|2017 Topps #8a Jose Berrios|
Ironically, this was the very first card I ever featured on this blog! How funny is that? You can also pick a random card from your favorite team or set.
It a fun little time killer. Personally, it'll help with a new feature I've been contemplating. I've been toying with the idea of a variation of the "6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon" game. The plan is to connect a random card to a card of Red Sox player Mookie Betts ("6 Degrees of Mookie!"). The added wrinkle is that the connecting players must also appear as teammates in a baseball card set. (Trust me, it's not as easy as it sounds!)
Let me give you an example. Using the TCDB random card generator, I pulled up this card of former Springfield nuclear power plant worker/now also former Angels skipper Mike Scioscia:
|1985 Topps #549 Mike Scioscia|
Looking at other Dodgers in the 1985 Topps set, I found one player I knew would also later play for the Red Sox, and was able to create this link:
|Teammates in the 1985 Topps set|
Now that I have my Red Sox player, the other degrees fall into place:
|Teammates in the 1991 Topps set|
|Teammates in the 2004 Topps World Champions Boston Red Sox set|
|Teammates in the 2015 Topps set|
So, Mike Scioscia has 4 degrees of cardboard separation to Mookie Betts! Just for fun, I'm going to go to Basebal Reference's Oracle page and see what a non-cardboard connection would look like:
Oracle can do it in 3 steps, but I wouldn't have been able to match that. Mike Morgan wasn't a Dodger until 1989, so I would have needed a step in between to connect them. Also, he was a Twin for only half a season, and his appearance on cards in a Twins uniform is limited to two sets - 1998 Upper Deck and 1998 Pacific Online, neither of which has A.J. Pierzynski on the Twins. (Funny enough, David Ortiz was a Twin in those sets, so I could have still made that connection!)
I figure with most of these I'll need one more step than Oracle. Most connections are made by journeyman relievers/bench players who don't get a lot of cardboard love. We'll see! Tune in next time...