It was a bizarre night in the world of autograph hunting at Safeco, er I mean T-Mobile Field. During Mariners BP, one unidentified pitcher came by the stands, Domingo Santana signed a few at the dugout corner, and that was about it. Usually plenty of players come by during an early-entry batting practice, but today it was almost no one. It seemed like the coolest thing about this pregame on Salute to Armed Forces Night would be the sweet free hat.
Over on the Astros side, I showed up with one of my headshots on a shersey — of Jose Altuve. I’m pretty sure he saw it. He didn’t laugh and generally appeared to be pretending he didn’t see it. In one of the weirdest autographing moments I’ve ever seen he signed over on the M’s side before he even took BP. The chances of Altuve signing for us on the Astros side of the stands didn’t look that good. Usually I’ll hop around when people are signing in different locations, but today I stayed put in a good spot by the camera well, waved my goofy Altuve pic and shersey around, and kept hoping beyond hope.
Between BP and the pregame stretches, I did see Astros TV Field Reporter Julia Morales, and she was kind enough to sign MLB 19-01. Thank you Julia!
Otherwise, it was brutal. Altuve signed for some folks on the field, some kids at the dugout, and some fellow Venezuelans in the stands further down the line, but did not visit us. Correa didn’t do his usual visit to the corner. He talked with a Puerto Rican family by the camera well and signed for them, but that was about it. There was also a Spanish speaking coach who came by to talk with those same folks. During the BP and in those few moments close to game time, I can’t think of any other player who even came close to our spot. It was weird and it seemed all hope was lost… but it wasn’t!
At least one guy came by. On his way back to the dugout, Alex Bregman scooted over to the corner! He signed three or four balls, including mine! Wow. I’ve been wanting a ball signed by Bregman for several years. What an amazing turnaround at the last minute. So awesome! Thanks Breaux!
I guess staying in one spot worked out after all. 🙂
It was freezing. The ‘Stros got up early with two runs in the 3rd off M’s starter Felix Hernandez. In the bottom of the 4th, Mitch Haniger hug a homer to deep center to break up Justin Verlander’s no-hitter. Jose Altuve hit a homer in the 5th yo pit the Astros up 3-1. The M’s threatened with two outs in the bottom of the 7th versus Will Harris but came up empty. In the top of the 8th, with the Astros leading the Mariners 3-1, and a guy in the same row (about 10 seats away from me) got a foul ball on a ricochet. It was even more freezing! In the bottom of the 8th, I noticed that Ryon Healy wears number 27, just like Mike Trout and Jose Altuve. The Astros beat the Mariners 3-1.