Out of Place – Kelly Gruber, California Angels

3 Jul

1993 Upper Deck – Kelly Gruber

In 1993, Kelly Gruber took his fantastic flow to Anaheim to play 18 games for the California Angels.  These are the same California Angels who were once the Los Angeles Angels, and were later the Anaheim Angels and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  Their next obvious natural evolution: The Anaheim Angels of the Los Angeles, California Area.

As for Gruber playing for anyone other than the Blue Jays, it’s just wrong.  Check out the great Gruber nostalgia over at Mop Up Duty, and you’ll understand what I mean.  He might have gone just 2 for 19 in the 1992 World Series – but oh, what a 2 it was.

Gruber also spent some time with the Orioles organization in 1996, but he never cracked the Majors outside of Spring Training, and never wore that goofy orange bird on cardboard, thank God.  The Blue Jay is the only bird for Kelly Gruber… well, other than this one, maybe.

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3 Responses to “Out of Place – Kelly Gruber, California Angels”

  1. Dave H July 3, 2012 at 9:56 PM #

    Great post! Remember being a sad 11-year-old when I first bought that card

  2. Nathan July 4, 2012 at 2:59 PM #

    At least he had the good sense not to cover up those locks with an Angels cap

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