Right after the San Francisco Giants become the 2010 World Series Champions, I strolled across this sweet rookie parallel of Brian Wilson:
It's from 2006 Upper Deck Special F/X and is the green parallel numbered to 99. I had planned to post this card in my hidden treasures series back in November... but it completely slipped my mind. Until I saw this video today of Brian Wilson, Cody Ross, Giant's mascot Lou Seal, and YouTube sensation Keenan Cahill:
If you've never seen Keenan's videos, I encourage you to check them out. Here's a link to his YouTube page. Keenan is a 16 year old from the suburbs of Chicago. When he was one, he was diagnosed with MPS VI, which is a rare genetic disease that usually leads to severe disabilities and a shortened life span. If you're interested in reading more, click here.
I started watching Keenan at the start of the school year when one of my students introduced me to his Teenage Dream video... and haven't looked back. His videos are awesome and I love his positive spirit.
I'm excited that the Brian Wilson & the San Francisco Giants are teaming up with Keenan to help raise money for his cause. If you live in the Bay Area and are free on May 25th, you might want to head on down to AT&T when the Giants face off against the Florida Marlins. Your ticket will get you a sweet "Ross is Boss" t-shirt and all proceeds will go to "causes close to Cody & Keenan". As you know... I'm a huge A's fan... but I'm going to try to get a couple of friends together and pick up some tickets.
Getting back to the card... I found it sitting in a box with a bunch of random inserts and parallels. I honestly have no idea how I got it... but my guess is that it was purchased as part of a mystery pack on YouTube. What I do know is that it's not going anywhere.
It was special to me after seeing the Giants bring a championship back to the Bay Area and seeing all of those "Fear the Beard" shirts... but it's even more special now... after watching that dynamite video of Wilson (& the beard) performing with Mr. Cahill.
Tonight's question of the day is...
Have you ever seen any of Keenan's videos before?
If so... d0 you have a favorite?
His video with 50 Cent is pretty cool... and I like the Imma Be video too. But if I had to choose one to watch over and over... it'd be the first one I saw back in September of 2010... Teenage Dream. I've watched it at least 10 times... and it still brings a smile to my face.
Okay... the puck's going to drop in less than 30 minutes. It's time to go. Have a great evening... Sayonara!