Since right now The Significant Other and 'Tween are in the midst of producing dangerous poison gases as part of a science fair project, I thought Lucy and I better get this post in quickly, you know, Just In Case. During a trip downtown today we stopped to see if anything Gray or Black or Numbered Thirteen or Heritagey or Even Remotely Interesting might be evident, but nothing was. For us to venture into Wally World is SERIOUS BIDNESS and there is always mild relief when there are no cards, as then there is no standing in line. But that euphoria passes quickly once we realize we are cardless. (There were three boys on the floor in front of the card display, moving everything around looking looking looking looking for something, in fact little sweat balls were flying off their foreheads, and finally I said, What are you looking for? And they said, "WRESTLING CARDS" in a tone of disbelief, as in, what else?)
We did stop at Kmart and since there was virtually no one there (it is possible to visualize these big box buildings in twenty years, stripped of shelves, as Beyond Thunderdome type arenas) we got three packs of, yaaaaaawwwn, 2009 Topps. Reg'lar white borders. This was our favorite card in pack one:
and we especially like the flash glare on his left eyeglass lens. Jerry Manuel looks like a pretty jolly fellow, doesn't he? Jolly is hopeful. This is a pretty great card too:
and in fact it has so much wonderfulness that ours minds have boggled.
Here are the other cards that were in the pack:
A Topps Town card of Ichiro. We may venture over there, to The Town, if we find time.
5 John Lackey The interesting statistic on the back is that his most frequent career SO victim is none other than Alex Rodriguez, at 22.
6 Collin Balester Very determined looking fellow, but we hadn't heard his name before. He has a six degrees of Mantle but it's too boring
to repeat here.
28 Mike Lowell In one of those slugger shots where he looks reeeealll impressed with his own hit.
51 Will Venable RC "The son of former Major Leaguer Max Venable, Will played Ivy League baeball and baseketball at Princeton University." He even looks smart in mid-run. That's refreshing.
87 Brad Hawpe This is one of those players we end up with many cards of. <---never EVER end a sentence with a preposition, it's a tendency up with which we will not put We probably haven't been Heltoned as much as Night Owl has, but there is a good bit of Hawpefying around here.
120 $$ Sabathia
219 Shin-Soo Choo (looks approximately 14 years old) There is a "six degrees of Mickey Mantle" bit on the text of Mr. Shin-Soo's card that isn't quite as boring as the previous one: "Shin-Soo Choo played with Guillermo Quiroz who played with Sammy Sosa who played with Nolan Ryan who played with Bob Friend who played with Mickey Mantle." Whew!
222 Mark Sweeney (who seems to be an actor posing as a baseball player
but apparently this is incorrect as the card notes on the back that Mr. Sweeney had a "Highest Career Average" against John Smoltz of .500. Don't try and tell us he has no resemblance to Dudley Doright,
because we'll have none of that. Although Mr. Sweeney's complexion looks healthier.
324 Mark Reynolds Second highest career SLG against, sniff Barry Zito, the Zeet, El Zeeteroonie, at .727. We're beginning to think the Diamondbacks uniform may be the third or fourth worst in the history of baseball.