Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Featured autographs - Mark Langston and Tim Salmon

Mark Langston threw out the first pitch in Monday's Angel game against the Cleveland Indians and was scheduled to sign autographs at the top of the second inning - I got in line [on the concourse behind the center field rocks] as the game started and was surprised there was one formed already; I guess one reason to go to the remaining home games this season would be to get autographs of a former Angels players.

One of the 'collector types' ahead of me got an 8x10 print of the Langston/Jim Abbott/Chuck Finley shot used in one of the subset cards in the 1993 Upper Deck set - the collector tried to sneak a second item [a card] for Langston to sign but the 'handler' standing and talking next to him snatched the card like a hawk and said autographs were only one per person.

I got Langston an 'oddball' card I picked up for a dime [at the Texas Rangers / Kansas City Royals spring training fanfest in 2009] because it had Tim Salmon's picture on it - as he was signing the card, Langston asked the handler if Salmon was around and the woman said he was actually at the stadium. If I overheard correctly, I thought it was funny that Langston didn't know Salmon was at the stadium.

Salmon has been doing the Angels Live pregame and postgame shows with Bill MacDonald and Jose Mota - for the first homestand of the 2011 season, which finishes up with a 4:05 p.m. game against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday afternoon.

In the bottom of the 8th inning, I was waiting behind the rocks [where the postgame show is held] and during the top of the 9th inning, Salmon showed up
- he was pretty much oblivious to the various fans [and I] wanting to him to sign something.

I had to wait around until the postgame show was finished before Salmon was finally done with his duties and eventually signed autographs
- it was a good thing the ushers didn't kick fans out of the area, even though the rest of the stadium was being cleared out after the game.

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