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ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR.
My earliest memory of Brooks and the Orioles was in 1969, when the Metrosexuals pulled that stunning upset. I remember watching the five games after school at my baby-sitter's house. I cried after the final out and couldn't shake the image of that one jackass in a jacket who ran out from the stands to the mound to celebrate. Then came 1970.
|GO AHEAD, BITE THE BIG PEACH; |
DON'T MIND THE MAGGOTS.
I would throw a rubber ball against our house as a kid to practice fielding. To make it challenging, I'd throw it at an angle, and I'd practice diving stops, mimicking Brooks. When I'd finish, I'd have grass stains and dirt everywhere and it looked like I had been thrown out of a speeding car. That passed for video games.
Occasionally, I'd take my cards with me to the grocery store. While my mom shopped, I'd follow, head down, reading the backs. That passed for smartphone usage.
|I SAY, CHIC-KEN GRIFFEY, I SAY!|
In addition to cards, I collected 7-Eleven Slurpee baseball player cups. I'm going to to do a post about them down the line (if I can retrieve them from the attic), but I remember during some hot Florida summers walking to a particular 7-Eleven and grabbing a Slurpee. There was a guy behind the counter who knew I collected and he'd take the cups out of the dispenser and sort through them for me, asking which one I wanted. I thought that was cool of him.
|NUMBER OF CARDS IN THIS HOSTESS SET: 32.|
BLOOD-SUGAR NUMBER COMPLETING IT: 500.
|WILL CLARK IS A FAKE.|
I can't remember how old I was, probably about 5 or 6, when I got my first baseball glove for Christmas: a Sears & Roebuck Ted Williams model. That sucker was bigger than my head. When I wasn't playing ball, I could've used it to trap stray animals for the county.
My dad loved going to Sears to buy stuff. He especially loved their tools and appliances. So he figured if the hardware is great ... Seemed like we bought everything Sears-brand: school clothes, furniture, jewelry, motor oil, fine art, kitchen knives, everything. If you came by to trade cards with me, chances are you would've thought you walked onto the pages of the Sears & Roebuck catalog.
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TO SHOP FOR CLOTHES AT SEARS, TOO.