The Quest for the 1960 Topps Set, Part X
July 30th, 2010 by slangon

Recently I’ve been going on a bit of an eBay binge. Actually, I don’t know if binge is the right word. I feel like that connotes spending too much money. Let’s just say I’ve been winning a bunch of auctions lately, but getting pretty damn lucky in those auctions.

Anyway, one of the cards that I won in one of those auctions was this.

Now, I was pretty psyched to get this card for 2 reasons. One, I’m always happy to be able to cross another card off of the old 1960 checklist, especially when that card happens to be of a guy who ended up in the Hall of Fame.

The second reason I was really glad to be able to add this card to my collection is that I love Bob Gibson. Probably the biggest thing that I love about Bob Gibson is his intensity as a competitor. I’m sure everyone’s heard stories about how unafraid he was on the mound and he had now problem throwing at dudes. He just had this attitude of as long as I’m on this mound, that plate belongs to me and I will do whatever it takes to sit your ass back down. My dad told me a story about seeing Gibson pitch against the Mets at Shea, probably in the late 60’s sometime. He couldn’t remember who it was in the on deck circle, but whoever it was was swinging along with his pitches, I guess to try and get his timing down. Anyway, Bob noticed this and threw at the guy. In the on deck circle. I don’t know if that story is true or not, but I guess the point is I can see Bob Gibson doing that.

One of the biggest things thats irked me about the Mets teams these last few years is the fact that they completely seem to lack that same Bob Gibson spirit and I think that has a lot to do with why they’ve gotten the results that they have. I mean when Wright got beaned last year, the next day he was out talking to Matt Cain basically  saying no hard feelings. Do you think Bob Gibson would be doing that? If I could bring one player back in their prime to play on the Mets, I would make a strong argument for Hoot.

(Completely random sidenote: Bob was born Pack Robert Gibson. I don;t know who would name a kid Pack, but that’s a pretty sweet name.)

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