As I look outside my window watching it snow while the Patriots play the Chiefs my mind seems to be on something else, Winter Warm Up and Pitchers/Catchers meet Feb. 12 down in Jupiter. I have to admit I miss going to the Cardinals Winter Warm Up, its been a long time since attending. I still have memorabilia from my time spent year after year that I am proud to have. In 2000 I will always remember a rookie sitting at table with very little amount of people getting his autograph, it was Albert Pujols. He signed my ball with a smile and wished me a good day. I now look at the ball which now has a fading autograph. My other favorites include Keith Hernandez, Jim Edmonds, Fernando Vina and J D Drew. I also have signed photos of Rick Horton, Eli Marrero, Jeff Suppan and Tom Henke. I would also see my cousin Charlie James a local that became a fan favorite with his five career with the Cardinals. I also came across a signed score card by Tony LaRussa, this was hard to pass up so I nabbed it. I also got to meet and chatted with Cardinal players Scarborough Green, Dennis Eckersley and Andy Benes. I have to admit I cannot remember what we chatted about, must be my old age. I am hoping to go back sometime in the near future which is now hard to do regarding my health, I would love to get some autographs from Paul Goldschmidt, Andrew Miller and Harrison Bader. My collection of signed balls and photographs now takes up space in my son’s room.
Here are a few pictures from this weekends Winter Warm Up…..