People I've Met

by rmpaq5 - 14 cards (Last updated on Feb. 1, 2019)


1. 1991 High Five Photography All-Star Fanfest #NNO Roberto Alomar


As will be shared later in this list, my oldest son has attended the Blue Jays Academy Baseball Camps as a gift from his grandfather many years. The first year Jackson attended was the summer after Roberto's HOF induction and you could purchase an autographed jersey of his. At the end of the camp he presented the jersey to the buyer with a photo-op. Since they did it alphabetically ( and unlike mine Jackson's last name is Way) my son was one of the last to get his jersey my wife and I bought for him. Roberto motioned us over after the photo to tell us that Jackson was one of the very few kids to tell him "Thank You" and was the only one to ask him how he was doing. He complemented us on raising a polite kid LOL!

2. 1954 Topps #131 Reno Bertoia


Mr. Bertoia became a high school teacher after his playing career. He taught at Assumption College High School in Windsor Ontario. I did not attend that school but many of my friends did and I met him at one of their school functions. It is however not the first time I met him. My first "job" was as a Caddy at Essex Golf and Country Club where he played often as a guest of members and I carried his bag a few times.

3. 2001 Topps Traded & Rookies #T176 Stubby Clapp


I played against Stubby in Little League! At District Tournaments they did player introductions and the national anthem before games "just like on TV" so remembering his name when he made it to the bigs was easy for obvious reasons. Three years ago I attended a Baseball Coaches' Clinic put on by the Toronto Blue Jays Academy and he was one of the presenters. Caught up with him after and traded stories about old Ontario Little League District 5 stories (not surprising he did not remember Turtle Clubs centerfielder).

4. 2001-02 Upper Deck #327 Andy Delmore


My brother was a better ball player on a better team than I with much better athletes (see an entry below). Andy lived down the street from us and played on the same All-Star baseball team as my brother for many years.

5. 2016-17 O-Pee-Chee #594 Jason Dickinson


Jason is from my current home in Georgetown, Ontario. Over the summer he helps out at hockey camps which both of my sons have attended. Jason is a great kid and fantastic with the younger ones.

6. 1992 Baseball Cards Magazine '70 Topps Replicas #57 Cecil Fielder


My oldest son has had the pleasure of meeting way more sports figures than I. As a matter of fact if I was to make a list of "People Jackson has met" it would go on for many pages. He has attended the baseball camp put on by the Blue Jays Academy as a Christmas gift from his grandfather on more than one occasion. One year Cecil was one of the batting instructors and motioned me aside to give his feedback on Jackson's swing. We had a long chat, one that no doubt lasted longer when I shared I was a huge Tiger's fan. His feedback was great and Jackson took his advice and is still a better hitter today (still does a step into the box routine to relax himself that Cecil suggested). Hey we went to the Provincial Championships last year with Jackson batting over .450 so must be right!

7. 1998-99 Pacific Dynagon Ice #81 Ed Jovanovski


Met Ed several times "around town" back in Windsor as a teen. I'm sure if anyone here ever runs into him and says, "Hey do you remember Ryan Paquin" the answer will be a hard no.

8. 1981-82 O-Pee-Chee #254 Rick Kehoe


Rick Kehoe was good friends with a friend of my father. Met him many times when I was very young.

9. 2011 Topps Heritage #416 Jim Leyland


The school I teach at used to participate in a program where some of the kids got to go out on to the field during the 7th inning stretch at Rogers Centre and perform with the Blue Jays cheerleaders during the "Lets Go! Blue Jays!" song. Being in charge of the trip, and seeing that the Tigers were playing the Jays near the end of school, I applied for a game between the two. The kids are brought down behind the dugouts an inning early where they emerge from, and I of course pick the Tigers dugout to accompany half the kids. Waiting there after the bottom of the 6th Leyland walks out of the dugout back toward the clubhouse entrance and sees us all standing there. He waved to the kids and I introduced him to the students and explained to them who he was. He talked to the kids for the entire commercial break period asking them questions about school and then asked me about teaching. Very cool. Of course he did this while sucking back a smoke.

10. 2014-15 Upper Deck #499 Kerby Rychel


Before I moved to Georgetown from the Windsor area I taught one year before moving for a permanent position. I taught Kerby for half a year when he was in Grade One as a Long Term Occasional Teacher when his regular teacher was on sick leave.

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Jan. 30, 2019 - 9:18AM
Brimose

Fun list!  I'll probably make one of my own now that you've given me the idea!

Feb. 2, 2019 - 12:40AM
Alomar_Collector

Cool story about Alomar. I still haven't met Robbie, but would like to one day. 



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