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Darin Ruf is a Philadelphia Phillie. He is currently listed at the backup 1st baseman and left fielder on the official team depth chart. He stands a hefty 6’3” 220 lbs and throws and bats right handed. In twelve games last year with the big club he hit .333 got on base at .351 and slugged .727; that’s good for an OPS of 1.079. And he hit three home runs in 37 at bats.
Why do I know this? Well, it’s complicated. Is it because I write for a baseball blog? No. Is it because secretly I am a Phillies fan? Hell no. Is it because I know Ruf personally? Incorrect. Is it because of that goofy smile? No. Well, maybe. It’s growing on me.
Really though, it is because today I did something I haven’t done in many years: I went to a card shop and bought a pack of baseball cards.
I live in Seattle, pretty close to downtown, and the closestcard store I found was almost outside of the city limits. When I was a kid there were card stores everywhere. I remember a neighborhood joint that my brother and ...
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