Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Saturday, November 10, 2012

B&C: Nate Silver autographed my Bill Pecota card

While Dan Szymborski has yet to autograph my Bud Zipfel card.

ue

I stumbled upon Bill Pecota’s 1988 trading card. In a moment of wistful inspiration, I decided to spare the Pecota card from the trash bag. Placing it carefully in a plastic sleeve, I told myself that if I ever had the occasion to meet Nate Silver, I’d ask him to autograph the card.

Fast forward to this October. Silver was giving a presentation and signing at a store around the corner from my apartment promoting his new book. In the receiving line afterward, in between the math professor who tried to stump him with a complex proof and the political science grad student with a fascinating theory on independent voters, I approached. I had wondered if he got this request frequently, an army of baseball nerds, following him around whenever he appeared in public, thinking we were clever by scraps of cardboard in his face.

Even if he’d gotten the request before, Silver could not have been more gracious. He chuckled deeply upon seeing the card and joked about what a Bill Pecota card goes for on Ebay. He signed his name carefully, even tracing over it a second time to make sure it appeared legibly. So yup, that picture is of my Bill Pecota card autographed by Nate Silver. It now has a permanent spot on the bookshelf, ready to take me down a peg every time I get event the tiniest premonition that I might be cool.

Repoz Posted: November 10, 2012 at 08:38 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: sabermetrics

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Jim Wisinski
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP - July 2014: Republicans Lose To Democrats For Sixth Straight Year In Congressional Baseball Game
(3844 - 1:33pm, Jul 31)
Last: Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October

NewsblogCardinals Acquire John Lackey
(26 - 1:32pm, Jul 31)
Last: Ray (RDP)

NewsblogHardball Talk: Calcaterra: Nationals-Orioles TV Money Dispute about to Explode
(5 - 1:32pm, Jul 31)
Last: Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play

NewsblogAthletics, Twins Swap Tommy Milone, Sam Fuld
(6 - 1:31pm, Jul 31)
Last: RMc's desperate, often sordid world

NewsblogJULY 31 2014 OMNICHATTER/TRADE DEADLINE CHATTER
(106 - 1:31pm, Jul 31)
Last: Walks Clog Up the Bases

NewsblogSOE: Minor League Manhood - A first-hand account of masculine sports culture run amok.
(167 - 1:31pm, Jul 31)
Last: Ray (RDP)

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread- July 2014
(1047 - 1:31pm, Jul 31)
Last: Dandy Little Glove Man

NewsblogA's Acquire Lester, Gomes For Cespedes
(108 - 1:27pm, Jul 31)
Last: Ron J2

NewsblogDifference of opinion on baseball stats as Derek Jeter climbs all-time hits list
(14 - 12:59pm, Jul 31)
Last: Ron J2

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-31-2014
(15 - 12:55pm, Jul 31)
Last: Sweatpants

NewsblogWhy the Mets Are Right to Save the New York State Pavilion
(7 - 12:24pm, Jul 31)
Last: zack

NewsblogOT: The Soccer Thread July, 2014
(539 - 12:05pm, Jul 31)
Last: frannyzoo

NewsblogRed Sox trade rumors: 'Very good chance' John Lackey and Jon Lester are traded - Over the Monster
(89 - 11:50am, Jul 31)
Last: Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class

NewsblogPosnanski: Four theories about Hall of Fame voting changes
(39 - 11:48am, Jul 31)
Last: Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October

NewsblogOT: NBC.news: Valve isn’t making one gaming console, but multiple ‘Steam machines’
(680 - 11:32am, Jul 31)
Last: TFTIO can't talk like this -- he's so sorry.

Page rendered in 0.1484 seconds
50 querie(s) executed