Phil Hughes Is the Nicest Ballplayer on the Planet

Avery DeckerAnalyst IAugust 11, 2008

                   "My Phil Hughes Story From this past week."

Having visited my cousin earlier this week, I had an amazing experience in the baseball world right in good ol' Pennsylvania. My brother and I decided to go see a Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees game, and of course, every fan knows who is rehabbing there right now: Phillip Hughes!

My brother and I got to the game very early in order to scout the place out and talked to one of the coaches—whose autograph we did get. Thinking about Bleacher Report, I asked him where Phil Hughes was and he said, "Hughes is possibly doing the radar gun behind home plate."

My brother and I walked away laughing and nodding to each other, thinking there was no-way that a big name player like Phil could be sitting with the fans doing the radar gun—that would just be chaos. 

Thinking that it can't hurt, we looked behind home plate to see if Hughes was there before the game started, and he wasn't. So we waited for him. I walked to the concession stand while my brother waited in the seats right behind home plate.

When I got back to my seat, I didn't see my brother or where he was so, I called him on the cell. He then told me he was sitting right behind home plate.

I walked down to those seats and saw him sitting there. He then slowly leaned over to me and whispered in my ear, "Don't look now, but Phil Hughes is sitting right in front of us."

I had to process the thought in my mind for a second before I looked.

Sure enough, sitting two seats in front of us was Phil Hughes, with a radar gun in his hand. I couldn't believe it. The guy, whom I have seen so much on TV, and on my baseball cards, was sitting right in front of me. 

Eventually my brother and I talked to him and got a whole bunch of autographs and took a picture with him.

He was one of the nicest guys that I have ever met, and after the game, there was a mob of people that came over to get autographs.

As the stadium emptied out, he sat in his seat and signed autographs and signed every card, ball, bat, and shirt shoved in his face. He would have been there all night signing if the police hadn't come and escorted him to the locker room. 

Phillip Hughes was a great guy to talk to and learn from. He sets a great example for baseball players everywhere. If you are getting paid millions of dollars a year at the expense of the fans coming to see you play, you should give back.

Nothing puts a smile on a fan's face like going home with a signed baseball, which they are clenching in their hot clammy hands. All baseball players should be as gracious as Hughes and do the same for fans.

Without the fans of MLB, players would not be able to get paid millions of dollars a year. 

So readers, remember that the players should give back, because without fans, there is no baseball.