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2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Ryan Braun

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Ryan Braun

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the card of Ryan Braun from the set:


I’m happy to get this card – get it off my ‘want list, that is…

With all of the dark clouds that have been hanging over the head of Ryan Braun for the last two seasons, I am a bit surprised to see Topps inserting Braun into subsets.

Surprised and a bit put-off too…

Ready for the next ‘Tallboy’!!!

I Finally Decided What I Am Going To Do With My Ryan Braun T-shirt…

I Finally Decided What I Am Going To Do With My Ryan Braun T-shirt…

After pulling Ryan Braun’s t-shirt from my closet the other day, I just let it sit on the floor in the corner.  I was not sure what I was going to do with it, but I knew that it no longer deserved to be hanging with my roster of t-shirts that contain legendary names like Nolan Ryan, Joe Morgan, Reggie Jackson, Andre Dawson, and others.

I considered donating it.

Maybe sell it in the next community garage sale we participate in.

Possibly just throw it in the garbage.

All decent options – and all were considered.

But, then I think I found the best option.  An option that allows me to vent my frustration:











I think that this worked out rather well.  Ryan Braun shit on baseball; he shit on his fans; he shit on every member of the Milwaukee Brewers organization; and he shit on the history of the game.

So now, he gets what he deserves.  And to think at one point, he was my favorite non-Marlin…

This T-Shirt No Longer Deserves To Be Hanging In My Closet…

This T-Shirt No Longer Deserves To Be Hanging In My Closet…

In the wake of all of the madness that has surrounded Ryan Braun’s major league baseball suspension due to his positive test results for PED-use, I have tried to remain calm.

My love for the sport extends well beyond any liking I may have for any individual player not named Andre Dawson.

And now, some 48 hours after the announcement of Ryan Braun’s suspension, my blood is starting to boil.

I am not as irked about the PED usage as I am about the press conference that Bruan held in which he tore into the urine sample collecting process and how it was not properly obtained and processed.  The urine was not tainted or compromised, but Bruan’s morals were.

This was all a joke.  Had he come clean then, my opinion would be different today.  But, since he did not – he pointed the finger instead of looking in the mirror – and to me, that is the most harmful part of this.  His inability to be accountable for his actions combined with his portrayal of himself as the victim makes me sick.

For the last half-decade, I have been a Ryan Braun fan.  I learned about him while he played college baseball in Miami.  With great pride, I drafted him in several fantasy baseball leagues.   I collected his baseball cards.  Hell, I made it a point to go see the Brewers play when they came to play the Marlins on two different occasions just to see #8.

Worst of all, I put his name on my back by wearing his player t-shirt.

But today, I am pulling his shirt from my closet.  He does not deserve to be hanging in the same company as Ozzie Smith, Cal Ripken, Roberto Clemente, Dale Murphy, Andre Dawson, and many others.

Braun T-Shirt

Now I just have to figure out what to do with this thing…