Friday, January 7, 2011

Card Spotlight: 1-7-11

2004 Upper Deck Vintage #334 - Roberto Alomar

In a sign of just how desperate the second base situation was for the White Sox, they traded for Roberto Alomar in consecutive years, in the twilight of his career. His bat wasn't as quick and his defense was a little less spectacular in 2003 and 2004.

Roberto was far removed from his years as a perennial All-Star and Gold Glove recipient. Alomar still showed some signs of what made his career great, but he was long in the tooth when he arrived in Chicago. I appreciated Robbie being on the Sox, but like many other veterans that the team acquires, I wish it had been five years prior.

There were leaps and the occasional home run, even a triple in a White Sox uniform. Those are memories that I will cherish seeing. Another Hall of Fame player came through Chicago and stopped for a little while on the South Side.

Congratulations, Robbie! You definitely deserved it.

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