Hanging Out With All-Star Cliff Floyd!!!
Cliff Floyd, former NL All-Star and member of the 1997 World Series champion Florida Marlins, hosts a radio show on one of the local sports radio channels. And today they were doing a meet and great just 20 minutes from my house. I had to go since this was their first time coming North to Broward.
So, since my wife and I already had plans with our kids in the area, we made a quick detour so I could meet Cliff and grab a couple of autographs in the process to.
First, I had him sign the Marlins helmet I have been working on for almost two years.
Cliff’s signature on the helmet brings this baby up to 32 autographs now!!!
When I found out about the signing, I tore through my cards and couldn’t find a single card of Cliff. So on the way we detoured so I could run into the only card shop in the area. The owner of the shop had a 5,000-ct. box full of Marlins. But with limited time, I only rescued 5 cards of Floyd. And they were all the same issue…
Still, Cliff had no problem signing them, and when he obliged I offered one to him to keep – and he said he would give it to his son.
Here are the cards:
All in all, it was a pretty quick and easy event, and I got to see my son high-five a World Series champion!!!
Posted in Autographs, Florida/Miami Marlins
Tagged 1997 world series, all-star, autographed helmet, Autographs, baseball, baseball cards, cliff floyd, Florida/Miami Marlins, in person autographs, Marlins, world series
As I think about future blogs and get new ideas to entertain you and myself with, I try to find images to attach to each post that directly relates to what I am writing about. Sometimes this process is simple, and sometimes it requires a little more creativity.
One of the things that has really stood out for me in recent days has been how many really good players came out of the Montreal Expos organization. When checking out rookie cards on Ebay, so many of the players are wearing the Montreal Expos uniform. Sadly enough, very few players stayed in Montreal after more than a few years and now the team is extinct.
The Expos could arguably have put together one of the most talented teams in baseball if they had been able to hang on to their players. I thought it would be fun to create a line up of their players from the past to illustrate how incredible they could have been.
Here is my Montreal Expos All-Star team from the 1990’s:
1st Base – Andres Galarraga. 2nd Base – Delino DeShields. Short Stop – Mark Grudzielanek. 3rd Base – Tim Wallach. Catcher – Gary Carter. Outfileders – Larry Walker, Tim Raines, Moises Alou, Marquis Grissom, Cliff Floyd, and Vlad Guerrero.
Pitchers – Dennis Martinez, John Wetteland, Pedro Martinez, Ugueth Urbina, and Javier Vasquez.
So I guess my question is this – Has any other team in recent history been such a breeding ground for Major League talent the way that the Montreal Expos were in the 1990’s??? Let me know what you think.
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Tagged all-star, andres Galarraga, baseball, cliff floyd, dennis martinez, gary carter, larry walker, moises alout, montreal expos, pedro martinez, vlad guerrero, vladimir guerrero, washington nationals