I went on down to Turner Field on the 18th to see what I had thought would be a big game back when i picked out my tickets in the spring. Thanks to Vladimir Nunez, I was wuh-rong. But this night was also to celebrate the Braves Organizational Players of the Year. Depending on your Fan Confidence Vote, you may or may not enjoy these pictures. They had an autograph session beforehand, and I got there around 5:30 to make sure that I got some good autographs. I took some pictures of the guys, and to avoid banning from Talking Chop, I will post them along with a few anecdotes from the game.
We'll start by going through the line. I didn't get pictures of Andy Otero or Edinson Sanchez, who were both from the Dominican Summer League. It was funny to watch them, they've obviously got a long ways to go in signing for people. It took them a while to sign, and they seemed to speak little to no english. They responded to "thank you" by nodding and smiling.
Cory Gearrin and Matt Crim:
I had one ball for everyone to sign except Heyward. So i decided that i wanted RSF's on the sweet spot, just to see how he would sign. I handed him the ball, and said "sweet spot", and he just looked at me like "Really?" Also note the guy with the Chino jersey. I really really hope this was a Jersey Off Our Backs winner.
Yoel Campusano, JJ Hoover and Cory Gearrin
Matt Young, Kyle Cofield, and Campusano trying to figure out why this man has a Chino Cadahia jersey.
The fruits of my labor:
So that was it for that session. Before the game, all the guys were to be honored on the field. They waited in the dugout, and were talking with some of the players. One guy who really seemed to be enjoying himself was Tommy Hanson, who was chatting it up with all the guys, and kept straightening their ties for them. Unfortunately, my seats in 401 did not permit me to catch it on film. Nor did it catch Kris Medlen catching the first pitch with his backpack on. The pics below are just shots of the guys as seen on Bravesvision:
And Dan Aykroyd sang "Take Me Out to The Ballgame"! I was a little disapointed they left out "Ghostbuster" in his accolades.
So in closing, i hope you enjoyed these pictures. Here's one more of our congenial Number One Prosepct: