I recently sent my end of a trade to Ryan over at a new-to-me blog called Card Stacks. While I'm not really that discerning when it comes to card blogs (not like there's thousands of 'em or anything), I enjoy reading his takes on Orioles and Braves cards from the 90's (among other things).
Well, being a Braves fan during the 90's, he's a bit of a Ryan Klesko fan, and since I have a few Klesko's in my collection from his Padres days, I figured now would be as good a time to show 'em as ever.
I guess I'm doing a mini "countdown" showing all 12 cards, but listing my top three favorites. My #3 is the one above. Maybe if I knew more about baseball, I'd know what is up with that nun chuck bat, but whatever it's purpose for being, it makes for a pretty unique card.
Card number two also features a bat that seems out of place, but not because of what it looks like - because of where it is. While I've seen a fair share of broken bats twirling and spinning towards fielders, I haven't seen many fly to first base that are still seemingly in tact. Even better, it looks like Klesko's trying to catch it with his glove. I don't see this ending particularly well.
Alright, I think I might've messed up on this countdown. Maybe that last one was my favorite. Still, as weird as a flying bat is in a card picture, how many cards show a player with a bag of fast food? I feel like I'm watching some celebrity "They're just like us!" type article. Any guesses on the chain? I'd say Wendy's or Burger King, but I am wrong sometimes.
Alright, now that the short countdown is over, here are the rest of the twelve cards in the "K" is for Klesko section of the Miscellaneous Padres binder. I really like the Heritage card in the bottom left corner, as well as the sideline/dugout shot above it. The rest are mostly unique in that I really like Klesko's sideburns, so he made it in, or that they're rocking a camouflage jersey.
Well, there ya go. Ryan Klesko, ladies and gentlemen.