A Paradox Grows in Beloit

A scene similar to, if not precisely the same as, the one accounted for below.

In the main/only concourse of Beloit’s Pohlman Field, minutes before the first pitch of a Midwest League game between the hometown Snappers and West Michigan Whitecaps, one encounters a group of anxious-looking men holding binders full of Bowman Chrome baseball cards. They’re approaching the Beloit and West Michigan players as they (i.e. those same players) make their way from Pohlman’s rather improvised locker rooms to its only-slightly-less improvised dugouts. They’re asking, with a sense of urgency, for the players (who are, in every case, younger than the men asking) to sign the cards in the binders.

Passing by and through the scene, one thinks, “This is behavior unbecoming of an adult man.”

Simultaneously, or nearly simultaneously, one envies the sense of purpose exhibited by those same autograph-seekers.

Image stolen shameless and without same from Ballparks of the Midwest.

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Carson Cistulli occasionally publishes spirited ejaculations at The New Enthusiast.

7 Responses to “A Paradox Grows in Beloit”

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  1. The Return of Rambo Diaz says:

    Red hat/white shirt stole your fanny pack, Cistulli.

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  2. Steve says:

    Men (and 1 lonely woman)

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  3. jcxy says:

    Indeed. Lucky bastards.

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  4. RA Rowe says:

    Autograph Hounding: A timeline

    Age 2-5 => Adorable
    Age reaches double digits => Fun
    Age 18 => Embarrassing
    Age 30 => Creepy unless he is 20 years your senior & a member of your team’s hall of fame.
    Age 75 => An honor for the player
    Skeleton => Very Terrifying

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  5. JuanPierreDoesSteroids says:

    I once wiped by man-hole with a baseball, and tried to get Julian Taverez when he was with the Red Sox to hold it in his hand and sign it. He did not.

    I know you will ask me why. Its because anyone can get a guy’s autograph and then put a skid mark on his name. Its another feat altogether to get the guy to willingly write his name on the skid mark.

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  6. Keith says:

    There’s guys doing it here in the NY-Penn League too. I mean, with the Astros I kinda get it, they’ve got a really good shot of advancing quickly. I don’t know, it’s kinda weird. Is it just so they have the signature of every guy they see play?

    I’m thinking they’re hoping they get a Nolan Ryan type and can sell it off to some sap later on down the road.

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