Thursday, August 15, 2013

Mailbag: I Won a Kuo Autographed Card on eBay

Of all the pitchers I've rooted for over the past decade, I can safely say that Hong-Chih Kuo was my favorite.  He had such great tools on the mound, sporting a phenomenal 4-seam fastball and a sharp slider.  Kuo showed great velocity and proved to have a quick release to the plate.  Unfortunately, his career was cut short due to arm problems that lead to 4 elbow surgeries. By the end, he played 7 years in Dodger Blue and became a mainstay in the bullpen as a middle reliever. 

Another reason I loved this guy was his remarkable and unexpected home run in 2007.  He was a part of the famed "back to back to back" home runs against the New York Mets.  Watch it here.  Be sure to take note of his bat flip.  I remember sitting up in the stands (in the upper reaches of the top deck) and laughing at the bat toss. It was glorious.

Last week, I won the above Kuo card on eBay.  It is a 2006 Upper Deck Special Endorsement F/X Signatures card.

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  1. Awesome card! My favorite player too! I should show off my big ol' Kuo collection some time...

  2. He wasn't my fave - but I definitely liked Kuo. He was great.


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