Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fly By

The generosity of this blogging community continues! Adam of Infield Fly Rule sent more than a hundred cards featuring Tigers and other players. I was a bit overwhelmed trying to find a way to show off such card diversity. After consulting with my friend The Ump, I decided to go with her suggestion to share a few different players.  I've been force-feeding Tigers to you for sometime now. 
Sleeping Tiger in the midst
Mike Piazza timed his NL ROY in 1993 quite conveniently to my blossoming need to collect his cards.  He and Tim Salmon (Angels AL ROY)  were the beginnings of my player collections. While I've kept most of Salmon's cards, I don't intend to add any new issues - unless of course, I come across a nice auto, or perhaps a sweet patch card. It's hard to see Piazza in an A's uniform. Yellow and green just don't look quite right on him...or anyone for that matter.

Michael Young is probably my favorite all-time Texas Ranger.  Frank Catalanotto, Rusty Greer and Ivan Rodriguez would be the others. Young left the team and took most of my Ranger interests with him. 

Jeff-the only paper here is cardboard-Bagwell

As 1991 NL ROY, Jeff was a couple of years into his career when I came along. Living in Texas, I had local tv access to Astros games two or three times a week.  His wide-open, crouched batting stance intrigued me.  He shrank the strike zone considerably and walked often.  He also suffered a broken left hand in 1993, 1994 and 1995.  A lifetime Astro with over 2300 hits and .297 average, Bagwell is yet to make the HOF but still making the ballot.  Only time will tell.


Ryno, my favorite Cub - Thanks to cable television I was able to enjoy the Braves and Cubs almost daily.  Ryne retired briefly in 1994, played again in 96 and 97 then hung up the cleats for good.  He had already played his best years by the time I became interested in the game. Ryne was the owner of a MLB record 123 consecutive games played at 2nd base without an error. (In 2007, Tiger Placido Polanco became the new record holder.)  Ryne was a ten time All-Star, nine time Gold Glover and won seven Silver Sluggers. 


I can't imagine my collection without Ripken's cards.  Cal was a class act when baseball truly needed one.  During the 1994 players strike, baseball lost a LOT of fans. His streak of consecutive games played would surpass those of Gehrig's in 1995. Dare I say this record will now never be broken?  Fans all over the country flocked to their hometown parks when the Orioles were in town.  We wanted a glimpse of the Iron Man.  Ripken expressed his gratitude to baseball fans everywhere; for the kindness shown to him over the years and for their love of the game. Of all the players I've had the pleasure to watch, he is by far my favorite...and he's not a Tiger!


Adam didn't forget the fun!  Jason Michaels won the Roberto Clemente award  for community service in 2006.  He was arrested in 2005 for assaulting a Philadelphia police officer.  Part of his sentencing required 100 hours of community service.  Somebody Puh-Lease tell me these hours weren't included when his name came up for consideration.


 My favorite card from 1994 Upper Deck.  The Tiger colors and emblem are a thing of beauty here!  Mike Moore is a fellow Okie who pitched for the Mariners, A's and Tigers. 

Ok, so I had to post a Tiger. One SINGLE Tiger.  Get over it...

or stick it! 

12 comments:

  1. Adam's a great guy. Looked like he put together an awesome package for you! The Michaels is one of the funniest cards I've ever seen.

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    1. Humor and misc oddities on cardboard - love these!

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  2. I love reading about the fruits of my trade shipments. It's always so fascinating to see what the recipient will choose to be "blog worthy". I am prepping another stack for you with lots of Tigers and a few more that you can "stick".

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    1. How I missed commenting, who knows! You chose well, and I thank you!

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  3. Great post, Julie. I feel like I need to send more cards your way...

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    1. Thanks for reading Tony! I missed comments on this post. I'll be sending something your way in the near future!

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  4. Nice bunch of cards. Great variety. Keep an eye on your mailbox

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    1. Mark, I have another batch to send and blogging your cards in a week or so. Thanks again for the great cards!

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  5. Nice cards, I need to make a mental note about Pudge, Rusty Greer, and Frank so I can add to your package. I think I have a few Young's in there already.

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    1. Thanks for reading Phil! I appreciate your comments too!

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  6. Caught Nick's plug for your blog. send me your addy johnnys trading spot

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    1. I emailed a couple of times but not sure if you've rec'd my message. Do send your address along. I have Braves looking for a new home. Thanks for reading!

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