Every once in a while a baseball card manufacturer hits a grand slam, issuing a card whose image matches the moment. Such is the case with the Topps Now card that is the subject of this post. Although he is mired in a post-All Star Game slump, New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is still capable of clubbing monster home runs, and he hit one a few weeks ago in the Subway Series that pitted the Yankees against the New York Mets.
It’s interesting to learn from fans why they chose the team they root for. That’s where the conversation with our teammate Sierra started. “I was in San Diego in the fall of 2006 going to school, and I noticed that all the baseball fans were either pulling for the local team, the Padres, or the Giants, since a lot of San Franciscans were living there. No one seemed to be rooting for the A’s, who were in the playoffs. I was from Sacramento, where the A’s Triple A farm team, the Rivercats, played,” Sierra explained. “I saw them play a lot when I was a kid.” Since both the A’s and she were from Northern California, it made sense for Sierra to pull for the Oakland A’s. The pieces all came together, and that’s how Sierra became a committed Oakland Athletics fan. Read more →
Fans of Major League Baseball have been voting for the players they want to see in this year’s All Star Game for the past several months, and this past Sunday the starting lineups (and reserves) for the annual tilt, which this year will be held in Miami on Tuesday, July 11th, were announced. I’ve been waiting to announce my choices for the starters until now so that I could offer a side by side comparison with the fans’ selections. So how did I do? Were my choices similar to the players the fans selected? Read more →