There were all sorts of cool players and memories I could have picked to spotlight on this week's #MyCardMonday post. So, I picked something out of left field.
Seriously, this guy was the team's left fielder. I picked the card for a few reasons. First, it came out of the Topps Total set. As I am sorting out the different sets from the mid 2000s I am finding that I do not actually have an entire Topps Total set, but I also can easily say that I have more than 80% of all of them. Considering they are 990 cards it would be a shame to blow up the sets and start over, so those are going to go on my to do list somewhere. It's already pretty full, but I am not really going anywhere.
So, why Reggie Sanders. Most people who followed the Cardinals, or the MLB Playoffs in 2005 remember the Pujols/Lidge home run, but they do not remember Reggie Sanders sinking the Padres in the first round. The Cardinals played the Padres and Sanders set the tone for the series by driving in six runs, including a grand slam, in helping the Cardinals to win the first game.
Sanders was one a pretty memorable 1990s/2000s baseball player. He spent the first half of his career with the Reds and then seemed to spend about six or seven years playing for someone new every year, but somehow always managed to end up in the playoffs. More likely, it just seemed that way. His other cool career highlight was that time that Pedro Martinez blew a perfect game to drill him in the ribs with a pitch in the eighth inning.