Friday, May 7, 2010
They've been everywhere, man
Mark Steven Kotsay is in his 14th major league season and has played for 6 teams. He has made it to the ALCS twice, once with Oakland and once with Boston. He played four years for the Padres, before being traded to the A's for Ramon Hernandez and Terrence Long. I got his card signed through the mail. George Kottaras played for Greece during the 2004 Olympics, and acted as one of the teams' interpreters. I saw George on TV Saturday at Petco, wearing Padres colors, then I realized it was the Brewers uniform, which seem to be the same color as the Padres. Kottaras went from the Padres to the Red Sox in the David Wells deal. After two seasons of being the designated catcher for Tim Wakefield the Red Sox released him and the Brewers picked him up the same day. He has played in 9 games so far this year for the Brewers. I got George to sign the card when he was here in Portland. Kevin Kouzmanoff hit the very first major league pitch he ever saw for a grand slam, making him the only player to ever do so. Kevin was originally drafted by the Indians and then traded to the Padres for Josh Barfield, he played parts of three seasons before being traded to the A's for Scott Hairston and Aaron Cunningham. I got the Kouz card from a LCS.