On my last post, I received a question asking who my favorite player is and why. I replied that I have many favorites for different reasons. Since there a personal story behind pretty much every one of my favorites, I have decided to share them with you as well as a few pictures. I hope you enjoy! 🙂 (Note: there is no particular order to this list)
Chris Coste – There was just something about Chris Coste that I always liked him. It probably had something to do with his personality. He’s just a laid back guy and I really love that about him. He became one of my absolute favorites when I read his book, The 33-Year-Old Rookie. I read it in one day, that day being the day it came into stores. Shortly after I went to his book signing and my dad and I chatted with him. He was so nice taking time with each person. He signed the book to that person and if they wanted a picture with him, he was all smiles. He is such a sweetie and he earned a lot of my respect. Ever since then he’s been my favorite 🙂
Jamie Moyer – aka The Ageless Wonder 🙂 I love how every day he isn’t pitching, he’s walking along the fence by the dugout signing autographs. I have gotten his autograph twice over the past two years, one of each of my 2007 and 2008 season baseballs. I’m pretty sure I will also get one this year as he is always there. He is the only player who signs everyday. The first time I got his autograph I was ecstatic. I can imagine how he makes other kids feel when they get their first autograph by him. Also, he is my favorite because of his story. I think it is so amazing how he grew up loving the Phillies and now he is a grown man playing on his team and winning a World Series title for his team. When he got choked up at the parade and when they won the World Series, so did I. I was so happy for him. He will always be my favorite even when he retires.
Chase Utley – One game last year I made a sign that said “I ❤ Chase Utley and Pat Burrell” with “Can I have your autographs please?” in the upper right hand corner. I was standing by the dugout along the fence when a tv cameraman zoomed in on my sign and panned out to show me. Chase happened to be on the field during this and I saw him look up at the Phanavison screen while I was on there (this is all true :)) When he was done warming up, he came over directly towards me, asked me for my pen, and signed people’s baseballs, hats, shirts, etc. around me. He then came back to me, after telling one boy that he can only sign one thing per person, saw that I was also holding a baseball with my sign and asked which one he wanted me to have him sign. I very politely asked him if he could sign both. Do you know what his response was? “Of course. No problem.” Can you imagine how I felt?! It was amazing! I then thanked him and he said “Sure. No problem.” It was a day game, start at 1:05, and I don’t think I stopped smiling until 11:00 that night 🙂 Plus, he’s my favorite because he is Chase Utley. Enough said 🙂 (I couldn’t get a very good picture of him while he was signing it, but this is his autograph :))
Those are the players I have some personal stories about but they don’t even begin to cover all my favorites. The rest of them I admire because of their personalities and the way they play the game. So instead of writing the same thing over and over again, I’ll just write that now and share some pictures with you of my other favs 🙂
(From left to right: Chad Durbin, Cole Hamels)
My computer is being very slow at the moment so I will continue this either tomorrow or Sunday. I hope you enjoyed reading it so far! 🙂
***All pictures by me***