I'm a little surprised by the results of the poll that determined The Epic Home Run of the most recent decade.
I'm thinking my reputation as a Yankee-hater (one I acknowledge proudly), has attracted like-minded thinkers and that is why the David Ortiz home run that ended Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS was voted as The Epic Home Run of 2000-09.
Or maybe I just give myself too much credit.
Here is how the poll results went:
1. David Ortiz, 2004 ALCS, Game 4: 15 votes
2. Aaron Boone, 2003 ALCS, Game 7: 11 votes
3. Derek Jeter, 2001 World Series, Game 4: 6 votes
3. Albert Pujols, 2005 NLCS, Game 5: 6 votes
5. Magglio Ordonez, 2006 ALCS: 3 votes
And a couple of other home runs that received no votes.
I am very surprised that Yadier Molina's home run in 2006 against the Mets got zero votes. Must be a lot of Mets fans out there. That home run stuck in my mind more than half of the home runs I listed.
But the home run that I would have voted for would have been the Aaron Boone home run. Even though I absolutely hate how every Yankee feat is exalted above other teams' feats, I think this homer matches the other Epic Home Runs from the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s in a several ways that the others don't.
But the readers have selected Big Papi, and I will not argue against a guy who spits into his batting gloves before every at-bat.
Congrats, Big Papi, you're up there with Kirk Gibson, Bobby Thomson and the rest. You may contact me for your non-prize at your earliest convenience.
Now, onto important matters.
We have the second member of the Cardboard Appreciation Hall of Fame to select.
As a refresher, here was the first card elected to the CAHOF:
Can't argue with that one.
The question is: will there be a card that is worthy of hanging in the Hall along with Fisk?
I'm hoping so.
This will be the first of several Cardboard Appreciation, the Review 2 polls. To shorten things ever so slightly, I will be pitting eight cards against each other for each segment of the first round. That might make for some difficult selecting, but I don't want this to go on as long as the last one did.
So, here are the first eight candidates.
I'm not going to link to the original Cardboard Appreciation posts. I just don't have the time. You can find them easily enough if you really want to do read them.
Heh, how's that for hospitality?
1. Wade Boggs, 1992 Stadium Club: Terrific card. I wrote something about how Wade Boggs was an odd bird, and how this card illustrates it perfectly. I am a fan of this card winning the whole thing, by the way.
2. Jerry Reuss, 1976 Topps: OK, tough situation already. This is a favorite from my childhood, it was voted the best Reuss card in a later poll, and, if that ain't enough, Jerry Reuss himself commented on the post that featured this card. I think we have our ringer.
3. Ron Theobald, 1972 Topps: Have you ever wondered why people who were 28 in 1972 look like they were 56 when featured on a 39-year-old baseball card? Sure you have. I came up with some reasons why this is so. But I ain't linking, so good luck with that research.
4. Lindy McDaniel, 1971 Topps: Another tremendous card. The photo really gives the appearance of McDaniel being on display in ancient Yankee Stadium, which is what I wrote about in the original post.
5. Ron Cey, 1974 Topps: Why is Ron Cey my most favorite player of all-time? I listed the reasons for posterity on this post. His '74 card has a little something to do with it.
6. Rudy May, 1975 Topps: This card is already in the "So Awful It's Good" Hall of Fame, right there with Hot Dog on a Stick and the Chevy Chevette. Will it pull the upset here?
7. Jorge Posada, 2010 Topps: This card is only here because it was the last card I needed to complete Series 1 from last year's set. Finishing off Series 1 isn't really as big a deal as finishing off Series 2 (after you finish off Series 1), so not sure why I was so excited.
8. Kaz Ishii, 2003 Fleer E-X: This card was posted as a tribute to playing with your cards -- creating hand-made parallels and the like by placing colored paper behind this transparent. I got a kick out of it anyway.
And that's the first eight.
A lot to choose from there.
But I know you're up to it.
Poll is on the sidebar.