“In May 1983 my dad and I were invited into the dugout of the Philadelphia Phillies after a game. My dad said I could bring my friend Billy along too. We were going to be able to meet the players, take pictures, get autographs and walk on the field!
On game day, all three of us were excited to get to the park. The only problem was — the game was rained out and only two of us were going to be allowed into the dugout.
My dad decided Billy and me would be the two, while he watched us from the stands next to the visitor dugout in the pouring rain. He gave up the chance to meet his favorite player, Pete Rose while we not only met Rose, we met Tug McGraw, Steve Carlton, Tony Perez, Mike Schmidt and many other from the ’83 National League Championship team. What a day!

Although it upset me, my dad never quivered. He was so happy for the time I spent meeting and yucking it up with some of my heroes.”—Brett F.

Mike Schmidt (c)12-time All-Star and three-time winner of the National Baseball League’s Most Valuable Player Award.


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