The Inevitable - Baseball fandom can be a cruel bitch sometimes. I'm a glass half full type of guy, but that doesn't mean I'm void of emotion. The Andrew McCutchen trade i...
Monday, September 26, 2016
A Shlabotnik Pick-Me-Up
So, I'll keep it simple and just say that he was always one of my favorite non-Red Sox players to watch. Because of that, I'd picked up more than a few cards of his over the years, but this Stadium Club card from last year probably best captures the joyous personality he was known for. A sad day for all of baseball indeed.
Joe and I have gotten into a regular back-and-forth PWE routine that seems to be working out very well for the both of us, and this latest batch elevated things to a new level as far as I'm concerned. Right out of the gate I found this fantastic Baseball Immortals card of "Old Hoss" Radbourn! Miraculously this is my very first card of the HOFer who was playing baseball in Boston before the name Red Sox existed.
Radbourn (whose last name is spelled with a trailing 'e' on this card for some reason) was a star pitcher in the 1880s and 1890s, and is especially interesting to me as a New Englander since he played for both the Boston Beaneaters and the Providence Grays. Living just outside of Providence and working downtown, I've been debating about starting a small collection of guys who played for the Grays, and this is certainly an excellent start.
200-hit seasons in Red Sox history where I discussed the same streak that's mentioned on this card.
Joe, your envelope put a much needed positive spin on an otherwise depressing weekend in sports, thank you! I should be able to return fire sometime before the weekend here...