Monday, August 17, 2009

They all add up

In all honesty, it's unrealistic to expect completing a team ball at any Major League Baseball game. The competition is tougher, the security less enabling and, quite simply, most players are, shall we say, more focused.

That doesn't mean, though, that you can't work a team ball a couple signatures at a time. That's exactly what Colin did yesterday before the Toronto-Tampa Bay game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.

He worked his way into the crowd gathered near the dugout and along the first-base line, eventually earning front-row position, and snagged a pair of autographs from these two Rays players:

Pitcher Matt Garza, who worked the crowds near the Rays dugout about 45 minutes before the game; and

Outfielder Gabe Kapler, who, despite not being a member of last season's magical squad, signed right above the commemorative honor.

All told, Colin now has six autographs on his 2009 Tampa Bay Rays team ball. We have a few more opportunities, too, to add to the total.

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