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The Tampa Bay Rays are known for giving baseball its latest pitching trend — the opener. They were the first team to use relief pitchers to start games last season, something that other teams adopted and used even into the playoffs.
On this week’s episode of “Old Baseball Cards,” Yahoo Sports baseball-card driven nostalgia show, we’re making Rays skipper Kevin Cash a different kind of opener. A baseball card opener.
Cash joins us to talk about his own baseball-card collection (he’s got some good ones) while opening packs of 1987 Donruss and 2004 Topps — the first is from when he was a kid, the second from when he was playing in the big leagues.
We talk about Alfredo Griffin, Shawn Greene and then two guys who played in MLB forever: Jamie Moyer and Ruben Sierra, a solid 45 years between them. When it came time for us to make a trade, it was one for the ages.
If you’re new to our show, we open packs of cards with baseball players, coaches and famous fans. It started with cards that my grandma bought when I was a kid, hoping they’d be worth a ton of money one day. Such is the junk wax era. Now, we we open cards from throughout the ‘80s, ‘90s and even into the ‘00s. Instead of chasing money, we’re chasing valuable stories, memories and good ol’ baseball nostalgia.
There are plenty of great episodes below to check out if you’ve missed them:
Previously on Old Baseball Cards
MUST-SEE EPISODES: Randy Johnson | George Brett | Dave Winfield | Gary Vee | Jerry Dipoto | Mike Krukow | HQ’s Scott Rogowsky | Felipe Alou| Torey Lovullo | Nick Swisher | David Ross | Tim Raines | Thomas Ian Nicholas aka Henry Rowengartner | Pedro Martinez | Bronson Arroyo | Eric Davis | Dusty Baker | Hank Azaria | Alex Rodriguez | Scott Boras | A.J. Ellis | Bernie Williams | Chase Utley | John Smoltz
COMPILATIONS: Best trades of 2017 | Best finds of 2017 | Best Guests of 2017 (Part 1) | Best Guests of 2017 (Part 2) | The Best of People Eating 30-Year-Old Gum | The Best Finds of 2018 | Favorite Guests of 2018
STARS FROM BACK IN THE DAY: Fred Lynn | Eduardo Perez | 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: Alex Bregman | CC Sabathia | 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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