(Today is "Take Your Dog to Work Day." As much as I'd like to foist my dog on some of my idiot co-workers, I don't think this is a good idea. A better idea is Cardboard Appreciation. This is the 36th in a series):
This, my friends, is the best pose in the history of baseball cards. I love the "bat-in-mid-swing" pose.
Well, the pose looks quite intimidating. The barrel of the bat appears as if it just took out the cameraman. But the other part of this pose that I love so much is the fact that it is not based in reality whatsoever.
When would anyone swing a bat like that? If your bat was in the position that this bat is in, you definitely would not be looking up. Your eyes would be aimed directly at the point of impact. And the body positioning is all off. No batter would look like that in mid-swing.
Some batters in this pose on cards at least attempt to look like they're batting as they would in a real game. Rod Carew here, however, is not making that attempt. Add the fact that he's wearing Twins baby blue jammies, no batting helmet and the ground is tilted behind him, and you have one terrific card. And the 1975 All-Star cards are the best, aren't they?
A card that screams 1970s is one I can definitely appreciate.