I don't know how you guys do it. It's like you read minds or something. And how do you time packages so perfectly?
It's a little bit scary.
My wife threw the mail on the table Saturday afternoon in the midst of one of her mad "clean up the entire outside" binges. A yellow package scooted out from underneath the stack of pale, sickly looking white bill envelopes and slid over to me.
It was from Kris. Inside was the team set from the 2010 Albuquerque Isotopes, the Dodgers' beloved Triple A team. Thirty-five cards of once and future and never-will-be Dodgers. He knows what I like.
But this set was extra important, because for two weeks I have been shouting at random everywhere and anywhere: "I WANT MY ELY CARD!" People look at me like I'm insane, but I don't care. It must come out. I will damage myself if I contain it.
John Ely, if you're one of those clueless people who likes basketball or something, is a growing sensation in Southern California. Acquired in the trade for Juan Pierre during the offseason, he has delivered four straight quality starts and is 3-1. He went 89 straight batters without allowing a walk at one point.
And, on the day of his start Saturday night against the Tigers, his victory against the Tigers, I pulled my first Ely card out of the pack of Isotopes cards sent by Kris.
Perfect timing. Wish granted.
The alternatives -- tearing apart packs of detestable Bowman cards that I don't even want to buy or waiting forever to buy the card online -- at least at a non-inflated price -- were not attractive. Sure, I'll still try to get the Bowman Ely card and any other Dodger Ely card that pops up. But I'm not nearly as desperate. And people can stop looking at the crazy guy shouting "ELY COMING, HIDE YOUR HEART GIRL" because Ely is officially here.
And so are a few more of the 'Topes:
Tim Wallach remains the manager. These cards have a nice low-level gloss on them that they didn't have last year.