(I'm in a very weird place in my job. This week will likely decide whether that place will get weirder or get better. So here's to taking the plunge. It's time for Cardboard Appreciation. This is the 73rd in a series):
I know what you're thinking, old-timer.
You are wondering how the hell a card like this can appear on Cardboard Appreciation, a place that usually salutes the vintage soldiers of the past.
It's here for only one reason:
The guy is named Bo Bowman and he's on a Bowman card!!! IT'S A BOWMAN BO BOWMAN!!!!
THAT IS FANTASTIC!!!!!
Think about how unique that is.
That is like a guy named Don Donruss appearing on a Donruss card. But that never happened, did it? And there's never been a Tip Topps or a Pam Panini or a Sporty Sportflics.
I looked at the back of the card and it says Bowman's real first name is Brent, but that he wants to be called "Bo." It's like Bowman (the card company, not the player) is saying, "hey, look, we know it looks like we made the guy's name up, but he insists on being called Bo Bowman."
I tried to figure out what Bowman was doing this year in the Rockies organization. It took awhile. I couldn't find him on any Rockies minor league roster. Finally, I found something that said the Rockies placed him on the restricted list in June.
Uh, oh. I don't have a clear idea of the restricted list, but I do know people like Carlos Zambrano, Milton Bradley and Ronald Belisario have been on it recently. That's not good company.
Maybe Bowman is thinking of a career change? Perhaps being a spokesman for Bowman?
Oh, that's right. Some guy named Strasburg is doing that.