Johnny a/k/a Hiflew from Cards from the Quarry has been very quiet lately on his blog, but I know he is reading blogs and commenting. That is a good thing -- don't give up on writing, though!
Anyway, I got a nice little PWE in the mail from him a couple of weeks ago, and I'm just now getting around to posting on it. I owe Johnny a return envelope (trust me, I'm getting to those. Really, I am.) of Rockies in their natural, Purple Toys R Us environment (along with some other stuff to surprise him), but I wanted to post these cards now.
I make fun of Prince Fielder for being a big dude who is a vegan, but that's only because he left Milwaukee. I have to admit that I have loved this card in its natural, un-refractored/chromed state since I first saw it. It is just a celebration of pure joy of a team having fun and winning. This is a refractor, so it scanned weirdly, but it was a nice addition to the PF player collection.
It's sort of sad to see how injuries have sapped so much of Rickie's power from his wrists.
Now that he's on the wrong side of a platoon with Scooter Gennett, I'm starting to feel like he's become a 2014 version of Cecil Cooper. Cooper was a great player in his prime -- a fixture in the lineup at first base with one of the most mimicked batting stances and pre-pitch preparations in all of Milwaukee by the kids in my circles and me. By the time 1987 came, though, he had a contract only through the end of that year and frankly didn't have the ability he used to have. In fact, during Paul Molitor's 39-game hitting streak, Cooper had a streak of his own: he did not play -- not even as a pinch hitter -- after the All-Star break. Not even as a late inning substitute. It was a sad end to his time in the majors, because a guy who did so much for so long for Milwaukee deserved better. I fear the same is happening to Weeks -- he'll be gone after this year, certainly, and I can envision a point where he is frozen out completely in Milwaukee. Let's hope it doesn't come to that.
Okay, I digress, but sometimes, Rickie Weeks deserves more than just a "hey, nice card." Sort of like how Hiflew deserves more than simply, "thanks!" But, all I can say right now is, "Hiflew -- thanks!"