Last night my friend Robert Jones picked me up after work and we drove down to Salem-Keizer to see the Volcanoes play the Emeralds. I like going there because I pay for General Admission and sit in my lawn chair and talk to the guys in the bullpen. I finally decided on a design for this years cards and this is it. I made backs for them and started numbering them at 141, card 1, 2014. The guys were happy as I gave them each one of their cards when they signed one for me. I am going to see the Ems play Hillsboro on August 9, so I need to get some more made before them. I took a lot of pictures again last night but I might have to resort to getting pictures off the web. So far I have made ten cards.
I went to see the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants) play the Eugene Ems (Padres) on Tuesday and Wednesday night. We didn't stay for much of Tuesdays game, I think we left in the 2nd inning. The two year old granddaughter was running my wife into the ground. I took some cards I had made to get signed and took a lot of pictures. The cards at the left I got signed Tuesday before the game. The Trae Santos was a card I had made for him last year, but he had to go home for a funeral before he could sign it. Homer Bush, Robbie Wine and Nelson Cruz were all pictures I got off the internet. Trea Turner, Jose Urena and Marcus Davis were all pictures that The Prowling Cat took when he went to a game in Eugene on July 3. I took a picture of all the Ems pitcher just as they lined up for the National Anthem on Tuesday. I printed it out and took to the game with me Wednesday night. I got to stay for the whole game because I went by myself. One of the nice things, to me anyway, is I just take a folding chair and set right next to the bullpen and talk with the pitchers. I managed to get 12 of the fifteen guys in the picture to sign it. I still have a few more games to get the other 3.
On Tuesday we took our 2 1/2 grand daughter to the game with us. She and my wife were taking pictures while I got autographs. Nelson Cruz, the pitching coach, came out and waved to Nola and my wife took a picture. Nola kept talking about the baseball guy. It was her first ever game, so I got Nelson to sign the photo for her and someday I will give it to her.
I took a whole bunch of pictures so I can make cards of as many guys as possible.
Tim Redding, 2005 Topps Total; Tim pitched in games for the Padres in 2005. Tom Redington, 1991Topps; Tom played in the Padres system in 1991. Jody Reed, 1996 Upper Deck; Jody played in 277 games for the Padres in 1995 and 1996. Steve Reed, 2002 Upper Deck 40 Man; Steve pitched in 40 games for the Padres in 2002. Kevin Reese, 2001 Bowman; Kevin played in the Padres system in 2000 and 2001. Hunter Renfroe, 2013 Bowman; Hunter has played in the Padres system in 2013 and 2014. Rich Renteria, 2011 Padrographs; Rich was a Padres coach from 2008 through 2013. Merv Rettenmund, 1978 Topps; Merv played in 193 games for the Padres in 1976 and 1977 and was also a coach for them from 1991-99 and again in 2006. Carlos Reyes, 1999 Keebler; Carlos pitched in 99 games for the Padres in 1998, 1999 and 2000
Hall of Famers-7
Sets of Brothers-7
Didn't play for the Padres-103