I’m having some severe stress in my life right now and am trying to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life…as such, I’m going to need to take a few days off and clear my head. I’ll be back…hopefully.
1992 Stadium Club #885
Wainhouse was one of those weird rookies that showed up in 1989 Bowman and confused the hell out of me (along with Johnny Ard and Royce Clayton, among others). I had no idea what to make of him, as he never really seemed to be a viable prospect, and his time in the majors showed it: he had a career 7.37 ERA with a 2-3 record, 1.819 WHIP, and 66 ERA+. Yiiiick.
How Did I Get It?: Bought a box of Series 3 1992 Stadium Club.
Did You Know?: He was the first Canadian ever selected in the first round.
Rating: 5/10 – 1992 Stadium Club is weird; some of the photography is good, but it all feels so dark. I don’t know if it was the process or what – and of course this is just a Spring Training shot, so it knocks it down a notch.
The first emotion that comes to my mind when I see this card is hope. The hope of those heady early days of the Nationals, when it seemed like Brad Wilkerson and Livan Hernandez were enough. When Wilkerson was hitting for the cycle in the first days, and it looked like he was going to be the face of the franchise, handling things like local ads for my bank. I was bummed when he was traded away, but then watched him decline and falter in his time with the Rangers. What the hell had happened?
Even though I was following the Nats more than Wilkerson, I still kept an eye on him as he bounced from organization to organization and, finally, ended his career earlier this year. Thanks for the great times, Wilkie. We’ll always have ’05.