Friday, July 23, 2010

Late Thursday post.

Realized when I got up this morning that I had completely forgotten to post yesterday. Decided that the best thing to do would be to post the game-used card that I would have posted yesterday.

Today's card is a bat-chip card of Alex Rodriguez from the 2003 Topps Gallery Originals set. I decided to post this card since the former Ranger hit career home run 599 last night and is on the verge of becoming only the seventh player in history to hit 600 or more dingers in a career.

Ironically the long ball came off Kansas City reliever Robinson Tejeda, also a former Ranger. I believe that Jason Kendall was catching for KC so not all of the involved parties used to play in Texas.

Another irony is that Alex Rodriguez has become what he was supposed to deliver the sport from. When Barry Bonds became the all-time home run king there were many who were less than thrilled to see Hank Aaron displaced. Bonds was widely viewed as a selfish malcontent cheater. I read and heard more than one time the comment that folks could not wait until Bonds was displaced. Several possible successors were bandied about but it appeared that Alex Rodriguez had perhaps the best chance. Many people seemed to be happy with this. Alex was a natural talent and seemed to be just a big, overgrown kid. At least he wasn't a selfish malcontent cheat. Yeah...

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