Wednesday, July 1, 2009

I'm Angry at Baseball

I'm getting really tired of the Cardinals losing. The NL Central seems to have reverted to its pre-2008 levels of total mediocrity and yet the Cards have been completely unable to capitalize. It looked like the team had finally conquered its fear of scoring runs (krosdaplaetophobia) when they absolutely crushed the Royals the weekend before last. Perhaps, non-coincidentally, I left town right around that time and missed that entire series only to come back to the same anemic offense that had been struggling before I took off. Last night, Albert Pujols provided three runs for the team, but Chris Carpenter unfortunately picked the wrong night to have his worst start of the season.

Anyway, to make a long story short, I'm ticked off. When I get ticked off, I decide to post really bad packs in lieu of something that I can be a little more rosy about. I think someday I might buy a whole box of 1986 Topps, because there's nothing quite like actual wax pack wrappers and 1986 was the first year I started collecting. I know that the set is bad, and there really aren't even any decent cards in the set. It's stuck between the bumper crop of rookies from 1983 through 1985 (Sandberg, Mattingly, Puckett...) and the late '80s rookie class (Glavine, Smoltz, Biggio, Randy Johnson...)

Ah!! Curse Randy Johnson!! He wasn't all that great last night, but he got the job done and St. Louis has now lost yet another game to the Giants. Alright, here's the cards...

415 - Hal McRae (Complete with wax stain on the front that's probably invisible in the scan. Hal is the current Cardinals hitting coach. Maybe he is to blame!)

326 - Kent Tekulve (Great specs and great uniform. There's really nothing not to love about this card.)
726 - Orioles Leaders (Featuring Rick Dempsey, "Co-Dean of the Orioles", providing "Continuous Service Since: June 15, 1976". I didn't quite understand this language when I was still 10 and starting to collect this stuff.)

106 - Ray Burris (I have no idea who this guy is, but it's a cool picture.)
372 - Ben Oglivie (I'm gettin' over Oglivie! I wanted to link a relevant Ovaltine commercial on youtube or something here, but I failed to find one.)

716 - Rickey Henderson All-Star (Rickey Henderson finished 4th in the AL in OBP in 1985 behind the illustrious Toby Harrah.)
41 - Brad Wellman
426 - Brewers Leaders (Featuring Dean Charlie Moore)
- "Spring Fever Baseball"
586 - Greg Harris
287 - John Christensen

231 - Jim Frey (I have no recollection of this guy being a manager of anything, much less the Cubs.)
23 - Manny Lee
728 - Mike Marshall

363 - Terry Forster (Forster was notoriously referred to on air as a "fat tub of goo" by David Letterman at some point in the mid-'80s and went on to finish his professional career as a Portland Beaver in 1987. The Twins won the World Series that year, but Forster was never called up.)

249 - Rob Deer (I always think of Rob Deer whenever Adam Dunn is brought up. I'm not sure the comparisons are fair, though. Adam Dunn, as much as I dislike low-average/high-strikeout guys does at least draw his fair share of bases on balls.)

Here's Deer, complete with gum stain. I don't remember packs back then having wax stains on the fronts of cards and gum on the back. I'm sure the gum made its imprint over time because of the long wait before it was opened, but the wax being affixed to the front of a card instead of the back is interesting. Perhaps the pack was resealed, or maybe it wasn't. I'm not sure what sort of golden ticket would ever be waiting inside a pack of this stuff. Wax coated card fronts just seemed to be more of an early-'80s (and before) thing to me if I remember correctly.

Hopefully tomorrow will bring more cheer in the baseball department. I did mail off about a half dozen packages today, so at least that's good news.

1 comment:

joseph said...

via wikipedia, re: terry forster:

His .397 lifetime batting average (31 hits in 78 at bats) is the highest for any major leaguer in history with either 50 at bats or with at least 15 years of major league experience.