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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Joe Altobelli, 1983 Topps Traded #3T
After all of those lean years when the Orioles were lucky to get their one obligatory All-Star selection (George Sherrill, Ty Wigginton, et. al.), I have no complaints about this year's Midsummer Classic. Not only are Nelson Cruz and Adam Jones starting tonight for the American League, but they're even batting back-to-back in the lineup. Matt Wieters will also be introduced with the rest of the stars, even though his recent elbow surgery precludes him from playing. But if I had any one hope for the 2015 All-Star Game, it would be for Buck Showalter to manage the A. L. team. After all, those are the spoils that go to the World Series clubs. The O's skipper hasn't called the shots in the mid-July showcase since Joe Altobelli represented the 1983 World Champions in 1984. Of course, that year the National League pulled out a 3-1 victory, but you can bet that wouldn't happen on Buck's watch.
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.