Saturday, January 26, 2008
#68 Dave Dravecky
Why this card is awesome: Because this photo of Dravecky looks to me just like actor David Strathairn as White Sox pitcher Eddie Cicotte from the movie Eight Men Out. Except Dravecky looks like he's been in the tanning booth.
Cool stat: Dravecky pitched very well in the post-season for two teams (the '84 Padres and the '87 Giants) that didn't make it out of the playoffs. Then, in 1989, when the Giants lost the World Series to Oakland (in the year that the Bay-area earthquake interrupted the series), Dravecky wasn't available to pitch in the post-season. He had broken his arm in August of that year, after a long rehab coming back from major arm surgery. As has been well-documented, Dravecky's arm was broken again in September when the Giants won the pennant, and less than two years later, the arm was amputated.
These days, Dravecky is a popular motivational speaker. (He's also very religious, as you'll see from that site. My linking to it is for informational purposes, and I'm not trying to either support or criticize him for that.)