Hand Cramp!

12 03 2008

Just finished a signing with Steiner Sports and Topps. 2,000 signatures in a row can be grueling. Good thing I have a quick sloppy autograph (kidding….well, not really) I’ll be back later with a new song playlist, maybe a random picture of the day, and some photos of upcoming prizes for contests. See ya!


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12 03 2008
9nine9

Wow. We do so little writing as it is thanks to PCs, CrackBerries, etc. I can’t even imagine signing my name that many times. Careful with the pitching arm!

12 03 2008
mattangry

Phil,

Did you get to keep any of the cards you signed?

Matt

12 03 2008
jeterfever

Just had to jump on the opportunity to post first. Phil, you’ve been lookin great this year, I find it hard to believe that you are about one month younger than me and your pitching for the yankees, and i’m selling insurance in Missoula MT. By the way, do you want to buy a Life insurance policy from a diehard yankee fan that’s your age. Think about it, you got to get insurance from someone. Anyway, good luck this year, and thanks for the great blog.

12 03 2008
Phil Hughes

Didn’t get to keep any from this signing.

12 03 2008
bxbomber44

When you talk to Shelley, can you give him a pat on the back for me. He’s a real gamer and I loved reading what Pete had to say about the little mix up today with the Rays from down south

12 03 2008
alex4yanks

did any other yankees or players join you?

12 03 2008
californiaxdan

HOW WAS THAT BRAWL WITH TAMPA BAY?? were you there? i can’t believe this game wasn’t on mlb.tv i want to see the highlights so bad. this is intense, yanks/rays rivalry should be good this year

12 03 2008
alex4yanks

to sign for topps and steiner that is

12 03 2008
bucknut7

Thanks Phil. I love the playlist updates. I’m normally on iTunes checking out the songs right after and downloading them to my iPod lol.

12 03 2008
yanks4ever13

2,000 sigs back to back? don’t know how you do it. It’s annoying enough having to take notes in class, and that’s when I’m writing different words. Can’t imagine writing my name 2K times.

12 03 2008
bigtic01

On top of TTM requests that is a lot of writing. Phil just wondering how much do you get paid per signature by Topps?

12 03 2008
boodah35

Phil,
That signing must have been a killer on the hand.
I sign my name more than once, and they never look the same.

Just curious,
Do you have someone like standing over your shoulder at all of these signings?
Because I think Topps says that they always have someone present at the signings to make sure they are legit?

12 03 2008
robbie42003

Man, that’s a lot of writing. As a fan, thanks for taking the time to sign for us as well. Great blog!

12 03 2008
kbee

Phil,

All I have to say is that I hope you don’t start to feel overwhelmed by everyone wanting a piece of you in some way. I hope the same for Joba and Ian. I can’t imagine what it would take to stay grounded in the face of all that. But I hope you do, and I hope you continue to let us in on the goofy side of you three and your other teammates. It makes me smile when you guys show off your personalities.

So kick some butt this year, but have fun doing it.

K

12 03 2008
billhughes

While it can be draining to masterfully craft the Hughes name over 2000 times in one day, I believe it would be substantially less burdensome to do so for compensation.

12 03 2008
norcross77

Phil-

Heard that Metallica is 6 weeks away from finisihing their new album, but it won’t be released until the fall. I can’t wait to thier new stuff, Lars said they have returned to their roots. Keep up the good work.

12 03 2008
kbee

billhughes,

I hardly think money can stop a hand cramp, and bitter-sounding sarcasm is, at the very least, unattractive.

12 03 2008
Phil Hughes

Yes, Topps have someone there watching.

12 03 2008
melky27

oo I can’t wait to see all the new things from steiner sports! And seriously everywhere I read about the Yankees there is ALWAYS something about you Phil!! Girardi was talking about how you’re so consistantly great throughout everything during yesterdays game. Good job!

12 03 2008
diamond23dust

haha…that’s a lot of autos

I don’t think your signature’s sloppy…I like it.
It’s unique.

Looking forward to more updates and random pics of the day

12 03 2008
boodah35

Hey Phil,
If I were to send you a ball to sign, what are the chances that you would actually have the time and be able to sign it?
And where would be the best place to send the ball?
Thanks.

12 03 2008
itachi62

is it in ur contract that u have to sign stuff for steiner sports?

12 03 2008
melky27

I know people can send stuff in to get signed w/ steiner sports but has anyone ever sent you anything wierd like unrelated to baseball?

