Happy birthday America! I know that things aren't great all over at the moment, but shucks, I couldn't have asked for a finer country to be born in.
Vinny Castilla wasn't born in the United States, but he was born on the 4th of July in Oaxaca, Mexico. This is the only Padre card I have of Castilla, but it's a good one.
I've never been fortunate enough to represent my country in... well, anything, including baseball. It's been interesting hearing professional athletes explain what it's like playing at the Olympics in comparison to playing in their professional leagues. Even though the money in the Olympics can't touch what they make in the pros, the pride of playing for their flag and hearing the National Anthem when they win must be awesome.
Of course, on Independence Day, everybody in MLB is patriotic, but the Nationals always have a certain patriotism about them, regardless of the day. Love this card of former Friar "X" Nady.
Due to the Military Appreciation Sunday's at Petco Park, however, I don't think you'll find a team that's more patriotic than my Padres. Keeping with the Red, White, and Blue theme, however, here are some patriotic"colored border collages" from America's Finest City.
This morning, we took the kids to Belton, TX, about a half hour drive from us to watch the "We The People" Parade. Got there a little late, but still found a good spot on a lawn near the UMHB campus. Nice and shady.
More red, white, and blue goodness. We tried explaining Independence Day to Harper, and finally settled on calling it "America's Birthday". I think she kinda got it, but kept talking about cake or candles or something.
Great parade, good times with the family. I love this country and all the good that it can represent. God Bless America.