30 Day Baseball Card Challenge

Monday, May 15, 2017

Admiring Greatness

There have been plenty of times in my life when I have focused on the negative rather than appreciate the positive aspect on things.  The perfect example is sports.

I've never been a fan of the New York Yankees.  It has to do with their multiple dynasties and of course growing up around people who have no problem with reminding you of their success.  But no matter how much I dislike the franchise, I can't help but admire some of the guys who have donned Yankee Pinstripes.

When I was a kid, I saw Pride of the Yankees and couldn't help but admire The Iron Horse:

The movie portrayed him as an honorable and humble guy.  The kind of guy you'd want your sister or daughter to meet.  The fact that he's one of the greatest baseball players of all-time is the icing on the cake.

Another Yankee I can't help but admire is The Captain:

Twenty years ago, you'd have to pay me money to say anything nice about Jeter.  I couldn't stand watching him and the Yankees win World Series after World Series after World Series.  But by the tail end of his career, I couldn't help but admire his loyalty to the franchise that drafted him.

Plus... while my father gets to reminisce about seeing Bart Starr play, one day I'll sit back and reminisce about seeing Derek Jeter play.

Anyone else up for Tony's 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge?  If so...

Who is a baseball player that you appreciate, but don't like?

Happy Monday and sayonara!


  1. Being a Yankees fan, David Ortiz. I can't stand the guy, but gotta admit he was very loyal to Boston not only to the team but the city

  2. That Donruss signature series is incredible!

    I'm not sure. I can't go with a Red Sox. I'm not s big enough person. I'd say Griffey Jr?

  3. Jimmy Rollins.Man I hated him with the phills.But I always respected his will to win.He was a gamer.The Mets,Unfortunately,witnessed that "gamer" attitude of his first hand on more than one occasion.

  4. Johnny Cueto-pitches like a mad man but ended a Redbird's career-I call him Kung Fu Cueto

  5. sport card collectors - i also admire ortiz for his loyalty to boston. one of these days, i'll finish off his sports card trifecta.

    the lost collector - thanks buddy! i love that card. lol... no yaz or williams? i'd be surprised if there was any card collector out there who hated griffey.

    tony - i miss seeing jimmy flex that speed on the base paths. i guess that's what happens when we start getting older.

    brady - oh man... who's career did he end?

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