a couple more I might do, but they're unlikely. Palmeiro comes once more, and there's one more Frisco series. If anything, I'm more likely to consider trying an Oklahoma City game or two.

IP August 19 - Lincoln Saltdogs at Texas Airhogs
Dan Johnson - 3/6, 4/6 (7/9 total)

IP August 25 - Midland Rockhounds at Frisco Roughriders
Richie Martin - 1/2, 1/2
Jonah Heim - 4/4
Skye Bolt - 8/8
Tommy Everidge - 6/6
Kyle Finnegan - 1/1
Logan Shore - 2/8
Juremi Profar - 2/2
Josh Morgan - 8/8
Wei-Chieh Huang - 1/1
Taylor Hearn - 1/1

IP August 26 - California vs. Texas States Play
Luis Alicea - 7/7
Andy Stankiewicz - 3/3
Jerry Manuel - 2/2
Darren Oliver - 4/4
Gerald Laird - 4/4
Tom Gordon - 8/8
Homer Bush - 3/3

Friday, August 17, 2018

Quick update before I forget...

I'm actually going to try to stay on top of things. Sort of.

TTM July 31
John Kruk, c/o Phillies, 2/2, 1 year

TTM August 13
Jose Canseco, c/o home, 2/2, 5 months

IP August 15 - Cleburne Railroaders at Texas AirHogs
Rafael Palmeiro, 1/4, 3/3
Angelo Gumbs, 2/2

I have one more Grand Prairie outing and one more Frisco outing all coming up. I just need one autograph in that time to hit 200 for my third straight month, and four more to hit 700 across June-July-August.

We'll be seeing the Lincoln Saltdogs on Sunday in Grand Prairie (Dan Johnson, Shairon Martis, Dan Reichert, Joe Bircher, Curt Smith, and Brandon Jacobs all have cards), and I'll be headed out to Frisco next weekend for the Midland Rockhounds. Both teams' seasons are done on September 3 unless Frisco can overcome a 4.5 game deficit in the final two weeks.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

The National: Final

Whew. We had a busy few days after my return (had a good friend stay with us one night, band practice Saturday), I finally had a moment today to photograph almost everything. Not pictured: Set cards, items I got signed for others, and the 100+ hockey sig lot I picked up for Lee Alexander.

FINAL TOTALS

Miles driven: 3,358
States visited: Fourteen
Games attended: Twelve
Autographs obtained, whether in-person, trade, purchased, or pulled from a pack: 574

A gigantic rundown-- and this doesn't include signed photos or the unsigned items I snagged...














Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The National Trip: Days 12 and 13

I'm back in Arlington, having survived the week. Got about half the car unloaded.  I'll probably have a full recap next week.

DAY 12

START TIME: 9:30 am Central
STARTING CITY: Des Moines, IA
STOPPING POINT: Kansas City, MO and Wichita, KS
STATES VISITED: Iowa, Missouri, Kansas
MILES DRIVEN TODAY: 400
MILES DRIVEN TOTAL: 2,932

Fortunately this game was much more calm than the previous. Not much to talk about, so we'll roll through it fast.

Arron and I got in a little before 11 and caught the 51s doing a bullpen session. Ian Krol signed 2/2, PJ Conlon 1/6, and Buddy Baumann 4/4.

At the other side, we got hitting coach Joel Chimelis coming in, signing 2/2, and Peter Alonso who signed the lone card I had left on him.

For Iowa, Chris Valaika signed 3/4, starting pitcher Jen-Ho Tseng signed 1/1, and Trevor Clifton signed 3/3.  I only missed Taylor Davis on the trio of Rookie Stars from the 2018 Topps Heritage set-- I might be able to get him in Iowa at some point. Ironically, I had heard he was the easiest to get of the three!  Also got to meet up with Josh Middleton of some of the Facebook autograph groups.

Food was excellent as well-- we went to Zombie Burger in downtown Des Moines, and hit Gates BBQ in Independence, where I was able to finish off a trade I made with Brian Reser for some soccer and baseball autos, plus some old IHL and CHL media guides.

