The nearest Major League park is hours away, but they still sell baseball cards in Utah and opening packs earned one fan a spot on the playing field.
Logan Millard, a sports memorabilia collector from Salt Lake City, Utah, didn’t think his chances were too good at winning Upper Deck’s “Presidential Predictor First Pitch” sweepstakes when he entered last year.
One entry was all that was needed to win, though, and Millard did just that.
Through a random computer selection made from tens of thousands of entries in Upper Deck’s 2008 “First Pitch” sweepstakes, the 27-year-old territory manager for a medical staffing company won the grand prize.
By virtue of plugging in upwards of 20 different static codes off the back of Upper Deck’s “Presidential Predictor” insert cards which packed out in Upper Deck 2008 Series One and Two Baseball launches, Millard won the opportunity to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Major League Baseball game this season. He got the chance before last night’s San Diego Padres/Philadelphia Phillies game at Petco Park.
Millard, who didn’t play beyond Little League, got some practice in at the local high school before making his ‘big league debut’.
Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Millard is a self-admitted Chicago Cubs fan who graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in public relations. “We don’t have a pro baseball team up here and I don’t really like the [Colorado] Rockies, so I guess I started following the Cubs ever since my grandmother sent me a Ryne Sandberg trading card when I was a kid,” he said.
“I collected baseball cards as a kid, and then I got away from it. But when I read something about Upper Deck’s rare Hillary Clinton Presidential Predictor insert cards being in the market, I thought I should try and find one. And when I started opening packs, it’s like something inside of me just went, ‘Why haven’t I been doing this forever?’ I can’t explain it really, there’s just something magical about opening up a pack of cards.”
Millard’s prize package included round-trip airfare for two, plus hotel accommodations in San Diego. His wfie Janelle accompanied him on the trip. “Our four-year anniversary is coming up on June 18, so I guess this is my present to her,” he said.
“You know, I haven’t found that Hillary card yet, but I’m still looking.”