A flash in the pan? Well at least for the Dodgers it seems like that. Jerry Sands came up with much fanfare and soon was traded without having done much impact for the Dodgers. He came up when the team needed a spark and for a short amount of time he gave them that but in the end his biggest contribution to the team was with him being included in the trade that sent him to the Red Sox in the deal that brought Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and others to the team. He has since been traded to the Pirates so hopefully he can catch on over there.
Jerry did an appearance at South Bay Sports Cards in May of 2011 and with the store being close by I decided to attend the signing. Arrived about a hour beforehand and there weren't too many people in line. Think this was due to two other Dodger signings going on that day and those were free. Hopped in line and bought my ticket and waiting til Jerry got there. He arrived at his scheduled time and promptly started signing. He came across as a real nice guy which makes it more of a shame that he couldn't catch on here. Had him sign a baseball for me. Said thank you and moved along. It's a nice signature from this former substitute teacher and former Dodger. Thank you again Jerry and good luck in the future.