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A few years back I got to meet my all-time favorite player, Dale Murphy.
He was appearing at a Mobile Baybears game against the Mississippi Braves. Before the game there was a softball game before hand with some local celebrities and ex players, including Murphy.
Around the fourth inning or so, they announced Murphy would be on the concourse signing autographs. So, I got up and went to wait in line with all the other Braves fans.
I had worn my 70’s throwback jersey and brought an official MLB baseball for him to sign. I picked up his autograph a few years prior when I bought an Upper Deck card he had signed. But this was different. I was getting the chance to meet him.
When I finally got up to the front of the line, I was anxious to ask him a question. Honestly, I can’t remember what question I was going to ask him because I froze. He commented that he liked my jersey and I went silent. I felt like an idiot as I somehow got out a thank you for the autograph.
I’ve met a lot of celebrities in the past, but I had never been so tongue tied before in my life. Honestly, I don’t know if it would be any different if I met him again tomorrow.
At least I’ll always remember it.
Have you met your favorite player before? How did it go?
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Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.