We were fortunate to get 59 lineup cards in 2016. Here are our favorites, in no particular order.
Harvard – Harvard’s lineup card is awesome: big, watermark, Ivy League logo. I guess when you have an endowment of nearly $36 billion, you can splurge on a nice lineup card. Apparently, Yale’s nearly $26 billion endowment only allows for a bare bones lineup card.
Orioles – We were able to get this lineup card from the Orioles bullpen following Baltimore’s 9-5 victory over the Red Sox at on April 12 at Fenway Park. David Ortiz hit his 506th career home run in the game.
Portland Sea Dogs – This was one of Sean’s favorites. We had tried unsuccessfully to get a Sea Dog lineup card in 2015, but scored one early in the 2016 season at a game in Reading, PA. It was one of the coldest games I can ever remember attending, with a game time temperature of 35. It must have dipped below 30 by the time the game ended.
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs – Kate’s favorite was the lineup card she and I got from the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. It’s an “official” MiLB lineup card with an International League watermark as well as a watermark for each of the teams. This came from game 2 of a double-header after we had struck out after game 1.
WBC Qualifier, Brasil vs. Pakistan – This was my favorite from 2016. To get a lineup card from an international game, from a tournament that only happens once every four years, was neat. Making it cooler is the fact that they wouldn’t give the lineup card away at the game itself, so I had to write to MLB to get it. I was very fortunate that I was able to connect with the right person at MLB, and that he sent me the card.