Wednesday, July 25, 2007

ESPN Zone Reflections: Jeremy Guthrie

On a wonderful afternoon on Tuesday, fans got to meet amazing rookie sensation Jeremy Guthrie, as he held a Q&A & autopgraph session at the ESPN Zone in Baltimore's Inner Harbor on Tuesday.

Much like the rest of the events at the ESPN Zone, yesterday was especially packed, as fans decked in black and orange jammed the restaurant. There was a standing room only crowd in the facility as Jeremy questions from fans about the Orioles and also off the field items.

I will say, until this season I didn't know much about Jeremy Guthrie aside from he being a former first round draft pick; however, for those who did not attend the event, you missed out on something good.

If you match MASN or hear the radio broadcasts, everyone goes on and on about Guthrie, not only as a pitcher, but as a person. I sort of knew what to expect, but I even came off more impressed with him not only as a ballplayer, but an all-around person.

There are not too many athletes who I can say that about.

In addition to being comfortable with the crowd, he talked about his life before the Orioles; therefore, his time with Cleveland, his missionary work, but also his faith, a rare thing that athletes talk about.

Also, he challenged two fans to a basketball and an arcade game -- I found that awesome and very refreshing that a professional athlete would take out time from his day to mingle with fans.

The Q&A portion went on for a good half-hour plus, and fans who were able to play hooky from work or visit the ESPN Zone during their lunch hour got to get their memorabilia signed and get some face time with Jeremy.

Unlike some athletes who seem to live in their own sphere, Jeremy was very down to earth and very humble.

All in all, let's appreciate Jeremy Guthrie, he's a class act and welcome addition to the Baltimore Orioles!

I apologize for the quality of the pictures, I had to borrow a camera from work (I forgot the battery pack to my camera at home and didn't care to drive the 25 miles home...)


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