I know that they were two completely different scenarios. One took place during the offseason and involved a player in his prime. While the other was centered around a player on the decline in the middle of summer. However it's the similarities that stir up negative feelings.
Both of these guys were two of my favorite players at the time of the trade and both were being shipped off to the most successful franchise in the history of sports.
Getting traded is one thing. Getting traded to The Evil Empire totally sucks.
Thankfully... Rickey eventually made his way home to Oakland and helped the Athletics win a World Series title.
He's officially back where he belongs.
2000 Upper Deck Ovation Japanese #41
Perfect timing too. I've been wanting a copy of this particular pre-MLB Ichiro of a very, very, very long time and I happened to buy one on eBay a few days before the signing.
It's not his Japanese rookie card. Nor is it his American rookie card. But it's one of the first Japanese trading cards produced by an American trading card company. And if you've ever held a 2000 UD Ovation baseball card, then I'm sure you can appreciate the rock solid design.
Okay... enough of my rambling. It's time to hear from you.
What are some of your least favorite trades of all-time?
Anyone else excited that Ichiro is back in Seattle?
Happy Friday and sayonara!