Tuesday, July 28, 2009
1994 Signature Rookies Draft Picks, Jason Camilli
#39 Jason Camilli
I got this card signed last summer at a Staten Island Yankees game. The Yanks were playing the Vermont Lake Monsters and Jason was their hitting coach. I got him to sign the card before the game. While he was signing it, a few of his players came over to check out the card. He told them, "yeah, that was me in rookie ball". You could definitely sense that he missed playing in the way he said that.
Jason never made it to the Majors. He played in the minors for nine seasons, but only got into 56 AAA games in two different stints. He spent most of the time in the Montreal organization and was a .238 hitter for his career.
Check out that jersey. Signature Rookies didn't have a minor league licence. They were like the '90s version of modern day Donruss. Rather than just airbrush out the team name, they decided to add some ridiculously large numbers to the front of the jersey. It looks like he is wearing a cheap, button-down, football jersey.