A few posts back I mentioned a love/hate relationship with the internet. I love the fact I can find pictures and news at the click of a mouse. However, I hate how it has essentially tried many times to kill print media. I also hate paywalls for online media (why pay for a news story I can find for free elsewhere?) but sometimes find ways around it. I much prefer to have print in my hand than digging it up online. I guess that is why I still prefer to have complete stats on the back of trading cards.
Having said all that, it has been a fun ride watching my team rise from a laughingstock into something respectable. After the Wild Card game, I decided to try my hand at making some baseball cards to represent the game. After the ALDS, I did the same. I thought I would show the results and discuss them.
Salvador Perez is in the top right photo. Salvy is the funny guy on the team, and I'm sure it didn't take much for the fans to persuade him to jump on the dugout and hoist a broom in the air. A nice way to celebrate a sweep of the team with the best record in baseball.
The bottom photo is of Jarrod Dyson. He didn multiple backflips after the game, this was the best one I found. I guess he was channeling Ozzie Smith. Good thing he didn't sprain an ankle, or he'd be useless this rest of the playoffs, as he is mainly used for speed.
Jason Frasor made it into the set just because I found a picture of him. No other real reason. I suppose that's how he'd make it into most card sets. Jason Vargas has surprised me this year, as I thought he'd stink. He had another impressive performance in game two.
The next two cards are of Lorenzo Cain. If there was a MVP of the ALDS, Cain would have to be a top contender. While he doesn't have power, he has speed, and his speed helped score major runs, and his speed to make amazing catches may have started to make him a household name.
Here are some more Royals cards I made. As you can see, I made many more than from the Wild Card game. I will likely make some of the ALCS, and possibly the World Series (even if KC isn't in it). I would consider doing it for the NL, but my current location doesn't have Fox Sports 1 or MLB network so I can't watch the games.
A few more cards to show off. You may have noticed the Post logo at the top left. When I initially decided on making the cards, I was going to use the old Post Cereal design of the early 90's. After I found the updated logo and put it on there, I changed the design. While some can see the similarities, I changed it much more than I wanted to. I still have no idea of future designs, but they will be simple designs. I do like how I was able to put the ALDS logo on all the cards and most should be all the same size.
The metro Kansas City area has had a lot of success in sports in the last year. Besides the Royals magical playoff run, the Chiefs made the playoffs last year. This after a fan revolt after a horrible few years. Kansas City also had success in soccer. Last Fall, Sporting KC won the MLS title. FC Kansas City earlier this year won the NWSL Soccer Championship. This Women's Soccer League is starting to take off, and hopes to become even more popular.
Overall, its not as bad to be a sports fan in Kansas CIty after all. Thank you for reading and have a great day.