yes Marlene, it was at your favorite store
Great, get rid of one prick (Sammy Sosa) and gain another..........
First pitches delivered in Prior autograph trial
April 7, 2006
BY DAN ROZEK Staff Reporter Advertisement
Fans who paid $199 to get a baseball signed by Cubs pitcher Mark Prior began complaining and demanding refunds after learning he left a Naperville business before inking their souvenirs in 2004, the store manager testified at the start of a breach of contract trial Thursday.
"Everyone was very irate, confused. The customers were very unhappy," said Maureen Cochran, a manager of Just Ducky Too, the Naperville store that hosted the autograph session with Prior.
Her testimony came on the first day of the civil trial in Will County to determine whether the Cubs star breached a contract he had with the business to autograph baseballs, jerseys and other souvenirs during a public appearance on June 3, 2004, the night before his first start of the season.
The owners of the business are seeking more than $50,000 in damages from Prior and a New Jersey-based collectibles company also involved in the contentious autograph session, arguing Prior left before signing 300 souvenirs as required by his contract.
"He did not sign the 300 items that evening," said attorney Charles Bretz, who represents Just Ducky Too.
Lawyers: Prior did his job
Attorneys representing Prior and Upper Class Collectibles contend he fulfilled his obligations, but store owners tried to turn the signing into a "meet-and-greet" that would have required the pitcher to do more work than the contract specified.
Prior, who is rehabbing a sore shoulder in Arizona, wasn't present during testimony Thursday but is expected to testify next week.
The trial almost stalled just as it was beginning when attorneys for Prior and Upper Class Collectibles discovered that a list of potential witnesses hadn't been turned over to them. Judge Herman Haase, who is hearing the case without a jury, offered to delay the trial, but attorneys for Prior said the pitcher is anxious to finish the legal proceedings.
"Mark Prior has been living with this case for over a year and a half," Prior's attorney, John Schriver, said. "He wants to move on with his life."