It should be known that most will not give a damn unless they have had some meeting/autograph/exchange a few words with a player. Until then, the majority will see them as (heaven forbid) a player on the team and base their opinions and gripes around their play.
Cool you met him. He does seem like a swell guy. That said however..he isn't on the team to meet and greet with fans, and regardless of what he has done in the past...its not getting done now (which is all that nearly everyone cares about)