This is the fun part. As a kid, and even now, I love to get player autographs. And at spring training, there are plenty of opportunities to do so. The best place to get autographs for me was the practice fields.
Getting there around 9 a.m. before the players took the field allowed time to walk around and get a sense of where to go. All the pitchers stopped and signed on their way from the indoor facility to field two, including Felix –although he only signed for the small kids.
As the team workout ensues, players will sign sporadically between things and different coaches will sometimes wander around the complex. In these situations, you need to be assertive and speak up to ask for an autograph, or they’ll go straight to where they need to be. It is their job, after all.
After that, the next best place to get autographs is at the stadium. Here, you have two options. First, players will sign on their way back into the dugout after pregame warmups just before and after the national anthem.
The other place players will be is in, what is called, “Autograph Alley.” Located just beyond the right field corner, this is where players walk between the clubhouse and the field. Many players and coaches will stop and sign there on their way to the field before the game, and on the way back to the clubhouse after the game.
The last way to get autographs at spring training is to just be prepared. Have a baseball and a pen with you when you go out to dinner or are walking around Peoria on the team’s off day. Who knows, you just might run into a player who is more than willing to sign that ball for you.