Adventures of an SF Giants Fan

Whose Autograph Will I Get Today?

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Postseason Fever

Hi everyone,

It’s been a while, and yes, the Giants made it once again to the postseason. Ask any elementary school aged child what the pattern is, and he or she will correctly tell you that it’s an even number thing: 2010, 2012, 2014…

Anyway, I’ve been extremely busy this year, but I haven’t lost interest in the Giants or in baseball. In fact, I went on a few road trips this summer and had a lot of fun! 

So, wherever you are tonight, tune in for Game #4 and cheer the guys on! Go Giants!!

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New Seaon!

Hi everyone,

I nearly forgot about this blog. It’s been a long time since I posted, but I’m updating my goals today. This year, my goal is to get Tim Hudson’s autograph. He’s always been a great pitcher to watch. I would also like to get Hunter Pence’s autograph. Those will be the two main guys this year.

So, whose autographs are you looking forward to getting?

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Brewer Restaurant

Hi again. It’s been a while since my last post, so I’m happy to report this funny story regarding a TTM. Last season, I sent out an autograph request to Ryan Braun at his restaurant Graffito, after failing to get his autograph in person at AT&T Park. I came extremely close though, but for some reason, one of the Brewers personnel motioned Ryan to stop signing autographs near the visiting dugout, and to head into the clubhouse. 

Braun had always seemed like a good guy to me until the whole PED allegations broke and made headline news. By that time, I figured that my request would never make its way back to me.

About two months ago, I received my SASE from Milwaukee. The envelope was thick, and an additional $0.20 were added to the postage. Inside was a postcard from Graffito’s manager explaining how she found my baseball card and note “lying around”. She sent back the note card I addressed to Ryan, a business card, a postcard, and my baseball card. I didn’t bother looking at the baseball card because I assumed that Ryan didn’t have a chance to look at it. I just thought that the manager was sending my stuff back.

Well, a few days ago, someone asked me about the baseball card. Little did I know that Ryan Braun had actually signed it! I had already thrown out the postcard, the SASE envelope, and the note card. For some reason, I had kept the business card with the baseball card tucked behind it. 

So, I guess Ryan Braun isn’t a jerk. Thanks, Ryan!

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SF Giants Blogging

Good morning. I was just reading my very first tumblr post and I had to laugh. I started this blog after walking away from the 2011 SF Giants Fan Fest extremely disappointed. The 2011 Fan Fest could best be described as a “chaotic gathering of black and orange people.” The handlers could’ve done a much better job of organizing the event. It was a mess, and it’s all in the past now. Why revisit?

Well, let’s see. My initial goals for this blog was to show that any fan could get Buster Posey’s and Tim Lincecum’s autographs without having to shell out an arm and a leg. It took me 12 months to get Buster’s autograph, and a mere 7 to get Timmy’s. 

So, if you walked away from the 2013 Fan Fest disheartened, don’t despair. Just read what happened to me and you’ll see that it isn’t impossible to get their autographs. 

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The 2013 Season is (Almost) Here!

Hi again everyone! It’s been a while since my last post. I hope everyone had a great holiday season. Yesterday was the annual SF Giants Fan Fest, and it was nice to see most of the team again. I was hoping to score a Marco Scutaro autograph, but unfortunately, he was unable to attend. I also got to see Tim Lincecum with his new haircut. It’s a good look for him, and hopefully, it’ll be a harbinger of better things to come. 

I don’t have any autograph goals for the 2013 season, but I’m thinking of sending out a few cards for Spring Training. 

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Double Returns.

Hi again. After a historic sweep of the Detroit Tigers, the San Francisco Giants performed a brilliant and satisfying end to another baseball season! What more could a Giants fan ask for? A few autographed cards surely can’t hurt. Check out this week’s returns.

First, from Thursday, all way from Des Moines, IA, came two autographed rookie cards from the 2011 AL Rookie of the Year, Jeremy Hellickson.

Second, from today, Angels southpaw, CJ Wilson, returned the two below. This has been the second time I’ve requested an autograph from CJ. He never disappoints! 

Both sets were sent to the pitchers’ respective baseball teams. Thanks again to Jeremy and CJ! 

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October’s Returns: All-Star, Gold Medalist, and Zombie Killer.

With San Francisco ablaze with excitement, I’m surprised that I finally found some downtime during the World Series to post my recent TTM returns. I got three returns in the last two weeks, and believe me, there is something for everyone.

First off, this came back after a year! I remember sending this to the Atlanta Braves after his sensational performance in the 2011 All-Star Game. Remember Jair Jurrjens? Thanks, Jair.

Second, I sent this card out perhaps a year ago as well. Olympic gold medalist, Shawn Johnson, finally returned my Allen & Ginter’s card! Thanks, Shawn!

And finally, the one I’ve been waiting for all year long… Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) of “The Walking Dead” sent back my photo, personalized and autographed, all the way from England. Oh, and he paid for postage, too. Thank you, Andrew!

Andrew Lincoln’s return just completed my year of TTM autographs. I still can’t believe how easy it was to get his. Thank you for reading and Go Giants!

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Nationals & Rangers TTM Successes.

Although the week just started, I already received two TTM successes. The first one came yesterday from Capital District 207, courtesy of Jordan Zimmermann.

The second one arrived today from Dallas, TX. I sent this card on July 18th c/o Texas Rangers. I really wasn’t expecting this one back.

Mike Napoli of the Texas Rangers signed my 2011 Allen & Ginter’s card. Cool! Thanks Jordan and Mike!

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Atlanta TTM! Hey!

Check out whose autograph I got through the mail! I sent a request c/o Atlanta Braves, after seeing someone else getting a TTM success from this guy. I’m pretty sure I sent the letter on Sunday, July 1st. Anyway, here’s the card:

Jason Heyward! I still can’t believe he sent it back signed… and in very, very, very good condition. Thanks Jason!

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