4.19.2010

Oil Can Boyd, 1992 Upper Deck

Name: Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd
Team: Texas Rangers
Position: Pitcher
Value of card: 10W-30
Key 1991 stat: 14 25-cent, gum-ball machine fake gold chains worn at once
Oil, meet Can: Dennis Boyd's play certainly didn't help him stand out in the big leagues, but he craved the spotlight. He needed a gimmick, so he turned to his idols: Ghandi and Mr. T. The latter was once a nobody named Laurence Tureaud. The former was a skinny chump who was able to take on the British empire after acquiring a nickname. From Mr. T, Boyd took a penchant for wearing 13 too many chains and a realization of the effectiveness of a straightforward nickname; for him, "Oil." From Ghandi, Boyd took an admiration for round eyewear and an understanding of the power of an inspirational nickname; for him, "Can." With his jewelry and glasses stylings meshed, Boyd knew there was only one thing left to do to ensure his spot in the spotlight: combine the Mr. T-inspired "Oil" with the Ghandi-inspired "Can" and become the inspiration for terrible nicknames, and even worse ones.

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