Less than a week from the Major League All-Star game, Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce took time for an autograph session at the Sports Gallery in West Chester Sunday.
Hundreds of fans packed the local sports memorabilia shop to get a glimpse and have their photo taken with the two-time MLB All-Star.
“It is cool to come out to a place like West Chester and interact with the fans,” Bruce said.
During the event, Bruce talked about the All-Star game, the second half of the season and about recent the trade that sent Paul Janish to the Atlanta Braves for pitching prospect Todd Redmond.
“Paul is one of my best friends even out of baseball. We are from the same area and he is such a great guy. I am happy for him that he gets the opportunity to play in the big leagues,” Bruce said. “I believe he belongs in the big leagues. I am glad the Reds front office made him available for that opportunity.”
This upcoming Thursday, July 19, Bruce’s teammate, rookie Todd Frazier, will also be signing autographs at the Sports Gallery from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets for Frazier’s autograph are $20 for any item.
In early August, Reds legends Joe Morgan, Dave Concepcion and George Foster will visit the West Chester store.
Morgan will sign autographs from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2. Autograph tickets range from $85 to $100.
Meanwhile, Concepcion and Foster will both be signing autographs Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Autograph tickets are $45 for Concepcion, $30 for Foster and $65 for both autographs together.
The Sports Gallery will have baseballs, bats, photos, cards, helmets and other Reds collectibles available for purchase during the signings. Items can also be dropped off or mailed in to be signed.
For information about mail order items or to buy tickets, which are limited, call 513-759-4256.
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