There will be no autograph session with photos depicting Roughned Odor’s punch to Jose Bautista’s face.
A planned autograph session in Dallas in which the Texas Rangers second baseman would sign photos of the infamous image was cancelled by Field of Dreams in Frisco over the weekend.
According to ESPN.com, the store manager, Brett Kravitz, said the signing session got plenty of publicity when he announced it late last week—too much, in fact.
Odor’s representatives also said they were concerned about him accepting such a contract while he continues to appeal his eight-game suspension for landing a shot to Bautista’s face after a hard slide by the Blue Jays’ star resulted in angry words between the two.
Kravitz told media outlets that he was confident he’d sell 500 autograph tickets and that Odor might have signed some of them with inscriptions that included “Bat Flip Will Get You a Fat Lip,” which tweaked Bautista’s playoff bat flip last October and “Don’t Mess With Texas”, which has also been used by Nolan Ryan on signed photos of his 1990s pummeling of Robin Ventura.
Autograph prices were to have ranged from $59 for ordinary photos and items to $99 for pictures of the punch.
There was no word on a possible rescheduling once action is taken on Odor’s appeal.