If we're being real with each other, I don't have anything interesting to say about Deivi Cruz. He was the Padres' shortstop for one season back during the couple of years I took a sabbatical from following baseball on a day-to-day basis, and a perusal of his numbers tells me I didn't miss much. Nevertheless, I do have a few cards of him, and today is his birthday, so here we are.
This is my favorite of the handful of cards I have filed between those of Cesar Crespo and Jose Cruz, Jr. It's from the 2002 Fleer Tradition Update set, which was based on the classic 1934 Goudey set. It's not a true throwback, but a convincing enough knockoff-- kind of like those '70s fauxback uniforms the Rays wear now and then.
The back of the card is fairly basic. I mean, of course, the old definition of basic. It's not like the back of this card be drankin' pumpkin spice lattes on the way to yoga.
The silhouette is a nice touch. For some reason, it makes the card as a whole seem a lot less "cheap" to me. It ties the front to the back, bringing it full circle and giving it a sense of completion. Now if only I could think of a way to bring this post full circle and give it a sense of completion.
Nope, still got nothing. Oh, well. Happy birthday, guy I don't know. Type at you later, everybody else.