As I was wandering amid the many booths and shops full of promotional MLB merchandise, I passed a table where autographs were being signed by three baseball legends: Rollie Fingers, Gaylord Perry, and Steve Garvey.
The cost for an autographed baseball was $20.00. Rawlings had donated the baseballs because every cent of the $20.00 was donated to Children's Hospital. If you wanted a photograph of yourself with one of these baseball legends, they threw it in for free for the cost of an autographed ball.
As I was working my own booth, trying to sell books, a young man in his early 30s came bounding up with his best friend and and said friend's little girl, who looked to be about five years old. The first man had gotten a ball autographed by all three ballplayers--Fingers, Perry, and Garvey--and gotten a photo of himself with the three of them. He could not contain his glee, and he stood in front of my booth staring at the photo, grinning like a Cheshire cat.
Imagine my shock and surprise then when I realized that an autograph would cost me on average $50 to $60, and a photograph of myself with any of these celebrities would run an additional $50.
Too rich for my blood. I met no celebrities that weekend, paid for no autographs, posed for no pictures. Instead, I used my meager talents as an artist to chronicle the event as follows:
Here I am with Scott Wilson, best known as Hershel Greene on The Walking Dead, although I remember him best as Dick Hitchcock in In Cold Blood.
Here I am with Michael Rooker, Merle Dixon on The Walking Dead, Yondu Udonta in Guardians of the Galaxy ... and the titular Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.