This former Phillies player might have the craziest baseball card of all time

PHILADELPHIA, PA - CIRCA 1993: Ricky Jordan #17 of the Philadelphia Phillies bats against the San Francisco Giants during an Major League Baseball game circa 1993 at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvnai. Jordan played for the Phillies from 1988-94. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - CIRCA 1993: Ricky Jordan #17 of the Philadelphia Phillies bats against the San Francisco Giants during an Major League Baseball game circa 1993 at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvnai. Jordan played for the Phillies from 1988-94. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) /
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Does former Phillies infielder Ricky Jordan have the craziest baseball card ever?

With the lockout eating into Major League Baseball’s future, everyone is looking back at the past.

This week, in trying to find some entertainment in nostalgia, FanGraphs’ Dan Syzmbroski unearthed former Philadelphia Phillies infielder Ricky Jordan‘s 1994 Topps card, notable for the blurb underneath the statistics.

Jordan made his debut with the Phillies in 1988, and kicked off his big-league career with a splash, homering in his first at-bat. At the time, he was the 33rd player in National League history and only the fourth Phillie to do so.

Over seven seasons, Jordan hit a respectable .282/.308/.425 with a .734 OPS. He spent most of his career as a first baseman, but also made 173 appearances as a pinch-hitter. He had a great swing:

The rediscovery of Jordan’s card is oddly fitting, as it feels as though we’ve reached the seafood “milkshake” point in this lockout. That’s the point in the lockout at which we are so desperate for baseball that this article exists in the first place. MLB has wired our proverbial jaws shut, and we miss baseball so much that we will consume it in any form.

Here’s to Ricky Jordan and the return of baseball as soon as possible.

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