Tuesday, April 1, 2008

#302 Jose Uribe



Why this card is awesome: Because I get the feeling that this photo was taken while Uribe was filming a commercial. He's standing in front of a green screen so that his image can later be superimposed on some bizarre background. Seriously, I have no idea why the photographer thought this was a good idea for a shot.

Cool stat: From 1984 to 1993, Uribe had the 6th-lowest career OPS+ among players with at least 3000 PAs. What I remember most about Uribe is that he wore Air Jordan's number 23.

Deceased players and managers: 10

Uribe was on the Giants Leaders card recently and we noted there that he passed away a few years ago.

4 comments:

Raoul said...

Interesting fact about Jose: when the Cardinals included him in the Jack Clark deal, he was known as Jose Gonzalez. When he reported to the Giants the next spring, he went by Jose Uribe. I believe he essentially switched from his father's last name to his mother's birth name, but still, it was an extreme reaction to being traded.

Andy said...

I think switching last names, or rather choosing a different one among a number of existing names to be the default in the US, is fairly common among Latino people. (Or at least a lot more common than seen in the US, where most of us have only one last name and changing it is a pain.)

Do you know who David Arias is? He was a part-timer with the Twins one day. Today, he's the DH for the Red Sox - David Ortiz.

Triple Play said...

"Do you know who David Arias is? He was a part-timer with the Twins one day. Today, he's the DH for the Red Sox - David Ortiz."


Yea, that's a popular one.

MMayes said...

I remember in 1987 when Giants fans were trying to say that Uribe was a better all-around shortstop than Ozzie Smith. Right.