I'll pretty much defer to Paul's outstanding pictures from our seats in the Kaline's Corner section of right field, but I snapped a few shots myself. This was the scoreboard as we waited for things to begin. The "72 degrees" temperature was wildly inaccurate considering the muggy weather, but it didn't stop us from having a great time.
Tram joined Morris, who'd enjoyed the same honor earlier in the month. Unfortunately Paul and I arrived just a hair too late to snag the promotional giveaway jersey--it was like Black Friday up in there--but the occasion was enough by itself for us to have a great time. The speeches by Lou Whitaker and Trammell himself were great and really highlighted why they continue to be revered a couple decades after retiring.
A particular highlight for us was a ninth inning HR by SS Ronny Rodriguez that barely eluded our section and went into the tunnel, where it was hoarded by staff working down there. John and Paul are clearly visible in the video replay while I'm obscured by the foul pole (which is fine--I got some screen time a while back thanks to a Rajai Davis walk-off slam!). John's the circled guy while Paul is the dude wearing the Detroit jersey.
So all in all it was a great time and I think we're all itching to do this again next year, maybe even with others involved.
A positive outcome of this event was Paul and I swapping some cards. He brought a bunch of surprises to go with a couple things I'd claimed, and I'm very excited with what I ended up with:
Grandy is from the '07 Topps Generation Now insert set I'm chasing while JV is an Orange parallel (#189/299) from 2017 Topps Fire.
Rich Hill had just bested fellow PC guy Clayton Richard a couple days before this game so it was fun to see an autograph of the former pop up here. As with the rest of his cards produced in 2009 he appears as a member of the Orioles on this Topps Career Best auto. That came out a year before his first tour of duty with the Red Sox, after which he bounced around between LA, New York, and indy ball. Things turned around from there and the rest is history!
Drew Henson was the surprise star of the package thanks to these six cards. The RC from 2001 Fleer Platinum plus the Fleer Tradition This Day in History insert from the following year were both new to me, with the latter joining up nicely with the autographed version I own. The others are quite nice as well, including the Triple Crown RC which is numbered /2999. I shouldn't be too surprised a local guy like Paul came up with these for me, though!
The Barry Larkin pile was almost as good in quantity with this cool five-spot. A brand spanking new 2018 Archives base was a nice touch but I'm especially excited about getting the pair of 1998 Pinnacle Inside Stand-up Guys inserts that comprise this piece:
This product's can packaging and inserts like this were literally outside the box in an era where cards were fun, prior to a Topps monopoly seemingly imposed by the Dolores Umbridge of collecting. Anyway, Barry's in good company on these cards, too, joined by the likes of Nomar, Jeter, and A-Rod. Anytime I can add something like this to my collection it's a win, so bonus points to Paul here.Hal Morris ('89 Donruss), J.J. Putz (2011 Topps Diamond Anniversary) and Chris Sabo (1994 Score Rookie/Traded) rounded out a very nice bunch of cards I didn't know I was getting.
arpsmith earlier this year, I'm one set away from that goal: 1990.
While I try to track that down I'll do up posts for each of these sets similar to the ones I did for the four I grabbed from Adam back in January.
Once again, a big thanks to Paul for bringing all of this great stuff, and to both Paul and John for a fun day at the ballpark. I'll see you guys there next year, and hopefully sooner too, maybe for a show!