Thursday, December 16, 2010
2004 Topps Total, Robin Ventura
#101 Robin Ventura
In 2007, my dad and I made our first trip to Omaha for the College World Series. It has since become a yearly tradition for us, but there is one lesson I learned in 2007 that I will never forget- don't go to the CWS without something for Robin Ventura to sign. That year, I got some signed 8x10s of Fred Lynn, Steve Carlton, and Ozzie Smith. All three of them signed at the AT&T booth and the 8x10s were provided. Robin also signed during the opening weekend, but he signed at the State Farm booth and they didn't have any 8x10s to sign. Since I didn't have anything worth signing with me, I skipped Robin. But every year since, I always have a couple of his cards with me just in case (since he is the color commentator for ESPN) and so far, I have this one card to show for it.
I got this card signed at the CWS in 2008. At the time, I didn't realize that there was an online list of all the people that would be signing at the CWS. So I dug out some cards of former players that were helping out with ESPN's coverage of the Super Regionals and I took them with me just in case. Well, Robin ended up signing that year at the AT&T booth and I was prepared. I have taken cards of Robin with me every year since, but this is still the only one that I have got signed.
If it wasn't for this card, I probably would not remember Robin ever playing for the Dodgers.
This is the second Robin Ventura card that I have posted on here. I posted the first one over two years ago and it can be seen here.