I got this freaking sweet Chris Denorfia card from a trade with Weston at Fantastic Catch, and I thought it was a pretty cool coincidence. My sister, Hannah, was recently extended the opportunity to serve as a missionary in Milan, Italy, and the card shows Deno playing for the Italian team.
Hannah is a pretty awesome person, and I'm fortunate to have her as a sister. She's nine years younger than me (or something like that... I don't know all of my sibling's birthdays or ages because I'm a great brother in that way). She road tripped with my wife and I when we first visited Texas during a summer break, which was probably the most fun thing we've ever done together.
For Christmas, she wanted to get me something awesome, and she got me...
Well, okay, she didn't get me these cards, as awesome as Dave Campbell is. But she got me a hat that looks like one that Campbell is wearing.
She asked me what I wanted, and I told her that I thought it'd be cool to get a Padres hat, but not one of the current versions, one of the styles from the early 90s. My favorite Padre team was the 1996 team, so I've always loved the blue hats with the white and orange lettering. Unfortunately, the only ones that we found together were those flat-billed kinds, which is a look that I'm not quite "street" enough to pull off.
Fortunately, I found this one, which I liked even better. I don't normally do product placement, but American Needle hats are awesome. This is the second one that I've got (the first one I got a few years back, and was a retro White Sox hat from 1976), and they're super comfortable and look sharp. If they'd like to send me some free hats, I'd definitely show more pictures of how awesome they look (wink wink).
Even though I usually associate the 1969 Padres with the brown hats and yellow lettering, apparently they had orange lettering, at least for a while. Use the Campbell cards above as a reference point.
Anyways, it was fun hanging out with my family when they visited for Christmas, and I figured that it would be the last time that I saw Hannah for a while, since she'd be leaving for Italy (well, we didn't know where she was going yet, but we knew that she would be heading out). However, my wife's parents decided to fly us out for Spring Break in March, and since our families live in San Diegan suburbs that are 15 minutes apart, I'll get to see her again before she leaves.
She leaves in May and will be gone for 18 months. Those Italians will be lucky to have her.