2016 Stadium Club Clayton Kershaw is my new favorite card
Being a card collector, new cards releases of my favorite players always bring joy into my life. Roger Clemens will forever be my favorite player, but Clayton Kershaw is my second favorite. And his 2016 Stadium Club card is now my new favorite card.
Take a look at this card and you see Kershaw celebrating with catcher AJ Ellis. A keen Dodger fan knows this exact moment when the two embraced at the conclusion of Kershaw’s one-hit, 13-strikeout performance against the San Francisco Giants on Sept. 30, 2015, to clinch the National League West title on enemy territory — at AT&T Park.
I am not a Dodger fan. I am a Red Sox fan. But why is THIS card my new favorite?
Because I was there. And I also captured this moment from near the Giants’ bullpen along left field.
It was a magical performance by Kershaw, who got the best of the Giants who were led into the game by their ace Madison Bumgarner. It was billed as a pitching classic from the start and while Bumgarner wasn’t great that night, Kershaw definitely was and now I will not only remember the performance based on what I saw, or the pictures I took, I will remember it with the assistance of this Topps Stadium Club card.