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It’s amazing what a couple packs of baseball cards can bring you. In this week’s all-new episode of “Old Baseball Cards,” our baseball-card driven nostalgia series, New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia finds two players he remembers well from different points in his career.
First is Chan Ho Park, one of the three pitchers against whom CC has homered in his career. And when you’re an American League pitcher, best believe you remember the names of the guys you take deep. Second is Cal Ripken, whom Sabathia faced in his first MLB game as a 20-year-old with the Cleveland Indians. We also talk about Mo Vaughn, Fernando Valenzuela and others.
It makes for a fun episode of our show with one of MLB’s most engaging personalities. If you like CC here, you’ll want to check out his R2-C2 podcast with Ryan Ruocco or his behind-the-scenes videos on The Uninterrupted.
If you’re new to this series, we open old packs of baseball cards from the ’80s and ’90s with baseball players, coaches and famous fans. The cards aren’t always worth a lot — OK, so they usually aren’t — but the stories, reactions and memories they inspire are priceless. If you dig this episode, we have plenty of great ones below:
Previously on Old Baseball Cards
MUST-SEE EPISODES: Thomas Ian Nicholas aka Henry Rowengartner | Mike Krukow | Gary Vee | Randy Johnson | Felipe Alou | George Brett | Torey Lovullo | Pedro Martinez | Bronson Arroyo | Eric Davis | Dusty Baker | Hank Azaria | Alex Rodriguez | Scott Boras | A.J. Ellis | Bernie Williams | Chase Utley | John Smoltz | Best trades of 2017 | Best finds of 2017 | Best Guests of 2017 (Part 1) | Best Guests of 2017 (Part 2)
STARS FROM BACK IN THE DAY: J.J. Putz | Luis Gonzalez | Duane Kuiper | Edgar Martinez | Ryne Sandberg | Frank Thomas | Sandy Alomar Jr. | Delino DeShields | Cliff Floyd | Dan Plesac | Aaron Boone | Bobby Bonilla | Andre Dawson | Ivan Rodriguez | Jack Morris | Jeff Nelson | Mark Teixeira | Rick Ankiel | Kevin Millar
MANAGERS/COACHES: Terry Francona | Joe Maddon | Bruce Bochy | Clint Hurdle | Buck Showalter | Brad Mills | Bob Melvin | Dave Roberts | Gabe Kapler | Alex Cora | Dave Martinez | Ron Gardenhire | Scott Servais
CURRENT PLAYERS: Curtis Granderson | Noah Syndergaard | Kyle Hendricks | Clayton Kershaw | Todd Coffey | John Axford | Dee Gordon | Adam Eaton | Rajai Davis | Brad Ziegler & Tyler Clippard | Buster Posey, David Price & Anthony Rizzo
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