Thursday, January 16, 2014
1986 Topps, Ron Roenicke
#63 Ron Roenicke
Here is the second and final card that I got signed by Ron Roenicke at Spring Training last year. The first one was from the '86 Fleer Update set and you can see that by scrolling down a couple of posts. Ron is the manager of the Brewers and he signed this card for me after the game against the White Sox at Camelback Ranch, which happened to be the nicest park we saw on out trip.
Ron has managed the Brew Crew since 2011. His first season there, he led the club to a 96-66 record and won the National League Central behind Ryan Braun's MVP season. The team beat the Diamondbacks in the divisional series before losing the Cardinals in the NLCS. The Brewers slipped to third in 2012, but did post an 83-79 record. This past season saw Ron post his first losing record, in part to Braun's suspension, of 74-88.
After breakout years from Jean Segura and Alexis Gomez and a full season of Braun, it will be interesting to see how the Brewers do this season.
I took this card with me to a Royals game to get signed a few years back when Ron was a coach for the Angels. I obviously did not get it signed there, but it did end up with a couple of wrinkles in the lower right corner. Unfortunately, I had so many cards to search for on my trip, that I did not have the time to find a replacement for it.
Ron sure does have an interesting signature.