I was never the biggest Steve Garvey fan.
Even during his highest moments with the Dodgers, the great postseasons, the fantastic All-Star Games, the relentless ripping of certain teams (he seemed to slaughter the Padres), I was looking elsewhere.
Ron Cey, of course, was my favorite player on the team at that time. After The Penguin, I rooted for Reggie Smith, Dusty Baker, Davey Lopes, Pedro Guerrero and pitchers like Don Sutton and Doug Rau.
This isn't to say I disliked Garvey. I was proud of his accomplishments and any time he would excel in the game on a national stage so everyone could see it, I glowed. "That's the best player on MY TEAM," I said to myself.
I was very upset when Garvey was called out incorrectly at home plate during the 1977 World Series against the Yankees. I was embarrassed for him during that brawl with Sutton in '78. And I would recite for anyone who would ask (not enough people did) what his consecutive games played streak was and how far away he was from Lou Gehrig.
And I enjoyed his cards. Garvey always seemed to have some good ones, probably because he knew how to pose for the camera. The goody goody.
Garvey WAS the Dodgers for a lot of people during the '70s and early '80s. Whether they loved or hated Garvey, that was a fact.
Given all of that, it's about time I announce myself as a Garvey card collector. I need to recognize the leading player on the Dodgers teams that I rooted for when I first knew how to root for a team.
So I have added Garvey to the Dodgers I Collect page.
By my count, I have 101 unique Garvey cards during his Dodgers days. I only care about his time with the Dodgers. I have no intention to collect Garvey Padres cards.
I still have some updating to do on the list. The pitfalls of making a list without my collection nearby is I don't understand some of my notation in the files. So I hope to have the list fully complete in a day or two.
I don't expect to compete with the crazy Garvey collectors out there. I'm not a player collector at heart, so I will be going at my usual sluggish pace. The Garvey nuts can continue their scorched ebay policy without my interference.
But I do expect some help. I think at one point on this blog someone said that if I ever got a Garvey "haves" list together that they would ship some extra Garveys my way.
So now you know why I made my list.
Why it took me so long, I'll never know.
I'll leave you with a Garvey Superstars video. It's comical for a number of reasons (Frank Gifford's shorts, Garvey struggling to lift weights with NFL players, Gifford's leering comment about Cyndi Garvey, Garvey's frightening grin into the television camera, I could go on and on).
Welcome aboard, Popeye.