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The beauty and ugliness of baseball

BaseballThe Opening Night curtain is about to go up on the 2015 Major League Baseball season, and we’ll have six months of pennant races, record chases and amazing achievements to enjoy.

For the first time in a generation, there is more excitement about the New York Mets than the New York Yankees. (For posterity, I will note that the Mets had the best record in the Grapefruit League this year at 19-12… since we are already sensibly forgetting about exhibition game wins and losses.)

And it’s a good thing that the games will be underway soon, because we badly need something to talk about besides the ugly stories that have dominated the baseball discussion for the past week.

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Link: Anatomy of an Autograph Signing

A signed Josh Hamilton baseball card from my collection, obtained through the mail in 2009.
A signed Josh Hamilton baseball card from my collection, obtained through the mail in 2009.

Have you ever wondered what goes into a private autograph signing session with a baseball star?

Check out Matt Raymond‘s story about Josh Hamilton‘s recent autograph signing session for Major League Alumni Marketing at Autograph University.

Five hundred baseballs, three hundred photos, two hundred bats and one hundred jerseys silently await Josh Hamilton’s signature inside the boardroom of a Seattle hotel. Matt Hazzard walks around a giant surfboard-shaped table in the center of the room—making sure each item is in its place—before the MVP arrives for the autograph signing. Over the past four hours he and a colleague have turned the empty space into a memorabilia showcase. Once the guest of honor arrives the transformation will be complete.

It definitely sounds like a big logistical undertaking.

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