Back in 1996 my life was perfect, by a 16-year old’s standards. I was part of the “popular” group of kids, had a pretty blonde hair/blue eyed girlfriend, and was about to enter High School and most importantly, about to take baseball seriously for the first time in my life. Of course, things don’t always work out that way and during the Summer of ’96 I found out that I would be attending Western High School while my girlfriend of one year would be heading to St. Thomas, a private school.

During our first year in different schools she began hanging out with a new group of friends, including a man that in her words was, “the most beautiful man on the planet”. His name was Troy Cameron and he was not only older than us but he was also a big time high school baseball prospect that was signed by the Atlanta Braves in 1997. In early 1998, two weeks before we broke up (AKA: she dumped me), she came to my place of employment (Brandsmart U.S.A) on my birthday and delivered some goodies. It was three awesome CD’s and a birthday card. Inside the birthday card, there was a 1997 Bowman Chrome Troy Cameron card personally given to her by Mr. Cameron.

Needless to say, I didn’t hear much from her after our break-up. She went up to college someplace North and became somewhat of a legend and not for her academic skills, if you know what I mean. Think of the girl in Kevin Smith’s Chasing Amy, if you’ve seen it—now think 10 times sluttier. Yes, I dated “Finger Cuffs”.

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