Tuesday, October 21, 2014

You Never Forget Your First

They say that you never forget your first love. I suppose the statement is true- but I'm more likely to never forget the first time I was able to enjoy watching my team play in the World Series. While the 1995 World Series championship was a phenominal thing to experience, there's still a sense that even that team can't replace the affection I have for the 1991 Atlanta Braves.

So with today being the beginning of the 2014 World Series, I say to all the Royal fans out there (especially those who were too young-or not alive- to enjoy the last time their team was in the Series): sit down and enjoy the ride, because you never know when you'll get back. Heck, you may end up being disappointed in the outcome, but remember that you'll always have the excitment that accompany's the Fall Classic.

Going down memory lane, I think I will revist those players from that beloved '91 N.L. Champs team. Today we will start with the most important additions to the club.

Sid Bream
 Brought in during the 1990 off-seasn by new GM John Schuerholz, Bream was one of two corner infield free-agents who figured to help shore up the defense- and with a talented, young pitching staff this was an often-overlooked signing. Sid was included on a few cards as a Brave in 1991, with my favorites being the Topps Traded and the Score Rookie/Traded. 



When I look at the Topps card, I see a determined man; it's like Sid is looking ahead to the glory he knew awaited the team. 



The Score card brings to remembrance that this man may be determined, but he is a broken man. Knee injuries have taken their toll on him; he's not the most nimblest of men.


Terry Pendleton
 'TP,' as the former third baseman is known, was the second of the corner infielders brought in by former Royal GM Schuerholz. While Pendleton had been a good player for St. Louis, no one expecxted that he would win the N.L. MVP. I wish I had put money on it in Vegas. 




 If you've seen one 1991 Pendleton card as a Brave, you've seen them all. And then there's the '91 Studio card. In it, TP looks like he knows something that we don't. It's probably that he'd win the aforementioned award.


Rafael Belliard
 Fundamentals are a forgotten art. And for guys like Belliard, they are a must. They're the only reason why he was employed by a major league team- he may not have had eye-dropping tools, but he mastered the fundamentals of the game and he was able to have a lengthy major league career. This 1991 Upper Deck card show an overachiver, working on his craft.



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