(above : someone possibly more used to hearing requests like “can you sign my bosom?”. Not recently, mind you)
A number of Yankees and Mets are quizzed by the New York Daily News’ Anthony McCarron in Sunday’s paper about the first time they were asked for their autographs. As you might expect, Derek Jeter’s had more practice than say, Josh Thole, but with the possible exception of Nick Swisher (“one of these days, ain’t nobody gonna want my autograph!” — hopefully someday soon, Nick), the most revealing reply comes courtesy of Yankee SP Iván Nova.
I was in high A (ball in) Tampa and I was pitching in Dunedin (against the Blue Jays’ Class-A team) and I pitched seven innings, scoreless, and after I came out, a lady came to me and said, ‘Can you sign my bosom?’ I said, ‘I’m not going to do that! You’ve got to be kidding!’ I was shocked. In front of everybody! And she almost took it out. I’m not going to do that. That’s the one that I think I’m never going to forget. I was like, ‘What are you doing?’ I got shy, because everybody was looking at me and laughing. After that, everybody was talking about it.