What Not to Say On the Back of Your Baseball Card
I’ve been going through a random stack of baseball cards for about the past hour or so, and I came across an entry on the back of a card for Cubs pitcher, James Russell. It is a 2011 Topps Update card, US90. I found it to be a remarkable admission for a player to have on the back of his baseball card. It’s as if Russell was talking randomly to a teammate, and a representative from Topps just happened to be lounging around Russell’s locker, waiting for him to say something worth writing down.
Here it is in its entirety:
James is the son of Jeff Russell, the 1989 AL saves leader. Their styles, however, differ. “He had that little extra [velocity] he could reach back for,” says the rookie. “I really don’t have that.”
Hmm. So what exactly is it you really do have, James?
Oh, uh, and James, it may be time for you to update your resume.
In fairness to young Mr. Russell, he is having a very decent season this year as a relief pitcher for the Cubs. In 28 innings, he has a 2.22 ERA, and 26 strikeouts against just eight walks. I’m sure his dad is quite proud of him, even without that little extra bit of oomph in his delivery.
Let’s just not ask James to write any of us a letter of recommendation.