Bill Bray was already among our favorite Reds, but he definitely elevated himself even higher on our list Thursday evening.
Bray was on 700 WLW with Lance McAlister; the two had the following exchange toward the end of the interview in the second hour of Lance’s sports talk show.
Lance: You know what I bought last week? I bought my first baseball card pack of the year.
BB: Topps 2012?
Lance: You know how much a pack of Topps 2012 cost?
BB: You know, I bought a few packs a couple weeks ago … I want to say $1.99.
Lance: I got them for $2.19. … $2.19! They were a quarter when I was a kid! How do they expect kids to collect cards these days, Bill Bray?!
BB: With help of their parents. (laugh) Inflation. … 1987 was the first year I can remember collecting baseball cards. They were 35 cents a pack.
Lance: Did I hear right? Were Topps representatives in the clubhouse today? Were they around the complex?
BB: They were. Matter of fact I had lunch with one of them today.
Lance: Did they give you like packs to open?
BB: Yeah, we cracked a box of Topps Series 1, at the field. And then when I went out to lunch, he surprised me with a box of Bowman Sterling.
Lance: Awwww, that is suh-weet!
BB: Yeah, it’s awesome. I mean I was stoked. I just opened them up a little while ago. I’m gonna put pictures on my Facebook page. It was awesome. I pulled some sweet cards. I’m pumped.
Lance: Did you get yourself?
BB: No, no I don’t have a card currently, I don’t think.
Lance: How do you not? I thought everyboday had a card! Or do you have to agree to allow them to have you in their set?
BB: You know, we sign a contract yearly with them. And it’s up to them whether they produce a card or not.
Lance: Well if Topps doesn’t do a card of you, I’m not buying any more cards from Topps!
BB: Well put that in writing …
Lance: When you opened packs today, if you get like Joey Votto or Brandon Phillips, do you like walk over to their locker and say, “Look, I got you!”
BB: You know I did throw a card down today and I said, “Look, it’s Devin Mesoraco’s rookie card.” And he wasn’t in the locker room at the time. But yeah, it’s pretty cool, you know, when you’re cracking a pack and you pull a guy you know, a guy you play with. I have yet to pull my own card though.
Bray has talked about cards on Twitter as well (but we know not all are Twitter-inclined, which is why this was worthy of a blog post). He is a solid Twitter follow, though – @B_line45.