Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Rudy Meoli

When I was a kid this card was my favorite of the few that featured action shots. The moment seemed spectacular, kinetic, dramatic, Meoli proclaiming with the spread of his arms "behold," his head thrown back in awe. It was years before I realized that all I was looking at was some guy who’d just hit an infield popup. Even to this day there’s some residual effect of my inability to interpret the blatantly obvious in this picture: I still on some level think of Rudy Meoli, a backup infielder with a .212 lifetime average and more career errors than extra-base hits, as one of the most thrilling performers of his era.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thiat is such a great bsaeball card photo, though I would be upset if someone chose that pic for my baseball card. So what it if it defined my career as ball player? I would want a pic of me in profile, or with a few bats on my shoulder, or coming off the mound in the process of releasing a splitfinger fastball.

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