Cutch is an absolute class act.
He still contributes to the community and is still relevant in the Phillies clubhouse despite having undergone season ending surgery.
This is the first time I have gotten a chance to get his autograph in a formal setting since Pirates Fest 2010. I have gotten his auto half a dozen times at games throughout the years though.
Even with as humble and kind that Cutch is to his fans, I can't lie I was a little nervous about asking him to sign a custom made baseball card with a piece of his hair in it. If you say it aloud or even just quietly in your head, it sounds a little weird, right?
For those that follow me on Twitter you've already seen the end result and it is awesome.
He made it a little easier when I showed it to him and he made comments in a jovial manner that it was hilarious.
which you can verify on the MLB authentication site.
Here are my used ticket stubs from the autograph and photo opp tickets. Unfortunately the photo studio ran out of paper (how does that happen?) and was unable to provide photos for those of us that paid for the photo. We will have an online gallery built for us in the future. Talk about disappointment.
Cutch wasn't the only person I was excited to see at the show though. I also got a chance to meet up with Brad from Brad's Phillies Blog and his wife, Val. (Shame on me for not getting a pic of us at the show)
I made plans with Brad via email to meet up and got a small package of Phillies extras I acquired in my pursuit of Collecting Cutch to give to him. Much to my surprise Brad hooked me up with some Cutch cards too.
In my travels to kill time while waiting for Cutch's photo opp and autograph sessions I browsed the floor looking for some new cards to add.
I picked up some trade/giveaway cards from the modern bins, but also grabbed some cards for myself.
He said "who were you looking for that whole time?"
I said "McCutchen".
"Just take it" he said.
"Awesome. Thank you very much" I replied.
I wasn't done yet though. I found a pair of dealers who were selling those 5x7 Topps Online exclusives. I managed to grab 10 of those that were Andrew McCutchen and 1 Stadium Signatures variant of Gregory Polanco.
Overall I had an awesome time meeting new people like Chuck who I waited in line with for an hour just to get into the show, Brad and Val, Debbie who I interacted with on Twitter but didn't get a chance to meet up with, the staff at The Philly Show, and of course Andrew McCutchen.