Bobby Abreu is respected as a hardworking player; he is willing to walk and he gets relatively few homeruns. He has 2,111 career hits, a .299 average, a .404 on-base percentage and a .493 slugging percentage. Only 15 other players have career marks as high in all four categories. Ten are in the Hall of Fame, and the others are active or not yet eligible: Edgar Martinez, Frank Thomas, Manny Ramirez, Chipper Jones, and Todd Helton.
On Sunday in Boston, facing Jonathan Papelbon with two on, two out and the Angels trailing by two in the ninth inning, Mr. Abreu took a ball, then hit three fouls before doubling. One run scored, and two came in on a double by Vladimir Guerrero. Abreu scored the winning run and advanced to the championship series for the first time in his 13-year career.
He hasn't inspired cardboard greatness, as far as we can tell, so when we get one of his cards, it is tossed unceremoniously into the "yawn" pile. But perhaps he deserves a bit more respect. Perhaps we're missing something on the cardboard Abreu front. What's your favorite Bobby Abreu baseball card? If we can find images of any cards you mention (or if you comment and then email a scan) we'll add them to this post as a H/T to a hardworking, non-fist-pumping, non-self-aggrandizing baseball player. We would like to be proved wrong that Bobby Abreu hasn't inspired good cardboard. Oh and yay! He's ancient, like us!