Ron Gardenhire insists he could tackle Dave Winfield on 'Old Baseball Cards'

Something you’ll know about new Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire after watching this week’s episode of “Old Baseball Cards” is that he can go low on anybody.

He’s talking about tackles and specifically about tackling Dave Winfield, the Hall of Fame outfielder who played for the Minnesota Twins when Gardenhire was a coach there in the ’90s. Winfield is 6-foot-6, one of the most impressive athletes of our time considering he was drafted into MLB, the NFL and the NBA. And Gardenhire is about six inches shorter.

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Nonetheless, Gardenhire pulls a Winfield card out of a pack of 1983 Fleer and then talks about the time he threatened to tackle Winfield. And that’s the kind of nostalgia we like on “Old Baseball Cards.”

New Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire talking about Dave Winfield. (Yahoo Sports)
New Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire talking about Dave Winfield. (Yahoo Sports)

If you’re new to the show, hello, thanks for joining us — we open old packs of cards with baseball players, coaches and famous fans. It all started with cards that my grandma bought back in the day that had been sitting in my garage for years. We use the cards as a muse for baseball people to tell us stories and share memories. We’ve done plenty of great episodes, which you can check out below.

Previously on Old Baseball Cards
MUST-SEE EPISODES: 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)

MANAGERS/COACHES: Terry Francona | Joe Maddon | Bruce Bochy | Clint Hurdle | Buck Showalter | Brad Mills | Bob Melvin | Dave Roberts | Gabe Kapler | Alex Cora | Dave Martinez

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

STARS FROM BACK IN THE DAY: 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

CELEBS: Mr. Belding | Alyssa Milano | Josh Duhamel | Joel McHale

ETC: Chris “Mad Dog” Russo | Josh Kusnick | Jeff Passan | Ken Kendrick

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