8.30.2011

Melvin Nieves, 1994 Upper Deck


Name: Melvin Nieves
Team: San Diego Padres
Position: Outfield
Value of card: Two photos of the same fake jump
Key 1993 stat: One hit-by-pitch
Hazing day: Rookies put up with a lot during training camp — being called names, being forced to eat dirt, and being made to wear jock straps on their heads. Melvin Nieves was no exception. On photo day, Bip Roberts and Tony Gwynn stole Nieves' jersey and played keepaway with it. Nieves, who had raised his flat top to maximum height and lathered on the bronzer in anticipation of the shoot, fought back tears and attempted to chase down his taken top. The Upper Deck photographer saw what was coming and climbed on top the fence just in time to watch Roberts chuck the jersey toward the stands. Nieves, wearing a a Padres shirt that he was forced to buy at the team store, jumped at the fence in an attempt to prevent his jersey from leaving the park. But, much like the talent needed to play in The Show, the jersey was out of his reach. Nieves couldn't catch his jersey, but the photog caught a great shot of a supremely untalented outfielder.
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