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You signed for how much money? And you wont sign an autograph!
Don't get me wrong I know there are some really decent men still playing this great game. Pujols and Lee come to my mind. But lets face it alot of them are now playing for the money only, so heres my question, what do you think players like Cap Anson, Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, And Ferie Jenkins would say to todays players?
| Closed on 01/16/10 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | MLB | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
Team Breakout:
20 Fans 
30%a. Get your asse's on a bus with no air conditiong and ride it all summer and then complain.
10%b. Way to go, wish we could have made that kind of money!
20%c. Kid it's not about the money.
35%d. What do you mean your shoulder hurts?
5%e. Shaconage (remember it's my other)

 &nbp;
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#1 | 1736 days ago

Well, Ruth was playing for the food, booze, and women.  I can't imagine how much worse he would've been with more money.
What do you mean your shoulder hurts?  
  
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#1 | 1736 days ago

Well, Ruth was playing for the food, booze, and women.  I can't imagine how much worse he would've been with more money.
What do you mean your shoulder hurts?  
#2 | 1736 days ago

qtowndogg wrote:
Well, Ruth was playing for the food, booze, and women.  I can't imagine how much worse he would've been with more money.
Lmao, this is true. I probably could have picked someone esle. Thanks for history reminder.
#3 | 1736 days ago

cubsgirl, this is a sore subject with my sons and i. we get to the game 2.5-3 hours early, to get autographs, and some of these players just look at you like WHO THE HELL ARE YOU, well we are the ones paying your salary, dumbshits, or another good one is they are walking by, and ACTING like they are on the damn cell phone. HAHA. like you said there are alot of good ones, but the majority are not, and ive heard they dont sign as much, cuz they know it will end up on EBAY, and i see alot of the same people trying to get autographs and KNOW for a fact they sell em on EBAY. i only go with my sons as to offer protection from all the OLDER people, who dont realize that they are ruining it for the KIDS, the ones who will treasure them for years and years.
#4 | 1736 days ago

Jeff_P wrote:
cubsgirl, this is a sore subject with my sons and i. we get to the game 2.5-3 hours early, to get autographs, and some of these players just look at you like WHO THE HELL ARE YOU, well we are the ones paying your salary, dumbshits, or another good one is they are walking by, and ACTING like they are on the damn cell phone. HAHA. like you said there are alot of good ones, but the majority are not, and ive heard they dont sign as much, cuz they know it will end up on EBAY, and i see alot of the same people trying to get autographs and KNOW for a fact they sell em on EBAY. i only go with my sons as to offer protection from all the OLDER people, who dont realize that they are ruining it for the KIDS, the ones who will treasure them for years and years.
well it seems to me that if it does end up on e-bay and sells for 25. dollars ok I mean hes making what 10 million? I would never sell an autograph but I guess my days of Wrigley are just gone and it's time to realize it.
#5 | 1736 days ago

It is unfortunate that players won't sign.  But in some cases it is understandable.  They know that many collectors use kids as a go between for the signatures.    But that being said, they should probably not let the bad apples ruin it for the rest.  I still think they should sign when possible.
Way to go, wish we could have made that kind of money!  
#6 | 1736 days ago

(Edited by MrsFalconCobb)
My first instinct is to agree, but then I think of this one NFL star who was painfully shy. He was not one that was "reported" as shy. He did not avoid attention just when it was to his advantage, but in media appearances etc... Did not promote all his charitable works, did not court attention, did not showboat. He was highly uncomfortable in crowds, & I would often overhear fans really badmouthing him for not stopping to sign. I had a hard time with that, so it has really made me rethink. I at least try to allow for other factors. If it is a player who courts media, & attention then that player should deal with all aspects of wanting that attention.
#7 | 1718 days ago

MrsFalconCobb wrote:
My first instinct is to agree, but then I think of this one NFL star who was painfully shy. He was not one that was "reported" as shy. He did not avoid attention just when it was to his advantage, but in media appearances etc... Did not promote all his charitable works, did not court attention, did not showboat. He was highly uncomfortable in crowds, & I would often overhear fans really badmouthing him for not stopping to sign. I had a hard time with that, so it has really made me rethink. I at least try to allow for other factors. If it is a player who courts media, & attention then that player should deal with all aspects of wanting that attention.
There are things that I'm not entirely comfortable with at work, but I suck it up and do it because it's my job (and I don't make anywhere NEAR the money these players make).  I think that's the problem ... players are not seeing this as being a part of their job any more (you can't force a player to enjoy it, but if it's their JOB to do it, then at least it's getting done). 

