Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The wrong way to prepare your bat

I love the 1997 Upper Deck set because they tell you the date the picture was taken. Usually they have something good to say about what the player did that day, at least on the back if not the front. This Michael Tucker card says "Prepares his bat for game vs. Angels, 8-11-96."

Usually, if not on the front, at least the back of the card tells you how the player did that day. That is not the case here, so I looked it up on Retrosheet and, sure enough, Tucker was 0-3 in the Royals' 6-5 loss with a pop-out and two ground-outs. He did reach base via walk in the ninth. So I guess whatever preparations he did with the bat that day were a failure.

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