There are certain truisms in life, certain specific and unavoidable happenings that are hardly worth mentioning because they simply ‘are’ by their very nature – and always will be.
The Pope being a Catholic; the fact that bears taking time out of their busy schedules to defecate in nearby wooded areas; and Topps releasing a shed-load of short prints in their flagship Baseball release.
Ahhhhh… Topps and their short prints – a Baseball card collecting truism!
In previous years we’ve had Hall of Famers in the dugout and ex-Presidents in the crowd, while last year we had players being dowsed in Gatorade (other isotonic sports drinks are available folks); players being cream-pied (no, that isn’t a euphemism) and players accosting team mascots!!
Oh yeah… there was also that f*&%ing squirrel!!
Anyway, as I’m sure you can imagine, this years release of Topps Series 1 has been no exception! But rather than going for the random shots of player-related tomfoolery, this year Topps has given us a theme!!
‘Out of Bounds’ is a series of short prints dedicated to those highlight-reel, high-flying, death-defying defensive plays that usually involve players putting their limbs (and sometimes their lives) at risk… all for the sake of an out!
And to celebrate this set I’ve picked out a few of my favourites for us all to enjoy!
Good Lord, that must have hurt!!! It’s been well documented in a variety of sources that The Youk’s body has been systematically shutting down over the last few years as age and injuries have been taking their toll, so the fact that he managed to leap over three inches off the ground WITH a running jump deserves some props!! Well done, that man!
Mike Trout doing that he does best… Apart from hitting home runs, scoring runs, knocking in other runners, getting on base, stealing bases, winning awards, and so on, and so on…
My favourite part of that shot is the shadow he casts on the wall behind him… Reminds me of Max Shrek in the film Nosferatu. Check out the hand!!
“Spider-Gordon-man, Spider-Gordon-man, does whatever a Spider-Gordon can”… Join in, you know the words…
I really, REALLY don’t know what’s happening with Mark Reynolds in this picture. I’ve ran through every possible scenario in my head and the only plausible one that I’ve come up with is that he’s slipped on a giant banana skin that’s been thrown from the crowd. I can only assume that if it WAS a giant banana skin then it must have been thrown by a giant monkey – and that’s when my theory starts to fall apart.
After all, everyone knows that giant monkeys only turn up and throw giant banana skins at Cubs games 🙂
Woah!!! Now that’s some elevation that Jay Bruce has got going on there. The fact that you can’t even see the ground in that picture means he could well be something like 10m in the air!!! This kind of physical feat can mean only one of two things… One, he has springs in his legs like Zebedee on The Magic Roundabout, or two, he’s getting some type of divine help like that kid in Angels in the Outfield. Either way that’s a damned impressive leap!
Another example of a gravity-defying leap a la Jay Bruce. This time we see Blue Jays outfielder Rajai Davis taking near the outfield wall, but what the picture doesn’t show is the small trampoline positioned 6 feet to the left. Rumour has it that Davis continued his elevation long after this picture was shot, travelling out of the stadium and into the night’s sky, finally coming back down to earth on the outskirts of Quebec City nearly 500 miles away!
No – seriously – that’s exactly what happened!!
OK… Let’s let this one sink in for a few moments…
Right, here’s my take on it!
Top of the 2nd and A-Rod spots a blonde in the crowd who he decides to hit on. Why would he do this? Because he’s Alex Rodriguez, what more reason do you want? Anyway, he patiently waits until the top of the 7th when suddenly a foul ball is hit up from home plate and heads out towards her. He starts to run full out to get the ball but he realises that it’s heading into the crowd… So he launches himself towards the ball and puckers his lips at the same time in order to steal a quick kiss from the object of his affections…
But suddenly this old guy gets out his seat, probably to go to the Wiz Palace (a shout out to all you Parks and Rec fans out there), and ends up intercepting A-Rod amorous advances!!
So there you go!
Unless of course the person receiving the ‘kiss’ from A-Rod was actually Madonna and he was just running over to say hello. Come to think of it, the arms of that old ‘guy’ do look awfully familiar…
So there you have it! My run down of some of the highlights from this years 2013 Topps Series 1 short prints!!
No doubt you’ll be able to pick some of these up on eBay for a ridiculously high premium, but if that’s your thing then who am I to get in your way?
Enjoy your cards and just be grateful that you’re not chasing after a bloody squirrel this year!