This past Sunday I went to the pre-game autograph session at the Long Island Ducks. I had got many of the cards for my collection signed in April, but Drew Pelto and some other collectors sent me some cards to get signed for them.
I met up with fellow collector Howie Kaplan prior to the game and we exchanged some cards, and talked baseball. He hooked me up with some pocket schedules from the Binghamton Mets, and Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders for my pocket schedule collection.
The autograph session went extremely well. Here's what I got during the pre-game autograph session.
Billy Murphy - 4/4 (including custom card)
Ian Snell - 6/6
Ben Broussard - 8/8 (including custom card)
Josh Barfield - 3/6
Bryant Nelson - 4/4 (including custom card)
P.J. Phillips - 4/4
Nick DeBarr - 4/4 (including custom card)
Josh Lansford - 1/1 (custom card)
Joash Brodin - 1/1 (custom card)
Rian Kiniry - 1/1 (custom card)
Adam Bailey - 1/1 (custom card)
Danny Perales - 1/1 (custom card)
Ralph Henriquez - 1/1 (custom card)
Gabe Suarez - 1/1 (custom card)
Steve Foucault - 1/1
Dan Lyons - 1/1 (Vermont Lake Monsters ice cream helmet)
As I got to the end of the line, I heard one of the ushers say that the line to get Dontrelle Willis was closed. So like in April, I walked into the stands and leaned over the railing. Dontrelle did 8/8 for me, and was really cool about. I think he's warmed up to the Long Island fans and signing autographs.
After I got Dontrelle I realized that I didn't get Ducks closer Leo Rosales so I ran back through the autograph line, and ask a few other collectors if they saw him and they said he wasn't there. A few minutes later I saw the Ducks GM and asked him, and he said Leo was at a wedding.
Also in attendance was Mets legend Ed Kranepool, who threw out the first pitch. The Ducks didn't set up a table for him to sign, so I went over and asked him as he was leaving the field after the first pitch. He signed a mini bat for me, but didn't say much as many people were attempting to talk to him.
After I got Kranepool I went over to the Ducks dugout and got Bud Harrelson to sign 5/5 set cards for me, and manager Kevin Baez to do a 2012 set card for me. I wasn't planning on getting these guys until later in the season but saw the opportunity.
A side from Rosales I only needed to get two other players, Eric Niesen and Ramon Castro. Niesen wasn't there for personal reasons, and Castro was catching that day. I was able to get Castro after the game on 2 cards in the tunnel, and 6 after the game outside the clubhouse.
Overall, I ended up get 65 autographs for the entire day.