RUNNING TOTAL: 343 autographs

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DAY 13

START TIME: 10 am Central
STARTING CITY: Wichita, KS
STOPPING POINT: Wichita Falls and Arlington, TX
STATES VISITED: Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas
MILES DRIVEN TODAY: 426
MILES DRIVEN TOTAL: 3,358

We drove. That's all I got.

I'll have more next week, like I said. Give me a day or five to relax and get everything sorted and organized.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The National Trip: Day 11

DAY 11

START TIME: 10 am Central
STARTING CITY: Cedar Rapids, IA
STOPPING POINT: Des Moines, IA
STATES VISITED: Iowa
MILES DRIVEN TODAY: 128
MILES DRIVEN TOTAL: 2,532

Sometimes I seriously hate people. Especially those with a New York Inferiority Complex™. But we'll get to that in a moment.

The day started out just fine. Or at least comparatively well compared to later. I was hoping to see the first house I ever lived in, but it was about a 30 minute drive to get there, then probably another 20 back to the ballpark, so we skipped that. We got to the stadium in Cedar Rapids, met up with Larry from the Facebook groups... and it starts raining. Just soft enough that it wouldn't cancel the game, just hard enough to make it hell on us graphing. Down next to the Beloit dugout, I was at least able to get Nick Allen and Webster Garrison each on 1/1.  After his pitcher warmed up, Don Schulze came over and signed 8/8.  Up on the concourse, the Kernels had a couple of players signing, so I got Randy Dobnak and Andrew Bechtold each on a card, along with Tyler Watson who was charting.

Funny thing about Watson, we went and asked him to sign just before the national anthem, and he said he'd sign after. I thought he meant after the game, so we sat back down. Turns out he just meant after the anthem, and actually walked over to our section and signed. I've never seen that before.

By the end of the game, the rain had cleared off so we went out to the bus out back and hoped for the best.  The tough part about 'graphing outside is you have no jersey numbers to help you out. So you have to figure out heights, weights, and distinguishing features to have any hope. We did alright though: Cibney Bello, Toby Gardenhire, and Trey Cabbage each signed 1/1 and Bailey Ober 2/2 from Cedar Rapids. For Beloit, Austin Beck signed 1/2, and Lazaro Armenteros signed 3/5.

We didn't see Akil Baddoo, and missed Blayne Enlow, but Larry offered to help us out with Baddoo.

From there, it was a two-hour drive to Des Moines, and we arrived only 15 minutes after gates opened. Las Vegas was finishing up batting practice, but we weren't able to get anyone just yet.  Having zero luck early on the Iowa side, we went over to try the Vegas side and at least got Patrick Kivlehan on 4/4 and Bryce Brentz on 3/3-- putting me past my stated goal of 300 for the trip.

And this is when my trouble began.

Arron and I are down doing our thing, minding our own business, chatting with a couple other 'graphers when over comes this guy in an Iowa Hawkeyes shirt, 51s hat, and beard and glasses that make him look like some hipster candyass.

"SO, WHICH OF YOU ARE VEGAS FANS? METS FANS? THEN YOU NEED TO GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE RIGHT NOW."

Clearly I don't take well to that, so I just look and scoff at his arrogant douchebaggery. So he doubles down...

"YOU A METS FAN? I DON'T SEE IT ON YOUR HAT. YOU'RE SOME BANDWAGON CUBS FAN AREN'T YOU?"

Oh. Hell. No. I don't bandwagon anything, much less the Cubs. So I told him to go sit back down. Repeatedly

"SO, WHAT, YOU'RE HERE TO GET THESE AND SELL THEM, AREN'T YOU?"

I told him yeah, exactly, I'm that desperate for a dollar. Sarcasm clearly doesn't go over well with him. Meanwhile Jeremy Accardo came over and signed 2/2, followed by Dominic Smith on 1/2. So Mets Fan Cockwagon goes and sits back down for a bit, telling everyone around that I'm a dealer. On my way back out of the section, I called him out for the fact that it's amazing that this "bandwagon Cubs fan" knew all of his team's players better than he did.

By the way, this dude was getting a computer-printed team logo sheet signed... and didn't even fit it onto a single page.

