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Sunday, August 25, 2013
Nick Markakis, 2010 Topps Turkey Red #TR71
On June 24, Nick Markakis hit a solo home run in a 5-2 home loss against the Indians. He hadn't hit a home run since, a span of 51 games and 228 plate appearances. Even more discouraging, he hit his last double on July 19. That's 31 games - 144 trips to the plate - since the right fielder had an extra-base hit of any kind. But today was a different story, as Nick doubled in his second at-bat and homered in his fourth. His long-overdue power surge helped the Orioles take the rubber game of their weekend series with the Athletics, 10-3. If Markakis can start clearing the fence - or at least driving balls into the gaps - it would go a long way toward helping the O's get back to the postseason. I'll need more than one good game to start getting excited, though.
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.