December 21, 2011:
2006 Fleer #78 J.J. Hardy
Getting a common card such as this one can be a special treat, if you know where to look. The trained eye can ascertain that this photograph was taken on the Brewers' yearly road trip to Minnesota. If you look even closer, you can see that an outfield videoboard is displaying an advertisement for Cub Foods, a regional grocery chain. We used to have a bunch of Cubs in the Milwaukee area, but now the closest one to be found is on the west side of Madison. The wife actually used to work at Cub when she was in high school. She took a lot of grief from the dudes who worked the night stocking shift with her, but she got the last laugh, lasting longer than any of them would have predicted. She used her small, womanly hands to her advantage by being able to deftly stock boxes of Jell-O without making a mess of things, as her mouth-breather co-workers were known to do.
I also had an older cousin who worked at a Cub. I thought it was so cool when I saw that his employee name tag identified him as "JAMES BOND."