Sunday, March 20, 2011

Dominican Baseball Card #24, #25, #26: Pedro Guerrero

The Dominican Baseball Guy has three Pedro Guerrero cards for this installment of Dominican Baseball Cards.  They are a 1990 Topps (#610), a 1990 Donruss (#63), and a 1989 Donruss (#418).  The Dominican Baseball Guy particularly loves the red outline of the card on the right, and it goes great with that Cardinals uniform.
Pedro is remembered fondly by Dodgers fans for helping them win the 1981 World Series, in which he shared a World Series MVP.  Friend of the Dominican Baseball Guy, Dodgerbobble says Pedro was one of his favorite Dodgers as a child, and True Blue LA has a nice piece on the good Dodger days of Pedro.  He earned a Silver Slugger award the next year and went on to make five all-star teams.  Pedro garnered serious MVP considerations in 1989 with the Cardinals.  He ended his big league career in 1992 right at .300 average, which is a magical number for any hitter.

Pedro is perhaps best known for his outlandish behavior, both during his playing days and after.  One day after a game he apparently spread his privates on the food spread, and he was known as a hard partier throughout his playing days.  He was charged with cocaine trafficking, but acquitted in 2000.  Thanks to Jim Rome playing the clip repeatedly, the Dominican Baseball Guy and many others know him best from the infamous O.J. Simpson 9-1-1 call:
"We have a problem here. I'm trying to get a girl to go to rehab. She's been doing drugs for two days with Pedro Guerrero, who just got arrested for cocaine, and I'm trying to get her to leave her house and go into rehab right now."
Apparently, Pedro has cleaned up his act recently and is looking to get back into baseball.  So, good luck to him.  Pedro is another of the unending stream of players from San Pedro de Macoris, DR.

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