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Carded at the Concession Stand
2003-04-16 09:03
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Last night at the game, I got popcorn to go with my hot dog. On the bag were the words, "Free Baseball Card Inside."

What I expected to find was the baseball card equivialent of a Cracker Jack toy surprise, like a washable butterfly tattoo.

Instead, I found a Fleer 1985 Jesse Orosco, and a Topps 1987 Randy Niemann.

I mean, isn't this pretty random?

For a moment, I thought that the value of the cards might exceed the price I paid for the popcorn. Of course, food is so expensive at Dodger Stadium that I'd probably have to find a Mickey Mantle for that to happen. Still, as surprises go, this perhaps was the most pleasant one of the night.

Randy Niemann, by the way, I have no recollection of. But on this card, he was coming off a 1986 World Championshp season with the Mets in which he went 2-3 with a 3.79 ERA. He only played one more season, appearing in six games with Minnesota, finishing his career 16 years ago.

Niemann is 17 months and six days older than Orosco.

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