Sunday, February 20, 2011
Bobby spent 11 years in the bigs, had 8 uniform numbers, played with 7 teams, played 6 different positions, was traded 5 times and switched leagues 3 times. I couldn't find anything he did four times, otherwise I could have tossed something in there about a partridge in a pear tree. He is tied with Duane Kuiper on the all-time home run list with one. Despite all this, he had only 1100 some odd at bats in his career. To stay around that long says something about a player. Many guys are gone in a few years. I really don't remember Bobby playing, but I remember his card.
Bobby never played for the Brew Crew in '74. He was traded to the Cardinals in December of '73, at the winter meetings, I'm guessing. He's the next card in this blog set in the form of a Traded card. What's funny is that he would be traded twice more in '74. Once in July from the Cards to the Angels (July 31 for those trade deadline buffs) and once more from the Halos to the BoSox in December. I'm sure Bobby is still getting around on frequent flier miles. Pssssst, don't tell anybody, but Bobby's pine tar extends WAY higher than anything George Brett ever sported. Bobby, you be out with that bat!
Cartoon: Bobby played basketball in high school. That would be in Vacaville, CA, just a half hour up the interstate from me, home of several million new outlet malls all strung together. I'm sure I can get some great deals on basketball shoes there at the Nike outlet store. From what little I know of Spanish, I think "Vacaville" means "cow town" in English. They should have just called it Cow Town to begin with. Lots of cows used to live there.
Ballpark background: I'm going to take a wild guess and say Yankee Stadium. I don't know why.