Friday, November 26, 2010
John (Johnny?) Grubb. Yes, there's a lot here. This is the first Padre card of the set, and it's also the first Washington/Nat'l League card. I love how they spell "National" and "League." His name is John on this card, but it is Johnny on his BR page. Though the card makes a big deal out of his 21 at bats in 1972 and his being one of the Padres leading hitters in 1973, he makes the NL All-Star team in 1974. And not for the Washington National Leaguers. Nope, these boys in yellow are the Sandy Eggo Padres, like in waffles for breakfast on the beach. The beach in San Diego is beautiful, and sandy. There are numerous waffle shops near the beach. I know, I went there this summer.
Grubb played a 16 year career, but was only approached being a regular player with the Padres. He played for that amazing 1984 Detroit Tigers team, picking up a World Series ring against...hehehe...his former team. Dontcha just love it when that happens? He racked up 99 homers in his career, one shy of triple digits. I love the color scheme of the Padres cards. Kind of a mix of goldenrod (remember your Crayola sets?) and butterscotch, this color in the Padre pennants is simply delicious. John's also one of those crossover players, batting left while throwing right. This picture of him looks like some dude named Kevin I used to know. Except Kevin never wore a hat. He looks here like, "Hey, there's a deranged Mets fan on LSD that's going to try to fly off the edge of the third deck!"
Cartoon: He hit safely in 5 of the 6 games he started? Well, you can go 1 for 4 every day and hit safely in all 162 games, shattering Joe DiMaggio's record, yet end up with a .250 average. Actually, though, for only playing in 7 games, hitting in 5 of them for a .333 average is not something to laugh at. But it's a cartoon, so I'll laugh at it because that's what cartoons are for. And, say, what kind of middle name is Maywood, anyway?
Ballpark background: With just a light tower over his right shoulder and a flag pole over his left, this was so obviously taken at Shea Stadium it's not even funny. That's because just a few cards prior in the set was #29 Phil Niekro at Shea Stadium, and there's the same lights and flagpole. Not funny, I know. But Shea Stadium nonetheless.