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It's Presidents Day, a day I seem to work just about every year.
I suppose that's appropriate since I've never been the political type. But before shoving off to the job, I engaged in one of those exercises that are supposed to help geezers of advancing age keep their minds sharp.
I tried to put together an all-presidential name team. But it's not just any generic presidential name team. It's filled with Dodgers.
Here it is:
First Base: Gary CARTER
He may be listed as a catcher on this card and played the position for about 95 percent of his games, but he obviously isn't catching here. He's playing first base. He did that with the Dodgers from time-to-time.
Second Base: Chris TAYLOR
Somehow I actually found a Topps card of Chris Taylor as a Dodger. There are very few. I don't know what Taylor did to offend Topps.
Shortstop: John KENNEDY
The only player on this list to share a president's last and first name.
Third Base: Randy JACKSON
Long before his stint on American Idol, he was a smooth-fielding white dude.
Left Field: Lou JOHNSON
The '60s was a great time for presidential Dodger names.
Center Field: Otis NIXON
Otis has had an interesting life since the end of his baseball career.
Right Field: Hack WILSON
I don't think Hack is holding a bat.
Catcher: Charles JOHNSON
I tried not to repeat the same presidential name with this team. Unfortunately, the lack of any real first base candidates and an abundance of catching Johnsons and Wilsons made that impossible.
Plus, I really wanted to show this card again.
Starting Pitcher: Jim "Mudcat" GRANT
I am very pleased I own the 1990 Target card of Grant because he's wearing a Dodger hat on it (at least I think it's a Dodger hat).
Relief Pitcher: Terry ADAMS
This the second "All-" team that I've done that includes Adams. He appeared on the All-Early Alphabet Team I did a couple years ago.
Apologies to Brickyard Kennedy, Reed Johnson, Jim Johnson, Micah Johnson, Horace Ford, Tom Wilson, Steve Wilson, Adam Kennedy, Bob Kennedy, Lance Carter, Harry Taylor and a few others (no, I will not apologize to Brian Wilson).
Those of you who had the day off, I hope you enjoyed.
Meanwhile, I have a vacation day tomorrow. I think I'll spend it with baseball cards.