Card: Andrew McCutchen 2005 Bowman Heritage Signs of Greatness
This is one of the few autographs that I ever pulled from a real pack of cards. If you are only going to pull a couple, this is a good one to get.
It’s silly, but I have a pretty fond memory of pulling this card.
I pulled in November, 2006. I was on shift at work, and I recently become a team chief. I have never been good at managing stress, and coupled with my borderline anxiety disorder I had a lot of rough days…especially on the ride home from work. I would spend the whole drive just worry about what I messed up, or what I could get in trouble for…not always a fun ride home. Even worse if I was on nights, since then I was also trying to not fall asleep at the wheel.
So one day I am driving home, feeling terrible. I was like 5:30am, and I am a mess. Sleepy. Stressed out. I just wanted to get home…but sleep was just going to be those anxiety filled dreams about you being a baby and the couch smothering and eating you alive.
So I decided to make a stop off at the local Walmart, who just had a fancy little McDonalds installed. I walked into the empty store, bought three packs of Bowman cards, and a sausage McMuffin meal (with two hashbrowns!).
So I get home. House is empty. Sun is just coming up, so its was still cool and comfortable. I sat down at the table, and slowly opened the packs of cards while I ate. First pack, I get this card.
It felt good. For a minute I was like, “Hey, I don’t feel like doom!”, and I enjoyed the feeling of getting lucky.
The other packs were nothing special, and I took the card (and the tall Makers Mark I made myself to wash down the coffee), and went to bed. It was a nice way to start the weekend.
And McCutchen was the 2013 National League MVP, so that is nice.
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