Originally Posted by ChiTown
That happened to me with George Brett.
I was at a social gathering here in Wichita (Brett's In-Laws lived here at the time). I was speaking with a friend of his, and GB walks up, interrupts our conversation, and smirks, "sorry, I need to borrow this guy, but I'll give you an autograph later..." He was a complete douchebag, and that's as nice as I can say it. I've run into him on a number of other occasions since, where that it appears to be the norm for him. Completely ****ed me up, as he was most certainly a MAJOR hero of mine growing up.
Yep, I've heard stories like that, which is why I said I felt lucky he wasn't a DB to me at spring training.
I remember when I covered the 1991 World Series in Atlanta, before one of the games I was on the field and I saw Peter Gammons standing by himself, basically doing nothing, about 20 feet away from me. He was one of the biggest reasons I got into sportswriting, as I grew up reading his AL notes column in the Sporting News.
I wanted so bad to go up to him and interview him for my notebook feature as just a pretext to meet him and talk to him, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. I was deathly afraid he'd tell me to get lost, or big-time me or something.