At long last, we've reached the AL West, the smallest division in baseball, one that could conceivably have all of its teams visit the playoffs within a two-year span. Fat chance of that happening, but a man can dream, can't he?
Cards: 2002 Donruss #103 Miguel Tejada, 2003 Donruss #171 Miguel Tejada, and 2005 Topps Rookie Cup #17 Rick Monday
Thoughts: When selecting the cards to display, I thought how nice the 2002 Donruss design was. Then they followed it up with another good one. Maybe it's just the A's uniforms that look so nice on them. And then you get to see a Kansas City Athletic, one Rick Monday, he of flag-saving fame. A less-than-exhaustive search has turned up that there's probably never been a card released to specifically honor his patriotic act. Allen & Ginter, I'm looking in your direction...
Cards: 2009 Upper Deck O-Pee-Chee #OPC-39 Mark Teixeira, 2001 Upper Deck Reserve #5 Glenallen Hill, 1991 Fleer Ultra Wally Joyner
Thoughts: When I came across the Hill card, I was struck by the "Reserve" label they had given it. What, is this like a fine malt scotch? Do you take this card out only when guests are over? Does it get placed on a high shelf behind your bar? At least the Wally Joyner card gets the bad taste out of my mouth. How much you wanna bet he applied a tag to Pete Incaviglia after making the catch of his pop-up, "just to make sure"? This card is a treatise on variances in body types among Major League Baseball players, to be sure.