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Sunday, September 7, 2008

1985 Donruss Tribute: Googley Eyes?

Don't you just love GOOGLEY EYES? They make everything cuter. The sticker book I had as a kid had a special page just for stickers with them. For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, these are googley eyes:

Now what do googley eyes have to do with 1985 Donruss?

One day back in 1984, a strange man in dark slacks and a white shirt unleashed a swarm of those cute little eyes on Terry Francona and the unsuspecting Montreal Expos.

Did the googley eyes have any effect on the Expos or anyone else?
1. Francona went on to have the best season of his playing career, batting .346 in 58 games.
2. Gary Carter and Charlie Lea were the starting battery in the All-Star game.
4. Several Expos fans got a severe case of the googley bends, a rare side effect of staring directly into a googley eye. Kids can't get 'em, only lame adults with no inner child.
4. The Expos still finished in the cellar.
According to the back of this card, it's worth 10 cents. Here's some 10 cent Expo trivia:
The Expos only make the playoffs or finish first during strike shortened seaons. In 1981, the Expos finished first in the first half of the year thus making the playoffs in the wacky true birth of the wild card. They lost to the Dodgers in 5 games. In 1994, the Expos were well on their way to winning the East for the first time. The strike ended their run and management had to sell off all the young talent. I guess the current Expos, the Nationals, need a strike-shortened season rather than googley eyes if they ever hope to play in October.


Anonymous said...

Lucy thinks this post is galactically cool. It's amazing what you can see in baseball cards.

mmosley said...

That's because Lucy doesn't have to worry about those dreaded bends.

I've got exciting news later this week. Make sure you check it out.

Lantigua said...

i remember that '94 season, that was the first season i started paying attention to baseball and stats

Pedro was blowing them away, still remember that perfect game he took into the 8th

expos pitching was on point that year

i was 12 years old then!