As promised, here are some of the best and worst
autographs from recent Timber Rattlers teams.
My vote for the worst signature in Timber Rattlers history. If you look
really close, it appears that he actually has a pretty neat autograph.
However, after he finishes that nice, neat autograph, he decides to circle over
it two or three times. It looks like he had already crossed his
"T" prior to the circles, so I am not really sure of there purpose.
Some of these guys get some slack because they are from foreign countries,
and Halman falls into that category. A native of Haarlem, Netherlands,
Greg signs his last name under his first name like Jeff Clement. You can
make out the "Greg" all right, but the last name gets a little funny,
as it looks like it starts out "Gh". I'm hoping that it just got
lost in translation.
An artistic autograph with the "C" underlining the rest of his
first name and opting for a one stroke "T" to start his last name
instead of crossing it. He gives two solid "l's" before
squiggling the "man".
Like Tillman, Butler also uses a one stroke "T", but Tony actually
crosses his "T" by looping around. On the mass signature ones,
his loop gets a little big and makes it hard to tell it is a "T", but
it is much more concise when he takes his time. In his last name, Tony
once again loops up to cross his "t" instead of picking up the pen.
Phillippe's signature can be pretty cool when he takes his
time, but I have not seen too many where he actually took his time. It's
typically just a big "A" and a line for his last name, no upstroke for
a "t" or crossing an invisible one.
While he was here, he went by Juan Ramirez. Often
times now, he goes by J.C. Ramirez. But he signed J. Carlos Ramirez.
I like the "TGreen" look with the exaggerated
crossing of the "T".
A really crisp, clean autograph that looks like it would
be fun to sign. You've got ups and downs, double "t's", and an
oversized "C" and "D". Just a real sharp sig.
Like Taylor Green, Lorenzo decides that his first name is
irrelevant other than his first initial. Lo Cain is very tough to get
sweet spotted on a baseball, as he almost always refuses to do it, unless he
gets paid to. Very rare for a minor leaguer to refuse to sweet spot (other
than high draft with memorabilia contracts), but Cain didn't like how much of
his autographs were ending up on eBay so he started horse-shoeing the baseball.
Just like the CIA and NFL, Cody only goes by an acronym,
T.G.A. Except that it doesn't say T.G.A., it says T.C.A. for Thomas Cody
Adams. He puts a odd flair on the front of his "A" which give
the "C" the look of a "G".
An "E" followed by a whole lot of mess. We
do customized t-shirts in the store. One of my store workers comes up to
me one day and say that someone wants to get their full name on a t-shirt and it
won't fit. She wants to know if they can just do his last name. I
look at it and say "His name isn't Fred Erickson, that's his last name,
Frederickson, he's on the team."
Apparently he doesn't realize that there are not any
letters in Cameron or Garfield that need to be crossed. Or he subscribes
to the Carlos Triunfel theory of crossing out your name after you sign it.
Again a player with only a first initial, it must be the
new trend. The odd part of the signature is how his last name angles up,
then he crosses a nonexistent "t".
I like how he circles the "n" all the way around
to cross his "t", because everyone knows that a "t" should
be crossed from left to right.
A very vertical autograph as he make all of his letters
skinny. Very sharp looking.
Apparently if you are not a "J", a
"y", or an "f", you do not matter in this autograph.
Also, odd for minor leaguers to sign jersey numbers on a pro card, as they very
rarely get to keep the number they want all the way up.
One of the new trends in cards are autographed jersey
letter cards. They are either off of a game-worn jersey, or they just
manufacture the letters. Most times the cards spell out the players last
name, but it might be his team or a saying. They look really great most of
the time, but they must be really difficult to sign. There is not much
surface space, it's cloth, and there is stitching all over the place.
Other cards just feature signed patches of cloth. The material is slippery
and ridged. It can't be easy to make your autograph look legible.
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