Sunday, April 27, 2008
Joe Orsulak, 1989 Upper Deck #429
Yesterday my other sports love, the Baltimore Ravens, drafted the man who will hopefully be their quarterback of the future. His name is Joe, and he's a native of New Jersey. In honor of Joe Flacco, here's another Jersey Joe who was very popular in Charm City. Joe Orsulak was one of those guys that was never the most talented player on the team, but he was quietly consistent. From 1988 through 1993, he hit between .269 and .289 every year. It seemed like he was always diving for fly balls in the outfield, getting his uniform dirty and compensating for any lack of speed and size. He just epotimized the blue-collar everyman, which really helped the Baltimore fans to connect with him. Joe Flacco might have all of the physical gifts that he needs to succeed, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that those gifts will translate to the NFL and he'll be the next Joe to be treated as a local hero.