In the middle of last week I received a nice envelope of cards from my pal AJ, The Lost Collector. Always nice to receive some mail your weren't expecting.
Nobody told me I was in competition. If there is competition, somebody better let me know. If there is competition, they better eliminate me out of the race and go ahead and do what they're going to do with me. I ain't never hit in spring training and I never will. If it ain't settled with me out there, then they can trade me. I ain't going out there to hurt myself in spring training battling for a job. If it is [a competition], then I'm going into 'Operation Shutdown.' Tell them exactly what I said. I haven't competed for a job since 1991."
The Pirates would end up paying Bell 4.5mil not to play for them. He actually retired to a yacht in which local media dubbed him an actual Pirate. He steals money and lives on a boat!
It has been a long time since I've seen an SI Kids card in person. My brother and I would fight over these back when we were young.
Thanks for all the great cards AJ. I'll be sure to hit you up soon!
Thanks for reading.
Operation Shutdown! I totally remember that season and named my fantasy team that because it was hilarious.ReplyDelete
It was one of the better stories from a dark period of Pirate baseball.Delete
That Derek Bell bit was fascinating. I wish I could get $4.5 million to not do work for whoever is paying me.ReplyDelete
That is a whole new kind of bad in that you get paid not to play. Maybe I'll tell my boss something similar.Delete
Bobby Bonilla and the Mets are even better. He turned 5.9 million to be release into almost 30 million. The Mets agreed to pay Bobby a total of $29.8 million (instead of $5.9 million) in 25 annual installments of $1.192 million, starting in the year 2011. The mets thinking was they could invest that 5.9 million with some guy named Madoff and pay for that contract and still make money. Guess that turned out to bite them in the assReplyDelete
Some of these old Pirates went on to have interesting careers. Bonilla was a smart man.Delete
Glad you enjoyed the cards!ReplyDelete
Thanks again! Love seeing that Bell relic. As far as I know it is his only Pirate hit.Delete
Loved that Derek Bell story. I'm gonna pull Operation Shutdown the next time my old lady tells me to clean the rain gutters.ReplyDelete
Ha! Probably not a sound plan.Delete
Crap. I literally just walked in the door from cleaning the rain gutters...on my day off!Delete
Next time I'm catching up on my blog reading *before* doing my chores.
Disclaimer: Bob Walk the Plank does not promote Operation Shutdown for "honey do lists" :)Delete
P.S. You mentioned a Stargell RC on my blog. I don't know if you saw this post on ATBATT...ReplyDelete
In that one I show and mention Pops' second year card. You may find it interesting.
You are right about the second years cards. Deals can be found if you are not overly concerned about pristine condition. I've even seen a few deals on Clemente, but you really have to like beat up vintage.Delete