So he strikes back at me-- of course-- this time loudly dropping F-Bombs that are echoing throughout a couple of sections, with a kid right next to him. When I pointed that out he expressed the fact that he "didn't give a fuck" who was around. Meanwhile one of the other decent 'graphers notified security, who... did absolutely nothing except check his ticket and tell him to tone it back. I was hoping he'd be escorted out and I probably would try to needle him into punching me on the way by.

Even two Mets fans at the top of the section were on my wide in the whole thing seeing it all go down. Most Mets fans I know are decent people. No idea why this guy was looking for a fight or why he went after me for it, but as the former penalty minute leader of a few floorball leagues, I think most people I know are well aware I don't back down from an altercation if I'm in the right. And every witness agreed that I was.

Postgame went better. One of the 'graphers who saw it all go down said "Geez, you're really getting it tonight, aren't you?" He said he had never seen that guy before, so he wasn't remotely representative of the Des Moines 'graphers. Over at the bullpen, I got Casey Coleman on 2/2 and as the teams left the field it was Peter Alonso on 2/3 and Glenn Abbott on 3/3 as he was heading off the field.  Closer to the dugout I added Ryan Court on 1/1.

Outside it was too dark to see at the Vegas doors, so we went for the Cubs side. I got Chesny Young on 1/1, Dillon Maples on 1/2, Cory Mazzoni on 2/2, Kyle Ryan on 2/2, James Norwood on 1/2, and Rob Zastryzny on 1/4. The coaches came out last, as Marty Pevey signed 1/1 and Desi Wilson 3/3.  Or at least we thought they were last:  Stephen Bruno was close behind, signing 2/2.

So, despite the near-throwdown with some total asshat, it was good. Day 12 will consist of hopefully more of the same, but with different names and hopefully no throwing of hands.

RUNNING TOTAL: 326 autographs

Sunday, August 5, 2018

The National Trip: Days 7, 8, 9, and 10

Time has just been incredibly limited, sleep is at a premium, and my brain is melting.   So please forgive my lateness. Caffeine is my friend.

DAY 7

START TIME: 8 am Eastern
STARTING CITY: Macedonia, OH
STOPPING POINT: Westlake, Cleveland, Akron, and Macedonia, OH
STATES VISITED: Ohio
MILES DRIVEN TODAY: 164
MILES DRIVEN TOTAL: 1,812

The first full day of the National saw Arron handling the 'graphing while I went searching the tables.  Signers were Isaac Curtis, Ross Browner, Len Barker, and Tom Cousineau.  At the tables, I mistly spent my time at a $1 autographs booth, where I managed to pull over 100-- mostly for Lee, with a few for me. I also grabbed a few 1972 Topps set needs, and a few random cards to TTM.  I also got to spend the show with my dad.

Meanwhile in the evening, it was down to Akron for the RubberDucks game against the Bowie Baysox.  We went for Akron inside, and they were excellent. We never say Triston McKenzie, but signers for us included Rob Kaminsky on 2/4, Mitch Brown on 4/4, James Karinchak on 1/1 (finishing my Lake County No-Hitter card), Kieran Lovegrove on 1/1, Matt Whitehouse on 2/2, Logan Ice on 2/2, Sam Haggerty on 1/1, Mark Mathias on 4/4, Joe Sever on 2/2, Tyler Krieger on 2/2, and Ka'ai Tom on 2/3. Inside postgame we got Dillon Tate, who was charting. He signed 2/2.

Postgame we went to the Bowie bus. Before a group of overzealous, rude, and demanding kids ruined it, we got Brian Gonzalez on 2/2, Ryan Mountcastle on 1/4, Yusniel Diaz on 1/1 (he's now one-per), and D'Arby Myers on 2/2.

Side note, apparently a dealer had his inventory confiscated and was taken into custody by the Cleveland Police's Financial Crimes unit over selling alleged forgeries. Apparently his forgeries have been known to the hobby for AT LEAST five years too (check the latter link and you'll see a poster at Net54 calling Posada's company My Favorite Forgeries). Keep on busting the big fish-- it helps to keep the petty scammers like like Andrew Miller from getting too comfortable.

