Saturday, July 30, 2016
600th Place - Luis Polonia
Hello friends - I'm back to blogging. The most annoying thing about doing an in-town move is that it requires all the same steps as moving across the country. You have to slowly pack everything, load it onto trucks and vans, and then slowly unpack all of it and find a place for everything. But we're just about settled in and I'm thankful for that.
I did some housekeeping for the blog too! First, you might notice a new font. In the last couple of months I realized I was using the same one as Night Owl. It was completely unintentional but I didn't want to look like a poser. Second, I did something I should have before I made my first post! I hadn't verified all 792 cards were in my factory set box. In the past I've discovered a card or two missing. Rest easy, loyal readers, all are accounted for. I also spent some time reordering which cards will come next on the countdown.
So that brings us to the card I ranked #600 on the list, a milestone number to be sure. And I'll be honest, I actually really like the look of it, and on top of that, it's Luis Polonia's rookie card. But Polonia falls into the same category as Mel Hall - somebody whose personal issues should have made him appear closer to the bottom of these rankings.
Back in 1989 Polonia was convicted of sleeping with a minor. I remember when my dad and I would see him on TV or walking up to the plate at a ballgame we would say things like, "Luis 'do you have any daughters?' Polonia," or, "Luis 'how old are you?' Polonia." We would kind of laugh, but in retrospect...what a creep! I'm a late bloomer when it comes to being a feminist, but having three daughters has helped me realize what a terrible place men often make the world for women. We weren't as enlightened back then, but if that happened now it's hard to imagine a team willing to endure the PR nightmare that would come by still employing him.
Polonia has the distinction of being scouted and signed to the A's out of the Dominican Republic by Juan Marichal. My dad is a die-hard Dodgers fan and thinks Marichal should still be in prison for what he did to John Roseboro.