For a variety of reasons, I’m less into collecting autographs than I was a few years ago. Where I once used to bring a binder of cards try to get signed to every game, this year I haven’t brought anything to more than half of the games I’ve been to see.
Monday was one of those days, but I was hanging out with my friend Bart while he tried to finish getting the last few autographs he wanted from players on the Portland Sea Dogs. He had an extra copy of this photo of Sean Coyle for me, so I got the Sea Dogs’ infielder to sign it while I was there.
Coyle, 22, was named to replace Mookie Betts on the U.S. team for the All-Star Futures Game this week. He’s hitting .347 with 10 home runs, 40 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 55 games at the Double-A level this year.
My friend has taken to calling the 5-foot-8 Coyle “Little Dustin” because he reminds him of Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
That’s almost certainly an unfair comparison, but the Red Sox seem to have an awful lot of young players coming along for their fans to be excited about considering that their on-field success has kept them from having early-round draft picks in recent years.
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