Friday, July 20, 2007
Classic card of the week
Mark Davis, 1990 Upper Deck
Few things bring as much joy to a baseball fan as opening a pack of cards and getting one that features an average player signing an autograph for someone else. I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it. But when that picture is taken in the journalistic style of photography normally reserved for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs, well, that's when you've got something truly special on your hands. Don't you think for one second that the Upper Deck photographer who took this extraordinary shot didn't dirty his corduroy blazer doing so. Cause he did. And he almost got a tick, laying all up in the grass like that! But it was all worth it once the world was treated to this breathtaking photo of Mark Davis, signing autographs in the sky, his royal blue uniform amidst the sky blue of life, a curly mullet blowing in the wind...magnificence is an understatement. "Ewww, I just swallowed a cloud," is what Mark Davis could often be overheard saying, a hint that this photo is, in actuality, not an illusion. In fact, Mark Davis really was 28-feet tall, and the photographer who took this shot was actually standing on a ladder. And Mark Davis is, believe it or not, signing a billboard that he ripped off one of the local Kansas City highways, and he is too tall to even notice that it is upside down.
Did you know?
After Davis went into a drunken rage after a blown save in 1989, the rest of the Royals were forced to knock him out with a rock from a slingshot, at which point they tied down his limbs with rope in the outfield.