RUNNING TOTAL: 197 autographs

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DAY 8

START TIME: 9 am Eastern
STARTING CITY: Macedonia, OH
STOPPING POINT: Cleveland, Eastlake, and Macedonia, OH
STATES VISITED: Ohio
MILES DRIVEN TODAY: 88
MILES DRIVEN TOTAL: 1,736

Friday put me back into the autograph lines for Charles White, Steve DeBerg, Livan Hernandez, and Rico Petrocelli. Petrocelli was a non-ticketed signing (yay!) limited to one item per person (boo...). So given the option of my 11x14 photo, 1972 Topps set card, or 1965 rookie card that I procured for a dime the day before, I went with the photo. He signs by mail for $5, I could knock out the other two next week if I really want to (and I do).  White got started late, talked a lot, and people randomly jumped into his line so it took forever.  I was able to get through DeBerg's line while I was waiting and not lose much time (two for me, two for Arron, and one for another friend we were helping out).  Finally I got through and got a total of ten items signed by the former Heisman winner-- six for me, four for Arron.  Hernandez's start time got moved up which I didn't notice, but I was able to get to him quickly even though he started while I was still in White's line. Knocked out six items there-- two for me, two for Arron, two for another friend. Hernandez was on his phone the whole time, but did respond at least when I thanked him.

With the All-Access Super VIP package, we got five free authentications, so I used one each on White and Hernandez.  We never ended up using the other three at all. Mostly since I didn't think to do it.

It was a lighter day at the tables for me-- a small amount spent at a random 12 for $10 autograph table, but not much else.  I wanted to be able to have a total bonanza the final day.

That night, it was off to Lake County.  We got the Captains again pregame on a few cards that we had left over from the team set-- coach Kyle Hudson on 3/3, Felix Tati, Ulysses Cantu, Todd Isaacs, and Juan Acevedo each signed 1/1, and Will Benson did 1/2.  I also got Bowling Green coach Manny Castillo to sign 5/5 and shortstop Taylor Walls on 1/1.  Postgame I got Mikey York on 2/2, and Will Benson on my last card.

RUNNING TOTAL: 225 autographs

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DAY 9

START TIME: 10 am Eastern
STARTING CITY: Macedonia, OH
STOPPING POINT: Cleveland and Macedonia, OH
STATES VISITED: Ohio
RAPID TRANSIT LINES USED: Red from Brookpark to Tower City and back
MILES DRIVEN TODAY: 60
MILES DRIVEN TOTAL: 1,796

Arron handled the lines the final day as I hit the tables.  I went back to the 12 for $10 autographs and bought a bunch from that box as well as a $5 box that had several set needs for 1972.  I also grabbed a ton of Dave Stieb in the first box-- I'll gladly grab everything for $1 from a guy who charges $10 to sign!  I also snagged a bunch of non-personalized Doug Drabek and Cecil Cooper sigs.  Gotta love having trade bait on the cheap.

Over in the autograph lines, Arron got Randy Jones, Gregg Jefferies, Jose Rijo, and Marty Cordova.  Marty's pen slipped a bit on my photo, but it still looks alright.  So from this, I added three from Jones, one Jefferies, one Rijo, and three Cordova.

We kept the graphing light since we were close to dead at this point.  Pregame, the Indian had Jim Poole and Eric Plunk signing in the center field plaza, and each did a card for me.  I wish I had known they would be there: I have tons on them at home, and had to quickly scan through some cards my dad found at his place (found a 1992 Topps on each for Arron) and open up the 1991 Score factory set I got for $2 on Thursday (found both for myself).  Corey Kluber looked like his Cy Young self, pitching a complete game shutout. Exactly four years to the day was my last game at The Jake, where I saw Kluber go seven, allowing one run in a 7-1 win over Cincinnati.

RUNNING TOTAL: 235 autographs

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DAY 10

START TIME: 9 am Eastern
STARTING CITY: Macedonia, OH
STOPPING POINT: Fort Wayne, IN and Cedar Rapids, IA
STATES VISITED: Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa
MILES DRIVEN TODAY: 608
MILES DRIVEN TOTAL: 2,404

Sometimes you just get on a roll and want to knock out an entire drive.  So we went all the way to Cedar Rapids after the Fort Wayne game.

