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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Time Heals Most Wounds

Congratulations to the Arizona Cardinals and their fans for their amazing win over the Green Bay Packers last night.

Talk about one heck of a roller coaster ride of emotions.  One minute I'm celebrating like the Packers won the Super Bowl... and the next minute I'm watching the Cardinals bounce back and win the game in overtime.

Thankfully time heals most wounds.  Sadly... some heal faster than others.

I'm still dealing with Kirk Gibson's walk off home run against the Athletics in Game One of the 1988 World Series.  The same can be said for Russell Wilson's interception with less than thirty seconds left in last year's Super Bowl.

The 1990 World Series was a painful memory for me as well.  That year the Oakland A's had the best record in baseball and absolutely destroyed the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS... sweeping them in four games.

They were heavily favored against the Cincinnati Reds, who took down the Pittsburgh Pirates in six games.  There was very little doubt in my mind that The King of Steal and the Bash Brothers would score enough runs, while Stew and Welch would shut down the Reds in at least four of the seven games in the series.

Unfortunately... I was painfully mistaken.  High expectations led to painful disappointment as the Reds manhandled the Athletics and swept them in four games.

The good news is after twenty-five years... I've put it behind me and now I can look at things like this 1990 American League Champions pin... and appreciate it.

Brett over at Card Collector's World was generous enough to send me this cool pin that I've proudly added to my Oakland A's shelf in my office.

In addition to the pin, he also sent me a pair of items for my Japanese PC.

1997 Upper Deck Predictor Exchange #17 Hideo Nomo

I miss 90's UD Predictor cards.  Upper Deck did a great job with this program that involved collectors scratching off their Predictor cards to reveal specific goals.  If that MLB players actually met that goal, the collector was a winner.  This particular card was one of the prizes that year.

Brett wrapped up his care package with this Japanese non-sport oddball:

I'm not really sure what it is... but it has found a home in a 9-pocket page in my non-sport Japanese binder.

Thanks Brett for the generous care package... and helping me realize that I'm ready to put the 1990 World Series in the past.

Happy Sunday... go Seahawks... and sayonara!


  1. Nice A's pin. Yeah I think those A's were supposed to be a dynasty but ended up with just the one (where they swept the Giants - talk about disappointment!).

  2. Sorry about the Pack-to loose to the Football Cardinals-a team I loath is extra rough.

  3. The Japanese oddball at the end appears to be a Friday The 13th sticker. Hockey mask is likely a Jason mask and right above the most it says "The Thirteenth (Day)" and below it says "Caution (For) Friday." And I'm sure you can get the gist of what the "Engrish" is saying ;).

  4. kaiser - yeah that 1989 series was the lone brightspot... but growing up in the bay area... it has definitely shined over the years

    bman - yeah. gets easier everyday.

    zippy - lol... yeah, that's what i figured.