My son wanted to go to the player's parking lot again, so we arrived about 6:30 again. The crowd this time was less than 10 people. I believe it was 4 or 5 kids and a older couple from Springfield, MO that served as a host family for a Double A player in 2015. The Cardinals were scheduled to play an away game against the Nationals in Viera at 1:00 that day, so it was even more of an unknown of who would show up and at what time. We saw some of the same 4x4 trucks with tinted windows from the previous morning, but no one stopped the first 30 minutes. We did have some luck with the minor league guys that were walking to the clubhouse.
Shortly after Flaherty stopped, one of the trucks stopped at the gate. I gave my son a new ROMLB hoping it might be someone good. Turns out it was Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal. He signed under the Rawlings logo. I did have a card for him, but was so surprised that he stopped that I forgot to get it out. Not even 5 minutes later another truck stops. Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright rolls down the window. My son got him to sign the same ball Rosenthal did.
Rosenthal on top, Wainwright below
I was a little better prepared for Wainwright than I was for Rosenthal. I was the last person he signed for.
We had tickets to the game in Viera, but had some time after checkout. We stopped at the practice fields one last time. I was hoping to get McGee on a ball, but did not find him. My son kept our good morning going by getting Alex Reyes to sign a photo.
We arrived in Viera about 45 minutes before game time. The game was a sell out, so I was not expecting to get anymore autos. We had third row seats down the third base line about half way to the outfield wall. The only possible chance we had for autos were the Cardinals relief pitchers on their way to the bullpen. Luck was on our side again.
Out totals for the 3 days:
7 autographed cards
2 autographed photos
3 broken bats, one autoed
2 autographed baseballs: 4 sigs on one, 2 on another
1 spring training baseball, 3 minor league balls
It was a fun trip, one I hope to do again some time in the near future.