No... I'm not talking about Manny Machado and his insane three home runs, which made him just the 2nd player in MLB history to hit home runs in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd innings of a single game. That was obviously impressive.
Michael Phelps' 19th career Olympic gold medal was equally... if not more impressive than Machado's feat. But this post isn't about him either.
1994 Fleer Pro Cards #1063
This post isn't about Alex Rodriguez announcing his retirement either. Although I've got to admit... after watching his press conference, I had serious mixed emotions. I can't say I've ever considered myself a fan, but I recognize his accomplishments and his retirement is just another reminder that I'm getting old. However... like I said... this post isn't about him.
2001 Fleer Tradition #452
2001 Topps Gallery #151 (Japanese)
For this card collector... Ichiro Suzuki's 3000th hit yesterday trumps any of this weekend's sports highlights. Ever since he entered the league back in 2001, he's been one of my favorite players.
He's the greatest MLB player to come out of Japan and hands down the centerpiece of my Japanese athlete collection.
2004 Topps All-Stars #TAS2
2002 Fleer Ultra #51
I've always been a fan of contact hitters since I was a little kid and Ichiro has to be considered one of the greatest.
Plus he's entertained fans with his insane catches and ridiculous throws from right field over the years. And let's not forget that he has one of the coolest and unique pre-batting stances in the league.
1991 Leaf Gold Leaf Rookies Bonus #BC25
1991 Leaf Gold Leaf Rookies Bonus #BC26
What about you...
Anyone have a specific date that stands out in sports history for them?
Happy Monday and sayonara!