February 24, 2010
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — This picture says a thousand words by itself. Evan Longoria(notes) has just made the day (week, month, year, lifetime) of a young Rays fan by signing her miniature batting helmet. It's just an autograph, yes, but it's also much more.
I'm not sure if Longoria noticed the look on her face. He had just signed a ton and was rushing into the clubhouse before she politely, but firmly, asked him to stop. But if he ever sees this picture it's an easy reminder of what professional athletes can mean to kids. (Longoria might already know this, seeing as how he took time to stop and sign.)
Everyone has their favorite players when they're younger and this particular fan looks like she's a little more into Longo than other Rays players.
See? It's just not quite the same thing with Zorilla. Sorry, Ben.
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