This is just a test… An autograph test.

Getting a jersey signed by a player is awesome but not always an easy task. During baseball season, I often get requests on Twitter, complaints that people are having a hard time getting a hold of Mat for an autograph and even a few people asking me how to get an autograph because they don’t get to make it to the ballpark very often.

Mat and I were talking about this issue the other day and trying to come up with a way to make it easier for fans trying to get their jerseys signed. We have never done anything like this before so here is what we came up with in an attempt to be nice while avoiding potential abuse of the system….

In the spirit of the new year, anyone who purchases a Latos jersey between January 1st and February 28th, 2013 is eligible to get a personalized autograph on said jersey by following these directions:

Simply mail your jersey to Mat at the Spring Training complex (address below), make sure the package is insured and is trackable, include proof of purchase date, what you would like signed on the jersey (“To Joe”, etc), a return address and voila! Mat will sign it in as timely a manner as possible and I will be the mail fairy and get it back to you.

If you are on Twitter, you may want to include your Twitter handle so that I can contact you relatively easily in case we have any questions.

The Reds Team Shop is currently being renovated at the moment, so a good place to get your jersey is through Reds.com/shop. Please don’t ship the jersey directly to Goodyear from MLB or we will have trouble matching up who it belongs to and where it needs to go.

Disclaimer:  The “personalized autograph” offer does not include things like, “I hate ____” or other inappropriate requests. Use your brain here. You’re more than welcome to ask him to write something silly but your jersey will be returned to you unsigned. If you are unsure, you’re more than welcome to run your idea by me on Twitter before sending your beloved jersey on a mini vacation.

Here is the address to send your jersey and information to:

Mat Latos
Reds Spring Training Complex
3125 S Wood Blvd
Goodyear, AZ 85338

Happy spring training count down!

Dallas

41 Comments

Really, what a generous thing to do for the fans. How many other MLB players (or at least the ones with thoughtful, high-energy wives) would go to so much trouble to make a relatively few people happy?

What a great idea, only Dallas Latos can come up with something like this :)

Mat’s idea, I’m just helping him facilitate it… Team work!

You might want to add return postage.(doubt you want to pay for that)

We will take care of that!

GREAT idea! I am surprised Mat came up with this! LOL!! I wish more creative Baseball Wives did this!!!

Sounds like a great idea! I’d love to add Mat’s autograph to my collection. Will he be signing any items besides jerseys? Thanks Dallas!

At this time, we are opening it up to jerseys only and if it doesn’t seem to overwhelming, we might be able to open it up to other items. We didn’t want to make a commitment we couldn’t keep and are unsure of what type of response we’ll get to this. I’ll definitely keep everyone posted!

TOO* overwhelming. Dang it!

Wow!! What a generous offer!!! Thank you! Just wondering.. Does it have to be a jersey? Could it be a T-shirt? Also if I included a baseball card would he sign that too? Thank you both again!!

Depending on the response we get, we’ll see if it seems feasible to open it up to other items. Trust me, we had a hard time even limiting it to jerseys purchased in 2013 we just don’t know what to expect! Hopefully everything goes smoothly and this can be an annual spring training thing (:

Wow!! What a nice offer!!! Thank you! Just wondering.. Does it have to be a jersey? Could it be a T-shirt? Also if I included a baseball card would he sign that too? Thank you both again!!

That is so nice!!! As a long-time Reds’ fan, it’s really heart-warming when players reach out to the fans.
Great work, Dallas & Mat!

Thanks Linda! It’s not a problem at all so hopefully we can send a few smiles to Cincinnati from spring training!

Above and beyond the call of duty. Really nice!

Erroneous, but Call of Duty is awesome.

what a great idea and thanks mat and dallas maybe the other red players and wifes may join in look forward to seeing you at the ball park opening day

Wow! I must say this is one of the coolest things I have ever heard of. A player reaching out to his fans like this is truly awesome! On behalf of Reds fans and baseball fans everywhere let me say thank you! You guys rock! #Teamlatos

You’re welcome. It’s the least we can do… honestly.

Do you know of a place that can sell jerseys for less money?
#broke25yo

I’m a bit too old for the jersey or autograph scene, but I did want to tip my cap to you and Mat for being so accessible, fan-friendly and just plain ‘ole down-to-earth! I enjoy reading the blog and seeing the tweets from both you and Cat.

I know there is both good and bad in all walks of life but, in an era when there is so much bad news out there about professional athletes, it is tremendous to see that there are some really nice people out there as well in professional sports.

Thanks! And best of luck to Mat and Reds in 2013! Meows to Cat.

Rich
Reds Fan in Cleveland

Thank you, Rich. Not doing it for the kind words but they’re always nice to hear. Cheers!

How long should we wait until we start mailing them?

We will be getting to spring training early (feb 1st to be exact) so you can send it in whenever you like and we’ll get it back to you as soon as possible!

Very cool Dallas and Mat. So proud of you both !!!

Just bought my Latos Jersey today. Very excited to mail it to you. Thanks again for doing this. This is a awesome gesture. I hope people appreciate it and don’t ruin it for others! I am glad to know you will be there Feb 1st. I plan on mailing it soon then. Ready for the 2013 season to begin.

Go Reds!!!

Thanks
Rob

@Rcampb3453

dallas can we send cards

this is awfully nice of you to do this! now let’s get Mat a contract!

I’m not an interview person, but this is kind of you and Mat to go to this much trouble. Good for you both. Much luck this season to Mat.

Will Mat sign the red Batting Practice jerseys as well? I just saw this and I’d like to buy one and get it signed for my son’s birthday, and he already has a white Votto jersey, so I’d like to diversify a bit!

Dallas, Being a Reds fan we appreciate you and Mat doing this for the fans. We are coming out to Arizona March 11 through the 14. Is it possible to drop off the Jersey and pick it up at Good year? If not, we understand. Thought it may be easier to just drop it off there.

Dallas
While I’m not a collector this is great of y’all to do for the fans. Here’s a couple
links to feed your addictions too :D. Nautiluslive.org Bob Ballard’s ship of exploration and live penguins at Mystic Aquarium http://www.mysticaquarium.org/videos/live-cameras/528-penguin-webcam

Dallas, my husband and I took a clubhouse tour at great american ballpark last weekend and saw a cool Giraffe in Mat’s locker we then saw this post, later saw a Giraffe at a store and bought it curious if we could send it and see if Mat could autograph it for us we are huge fans of Mat and the Reds we had season tickets last year but as we are expecting our 3rd child (finally a little girl) at the end of May we decided to just go to games when we can….also our youngest son had a giraffe which he never let go however somehow it got lost which is why the giraffe is significant to us. Please get back to me.
Mandy

@MandyKaiser1

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Dallas

I missed this somehow, will Mat be doing this next spring training as well?

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