I know many of you probably wouldn't drive to Des Moines Jan. 12-13 for the Iowa Cubs fan fest, but it is a pretty good time. And, I doubt many of you knew there was such a thing! The "pay for autograph" stars this year are: Harmon Killebrew, Deion Sanders, Andre Dawson, Tony Perez, Sparky Anderson and Bruce Sutter. Sparky Anderson is the keynote speaker and will speak during the Fan Fest luncheon on Friday, January 12.
Free autographs can be had from: Eric Patterson, Ryan O'Malley,former Des Moines Hoover standout and the current 2007 #9 overall prospect for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Jeremy Hellickson. Also former Negro League stars Bill "Baby" Bell and Ernie "Schoolboy" Johnson, Jody Davis and Bob Dernier. There are usually others added. A couple of major league umpires from the area are usually around (Eric Cooper, Tim McClelland). You can buy tickets online; this should get you there: iowacubs.com.
A Sutter/Dawson/Denier/Jody Davis autograph would be a nice addition for any cubsfan!