The second return was from Akili Smith. I got him through a private signing on sportscollectors.net. I was born in Astoria, Oregon and as a kid I always thought I would attend the University of Oregon. I love the Ducks and really enjoyed watching Mr. Smith play there. I rooted for him with the Bengals and was sad to see it not work out. I don't think he necessarily got a great chance or a second chance (like some seem to always get) but what do I know. LOL A few years ago I got an extra card from Dan Fouts that he signed. It is a two sided card with Fouts on one side and Smith on the other. I sent it in and it came out looking great.
The last return was from Adam Eaton. I am not talking about the former major league pitcher but the minor league (hopefully soon major leaguer) outfielder in the Diamondbacks organization. I really like Adam Eaton and hope that he gets a real shot in the majors. The only reason that he hasn't already been brought up (in my opinion) is that he is only 5 foot 8 inches. He is hitting over 380 for the Reno Aces and has stolen a bunch of bases (over 30). He was an all star last year in single A and this year in triple A. He has been successful everywhere he has played. I told him that he was in the perfect place this year because of his coach-Brett Butler. If anyone can talk to him about the challenges and how to succeed as a smaller ballplayer it is Brett Butler. One of the reasons I chose to write him was an interview I saw with him online. He was talking about a bus ride home in the middle of the night and what happened when they came upon construction. It was funny. I also found a great picture of him online where he is acting silly in the dugout. I loved the fact that he is enjoying himself while playing a game. Mr. Eaton wrote me a note back where he said: He loved Missoula and that it was a great town and team. His career goals are to be the best player/person that he can be. The biggest influence on him are his dad and brother Dale. He plays for them everyday.
Everyone should root for him to be successful :)