In July of 2011 I decided to attend Major League Baseball's annual All-Star Fan Fest in Phoenix, Arizona. The event included multiple Hall of Fame members and baseball legends who were scheduled to sign autographs throughout the weekend.
|The Phoenix Convention Center|
One of the first autographs I got at the event came from former World Series Champion David Dellucci. Dellucci was one of many members of the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks World Series team who were on hand, and while I did not originally plan on getting the twelve year MLB veteran, I was able to find a nice 8x10 at one of the booths inside of Fan Fest.
|David Dellucci autographed 8x10|
Another member of the 2001 World Series team in attendance was Greg Swindell. Swindell won 123 games throughout his sixteen year career and was an All-Star in 1989 as a member of the Cleveland Indians. Like Dellucci, I also found a photo of Swindell at the event and got him to sign it.
|Greg Swindell autographed 8x10|
The final member of the 2001 team that I got was former big league outfielder Reggie Sanders. Reggie was undoubtedly the nicest guy I met all weekend and took at least a minute with each fan to talk about baseball and such. Once it was my turn to meet Reggie, I had him autograph a ROMLB on the sweetspot.
|Reggie Sanders autographed ROMLB|
Another great thing about All-Star Fan Fest is that they offer free MLB Authentication on spot, so after getting my ball authenticated I headed over to the next autograph station where former AL MVP Fred Lynn was schedule to sign autographs. Lynn was also very friendly, however he was a bit more rushed due to the fact that he had quite a long line of fans waiting. I didn't think about asking for the ROY/MVP inscription as some might have, but Lynn was kind enough to add #19 on my ROMLB.
|Fred Lynn autographed ROMLB|
Somewhere in between came these next few autographs, starting off with Hall of Fame member Gaylord Perry, who signed my ROMLB and was kind enough to add "HOF 81"
|Gaylord Perry autographed ROMLB|
I was also able to get another Hall of Fame pitcher, as Juan Marichal kindly autographed my ROMLB and inscribed "HOF 83".
|Juan Marichal autographed ROMLB|
In a last minute change, it was announced that Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton would be signing autographs for thirty minutes later in the day. I made sure to get a prime spot in line and got Upton to signed my ROMLB.
|Justin Upton autographed ROMLB|
This next autograph was by far the most special autograph that I got all weekend long. One of the game's true legends, Earl Weaver, signed autographs for the fans. Weaver, of course, passed away on January 19, 2013, roughly about a year and a half after I met him. I had him autograph a ROMLB and decided not to ask for the Hall of Fame inscription, and instead opted to ask for a photo.
|I look really young in all pre-2012 photos|
|Tony Gwynn autographed ROMLB|
|Cano gets interviewed after winning the Derby|