I saw a picture the other day of Todd Helton signing autographs for fans at spring training.
Here's what I don't understand. Why do grown men in their 30' 40's and 50's pursue autographs?
It should be a law that people over the age of 14 can't beg for autographs. It seems somewhat pathetic to me that grown men still seek autographs. Do they do it for profit? Do they do it because they idolize any player in a uniform? Do they do it because the have nothing better to do? Maybe the answer is yes to all of the above.
At least in the picture I saw the fans were asking Helton for autographs at the ballpark. I think it should be a nuisance crime to ask a player to sign something away from the park. It's harassment to track down a player in a hotel lobby or on the street and ask for an autograph. These guys have lives and shouldn't have to be disrupted all the time to sign an autograph.
That is why players constantly try to avoid fans, especially the older ones. A lot of player like to sign autographs for kids but the older, annoying fans they could do without.
At least those autograph hounds are earning the signatures. It's really sad when someone pays to get a ball signed. I was in a memorabilia store and that same Todd Helton autograph that was free at the ballpark was going for $399 dollars. Who would pay 400-bucks for an autographed baseball? Mind boggling.
So if you are a middle aged man who is always trying to snare autographs, stop it. The players hate it, you look stupid and you need to get a life.