For my first Showoff Sunday, I decided to showoff the 4 autograph baseballs I have collected so far this season.
The first ball was signed by Stockton Ports pitcher Tim Atherton. On Tuesday April 22, 2014 Tim pitched 7.1 perfect innings leading the Ports to a 6-2 victory over the Lake Elsinore Storm. This ball was signed after the game.
The next ball was signed by a young prospect in the Los Angeles Dodgers farm system, Julio Urias. Julio is only 17 years old is currently playing for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. He was signed as a free agent out of the Mexican League in 2012. Julio looks like someone to watch over the next couple of seasons as he matures.
The next ball was autographed by former Major League pitcher Tom Browning. Tom is best know for pitching a perfect game for the Cincinnati Reds against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1988. He was also on the pitching staff of the 1990 World Series Champion Cincinnati Reds. Tom is currently the pitching coach for the Bakersfield Blaze, the Class A advanced affiliate of the Reds.
The final ball I have had autographed so far this season was by movie director Ron Shelton. Ron was a part of the 1969 Stockton Ports team that won the California League Championship. After his time in the minors Ron went on to become a famous movie director. He has directed such films as Tin Cup, Cobb and Bull Durham. This ball was signed at the Stockton Ports Alumni Night on Saturday, May 17, 2014.