I love oddball cards, but this one has me stumped. I have two of these Cecil Fielder cards in my collection of boxes. The thing is, I have no idea where they came from. I also have two of John Goodman as Babe Ruth and I had one that I gave away in a trade of George Brett.
The card itself contains a place to obtain an autograph. I remember that as being a selling point of this card, but I don't know why. My mind is drawing a complete blank. Was this card part of a magazine? Was it part of a giveaway? Did a card shop owner stick me with these cards? Did I knowingly purchase them? I haven't a single clue.
I do find it funny that Cecil is stuffing his mouth full of food and his team's insignia is a chicken leg with a bite taken out of it. That's classic stuff. Even better is the interview on the back of the card.
Q: For a while your obesity was a target of criticism, but your remarkable hitting seems to have put an end to that. Is your extra poundage acceptable to the club now?
A: Oh, more than acceptable. Starting with our next homestand our dugout will be featuring a buffet table, and all our players will be encouraged to eat as much and as often as possible.
Q: No kidding? This could bring a whole new meaning to the term "heavy hitters." Thanks to you, this team could power itself to the top. You could become the biggest influence on home run hitting of all time.
A: Sometimes a guy's got to throw his weight around.
Q: Gosh! If this new plump'em up to thump'em out approach of yours works, what kind of contract will you be asking for?
Is this a real interview? If so, Cecil really loves his food! It sounds like a bad joke writer came up with this on a deadline. Buffet tables in the dugout? A fatter contract? Please. Very punny. Maybe this is what happened to the Tigers in the early 90's. They ate themselves out of contention.