Thursday, June 21, 2007

Yount Card of the Day #6

1992 Leaf #64

This card is unspectacular to say the least. Gray, drab, really nothing going for it, Leaf got quite boring once it was made more widely available south of the border.
Wait a minute, check out the back of this card! Robin appears to be screwing his head on, leading me to the only logical conclusion, that Yount is actually a cyborg!
His lifetime stats seem to indicate that he is a T-1000 prototype, manufactured by Cyberdyne systems in the year 2029 and sent back in time by Skylab to lead his team to the pennant.
Actually, I seem to recall an incident back 1991 when Jim Gantner confronted Yount with his suspicions about Robin not being 100% human when he spotted his arm turning into "liquid metal" in the shape of tongs at an off-season barbecue. Reportedly, Yount stared at Gumby for about fifteen seconds before replying, " I need your clothes, your boots and your motorcycle."

Robin would have also made an excellent team player for the original NES game, Basewars.

I also think it would have been cool if Paul Molitor had a backpack, like the one Chewbacca had in "The Empire Strikes Back," with which to carry Robin's disassembled parts in an emergency situation.

Remember, Robin's CPU is a neural net processor, a learning computer.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Library Find of the Day #2

As the close of the school year ends, more and more "product" is turning up in the staff lounge. Time-worn copies of "Shiloh" and "A Wrinkle in Time" are being removed from the library to make room for some of the young guns. Among the refuse lie a few gems, precious items that I have plucked from a pile of unloved books in hope that someone, somewhere will find a use for them, even if that use is mere mockery.
The above copy is the best of the bunch that I have saved from incineration. What can you say about Roberto Clemente? Well, for one, the guy loved round numbers, achieving his 3,000th hit in mid-July and retiring on the spot. Not really, but who knows how many he would have had if he had lived a few more years. The correct answer to this question is 5,000 even. Had his plane not crashed, Pete Rose wouldn't have been on the cover of the 1986 Topps Sticker Album, nor would he have had the only two-sticker puzzle in the entire book. (That would have been reserved for Dane Iorg, who, in all fairness, did get his own sticker in the World Series section.)
Anyway, here it is, more to follow soon.