Some of you may be aware of one of the Superfans’ favorite hobbies- graphing. This is the shortened term for “autographing”, or in other words, we collect autographs. Over the past 10 years, I’ve amassed a fairly large collection (along with Superfan Handy Jay and Superfan Shaggy) of autographs of which I have a room dedicated to them. Today’s Signature Series Featured Athlete- Jonathan Lucroy!
This first picture is a sign from 2010 that I created while working a short stint at OfficeMax in Grafton. We used this as a “training tool” to show how to use the spool printer and the laminator. Now, I’m not saying I came up with the whole Star Wars/Lucroy connection and started whole thing, but this sign, along with the next unique piece of autographed memorabilia surely were some of the first pieces.
We took the Lucroy sign to various games, and we told him if he signs it, we will retire it. Well, he did… and I did.
This next piece came from working at Best Buy with Superfan Handy Jay- it was part of a promotional display. Lucroy signed it, “To SuperfanPete- I am your father!” It’s hanging on my wall in the autograph room as well.
I do have a couple of baseballs, and a big metal sign with Lucroy signatures too, but one that I’d love to get would be his first hit. I was sitting behind the Twins dugout with my buddy Grant and Superfan Dynex Dan back in 2010- 2nd row! Of course I had my camera along, and yes, I got a pic of Lucroy’s first ever major league hit.
One of these days, hopefully I will get to cross paths with Luc, and get him on a 2014 All-Star ball, take a pic with him and shake his hand. He was always a Superfan favorite, always had time to say hello, and signed some stuff when he could. This last photo I found in some of the archived galleries- Lucroy was playing 1st, and the girl got to go out and stand by him for the national anthem. This photo here, this sums it all up.
I doubt you’ll see this article, but Luc, I wanted to say thank you for all the great years in a Brewers uniform, and we appreciate your hustle and hard work on and off the field.
May the force be with you!