What Would You Say To Some Pie?

It’s become fairly commonplace for someone getting interviewed during a postgame show to get a face full of pie. Like it or not, it’s part of the game these days, and I have no problem with cards that reflect things like this…
2013 Opening Day Ballpark Fun Johan Santana
…as long as it’s an insert or a variation, a category into which this 2013 Opening Day insert certainly falls.

Having pie on a player’s regular card, even if it’s “just” an update card…
2014 Topps Update Nick Hundley
…I’m going to file that under “not cool”.

Back in the day, one of the appeals of baseball cards was the ability to see what a player looked like. One could devoutly follow the game, listen to games on the radio, read newspaper articles, pore over boxscores, attend games from the upper deck, and still not really know what a player looked like.

That’s not the issue it used to be, but I still think that a baseball card should depict a player, or something the player is known to do or has accomplished… not something that was done to the player. That just seems wrong.

Now that Nick Hundley has moved on to the Rockies, are we going to end up with the only “Nick Hundley on the Orioles” card being one where he’s got a face full of pie? Regardless of whether there’s any demand for a card picturing Nick Hundley with the Orioles, it still doesn’t seem right.

So what do you think?  Should a baseball card always show the subject’s face, batting stance, pitching motion or something else specific to that player?  Would you sign this card if you were Nick Hundley?

If you don’t want to weigh in on that subject, here’s are some alternate discussion topics:

  • I love blueberry pie. What’s your favorite kind of pie?  Apple pie?  Pumpkin pie?  Peach pie?  Mince pie?  Felix Pie?  Pie Traynor?
  • What song would you listen to while eating your pie?  Don McLean’s “American Pie”? Led Zeppelin’s “Custard Pie”? The Beatles’ “Honey Pie” (or even better, “Wild Honey Pie”)?
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4 thoughts on “What Would You Say To Some Pie?

  1. I don’t think the pie pics are any worse than most of the “action” photos Topps uses – you can’t really see much of a player’s face in a lot of the standard batting shots, and the faces most pitchers make while throwing a baseball are not very flattering.

    I’d like to see a return to the format Topps used in 1972 – big set, with posed portrait shots for the regular cards and extra “In Action” cards for the stars. It gave you a chance to see what players looked like, along with some variety in photos.

    As far as pie choices go: 1) blueberry 2) apple 3) lemon meringue 4) peach 5) pumpkin

  2. If I’m not mistaken, I believe this is the second time you’ve mentioned The Beatles’ Wild Honey Pie on this blog. Well done sir.

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