Sorry for the hijack.....I used to like Brett as well. Until August of 2001. Coached my kid's 10-under baseball team at the time, had a really good year and we went to the Nationals in Omaha. We are in uniform having a light workout a couple hours before our game in a field near the hotel when someone drives by and tells us that Brett is signing autographs at the CompUSA around the corner so we decide to wrap up practice and head over. Brett was an absolute pri** to the kids, even scolding them for not having pens. Some parents came up with a few ballpoints that he refused to use. Fortunately, the guys at CompUSA were great and rounded up a handful of Sharpies and gave to the kids so Brett would sign their hats. He never engaged them, asked how they were doing, anything about why they were in uniform, nothing. It was overtly apparent he could not care less about being there. Towards the end I told him that just across the river there will be hundreds of kids and their parents in the tournament that would love it if he made an appearance. I knew it was a longshot as impromptu public appearances by stars are not common, but instead, his reply was, "Nah, I do not go anywhere if they do not pay me first". Literally confirmed he did not give two shits about kids playing baseball and his life was all about money.
I was a huge G. Brett fan. I have a small shrine to him on my bookshelf, including a Lego figure. I have roughly 100 of his baseball cards. But I heard a similar story about him from a friend who used to live near KC. It was a huge letdown. Maybe he’s changed in the last 20 years, but I wouldn’t bet on it.
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