6.01.2010

Rafael Ramirez, 1986 Topps

Name: Rafael Ramirez
Team: Atlanta Braves
Position: Shortstop
Value of card: Three pine-tar pancakes
Key 1985 stat: Two-hour photo session, one usable photo
Conversation between Topps photographer and Rafael Ramirez, April 17, 1986: "Hey, Rafael. I'm here to take your picture for the 1986 set. (Photographer looks up from notebook at Ramirez for the first time; shiver runs through his body.) Jesus, you're ugly. (pause) Sorry, that was rude. OK, let's get this over with. Now just look in the camera. No, the camera. You're looking into right field. At least one eye is. Look at the camera. The camera. Rafael. Please look at the camera. How do you play this game with eyes like that? OK, forget your eyes for now. Just suck in your gut and close your mouth. Can you understand the words I'm saying? Look at the camera. Suck in your gut. Close your mouth. You're not going to do any of those things, are you? Oh my god, you're kind of looking at the camera. At least with one eye. Fine. Fantastic. We'll go with that. You know, when you're done with baseball, you might want to try modeling."

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1 comment:

  1. I love the site, but "ugly" is a terrible word to use when referring to people's looks, which are, for the most part genetic, and not by choice. We should remove this from our misguided lexicon.

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