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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
TTM Success - Pat Watkins
I was going through a box that Mom had gotten me, and found a few 1995 Upper Deck Minors cards. I was happy to see a couple old Winston-Salem Spirits cards in the stack. The Spirits were the Carolina League (A) team of the Cubs when I was a kid, then became associated with the Reds. I went to a couple Spirits games with my grandpa, and also my mom would take us as well. I don't remember whether or not if we saw Pat Watkins play, but odds are that we did.
I was really happy with how this card turned out. I can't really tell, but it doesn't appear that the photo was taken in Winston at Ernie Shore Field, but I could be wrong. I mailed to Watkins on November 9 and got the card back on November 23, for a 14-day TAT.
Watkins (b. 1972) is a North Carolina native, which is pretty cool. He also went to ECU, which is right down the road from where I live now. He played in the majors from 1997 to 1999 for the Reds and Rockies. He had 46 hits, 2 home runs and a .236 batting average. He was a former first round pick (#32) in the 1993 amateur draft by the Reds.