Thursday, February 13, 2014
#262 - Greg Booker
What a card: This is Greg Booker's rookie card. He received a card after appearing in 32 games for the National League champion Padres in 1984. He even appeared in the World Series, although he walked four batters in one inning.
My observation on the front: I don't remember the Padres wearing "S.D." varsity letter jacket-style jerseys. I'm guessing it's a spring training- or batting practice-only deal.
More opinion from me: Booker's showing off his farmer's tan.
Something you might know: Booker's claim to fame during his career as a long reliever was that he was the son-in-law of Padres general manager Jack McKeon. Fans in San Diego used to harass Booker for that and he was eventually traded to the Twins.
Something you might not know: Booker was the pitching coach for the Syracuse Chiefs in 2010 when super sensation Stephen Strasburg passed through Syracuse on his way to the major leagues.
My observation on the back: Sadly, Olympic Stadium is now home of fairs, shows, exhibitions, concerts and Canadian football. Those are all well and good. But they're not baseball.
The blog wants to speak now: The Ballgames category is updated.