Looking back at our story on Matt Strahm's 'Card Life'
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We're revisiting our favorite sports stories from the past year. Today, we're looking back at Jahmal Kennedy's story about West Fargo pitching star Matt Strahm and his obsession with baseball cards.
SAN DIEGO — Growing up, collecting cards of players from your favorite sport or characters from a TV show is what some people did. It's what San Diego Padres pitcher Matt Strahm did.
"Baseball cards are something my brother and I grew up collecting and then we kinda got into Pokemon a little bit and then back to baseball," said Strahm.
Playing baseball growing up, Strahm even tried convincing his mom to have baseball cards of himself.
"Every year in the West Fargo league Baseball whenever you did team pictures, they would always have the option to have baseball cards and I'd try and get 'em from my mom and she'd always do the basic ones and whatever but I always tried," he said.
Then, over the years, as Strahm got older, and he moved on to playing baseball at the professional level, his passion for card collecting faded.
"It's something I got out of, because I didn't wanna be that guy in baseball collecting everyone else's cards," he said.
At spring training in 2019, that passion re-surfaced.
"There was a Target right next to our complex down in Arizona and I would swing in there after workouts every day and," Strahm began. "I would pick a box up and bring 'em home, open 'em up and then I would keep whatever I wanted and then just give my little brother whatever he wanted to do with that he could do with that."
Former Bison QB Trey Lance could be 49ers' starter
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Jimmy Garoppolo's right thumb is injured, putting the quarterback in limbo for the 49ers' final two regular-season games and potential playoff run.
That could thrust former North Dakota State star Trey Lance into a starting role he's appeared in only once his rookie season.
"It's a thumb sprain, so you guys know how they are," coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday on a conference call with reporters. "It didn't feel great today. He wasn't able to throw today. We'll see how it is Wednesday, and, hopefully, it will get better."