dusty baker, sadly for me, finished out his playing career with the oakland a's. dusty was the left fielder on the team of my youth, and he was therefore one of my favorite players. i was disappointed when he followed the trail reggie smith had left and went to the giants after yet another postseason appearance in 1983, but the dodgers were moving on. anyway, baker found himself in the green and yellow (just as he is shown on his 1987 fleer card)
gubicza continued to pitch for the royals through 1996, but was traded to the angels (a team i witnessed him shut out in 1989 at the big a) prior to the 1997 campaign. gubicza made only two starts for the halos, but he did get a card in the 1997 fleer set in his new duds
so, that means that grissom was carrying baker's torch. he had been traded from cleveland to milwaukee after the 1997 season, and then the brewers traded him to the dodgers prior to the 2001 season. as a result, i have in my collection this fantastic 2001 upper deck gold glove marquis grissom game-used glove card
capuano won 18 games for the brew crew that season, and was on the all-star team the next. unfortunately, he ran into some arm problems and missed a significant amount of playing time into the 2010 season. after a season with the mets in 2011, capuano signed with the dodgers and at one point was 7-1 with a low era for the club. he finished the season at 12-12 with a league leading 33 starts. he made only 20 starts (along with a few relief appearances) for the dodgers in 2013, with his last performance in dodger blue coming in the nlds against the braves in which he held atlanta scoreless for three innings and earning the win in the dodgers' game 3 victory. from there, capuano signed for the 2014 season with the red sox who used him exclusively as a reliever and released him in july. he was picked up by the rockies who sent him to the minors where he pitched well and had his contract purchased by the yankees. here's his 2014 topps update card showing him in pinstripes.
a memorial patch for ernie banks
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