Saturday, March 29, 2008
#294 Al Pedrique
Why this card is awesome: Because Pedrique ends up as the worst member of the 1988 Topps All-Star Rookie team. He never amounted to much as a player, but has found a better career as a coach/manager in recent years. By the way, one thing I really like about the 88 Topps set is how the All-Star Rookie cup fits nicely on the card. On so many of the other sets, the cup just kind of floats in a weird spot on the card. But on this design, extending the banner color (in the case of Pedrique's card, it's red) all the way to the corner and putting the cup there was genius. Simple and beautiful.
Cool stat: Pedrique had one walk-off plate appearance. Can anybody remember what happened? A fly-ball single to the second baseman? WTF?