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Who doesn't love proof shots...I know I do. The purpose of this section is to see how many proof shots I can amass throughout my career. I know most graphers have cameras. If you have a proof shot of me signing I would love to see it. Be sure to upload it with an html link and post it under the message board. If I see it, it will be put under this section with the author/person who took the photo if you want. Also if you ever need to sell any of my items or team signed items be sure to use one of the photos for your auction!
March 13th 2004 What's up everybody. We just started the 2004 season with the first workout of spring training. Yesterday all the pitchers and catchers reported to camp. For the most part yesterday was a time to see everyone and ask each other how our offseason went. A lot of guys looked in better shape than previous years. Today started out with everyone meeting at the minor league facility and finding out what team you were working out with and if the uniforms fit, this all happened around 7:30-8:30. At 8:30 a couple of presentations were made by our minor league coordinators about the upcoming season. Around 9:30 we finally got onto the field and did some stretching and after that some throwing for about 30 minutes. Spring Training goes pretty slow and consist of the same routines until we break camp in early April. There are six stations we rotate through, conditioning, throwing a bullpen, talking about pitching, covering first, bunt plays and pickoffs. The stations last about 20 mins and are done everyday at the same times...Once the hitters arrive we will shag after the station work is done. Today we had one of our conditioning test which was a shuttle run (kind of like running lines at a basketball practice. The cones were marked 75 feet away and we had to run down and back six times under 63 seconds. Today was short and we got out around 1.
Autograph Update:Not much was happening on the autograph scene. I really only noticed two guys getting graphs so you pretty much could've cleaned house if you knew what you were doing and needed some Twins cards signed. Probably the best time to get graphs here is around lunch time, I think it is 12:30 but I'm not sure until the games start up...Any time before that might be a waste because we are doing drills nonstop unless you get us when we come out for the first time in the morning. I also don't think it would be a bad idea to wait for the players to arrive at the field or to leave at the end of the day but then you'll have to be decent at reading faces, but hell if you're a decent grapher you should be able to do this. Remember I'm just saying that those are the best times, you will pull a bunch of graphs during practice but most of the guys are in a hurry and might stiff you and sign 1 card because they are in a rush. Like last year we don't have our names on the back of the jersey. You may be able to ask someone for a roster and this will help clear up awkward moments.
March 9th 2004: The groundwork has been laid...not really much yet...This site should start popping in the next couple weeks. During spring training there is a lot of downtime after 4PM. In the meantime Ill be thinking of ideas for content.
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