Sunday, January 27, 2013

#113 Pete Redfern, Twins

Card Front: Oh, the things that are wrong with the front of this card. I think they did a little too close of a close up of Pete. Secondly, Pete looks like he has been taking bong hits for about an hour and is baked. Thankfully Topps left enough room to see the classic Twins cap, and a small part of the wonderful baby blue road unis. I'm guessing from the red seats and green dugout top, that maybe this was in Fenway Park but I could be wrong.

Card Back: What a quick rise from USC to the Twins. Pete was the #1 pick in the January 1976 Special draft, and spent those 4 appearances with the Tacoma Twins before making Minnesota that same year. While his stats don't show a great pitcher, the Twins saw something. Pete would stay with Minnesota through the 1982 season to be released, and try to come back with the AAA Albuquerque Dukes in the Dodgers system but retired after '83. Pete was nearly killed, and was paralyzed in a  diving accident and confined to a wheelchair in 1983. Pete's son Chad was in the Braves and Rays minor league systems in 2003 and 2004.

Six degrees or less to Seattle: Pete's first connection to the Mariners is he was the first pitcher for the Twins in the new HHH Metrodome against Floyd Bannister and the Mariners on April 6, 1982. During that final season of Pete's big league career in 1982, another Twin that played with Pete was Jim Eisenreich. After Jim's rookie season in 1982, he would play for 5 teams during his 15 year big league career. During Jim's final season he did some time with the 1998 Los Angeles Dodgers.One of the guys to wear the Dodger blue in 1998 was a very young Paul Konerko. Paul would find a home in Chicago as a White Sox and one of his 2012 teammates was Jose Lopez. Jose saw time in Seattle from 2004-10 before being dealt to the Rockies for a minor leaguer that got smacked around at AAA Tacoma only to be quickly released,

Blog related to the team: Finding Twins blogs and some other teams, is like finding Mariners fans or blogs. Thanks to the wonderful world of Twitter, I have some new blogs that I didn't know were out there. Recently I saw a guy on Twitter that was a Classic Minnesota Twins! fan. That was all it took to add another blog to my reading list. Not only that, but hopefully it will give you a chance to go and check out his blog, or hit him up @ClassicMNTwins on Twitter too.

Next Card: #114 Cliff Johnson, Yankees

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