This hasn't been the best week for my love affair with blogging. In fact, if I were the type to take a week off from blogging just because I wasn't feeling it, this would be the week.
But you know me, I press on. Because a writer writes. We're weird like that.
I've been procrastinating on the promised Pedro post because I didn't feel like writing about any of the Pedros up for vote. I've already done a bunch of posts about Pedro Martinez, the player who got the most votes in "Vote for Your Favorite Pedro". And I've done several on the the runner-up, Pedro Guerrero.
Here is the final vote tally:
Pedro Martinez - 20
Pedro Guerrero - 11
Pedro Borbon - 6
Pedro Garcia - 6
Pedro Ramos - 4
Pedro Alvarez - 3
Pedro Strop - 3
Pedro Astacio - 2
Pedro Ciriaco - 2
The other Pedro Martinez - 2
Pedro Beato - 1
Pedro Feliz - 1
Pedro Munoz - 1
Pedro Baez, Borbon Jr., Florimon, Severino - 0
So, there you have it. Martinez is our new ruler. I think it will be fun.
My first act under his new rule is to show all of the Pedro Guerreros I have. That's right, Guerreros. Although Pedro Martinez may have gotten the most votes and be one of my favorite players, Guerrero strikes at the heart of my formative years. He is the player I latched onto as I began really paying attention to baseball, up-and-coming rookies and the World Series.
Guerrero was the guy who burst on the scene with his 5-RBI performance in the decisive Game 6 of the 1981 World Series against the Yankees. I couldn't have loved a player more at that particular point.
So, stealing a series from Wrigley Wax, here are all the Pedro Guerreros I have (Dodgers only):
(Nice job, Upper Deck using the same damn photo over and over).
That comes to 81 cards.
This has been a productive activity because I noticed a few Guerrero cards that I should have had by now, and they have already been ordered up.
I also have a few stickers and tiny cards:
And one disc:
Guerrero arrived right in the '80s sweet spot of food-issue oddballs, which makes for some exceedingly great cards.
My Pedro Martinez card collection isn't nearly as great.
Of course, that's Fred Claire's fault.