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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Baseball Fever

Called in sick to work today, unfortunately not with "baseball" fever.  My daughter is 14 months old and running a temperature.  She's usually a super happy baby, but has been miserable for the the past few days, so we thought it'd be better for me to stay home from school today instead of sending her off with the sitter.

Bob Welch pitched in the majors for 17 years, splitting time w/the Dodgers and Athletics.  He was an All Star selection in '80 and '90, and won the AL Cy Young in 1990 as well.  He was a member of World Series championship teams A's in '81 and '89, and won a third World Series as the Diamondbacks pitching coach when they won in '01.  Remember the World Baseball Classic?  He was also the pitching coach for the Netherlands in 2006.  I'm sure everybody already knew that.

Of course, the reason for profiling Bob's '92 Upper Deck card is for the picture on the back.  I'll assume that's his kid, and he looks only slightly older than my daughter.  Not sure how many kids Welch has, but in 2008, his son Riley was drafted by the A's in the 34th round.  If that's him, he made it onto a baseball card faster than most kids his age.

After looking it up, I was surprised to see all the teams "Santos" Alomar played for.  Being a Padre fan, I knew that he started out in San Diego (as many other all-star caliber players), and I will always think of him as an Indian.  He left Cleveland after ten years in '00, and went on to play for the White Sox, Rockies, Rangers, Dodgers, and Mets.  He obviously considered the Indians his family, and he is currently the bench coach in Cleveland.  La familia Alomar is one of baseballs greatest families, and seeing Sandy's '92 Donruss Triple Play card makes me wonder how close they were to making it a tri-generational baseball connection.

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