12 03 2008
yanksfantilldeath

the kid is living a dream…

12 03 2008
phughesrocks

First of all, signing 2000 autographs in a row must have sucked….but i guess now you can say you did it. Second of all, Phil, I think it’s incredibly amazing that you are responding to some of these comments because it feels like we’re actually having a conversation with you as opposed to just commenting on something you wrote. It’s so cool. This whole blog is awesome and everyone thanks you for it.
Can you tell us something about today’s brawl? What was going through your mind? Were you advised to stay away, or did you go right away to help your teammates? Have you ever been involved in a crazy brawl?

12 03 2008
iheartny22

Yeah, it sounds like you should pop an Advil and take it easy for the rest of the day after all that! My hand hurts just thinking about it.

12 03 2008
Canada Day

what the yankees did today was a disgrace to professional baseball! for christ’s sake, YOU’RE THE NEW YORK YANKEES! you’re supposed to be the bigger men in situations like this, and walk away without have a grudge and wanting to seek revenge!!!
Jeez Louise, take a look at your international divisional foe, the Blue Jays, and take notes on how Canada’s team would respond in a situation like this….WITH CLASS!!!! GO CANADA GO!

12 03 2008
prinaldi2001

hey phil. can tell you how happy i am that you didnt get traded!! and u are doing a great job and im a big fan!! i usually go to spring training every year but couldent make it this year and couldent get tickets to opening day but i’ll be there April 2 sitting just near the bullpen in the left field lower stands. If you are there id love for you to sign my 2008 yankees jersey, it got your number!!

12 03 2008
prinaldi2001

hey phil. can tell you how happy i am that you didnt get traded!! and u are doing a great job and im a big fan!! i usually go to spring training every year but couldent make it this year and couldent get tickets to opening day but i’ll be there April 2 sitting just near the bullpen in the left field lower stands. If you are there id love for you to sign my 2008 yankees jersey, it got your number!!

12 03 2008
zellyanks91

You do this signing because your number change..and Steiner wanted new products that had your current #34 on it? About how long did it take to finish all of that? BTW..how is camp with Billy Crystal around..you get to talk to him?

Kevin

12 03 2008
rb15

Phil, you scared me with that headline! Don’t say things like that, ok? We need you healthy.

Yay Shelley! Phil, I know you probably won’t be able to say what you really think about that, but all the fans out here love it. Nobody messes with you guys. Tell Shelley rb says ‘sup.

12 03 2008
manimal529

AHHH DONT HURT YOUR HAND, you need that for the playoffs ๐Ÿ˜›

I just thought of a good prize, a Phil hughes signed Xbox 360 MLB 2k8 game.

12 03 2008
yanksfan212

must admit that sounds pretty hard to do. i have 2 take notes in class and that makes my hand KILL!! espicially when i’m writing history notes or a writing essay in english. imagine writing ur name 2K times straight, don’t know how u do it fill, along with being a gr8 pitcher, u can do that, now THAT is something that is impossable for me. Good luck phil in ur next 2 start!

p.s just curious do u listen 2 the micheal kay show? he’s awesome and listen 2 him everyday talking about the yanks!

12 03 2008
dahouse292

philly franchise-
do u ever listen to O.A.R.? just wondering because u said ull be back with a new playlist soon. they are a great band check them out if u get the chance.

12 03 2008
baseball402

Sounds like you were pretty busy there Phil! I like your signature, it’s not sloppy, it’s cool!๐Ÿ™‚

12 03 2008
jessicayanks

2000?! man i can imagine the hand cramp. but im sure you’ll be signing even moreeee than that soon. cant wait for the song list/random pic!

12 03 2008
yanks34

phil, where can fans send you things to autograph?

12 03 2008
bobbykid

Phil, Be glad your name isn’t William VanLandingham LOL Imagine signing 2000 then.

12 03 2008
ernie881

hey Phil, Iโ€™m just curious as to what happened today with Shelly and the Rays and what your thoughts are. There was no TV coverage today and the only info I got on it was what I read on the yanks website

12 03 2008
howemi01

two words man: rubber stamp

12 03 2008
wastedtalent

Doubt Phil will be able to talk about it here ernie.

Anyways…I thought it was well played.

I really like Shelley’s comments about Gomes “tackle” (even though all Gomes did was fall to the ground)…said he just felt a bump. HA HA!!

Shelley is going to have a cult following this year.

12 03 2008
dimagg5

Hey Phil- Which products will these Topps autos be in?

