Shane Victorino smiling in Clearwater / Jenn Zambri
The following is a rule I see people break all the time. Do not be rude and obnoxious when attempting to get an autograph.
This does not only include being courteous to the players, but to fellow fans as well. If someone got to the front of the line or fence ahead of you, do not try to push your way to the front. Wait your turn and be respectful.
Once at the Blue Jays stadium in Dunedin, Florida, I stood up against the left field fence for two hours waiting for the team to come out and warm up. When they finally did, a few players came to the fence to sign.
Some woman behind me who had just arrived was literally trying to climb up my back to get at the player. As he was signing my item, the same woman bashed me in the head trying to thrust a baseball at the player.
The player saw what happened and asked me if I was alright. He then shook his head disapprovingly at the rude woman and walked away without signing anything for her.
You can be sure that player will remember that and avoid her again in the future. Do not be that person.
Help your fellow fans instead. Had the woman been respectful, I would gladly have helped her get the autograph by either stepping aside or handing the ball over for her if she could not reach. As a general rule, just be kind.
Photo: Shane Victorino smiling in Clearwater / Jenn Zambri