Sunday, January 4, 2009
Cory Morris, 2006 Topps '52 Rookies #190
The back of this card tells of a simultaneous high and low in Cory Morris' career. In 2006, the Orioles recalled him from AAA Ottowa on April 9. He was 27 years old and in this, his sixth professional season, he finally got to the big leagues. Three days later, he was sent back down, not having appeared in a single major league game. He did not pitch in affiliated baseball after that season. I wonder how it felt to have worked for over half a decade, riding buses and sitting in dingy minor league clubhouses, and thinking that it's going to pay off, only to have it all taken away without even facing a batter. Would it still be worth it, just to get a glimpse of the big leagues and to meet Miguel Tejada, Brian Roberts, and the other Orioles? Will he still tell his children and grandchildren about it?