Lukehart: The ‘Maddux’ on a baseball card

From SABR member Jason Lukehart at Ground Ball With Eyes on April 30, 2017:

Topps has an app called BUNT, that’s digital trading cards. You get some coins every day that you open the app, and then there are different packs you can buy, with hundreds of different players. There are some cards that are harder to find, that there are only a few hundreds copies of. Out walking Scout: open the app and pull a few cards. Bouncing Imogen to try and get her to sleep: check and see if there’s anything new. Standing in line at the grocery store: Hey, did my trade offer get accepted? Topps has a similar app for the other great love I’ve retained from my childhood, Star Wars, and I spend maybe even more time on that one. So many Han Solo cards.
The other thing to know is that Thursday night Masahiro Tanaka pitched a Maddux, MLB’s first since last August. Jonah Keri, Craig Calcaterra, Jay Jaffe, and Rob Neyer all mentioned it, and as they always have been, they were each generous about mentioning me as well. The official MLB account tweeted about it to their 7+ million followers. (And as they always have, they declined to mention me at all. Someday, MLB, someday!) Then this morning I received a notification that Joe Posnanski had followed me on Twitter. My friend Zak texted me Joe’s latest post, in which he referred to the Maddux’s “brilliance.” Better yet, he wrote that he’ll soon be talking to Greg Maddux and will ask if he knows about the Maddux, and what he thinks of it. Mention by five of my absolute favorite writers had been a great enough feeling already, but learning that one of them would soon be talking to the namesake himself about it… It was maybe the most satisfying day I’d had as a baseball blogger. The day couldn’t get any better. (Okay, it could and did, you know that’s where I’m going with this.)

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Originally published: April 30, 2017. Last Updated: April 30, 2017.