JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Russ Livaudais shares his most memorable moment from the All-Star Game the last time it was played at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
"I got a foul ball and gave it to the girl I was with. So, that was a lot of fun. She was super excited and I was super excited. It came right to me and i just handed to her," he said. "It was a lot of fun. It was exciting the stadium was brand new. I collected autographs it was perfect."
Having access to the future major league stars is why Livadais loves Southern League baseball.
"It's easier to get them when they're young because they're fresh, they still enjoy that people want their autographs," Livaudais said.
"I think that's what minor league baseball is all about. At this level the fan interaction with the players is pretty cool," said Scott Martens. "It's something that just seems to be missing when you get to the higher levels. As much as you try to get that interaction there's nothing like it in minor league baseball.
Because there is a future Prince Fielder, Matt Kemp, Mike Stanton playing on the field.
"Marcel Ozuna from this year's team started at single A, tore up single A, came up here for a week and a half, we tore him up with autographs," Livaudais said. "He's a super guy got called up for a look and never saw him again. Now he's starting in left field for the Marlins."
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