Thanks to it coinciding with law school I’ve blocked out a lot of things that happened between 1995 and 1998. This — from several years ago but pointed out by Old Time Family Baseball today — must have been one of them:
1996 Pinnacle Baseball’s Christie Brinkley Collection. The 16-card insert set from Series Two saw the supermodel go and visit the Braves and Indians at World Series time and take some artsy photos of them for an insert set.
Fred McGriff is chewing on a baseball. Ryan Klesko is on a surf board holding a bat like a gun. Albert Belle is holding a baby and we can only assume the picture was taken moments before he ate it. Javy Lopez obviously said “no, I’m not posing all ridiculous for you lady.”
They’re all terribad. But I really just want to know how it came about that someone said “you know, I like Christie Brinkley. I like baseball cards. Let’s put them together?”
The Reds announced earlier that they plan to extend the protective netting at Great American Ball Park in time for Opening Day next season. You can add the Padres and Mariners to what will surely be a growing list.
A young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, which gave new life to the netting debate. Some fans and media types think Major League Baseball is not doing enough to protect fans. While Major League Baseball has issued guidelines for protective netting, it is ultimately up to the teams to decide just how much netting to use.
Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.
The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.
Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.