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Sunday, February 19, 2012
Carlos Mendez, 2003 Fleer Tradition Update #U368
I can't say that I remember much about Carlos Mendez' 26-game stint with the Orioles in 2003, which also represented the entirety of his major league career. But there's something about this card that I really like. The bright blue Florida sky in the backdrop, full of fluffy clouds. Carlos domineering over the photographer, strong arms crossed over his chest, grinning gregariously. He looks much bigger than the 6'0" and 210 pounds at which he's listed. Even though the infielder is on the verge of his 13th professional season without yet having reached the bigs, he projects an air of confidence and joy. It's spring training, and anything is possible.
I can remember playing with baseball cards as a toddler, but I actually started collecting them when I was ten. Now I'm an adult looking for an outlet to talk about my hobby without receiving blank stares in return. You can contact me thusly.