Rays Logan Morrison learns why people hate the Yankees

There’s a reason people hate the Yankees. Major League Baseball named New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez to the 2017 All-Star Home Run Derby. Sanchez has 13 home runs. Tampa Rays first baseman Logan Morrison has a problem with that. Morrison has 24 home runs, yet didn’t get invited to join the Home Run Derby to compete for home run supremacy.

Here’s a Logan Morrison quote from the Tampa Bay Times:

“I remember when I had 14 home runs. That was a month and a half ago.”

This situation illustrates why most civilized people hate the New York Yankees. How can a guy who has 13 homers make the Home Run Derby while a guy who has hit 24 homers sit at home?

I don’t like the Home Run Derby. I’d rather watch Korean soap operas than watch the Home Run Derby and I don’t even speak Korean. That said, Morrison has earned a spot on the American League Home Run Derby squad, while Sanchez has not. Sanchez has a spot on the squad not because he earned it, but because he plays for the New York Yankees.

Players who play for the Yankees constantly get things handed to them they don’t deserve.

MLB and the TV networks favor the New York Yankees and their players because of who they represent. Not only do they represent New York City and the Bronx, they represent fair weather baseball fans nationwide. No matter where you go in this country, you’ll find gaggles of people who claim to root for the New York Yankees. Never mind that most of them probably think Derek Jeter is still on the team. The powers that be know the Yankees will always mean more viewers on TV. Commercials showing players wearing pinstripes and the NY logo will translate into more TV viewers, not only for the Home Run Derby, but for the All-Star Game.

I hate the New York Yankees. I hate them for many reasons. One of the biggest reasons is their fan base. There are self-proclaimed Yankees fans who have never been to New York City, let alone set foot in the Bronx. They root for the Yankees because during their formative years, the Yankees were winning championships.

People like that disgust me.

2013 Topps Heritage Derek Jeter hand numbered mini card

I picked up a jumbo pack of 2013 Topps Heritage Baseball at Wal-Mart this past Sunday afternoon. After I got home that day, I opened the pack to see what I had. One of the cards I pulled was a tiny, micro version of a regular Derek Jeter card. It also had “062/100” written in what appeared to be blue ballpoint ink on the front of the card, to the right of Jeter’s head.

tiny-jeter

I put the card aside and didn’t think too much about it. I had recently purchased a hobby box of 2013 Topps Series 1 Baseball on eBay and pulled a number of mini cards from the packs. I think they were seeded 1:3 in the packs, but I may be wrong. Those mini cards were a bit different in that they didn’t mimic the regular sized cards in the series.

This Jeter card was just like the regular sized cards in the set, plus it had ballpoint ink writing on it.

I did some research and discovered that it is a special insert card. Each regular card in 2013 Topps Heritage Baseball has a parallel mini version limited to only 100 copies. Unlike other numbered parallel cards released by Topps which are machine stamped with a serial number, these cards were hand numbered.

I checked eBay and found out that card 031/100 went for $124.50.

I listed my card on eBay Sunday night with a starting bid of $20. It’s currently at $26. There’s also 13 people watching it. It should be interesting to see how much it ends up going for. Just my luck, it will end at $26 and turn out to be the lowest priced Derek Jeter mini card to go on eBay.

Update: The card ended up going for $102.50. Needless to say, I was quite pleased.