I need to share my story with some people that might appreciate it or have had something similar happen to them.
Anyway, it was a good day for me......I met Mike Schmidt, shook hands with him and got my jersey signed. It is now proudly displayed on my wall.
When I was 11 (1983) I wrote 6 letters to Phillies players (Schmidt, Rose, Carlton, Jaun Samuel, Von Hayes and Joe Morgan) and include baseball cards with them asking for their signature.
Only two responded!!!!!
I received a letter (without my card) from Rose stating he is too busy to respond to fans. Shocker, right?
I also happened to receive a letter from Mike Schmidt. It appeared to be hand typed and thanked me for wishing him and the phillies well in the future. It was hand signed. He also included a 5x7 hand signed picture as well as my card with a signature.
I always liked Schmidty but he quickly became my favorite player.
Today, as I smiled at him, shook his hand and watched him sign my jersey I felt like that 11 year old who had just receieved something special from his favorite player. It didn't matter that I spent $100 to buy the ticket for the signature....For past 24 years I have wanted to meet this idol of mine and shake his hand and say thank you for bringing a smile to an 11 year old's face.
He took some jabs from the media over the years as he played for Philadelphia but as of 1983, Mike Schmidt could do no wrong in my eyes.
It's funny how something that insignificant can make you feel like a kid all over again!