Fake Phillies Player Draws Crowd At FanFest

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↵Cab to the Javits Center: $15. FanFest tickets for your family: $90. An official All-Star Game baseball for your son: $35. Your son's baseball after C. Yaeger signs his name on it: worthless. ↵

↵Who is C. Yaeger, you ask? Well, he's the guy in the following video -- just an average dude, who happens to enjoy going to every Phillies game dressed up like a ballplayer, head-to-toe. He's tall, lean, in his 20s, so he pulls the look off. In other words, he could be easily confused for an actual ballplayer. But I can assure you, he is not. He works for a regional sports media company in Philly and never played ball beyond high school. ↵

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↵However, kids at the FanFest, with their underdeveloped little brains and thirst for autographs, do not know all this. So you see where this is going. Here's a taste of the feeding frenzy that occurred around Yaeger.
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↵The video captures only a couple minutes of him defacing any and all overpriced memorabilia put in front of him, but this went on for about 15-20 minutes before the cops realized he was a fraud and finally escorted him out. ↵

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↵Let this be a lesson kids: This is why being a collector is stupid. I tease, I tease. But no, seriously, kids are idiots. And so are their parents. Everyone knows it's not an autograph worth getting unless you wait in line for a minimum of two hours. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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