In years past, a player represented his team/organization and, in turn, was expected to put on a "good face", be respectful, behave appropriately, and make the fans happy.  That aspect of being a "professional" has been lost over the years and that's really sad. 
#8 | 1718 days ago

I understand what you are saying... and players do have a MORAL type issue to sign autographs, do charity events, and do things of that nature... but lets keep something in mind as well.....  they are bombarded with request, after request, after request to do things that they probably dont like, wish they could say no, or plain object too.  So I think some days are better then others for many of these stars....

But think about it like this... imagine how many people bug and bother you on this site alone, more less if you have myspace, facebook, myyearbook, or any other social website, or all the spam mail you recieve on a daily basis..... Now imagine that multiplied by like a 1000, and tell me every time an autographer seeker jumps in your face... you ll sign it... I doubt it... !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Way to go, wish we could have made that kind of money!  
#9 | 1716 days ago

janet011685 wrote:
There are things that I'm not entirely comfortable with at work, but I suck it up and do it because it's my job (and I don't make anywhere NEAR the money these players make).  I think that's the problem ... players are not seeing this as being a part of their job any more (you can't force a player to enjoy it, but if it's their JOB to do it, then at least it's getting done). 

In years past, a player represented his team/organization and, in turn, was expected to put on a "good face", be respectful, behave appropriately, and make the fans happy.  That aspect of being a "professional" has been lost over the years and that's really sad. 

I think where they are when being asked to sign is important. A team function, practice facility, &/or playing field falls under "at work", but  at a mall, times with family, &/or eating out etc... not so much. Plus given a choice, I think most fans would be "happier" with a batter who hits 300+ yet refuses to sign autographs at times the team hasn't designated... Then one who bats 150 but will sign autos all day long. Both can still be respectful, behave appropriately, & put on a "good face". Previous decades players didn't have to contend with eBay & those who want autos but aren't fans to the same degree it is now.

#10 | 1706 days ago

MrsFalconCobb wrote:
My first instinct is to agree, but then I think of this one NFL star who was painfully shy. He was not one that was "reported" as shy. He did not avoid attention just when it was to his advantage, but in media appearances etc... Did not promote all his charitable works, did not court attention, did not showboat. He was highly uncomfortable in crowds, & I would often overhear fans really badmouthing him for not stopping to sign. I had a hard time with that, so it has really made me rethink. I at least try to allow for other factors. If it is a player who courts media, & attention then that player should deal with all aspects of wanting that attention.

While i can definately see where for this individual there may be some pain associated with not only autograph seeking fans buthte public lifestyle as a whole; it was a choiceon his behalf to become an athlete. Not just a weekend warrior like the majority of us but a guy who dedicated the majority of his waking hours to his craft. The tradeoff to this is a certain degree of celebrity and unfortunately in this day and age 24/7 media/fan attention.

Get your asse's on a bus with no air conditiong and ride it all summer and then complain.  
#11 | 1706 days ago

 I'll share a bit of information that the majority of people do not know...

For practically his entire career, Nolan Ryan spent one day of every home stand signing autographs for hours. He did this on his own time, taking as much time as necessary to sign for every fan who showed up. He even brought a variety of marking pens that would write on whatever he was asked to sign. AND HE DID NOT CHARGE A PENNY!!!

Some wonder why Ryan's autographed memorabilia items are not as valuable as some lesser stars. The value is based on abundance or scarcity even more than the player's status. And because of his willingness to sign, his is abundant.

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