My friend Shawn texted me updates as he helped us out getting the last day's signers-- Tommy Helms, Benito Santiago, Tom Browning, Joe Charbonneau, and Billy Sims.  From those, he got ten for me (three from Helms, two each from Sims, Santiago, and Charbonneau, and one from Browning) and several for Arron.

Meanwhile in Fort Wayne, I got the two Lansing players I had items for before the game-- five from former outfielder (now coach) Matt Young, and two from former shortstop (now pitcher) Emerson Jimenez.  The Tincaps were in no mood to sign before the game since they had an on-field signing session postgame.  So at that, we immediately went for MacKenzie Gore who signed 1/2.  The only ones signing multiples were Austin Smith on 2/2 and Mason Thompson on 3/3.  Granted, I only had one card on most of these guys-- each signing 1/1 were Caleb Boushley, Tom Cosgrove, Osvaldo Hernandez, Aaron Leasher, Evan Miller, Luis Patino, Ben Sheckler, Jalen Washington, Juan Fernandez, Esteury Ruiz, Tirso Ornelas, Jeisson Rosario, and Jack Suwinski. I had two of Luis Almanzar, but he only signed one.

RUNNING TOTAL: 272 autographs

So, my goal of 300 is in reach if this rain holds off. We got into Cedar Rapids at about 1 am after our second longest day of driving to this point. It rained overnight and looks pretty cloudy this morning.  At the very least, I need to buy a hat. I was born in Cedar Rapids but we left when I was about a year and a half old to move to Ohio. I went back for a week in 1990, but haven't been here since.  Back when my family lived here, they were still the Cedar Rapids Reds.  My parents saw the likes of Eric Davis, Paul O'Neill, Rob Murphy, Ron Robinson, Terry Lee, Kal Daniels, Chris Sabo, Kurt Stillwell, Lenny Harris, and Joe Oliver come through before they made it in Cincinnati.  Now the Kernels, I need to get a hat to go with the ones I bought for the Indians, RubberDucks, and Captains on the trip.

We'll be heading onward to Des Moines later as well for the Iowa Cubs vs. Las Vegas 51s. Thinking we likely will skip the Royals-Cubs game, and may pull double duty on the Cubs-51s since they play at noon tomorrow as well, and we'll be right there in Des Moines already.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

The National Trip, Days 5 and 6

DAY 5

START TIME: 9 am Eastern
STARTING CITY: Macedonia, OH
STOPPING POINT: Eastlake, OH, and Macedonia, OH
STATES VISITED: Ohio
MILES DRIVEN TODAY: 53
MILES DRIVEN TOTAL: 1,648

Usually I like rain. And then it affects graphing.

We took off under cloudy skies to head up to the Great Lakes vs. Lake County game.  We stayed dry early-- inside the ballpark I got Juan Hillman on six cards, pitching coach Joe Torres on four, Oscar Gonzalez, Jose Vicente, and Tyler Friis each on one, three from Jonathan Laureano, and two from Francisco Perez.

And then the rains came.  The game did finish just fine, but it was just enough to make us not want to go for anyone postgame. And since the weather looked questionable for the afternoon and evening, we figured it was a good day to cancel the trip out to Toledo.

So, our first double will be delayed until we hit Iowa next week.  On the positive side, the rest was much-needed.

RUNNING TOTAL: 155 autographs


DAY 6

START TIME: 12 noon Eastern
STARTING CITY: Macedonia, OH
STOPPING POINT: Brookpark, OH, and Macedonia, OH
STATES VISITED: Ohio
MILES DRIVEN TODAY: 58
MILES DRIVEN TOTAL: 1,706

Despite having to scramble a bit when I realized that my computer clock is still in Central time, we got to the National on time and got all the signers.  We went for Luis Tiant first since his line was a mile long. Mike Hargrove came second, Calvin Murphy third.  Then the regularly scheduled signers of Eric Metcalf and Ickey Woods did their thing, and all was good.

Pretty simple really. Short entries for short days. But be prepared: it all hits the fan with a full day of the National and a return to 'graphing in Akron.






RUNNING TOTAL: 160 autographs