12 03 2008
woody4213

2000? Wow. It’s better in spring training when the games don’t count though, instead of in the middle of the WORLD SERIES which you will win. what happened today, because everyone was wondering what Derek and Alex were doing during the whole ordeal. They usually just sit and joke around.

12 03 2008
raulaguero

I just hope nobody gets injured in this meaningless games against the rays…
Keep rocking Phil….

12 03 2008
yankeejohn

Im buying a Shelley Duncan jersey.

They are not easy to find…yet

12 03 2008
xsandman42x

PHIL, I know your probably won’t say much about the brawl today but tell Shelley HE’S THE MAN. Gomes is just upset he barely moved the mountain of a man that is the mighty Shelley Duncan.

12 03 2008
yankeechick78

I know you can’t say anything publicly. But slap Shelley five for me! Maybe other teams will stop using Yankee hitters for target practice.

12 03 2008
yankeechick78

What size shoes does Shelley wear? I think you can answer that! He has huge feet!!

12 03 2008
yankeefaninidaho

How awesome is it that you brawled today in the game!!! I love the attitude this team has. Taking names and kicking a$$. I would love it if you drilled manny ramirez at some point during the season. 96 right in the side. And then afterward, you can shout to him, “I DRINK YOUR MILKSHAKE!” That would be the greatest baseball highlight ever.

12 03 2008
ilovenyy

Wow….and I complain for taking notes in class but 2000 signatures, that’s gotta be tough! so that was an interesting game today huh?

12 03 2008
jmerr27

yeah seriously i complain about taking notes. You guys doing anything for St. Patty’s Day this Saturday Phil?

12 03 2008
longhornkhoa

Gotta love Shelley. Thoughts Phil?

12 03 2008
chikiml

Hey phil,
Did you “personalize” or put an inscription on any of the autographs?

-Vivianna

12 03 2008
shannon6fan

My hand would hurt after signing 50 haha

12 03 2008
rebeccaoptimist

OUCH that’s gotta hurt.

12 03 2008
dynastynyy

You’re seriously the best, Phil, but, for the love of god, DON’T HURT YOUR PITCHING ARM!!!!

12 03 2008
shenbaseball10

What product was this for? Thanks!!

12 03 2008
deanr34

wow 2,000 autos…that’s a lot! After looking thru some old blogs, looks like u have a little bit of fan mail to sign too. How long does it take to get thru all of that?

12 03 2008
manimal529

I bet you wish you were joba, pitching with your right arm signing with your left haha.

12 03 2008
brook07

Phil,

Be careful you don’t want to get carpal tunnel!!

12 03 2008
pdriggs2029

Not that 2000 time’s isn’t alot, but I don’t even want to know how much you just go paid to sign your name!! On that note, got any spares to send me? haha I love the Steiner connection that the Yankees have, if only it wasn’t so damn expensive!!

12 03 2008
39poolshark

I buy baseball cards everyday, I have a problem. However, I have yet to get one of your auto’s even though I only buy stuff that you or guys I collect sign. Ho hum. Check out my blog:

http://cardboardproblem.blogspot.com/

I’ll trade you one of my auto’s for one of yours =)

13 03 2008
usgrant

Forget the pitch counts, there should be a count on how many autos, mail you do! That’s a lot and I can’t get over how sports stars are about the most down to earth with these signings for fans and such because that can really lead to an injury! Ouch.

13 03 2008
ricrocks

That steiner store is awesome! I wish I could buy one of each…unfortunately, I am just a working class men. Plus, all my money goes to yankee tickets! See ya, Opening Day!

13 03 2008
cbon9

How long does something like that take… Has to be at least two hours. Seriously though – It has to be pretty boring after the first few hundred.

13 03 2008
loveyankeebaseball65

thts alot of signtures! tht must have been fun.=]]

13 03 2008
mookers103

Phil,

You just signed with Steiner Sports, I’m assuming this was a private signing. Are you planning to do any public signings with Steiner Sports when you get back to New York? I saw you did one last summer, but I missed it. So hopefully you’ll be doing more.

13 03 2008
1960yankees

phil is there any truth to the rumor that you are buying up most of your autographed cards on ebay ?
thanks
rich

15 03 2008
bigjf

Better take Joba’s example and learn to sign left handed!

17 03 2008
marty0419

why do you players continue to sign deals with steiner? they are destroying a once great hobby and made it a bussiness!?!

11 08 2008
phil34derek2fan

so Phil,

r u exited 2 almost be recovered from your bone injury? did u hear joba will return this month?

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