August 29, 2011
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This is my five part series in how to buy a sports jersey. I didn’t plan for it to be a series, but like your Mom didn’t exactly plan for you, these things happen. Also, I’M BACK! Click here for Part 1. And here for Part 2.
Rule #3: By Way of Trade
Trades are the quick fix in the sports world. Sometimes it’s to get the team through a tough patch early in the season when your first basemen just tweaked his ‘bo. Other times it can be halfway through the season when one of the classiest organizations in the world embarrassed it’s All-Star goalie by leaving him out to dry, and then trading him in a deal that would change hockey in the Western Conference (and this young bloggers life). Trading for a player is a bit like getting into a new relationship. There’s the fun, not quite awkward, not quite awesome early stages. You go out, get ice cream (game winning goal two games after trade) or maybe just check out a local museum (perfect game first time facing your old team) and just stick to the casual making out (joking around and pranking your new teammates.) But about a month in, you need to do something that can be the scariest three words to some people: Define The Relationship. (Yes, I may have stolen that from the MTV show, “Awkward”, which I could have possibly gotten hooked into after flipping on the TV one day. Sorry, I have a thing for high school girls. I appreciate innocence. I’m only human.) You see, there are two types of trades in modern day sports: one for right now, and one for down the line. One fail, one exception.
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