coke609 wrote:You would have to include a $20 bill with it.
True story. I am a head counselor for a summer camp in a small town in Jersey (Yes, they still exist). For the past few years, we go to a game of an independent team called the NJ Jackals. We always go with like 40 or so kids and this year, there were 3 in particular who brought baseballs just so their idol Yogi Berra could sign them. Oh, I forgot to mention that the game is played at Yogi Berra Stadium and his museum is located on the premises. While we were waiting, out of the corner of my eye, I saw Yogi walking into the offices. At this point, I had no idea of their plan but wanted to at least meet the guy. By the time that I made it over to where he was, he had already made it into the back door of the offices. Then, I found out about the kids' plan and decided to go with a cute counselor (for leverage, if necessary) to see if we could get him to autograph 3 balls for those kids. We didn't want to make a scene so we just asked them for their balls and went and waited for the museum to open. Once it did, we convinced a guard at the door to let us in for free and he even showed us to the desk where we could ask for the autographs. There were also only 3 or so people in the whole place. I asked the guy behind the desk, who happened to be his son Dale, if Yogi could sign these 3 balls and he got all mad and said that it's not fair if he signs those for free and we would have to give him $35 each like everyone else. We respectfully declined and walked out of there.
Somehow, I know that if I had any notice and made it to Yogi in the lot, this same thing would not have happened. Unfortunately, this aspect is not about the fans and is all about the buck now.
Sorry for the babble.