7.18.2011

Harold Reynolds, 1989 Donruss Diamond Kings


Name: Harold Reynolds
Team: Seattle Mariners
Position: Second base
Value of card: Two crayons, melted, shoved in a cow's rectum
Key 1988 stat: 1,652,971,100, 154,729 score on "Breakout"
For love of the game: Harold Reynolds loved baseball, but there was something he loved more: "Breakout." Yes, the second baseman and former ESPN host loved the iconic video game, which debuted in arcades in 1976. It's what brought Reynolds to the big leagues. He spent hours honing his "Breakout" skills while growing up in Oregon, improving his hand-eye coordination until he could catch flies in chopsticks and smash a dozen colored bricks with one animated paddle hit. Everywhere he looked, he saw colored tiles, just like the ones so crudely painted behind him, upside down, in the Diamond King above. He enhanced his competitive spirit in arcades and took that swagger to the baseball field. Realizing he couldn't pay for his "Breakout" addiction with a "Breakout" addiction, Reynolds started on the path to professional baseball, all the while flicking his wrist and bouncing a ball off a paddle in an effort to destroy colored tiles. Soon, Reynolds would become a nationally famous breakout star, but not in the game he held so close to his heart.
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