Last night I attended the Mercer University First Pitch Classic in Macon. The special guest speaker was Dale Murphy (in previous years they've had Chipper Jones and John Smoltz). He is simply a nice guy. Prior to the dinner he had an autograph session. It was supposed to last one hour (like it did with Jones and Smoltz). However he was yakking it up so much that he went over by more than thirty minutes. His speech was fun too; telling stories about his early struggles, Bobby Cox and some of his team mates before taking a few questions from the crowd. The funniest moment was when a kid (about twelve or thirteen) asked if he thought he could still hit homeruns like he used to. He coyly said, "Yes." I was able to get a few words in by helping him remind the crowd him that Cox had come from the Yankees organization prior to being hired by Ted Turner to manage the Braves in '78 and that it was Joey Devine who gave up a grand slam in his first Major League appearance.