There was a time when I was a less-cynical, very wide-eyed baseball fan myself. I would support every single player and look up to each and one of them for their amazing skills and job I wished that I could have. For me, all that came to an end one fateful day in 2002 when the player I loved as a kid and looked up to as a teenager came out and admitted to being a cheater. It shook my world and forever changed how I looked at these men. Today, after years of not watching a single game or buying baseball cards, I have returned but in my words you can still pick up on the hurt that I still feel from that day in 2002.
It’s hard to look deeper than Steroids, HGH, and cheating. Sometimes we forget that behind the bulging muscles and towering home runs there is a man, perhaps even a humble, kind one. That is why today I am grateful for Don, who has restored a little bit of the faith I lost years back with his story and collection on former home run legend, Mark McGwire.
In case you are wondering, that there is a picture of Don as a 6 year-old kid with 26 year-old Mark McGwire in 1989. Don’s first ever pack of baseball cards contained a Big Mac and from there his collection grew. While he loves baseball cards, his collection thrives off the autographs. Currently, Don has over 300 Mark McGwire baseball cards but close to 200 autographs, including 8 baseballs, 3 bats (2 game-used/cracked), 2 jerseys, 2 hats, a pair of batting gloves, and much more.
If that weren’t enough, Don owns pretty much the greatest Big Mac cards, including perhaps the most coveted of them all; the 2002 Upper Deck ‘A Piece of History’ auto as well as another one he had autographed himself. Below are scans of some of the cards that Don is lucky enough to own.
In case you are wondering, yes, that is Don with Big Mac himself. As unbelievable as the picture is, so is the fact that Big Mac remembered meeting him in 1989 after all those years! You can view Don’s collection by clicking on any of the links below.