It was getting down to the nitty-gritty Thursday afternoon in Tampa. In little more than an hour, Colin had a Little League game in St. Petersburg and I didn't want us to get caught in rush-hour traffic and be late for his game.
I'd just finished packing the hounding bag when San Jose's Dany Heatley left the hotel and headed over to sign autographs. Thankfully, the card book, containing this jersey card, was right on top. So was the Atlanta Thrashers puck that Colin had him sign.
Two minutes later, we were headed to the Houndmobile. We missed the majority of traffic, took the Gandy across Tampa Bay and made it to the diamond in plenty of time for Colin's game.
For the record, his Reds won, 2-0, and he was awarded the game ball for some gutsy play behind the plate.