Chipper Jones faces autograph resentment

Posted June 8th, 2015 by Tom Owens and filed in Twitter
From 2009, in San Diego. By Djh57 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

From 2009, in San Diego. By Djh57 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

I’m still puzzling over the Twitter mud-wrestling that co-starred Chipper Jones.

I’m sorry someone got slighted for an autograph. Especially a kid.

However, I’m hoping more of us say thanks more often. Even if I don’t get my question answered and letter returned, I don’t want to stink up anyone else’s chances at success.

Chicago Cub Kris Bryant Amazes

Posted November 10th, 2014 by Tom Owens and filed in Chicago Cubs, Kris Bryant, Twitter
Anyone who followed the 2013 Iowa Cubs could see
how Bryant “gets” being a fan-friendly public figure.
The Des Moines Register loved Bryant as much for his
attitude as his home runs!

No one’s deserved a headline this year more than Kris Bryant.

Please, check out this feel-good feature about Bryant befriending a collector via Twitter once more. Read between the lines.
They know we’re out there!
My first thought was scary: greedy grabbers bombard the future Cub star with a “give me something, too!” requests.
However, bigger possibilities prevailed. 
I think pointing out to a star that you’ve seen how much his autograph goes for at private signings. Ask if you could have just one, or what charity you could donate to.
The message would be clear: I don’t want a dealer involved. I’m making a sincere, personal connection. 
Hey, it melted Kris Bryant’s heart. It’s a game plan that could work.

One Heckle ‘Dear Drunk Guy’ Should Have Shouted At Cincinnati’s Brandon Phillips

Posted June 23rd, 2014 by Tom Owens and filed in Brandon Phillips, Twitter,
How does the 2nd baseman feel about his
most surprising autograph ever? The photo
was posted on Phillips’ official site,

Cincinnati’s Brandon Phillips can play, on field and off.

If baseball had an All-Twitter team, he’d be a captain.
Posing for fan photos. Sharing those photos. He does it all.
Almost all.
The always-amazing website provided two stunning stats on Phillips. He’s still at a 70 percent success rate for fan mail. However, members on the website haven’t recorded a TTM success from him since October, 2011.
Everyone’s grooving on the story about Phillips responding with kindness to a drunken Pirates fan last week, providing a humorous but pointed “personalized” autograph.
Will BP apply half the effort on his fan mail that he showed toward a soused heckler? Many sober collectors are waiting. And waiting. And waiting…