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Saturday, June 21, 2014
J. J. Hardy, 2014 Topps Heritage #410
J.J. Hardy's long, powerless nightmare is over. In the eighth inning of today's 6-1 victory over the Yankees, the Orioles' shortstop finally hit his first home run of the 2014 season. It came in his 65th game of the year, but it's also worth mentioning that he didn't go deep in the final 23 games of 2013. All told, that's an 87-game, 361-plate-appearance drought that has been mercifully ended. Since Hardy's last longball on September 5, 2013, the O's have enjoyed multiple homers from such luminaries as Delmon Young, Ryan Flaherty, and David Lough. Now the Birds are within a game of second place and only trail the first-place Blue Jays by two and a half (one in the loss column). It's shaping up to be an interesting summer.
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.