Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day in Fantasy Baseball Card Form

No Valentine's Day could possibly complete without a handful of fantasy Baseball cards to celebrate the occasion; especially considering that today also marks the very first full day of workouts for the Dodgers at Spring Training.

Naturally, I had to make a couple of cards featuring Puig and Ward's growing romance on the field. As we all know, Puig has had his struggles at the plate, so when batting coach Turner Ward righted his ship Yasiel was compelled to express gratitude. As a result, we fans are treated to an hilarious amount of hugging and smooching in the dugout. There is no doubt that Puig is the amorous sort.

My favorite, though, has to be the grainy 'black & white' pic used for the card on the bottom right. Featured are (L to R) Morganna Roberts, Wes Parker and Astros third sacker Doug Rader (dated 1/1/1970). For those of you too young to remember, Morganna -- better known as the Kissing Bandit -- was a huge fan favorite. For three decades, from 1969 to 1999, she would scramble onto the field and assault a ballplayer with a kiss. Fans, of course, cheered. Major League Baseball, on the other hand, was not too pleased. Nevertheless, she continued her antics and has a permanent place in the memories of millions of Baseball fans.

As for the specific scenario below, here is what the descriptor to the AP Press photo:
Morganna Roberts comes running out the stands to kiss Los Angeles Dodgers Wes Parker, who is being caught and held by Houston Astros third baseman Doug Rader on Tuesday July 1, 1970 in Los Angeles, Calif. 
That's quite a sandwich.

BTW, there's a little documentary available for viewing on YouTube here.

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