One of the awful things about being an adult is that 95% of the mail you get is either bills or junk mail.
When we started trading baseballs three or four years ago, mail time changed a little bit for the better. We have probably pulled off at least a couple dozen trades of duplicate baseballs, which has meant getting baseballs in the mail. Any day we get a new baseball in is a good day, and we have been fortunate to get some awesome baseballs in the mail through trades.
But today may be the best day of them all. It worked out that we separately got two commemorative baseballs AND our first lineup card through the mail.
The baseballs are a Camden Yards 20th anniversary ball used by the Orioles four years ago and an Orioles 60th anniversary ball from two years ago. Both are in great shape. We had an O’s 60th that someone was nice enough to send us a couple years, but it has seen better days as you can see in the picture below.
We also got a Pensacola Blue Wahoos lineup card that someone sent us from a game against the Birmingham Barons of the Southern League earlier this month. We’ve never been to a Southern League game, although I did come close to going to one in Jacksonville two years ago, but ended up opting for a closer Florida State League game instead.
It’s the sixth lineup card we have from a game we didn’t attend. The two other notable lineup cards from games we didn’t attend include a New Hampshire Fisher Cats card from a July 2, 2015 game at the Portland Sea Dogs that went 16 innings. We went to the Fisher Cat-Sea Dog game on July 3, and somehow the July 2 lineup card was still on the wall, along with the July 3 lineup card. We got both after the game.
The other was from a State College Spikes game against the Connecticut Tigers on July 12, 2016. We went to see those same two teams play the next day. When we asked the State College coach for the lineup card after the game, he said he couldn’t give us that day’s card, but gave us the card from the previous day.
Of note on the Blue Wahoo lineup card: Pensacola’s Alex Blandino was a late first round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft while Phillip Ervin was a late first round pick in the 2013 draft.
Birmingham’s Courtney Hawkins was the 13th pick of the 2012 MLB draft.
The Southern League is the fifth different affiliated minor league we have gotten a lineup card from.
2016: 55 lineup cards (40 dugout/bullpen; 15 “official batting order”)
Lifetime: 118 lineup cards (87 dugout/bullpen; 29 “official batting order”; and 2 “relief pitcher usage”)