Sunday, February 6, 2011
I remember the image of Carew most in a Twins uniform, but saw him play mostly as an Angel. As I recall, he had a sweet swing. Either case, this guy could hit. He collected his 3000th hit in his last year with the Angels. His '73 season was his first of four 200 hit seasons. I wonder if anybody back then in '74 had somebody like Carew pegged as a future 3000 hit Hall of Famer? I probably didn't. But heck, I was ten.
Cartoon: If Rod were truly one of baseball's finest bunters, then he would be holding the bat without his fingers wrapped around the bat exposing them to the 98 mph heater coming at him. Additionally, Rod bats left, but bunts right? The player in the cartoon also seems to be a white guy. I think I recalled that the cartoonist must have been left handed. I just reviewed the cartoon on Manny Sanguillen's card, and danged if he ain't a left handed catcher. Even though, this cartoon shows a good bunt laid down.
Ballpark background: The small stands behind the plate indicate that this photo was from spring training.