Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Baseball Dad 4: Large Mammal Edition

It is almost certainly true that this is the last post of cards that I have scanned in from Baseball Dad. But like I said last time, I have trouble keeping track so long after I got them. Heck, I probably scanned these cards in and get them ready for the hilarious commentary 4 months ago. Maybe even 6. Who can know such a thing?

Larry Doby 2001 Topps Archives

It's hard to understand why the name Larry has fallen out of favor. You hardly ever hear of kids being named Larry anymore. I'll bet that Lawrence is also on the decline. Parents don't want to take the chance. Personally, Full Metal Jacket ruined the name Lawrence for me.

But Larry; Larry is a great name. I've met a few dudes named Larry in my life and to the best of my recollection they are all awesome. My wife would never go for it, though. So I guess that my only chance is to name the next dog Larry.

And, on this I will not budge.

Russell Branyan 2000 Fleer Who To Watch

There's Russ, the once, once again, once again (I think), and current Cleveland Indian. There's no denying that he can hit Home Runs, or he used to be able to hit home runs. He's so good at hitting home runs that the Indians signed him for $2mil this offseason despite the fact that one of the top prospects in the organization is our first baseman, and we are paying Hafner (whether we want to or not) $14 mil this year to DH. Because that makes a lot of sense for a team trying to rebuild.

Yes, let's spend money we are trying to save on a guy who's only option is to take away at bats from our top prospect.

The bummer is that he hasn't been able to hit all spring because of his back and is on the DL. But, how could have seen that coming? It's not like he's an old man with a history of back problems and couldn't finish lat season because of his bad back or anything. I mean, this back trouble really came out of nowhere.

CC Sabathia 2004 Bowman Heritage

I would comment more on this card if CC weren't dead to me.

I would like to say that he sure looked healthy on opening night, didn't he? Slim.

Eddie Murray 1996 Upper Deck Milestones

What's not to like about Murray? Right down to his subhelmet hat the guy rules. I loved his time in Cleveland. The guy will forever be an Oriole, but I feel fortunate to have seen him here. And to see him get his 3,000th hit here.

I remember the buildup to that hit. It was a big deal.

Sweet mustache too.

Steve Carlton adn Carlton Fisk 1982 Fleer

Steve Carlton and Carlton Fisk? On the same card because of the name "Carlton"? What a stupid card. Who came up with that lame idea. It's like some dude was watching Jeopardy and somehow got his idea made into a baseball card.

And, what's with Fisk's huge lapels? So many things here don't make sense.

Bad idea poorly executed.

John Kruk 1993 O-Pee-Chee

I've been staring at this card trying to think of something to say about it. The only thing I keep coming back to is that I'll bet that if Beardy photoshoped Costanza's face onto it we wouldn't doubt the result for a second.

George Williams 1998 Stadium Club

Man, I do love these Stadium Club cards. Look how thrilled George is to be getting onto the game. I have no idea who he is, though.

Moose Hass 1988 Topps

How does someone end up with the name "Moose"? How does that end up an option? Does it get narrowed down to Larry, Bill, and Moose?

I guess if your name is Moose you better grow a mustache.

Jody Gerut 2004 Donruss Elite Extra Edition

I remember when this guy was going to be our next superstar. I don't know what happened to him. I think he got hurt for a while. Then you never heard from him. them in 2008 he turned up in San Diego and had a pretty good year. Things where looking up.

Last year in 122 games he had an OBP of .279.

That's bad. Really bad.

Looks like he's still kicking around with Milwaukee or something. Good luck to him, but I don't hold out much hope.

It's a nice looking card, though. If you squint your eyes at it long enough it begins to look like it might be Grady Sizemore.

Well, that's it Baseball Dad. Thanks a bunch.


Captain Canuck said...

on the plus side, a dog named Chipper sounds pretty good. The wife might even go for it.

SpastikMooss said...

"'Moose' earned his nickname after an unfortunate weekend run-in with a full grown moose while on vacation in the Appalachian mountains. The confrontation resulted in the 12 foot tall moose felled at the hands of Mr. Haas. The head of the moose (who Mr. Haas later named "Wallace") was hung in his dining room as a memento of that infamous meeting and remains on display to this day.

On Moose's 1987 Topps Baseball Card, Moose is also a Locksmith, a magician and a black belt in tae kwon doe."


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