Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Video & Pictures: Jim Abbott Signs Autographs

Former pitcher Jim Abbott wrote a book with the great sportswriter Tim Brown titled "Imperfect".

Book description from Ballantine Books

Born without a right hand, Jim Abbott as a boy dreamed of being a great athlete. Raised in Flint, Michigan, by parents who saw in his condition not a disability but an extraordinary opportunity, Jim became a two-sport standout in high school, then an ace pitcher for the University of Michigan.
But his journey was only beginning.
As a nineteen-year-old, Jim beat the vaunted Cuban National Team. By twenty-one, he’d won the gold medal game at the 1988 Olympics and—without spending a day in the minor leagues—cracked the starting rotation of the California Angels. In 1991, he would finish third in the voting for the Cy Young Award. Two years later, he would don Yankee pinstripes and deliver a one-of-a-kind no-hitter.
It wouldn’t always be so good. After a season full of difficult losses—some of them by football scores—Jim was released, cut off from the game he loved. Unable to say good-bye so soon, Jim tried to come back, pushing himself to the limit—and through one of the loneliest experiences an athlete can have.
But always, even then, there were children and their parents waiting for him outside the clubhouse doors, many of them with disabilities like his, seeking consolation and advice. These obligations became Jim’s greatest honor.
In this honest and insightful memoir, Jim Abbott reveals the insecurities of a life spent as the different one, how he habitually hid his disability in his right front pocket, and why he chose an occupation in which the uniform provided no front pockets. With a riveting pitch-by-pitch account of his no-hitter providing the ideal frame for his story, this unique athlete offers readers an extraordinary and unforgettable memoir.

Abbott has been on a book tour across the country. He made a stop at The Americana in Glendale. The book signing was scheduled at Barnes & Noble. I had to go! I missed his previous book signings in Orange County and I've always wanted to meet him.

Abbott sharing a few stories with fans.


Video: Abbott shows a kid how he catches and throws.

I was one of the last fans in line. I noticed the line was not moving at all for a good five minutes. I had no idea what was going on. Abbott was talking to fans and taking pictures with fans but he was taking a while with a particular family. So I was curious, I payed attention and then I see Abbott standing up and going in front of the table to take a picture with a little boy. This boy only had one hand, just like Abbott. It broke my heart but felt happy that this boys family came out to meet another person just like him. I didn't take any pictures of that. I felt I might invade their privacy.

The book -


The autographs -

To Roberto, Anything Is Possible!


Abbott signed these two items for me. A baseball card and a ROMLB. I asked Jim where Tim Brown was and he said he did not come and I should give him a hard time on Twitter. Would have been nice to get the book signed by Brown too.


It was a great event. My wife and son had a great time. It's been a few years since I last went to The Americana. Nice place to spend a night.

Thanks Jim!

Jim Abbott


Dodgerbobble said...

nice seeing you there Robert. I think Jim Abbott is one of those genuinely nice human beings who doesn't take anything for granted. i wanted to see what would happen when he met the little boy with no hand. I'm sure it ws a touching moment.

canodontyouknow said...

I wasnt aware Jim Abbott played for the Dodgers.

Roberto Baly said...

@ Dodgerbobble - Nice seeing you. Great event. And yes, it was a very touching moment with the little boy. I must admit I had tears. :(

Roberto Baly said...

@ canodontyouknow - Please tell me where in this post does it say that he was a former Dodger? Did I write that he was? Nop.