Every young ballplayer dreams of being on a baseball card when they grow up. For most kids, that vision does not involve your teammates all pointing at you and laughing. Poor Kendrys Morales.
Morales’ card in the 2014 Topps baseball card set is flattering on some level. The photo was taken just before Morales touched home plate after belting a pinch-hit, game-winning home run for the Seattle Mariners last June. However, the context is somewhat embarrassing.
The reason his teammates look like they’re laughing and telling him to be careful is that Morales suffered a severe leg and ankle injury back in 2010 when he was celebrating a walk-off grand slam with the Los Angeles Angels. So you see, the Mariners were teasing him. It was all in good fun, but now it’s forever preserved through the magic of baseball cards. I’m sure there were other photos Kendrys would have chosen.