The last piece of my Fanfest experience came in last week, my Rick VandenHurk postcard. I gave up the opportunity to have a Willie Randolph autograph in exchange for VandenHurk as a Bird.
Despite being drafted in 2002 and in the bigs since 2007, Rick hasn't had many cards produced and none since being aquired by Baltimore last year. Actually, no major releases since his debut season in 2007. It seems the card companies have something against a young reliever with 42 major league appearances. He was traded for Will Ohman last year before making one start and six relief appearances for the Orioles. The Dutch born reliever is expected to be a strength in our pen, adding to the youth in our pitching staff.
Rick VandenHurk 2011 Orioles Postcard
The signature doesn't seem to spell his name. It looks like it begins with an H, then goes from there. I am not sure if it is a Dutch custom to go by thier last name, like the Japanese (see Ichiro). Anyone know if I am right or way off?
Thursday, February 10, 2011
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He had a card in the 2008 Topps set.ReplyDelete
So he does. The new beckett has been screwing with me...again.ReplyDelete
E-mail me when you get a chance, I've got an auto of an Oriole I think you need. Couldn't find your e-mail anywhere.ReplyDelete
I think that is an H. His real first name is "Henricus".ReplyDelete
Well, Henricus would make a lot of sense with that graph. Thanks for the info, I can't believe I overlooked that when researching him. I'm fired.ReplyDelete