Through the years there have been a lot of memorable moments at the Phestival, whether it was scoring a key signature, pulling a cool item from a grab bag or chatting up a player. Last year I introduced my son to the festivities and had a truly unique experience. As I look forward to making some new memories this week, I'll share a few from the past...
Kevin Millwood (2004)
|Kevin Millwood Signed Photo|
Comments: As a Sunday-game ticket plan during the early 2000s, I had the opportunity to see Millwood pitch his no-hitter in April 2003. As is typical during the Phestival, I found a trading partner to exchange autograph booth tickets, and got this Phan Photo signed. One of many pieces in my collection with a personal connection.
Tony Taylor (1988)
|Tony Taylor signed ball|
Comments: Guess I've been collecting the 1964 Phillies for a while! A coach at the time, getting Taylor on my ball did not mean too much. I was more interested in getting Von Hayes and Ricky Jordan.
Michael Bourn (2007)
|Michael Bourn signed ball|
Comments: Michael Bourn wasn't Michael Bourn when we crossed paths in 2007. Instead, he was an occasional outfielder, and more often appeared in games as a pinch-runner than he did as a starter. I considered skipping his booth, opting to get in line for a bigger name, but with NO ONE in line I had to stop. It was memorable in that Bourn seemed miserable, and completely bored. I always think of that encounter when his name is mentioned.
As I have mentioned before, it is a great event - even if you are not an autograph collector.
In case you missed it: Ghosts of Phestivals Past: Part I