When I was 11 years old, my dad told me that one of my favorite baseball players was going to be signing autographs for fans at a local baseball card shop.
As a huge Oakland A's fan growing up, I couldn't have been more excited to meet one of my favorite players, Dave Henderson.
I dug into my baseball card collection and found a 1989 Topps Dave Henderson card for him to autograph. I had never met a sports player before, so I was really nervous.
"Don't be nervous, son," said my dad. "He's going to be excited to meet you."
"Really," he said.
When we got there, there was a line of people waiting to meet Hendu. Dad and I got in line and I anxiously waited my turn to meet a hero of mine.
We got to the front of the line and I walked up to him as he was seated just a foot away from me.
"Mr. Henderson... I'm very happy to meet you," I said as I handed him my card.
He laughed with this big gap-toothed smile and started signing my card.
"I'm so happy you came over to meet me too," he said.
And the rest was history.... Thank you for coming to my site to share in the passion of sports.