What Rod Carew taught me about autographs

Posted May 21st, 2015 by Tom Owens and filed in Rod Carew
ROD CAREW! I remember that face, and that look. By Tito Herrera (Untitled) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

ROD CAREW! I remember that face, and that look. By Tito Herrera (Untitled) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

I remember seeing Rod Carew alone in the Kansas City hotel lobby.

I had just started a sheet of Hall of Fame autographs, with a nifty HOF sticker in the middle.

The still-active Twin remained expressionless when I asked him for an autograph.

He looked at the sheet. I could see him eyeing the first signatures: Carl Hubbell, Stan Musial, Duke Snider. 

Carew shook his head. “I’m not in the Hall of Fame,” he said.

Summoning all my junior high student courage possible, I replied: “Not yet. You will be.”

He stared me in the eye, then smiled. He signed.

Ever since, in every letter, I’ve shared why I’m choosing that person. What makes them unique?

Believe in them. Maybe, they’ll return the favor.

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