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Brush with fame

Posted on: January 5, 2009 8:08 pm
In case you missed it, we're talking about encounters you've had with famous athletes. Also, tell me the most famous athlete from your high school.
Category: General

Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 3:59 am

Brush with fame

I caddy for Drew Bledsoe, when he first signed with the Patriots.  We went out to dinner a couples of times after that.  Real Gentleman.  Kiss

Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2010 10:23 am

Brush with fame

This is about 35 yrs ago met Manny Mota of Dodgers fame.
about  15  years ago ran into Stephen J Cannel writer, producer,  downtown S.D.
4 or 5 years ago met Johnny Bench, Jerry Rice, Goose Gossage, Drew brees,  Rollie Fingers, Marcus Allen  Ray Romano - all great guys - and Emmit Smith - total jerk, at a charity golf tourney
and six weeks ago  met  Ben Davidson Raiders football from back in the day. Im sure there are more
  just to name a few

Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2009 10:40 pm

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the only encounter I had, was my cousin was the Chicago Cubs bat boy for two years when we were in highschool,  Just  goes to show you what good grades get you

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2009 10:31 pm

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Just out of high school i had the opportunity to work at the old Capital Center.  While there, I meet and played with members of the Washington Bullets.  They would be the most famous.  Wes Unseld, Bob Andridge, Elvin Hayes, et. al. Great team.  It gave me the opportunities to meet many NBA stars from era.

Since: Nov 10, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2009 11:15 pm

Brush with fame

Thanks to the new posters here! Love the stories.

Man, meeting Mickey Mantle like that .. you sure couldn't do that now!

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2009 9:50 pm

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Last summer,after the Reds beat the Brewers in 14 innings,we went to the annual Duck charity at a local bar in Cincinnati,and my 2 favorite players last year were Brandon Phillips and Ryan Freel,met both of them and had my picture taken with them. I also met David Ross.Brandon is so down to earth,and is just happy to be playing the game he loves,he is genuine,and Freel is too,I am really sad he is now a Baltimore Oriole but around here we used to call him Charlie Hustle JR.,he plays the game with everything he's got.

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2009 9:46 pm

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I have met a lot of pro athletes. When i was three my Gpa, took me to Tigers Stadium. We went there when the Yanks were playing the Tigers. Mickey hit a home run in the game and after the game was oveer my Gpa took me down by the Yankees dougout and Mickey was comin in. I asked him meekly, I was a little scared, if he would sign the baseball card Gpa gave me. He took the card and signed it, when he handed it back to me he said, Here you go lil' guy keep playin ball. I said thank you sir. He smiled and walked off down the tunnel. I wish I still had the card, it was a Topps 1952 Mantle Rookie card. My idiot mom threw out all of my cards when I was off in the military. The only famous athlete that I kind of knew from high school was Merril Hoge. He played for the crosstown rival.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2009 9:36 pm

Brush with fame

I went to High School with Dave Burba,Rick White and Dustin Hermanson,Rick used to have the parties in H.S.,Dave was 3 years older than me so I did get to see him pitch for our team.Rick has done a lot for our community,he and his wife bought a condo from my parents 2 or 3 years ago here in Springfield,Ohio to live during the off season.Dustin Hermanson had a crush on my youngest sister,but she never went out with him,she still has his senior picture he signed and was a nice kid. There have been a lot of athletes come out of Kenton Ridge H.S. and Springfield in general for being such a small town.

Since: Jan 27, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2009 12:13 pm

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Thanks guys.

Alot of good stories on here. I didn't think he was going to shake me down but he looked very much out of place considering the neighborhood I was in. My mistake was not painting a better picture of the neighborhood I was in when he walked up. But hey I never claimed to be a writer.

I have over the years run into several known figures, M.L. Carr, Teddy Johnson, Bob Villa (who was an ahole the entire flight to the attendant.),  John Smith (kicker for the Pats in the early 80's, taught the soccer camp I went to one summer). None of these were very intersting other than just brushing into them.

However wit that said here is the other favorite of mine from the the two favs I have.

My girlfiend and I were waiting at Boston's Logan airport to board our flight on our way to Vegas. (Pats bye week and going to meet a bunch of online friends to watch football at the casinos.) She says to me "don't look but", one of my favorite things people say, "I think thats Matt Light sitting over there." So we spend the next few minutes taking turns looking over the others shoulder to figure out and I concluded that it sort of looked like him but I didn't think it was.

So we board the plane and notice this guy is sitting a few rows back from us and we decide we are going to get the flight attendant to find out for us. We asked if he would go back there and see if he is Matt Light of the NE Pats and that if he was would he mind signing my gf's pink Pats hat she had on. Well a few minutes go by and the attendant comes back and says "give me the hat'. So now we are all kinds of excited for her and the attendant returns with the hat. We look at and can't read it but it definately doesn't look his name. So we figure it must just be the way he signs it and go about out trip giddy about brush up against one of her favorite players.

Great time in Vegas return home and I get out my Pats yearbook. Well it's not Matt Light I told her and you could see the dissappointment in her face. But then I smile and say it's Dan Koppen. Well we obviously laughed and felt really stupid for not realizing it and wonder to this day what Dan thought when he was asked if he was Matt Light.

Well we thought it was funny anyways.

And oh by the way, I'll never forgive the Denver Broncos for screwing me out of many thousands of dollars by not beating the Raiders on my card. I had every pick on my card right and they choked against one of the worst fielded Raiders teams in Oaks history. I went into that game thinking I've got it, it's the gimme pick on my card I already got the tough ones right. lol


Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2009 8:24 am

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RSXFAN- did you think Mr.Dawson was going to shake you down for your wallet?  That's great stuff! Junior Seau is my favorite player of all time- right until the Chargers drafted him #5 out of USC in 1990 to this very day with the Pats. ( I named my dog after him). He was scheduled to be in Jersey for the signing the very next year after the Chargers shipped him off to Miami. My buddy scored a 2' x 3' lithogram of Junior on E-Bay for me which I intended for him to sign- that and my authentic Charger helmet. When I approached him and shook his hand, I noticed all his fingers went in different directions- I kinda looked at his hand funny and he said it was from all the years of breaking them in opponents facemasks. His hand wrapped around mine like me shaking my 3 year old daughters hand. (I'm 6'-2", 220). I unrolled the lithogram and I kindly asked him if he could sign it in "Charger blue" instead of Dolphin green. He gladly did. Someday I'll take my family out to San Diego and visit his restaurant. He is a great player and an even better person- the definition of a role model.

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