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By Josh Wilker

Cardboard Gods is the memoir of Josh Wilker, an excellent author who has marked the phases of his lifestyles during the baseball playing cards he gathered as a baby. It additionally captures the adventure of transforming into up passionate about baseball playing cards and explores what it capacity to be partial to the sport. alongside the best way, as we get to understand Josh, his relations, and his buddies, we additionally get Josh’s vintage observations in regards to the important artifacts from his lifestyles: the baseball playing cards themselves. Josh writes approximately an imagined correspondence along with his favourite participant, Carl Yastrzemski; he makes use of the paranormal bubble-blowing powers of journeyman Kurt Bevacqua to make clear the weakening of the strong adolescence bond along with his older brother; he considers the doomed utopian back-to-the-land goals of his hippie mom and dad opposed to the backdrop of inimitable Seventies baseball figures reminiscent of “Designated Pinch Runner” Herb Washington and Mark “The Bird” Fidrych. Cardboard Gods is greater than simply the tale of a guy who can’t permit cross of his prior, it’s facts that — to paraphrase Jim Bouton — as kids we develop up maintaining baseball playing cards yet finally we become aware of that it’s quite the wrong way round.

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The Blue Jays leave SkyDome and travel to Seattle where they face a Mariners team that won 110 games last season. The good news for Toronto is that Roy Halladay is in top form against this menacing Seattle offense. Halladay consistently throws strikes early in the count and keeps leadoff hitters from reaching base almost every inning. This holds the Seattle offense incheck. With Toronto’s big bats still missing in action, the team leans on rookie Eric Hinske whose three hits pace the Jays to a 4–0 lead.

Bankruptcy and failure were common occurrences. Few who survived in this environment had a stomach for protecting anything other than their own 46 Blue Jays 1, Expos 0 access to local markets against the perceived challenge of American distributors. Though there was strong support in Toronto for stiff tariffs against goods produced in the United States, there was no support for recommendations that would close part of the harbor to protect shippers. Such was the schizophrenic nature of the budding commercial power center during those difficult years.

Against Seattle, it’s the umpires who intervene to scuttle Toronto’s hopes. In the 10th inning, Ichiro Suzuki charges home from third base after a weak groundball is tapped up the middle of the infield. Suzuki is extremely quick but Toronto infielder Joe Lawrence, playing in the place of underachieving Homer Bush, is even quicker with his throw home. Catcher Tom Wilson, playing in the place of injured Darrin Fletcher, blocks the plate and applies a clean tag. Ichiro, with a reputation as one of the fastest runners in the league, is called safe.

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