Spring Training Trip: By the Numbers

BY: T.C.

Since I’ve always been a math geek, I have always loved statistics…which means that I always loved seeing the “by the numbers” type of stories in magazines and newspapers.  Because of this, I figured I’d do my own “by the numbers” column for my spring training trip.  When it was all said and done, here are all the facts:

  • Days in Florida: 10
  • Teams I saw: 8 (Braves, Astros, Pirates, Reds, Tigers, Twins, Red Sox, Mets)
  • Total cost of airfare, hotels, and rent-a-car: $954 (‘gotta love Priceline!)
  • Cards signed: 446
  • Balls signed: 29
  • Total autographs obtained: 475
  • Average cost per autograph: $2.01
  • Autographs of Hall of Famers: 4 (Rod Carew x 2, Paul Molitor, Phil Niekro, Peter Gammons)
  • Best inscriptions:
    1. Denard Span (“Human Highlight Reel” on a ball)
    2. Pat Neshek (“I should not have thrown that pitch!” on an A-Rod road to 500 HR card)
    3. Bill Virdon (“N.L. ROY ’55″ on a ball)
    4. Tommy Hanson (“AFL MVP ’08″ on a ball)
    5. Jimmy Williams (“Boston Red Sox 1999 M.O.Y.”)
  • Top 10 Signers:

1.  Pat Neshek: 12 items

2.  Jason Heyward: 10 items

3.  (tie) Denard Span, Todd Frazier: 9 items

5.  Jordan  Schafer, 8 items

6.  (tie) Ryan Perry, Jason Kubel, 7 items

8.  (tie) Russ Ortiz, Jair Jurrjens, Brian Buscher, Johnny Gomes, Chris Speier, Ian Snell, Jeff Keppinger, Brandon Moss, Chris Valaika,  Kelly Johnson, Devin Mesoraco, Matt Capps, J.R. Towles, Drew Stubbs: 6 items

  • First autograph: Gregor Blanco
  • Last autograph: Donnie Kelly
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