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    Re: My Day With My Baseball Hero, Don Mattingly

    That's awesome stuff - thanks for sharing........I am jealous.........

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    Re: My Day With My Baseball Hero, Don Mattingly

    So am I. Looks like I may have to free up some time next year. Nice job, Mike.
    R.J. Hinners

    Always looking for Don Mattingly and other Yankees' game-used items and quality memorabilia.

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    Re: My Day With My Baseball Hero, Don Mattingly

    Well, we could do a Mattingly convention!!!

    Mike

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    Re: My Day With My Baseball Hero, Don Mattingly

    Can I beat that, yeah I think I can. My son is 7 and belongs to the Encino Little League which is one of the better little leagues in Southern California. He is on an AAA team. I coach and we had a coach's meeting this Sunday with Reggie Smith who is the offical coach for the League. Reggie was in the majors for 17 years and was a 7 time All-Star and is one the greatest switch-hitters of all time.

    For 2 hours he taught us old farts how to throw, hit and field properly. But the best, the very best part of this is that on March 9th he will spend 2 hours with our team, the A's, teaching our AAA team the basics. In other words, he will spend time with my son teaching him how to hit, throw and field.

    Gentlemen, it doesn't get any better than that.

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    Re: My Day With My Baseball Hero, Don Mattingly

    Mike

    i hope i have a great experience like you with the person i collect one day. nice story
    Regards,
    Joel S.
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    Re: My Day With My Baseball Hero, Don Mattingly

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    MY DAY WITH MY BASEBALL HERO

    This past Saturday, I spent the day in Evansville, IN. I was there for their annual Night of Memories. Actually, I was there to meet my hero, Don Mattingly. Donnie Baseball has been my favorite player ever since the first time I saw him play in 1984. He has continued to be my favorite player up to this day. But, despite growing up in New York, I have never met, or come close to meeting, Don. After speaking with the promoter multiple times and convincing my wife, I was on my way to Evansville. With all of the hoopla surrounding Don and his wife this past week, I was unsure if this day would even happen. It did happen and it was just about everything I could have asked for.

    I got to spend about 10 minutes chatting with Donnie as he signed everything I brought to Evansville. That included 5 - 8x10’s (including one from his rookie year), 1-16x20 from the last game of 1984 (when he went 4-5 to beat Dave Winfield for the batting title), 2-11x14’s, a game-issued 2006 jersey, a game-used batting glove from the late-1980’s, and a baseball. He signed them all as I had asked, ranging from “Donnie Baseball”, to “1985 AL MVP”, to “To Mike”. Afterwards, we got a picture together. While all of this was happening, the Evansville paper was taking pictures and notes for a story to run in the local paper. Donnie excused himself to go and sign about 500 more autographs over the next 90 minutes.

    After the autograph signing, there was a reception in a different building. The promoter was gracious enough to sit me at the main table. I looked with awe at the nameplates, Don Mattingly, Preston Mattingly, and Brooks Robinson. During the reception, there was a Q&A session with the local athletes, followed, by a live and silent auction. I got a few more opportunities to talk with Donnie. After 1-2 sentences, he was always interrupted or pulled away. I did get to tell him about us Mattingly collectors and asked him about his LVS 1728 bat. The numbers are for his 2-oldest son’s birthdays (he hadn’t had his 3rd child by that time). He said that he didn’t design them well…the barrel was too small and they were always breaking. He seemed surprised that there were even some “out there” (you got a keeper George!!!).

    The thing I’ll remember most is that, at the end of the night, he pointed at me from across the room. He walked from one side of the room towards me, asking people to “hold on” as he made his way to me. He said, “Hey man, Preston and I are taking off. But, I wanted to say thanks for coming”. Pretty awesome guy…glad he was and still is my hero.

    Mike
    Mike, congrats my friend! Wow! Thanks for sharing your story!

    I hope one day to meet Arod. This way, I can ask him if he used steriods, and we can end all the questions whether he did or didn't (lol).

    Seriously, I hope one day I'm as lucky. I did however meet Harmon Killebrew. Not my hero, but it was still pretty cool.

    Tony
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    Re: My Day With My Baseball Hero, Don Mattingly

    Heading to the NoM in a couple of weeks. Hopefully my experience will be half as good as Mike's!
    R.J. Hinners

    Always looking for Don Mattingly and other Yankees' game-used items and quality memorabilia.

 

 

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