Well it was a Sunday, which is a completely different energy than the rest of the week. No BP but some of the pitchers play catch. A few of the Mariners signed today. Kikuchi and Gonzales did not sign, but thank you Sam Tuivalala (who is 1/2 Tongan, 1/4 Mexican, and 1/4 Caucasian American if I heard him right) for signing a card and to Hunter Strickland (#43) and Anthony Bass (#52) for signing my team ball!
Leading up to today’s game, I was wondering if I would even pack anything for the Tigers. After hearing from one of the other crazies, who got some cool autos Thursday and Friday, I decided I would at least bring a few cards. Instead of making custom pages and putting them in my visiting team’s binder, I just put a team bag together and put them in a plastic card box. This turned out to be a mistake. There wasn’t much in the box and somehow it got crushed, messing up a bunch of the corners. Oh man! In the future, assuming I have time, I’ll make the extra effort and protect the cards in a proper binder.
Eventually, I went over over to the Tigers side where there was next to nothing going on. There was only one pitcher out and he signed, but I didn’t know who it was and I got there too late. I did run into an old friend’s husband, and later got to catch up with her, which was great!
Before the game, I stayed on the Mariners side and had a good spot (about midway down the right field line) but struck out. Kyle Seager (after signing a senior lady’s jersey) and Mallex Smith both told me they were mainly signing for the kids. I still felt snubbed but didn’t take it quite as personally as I sometimes do. While I’m cool with kids first, I like it better when the players also include everyone else! Dan Vogelbach was signing at the corner by the camera well, but it seemed quite crowded and I didn’t run over there. I was mainly looking for JP Crawford or Tim Beckham but didn’t see either of them signing.
So overall a slow day in the world of autograph collecting, but the ones I did get were nice. Thanks again guys!
It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon for baseball! At first it was actually a little breezy and cool but later it was quite comfortable (even in the sun, where it’s usually too hot for me). On the Mariners side, I was chatting with one of my autographing buddies and on the Tigers side, I was catching up with an old friend. With all the chatting, I wasn’t paying as much attention to the game as usual. At least I was spending less time on the phone. 🙂
The Tigers took an early lead while Matt Boyd pitched very well. The M’s got a run at some point, and in the 7th or 8th inning Domingo Santana homered to left to make it 2-2. The M’s then got some good relief from Anthony Bass (thanks again 🙂 in the 8th and Roenis Elias in the 9th.
In the bottom of the 10th, Dylan Moore doubled to right, and then JP Crawford blooped a single between three (or four) Tigers in short right field for the walk-off winner! The final score was Mariners 3, Tigers 2. Yay!