I'm trying to remember a time when Vizquel wasn't playing in the majors. It seems like the guy was around forever, and that's probably because he has been. He showed promise in his stint with the Mariners, but is it any coincidence that Vizquel's arrival in Cleveland was start of the Indians' resurgence? He was the final piece of the puzzle in breaking the curse of Rocky Colavito.
Like many Venezuelan shortstops, Vizquel wore the number 13 throughout his career. He and his current skipper, Ozzie Guillen, both wore the number in honor of Dave Concepcion. Now, a new generation of players, such as Asdrubal Cabrera, wear lucky 13 in their honor. But of course, Vizquel couldn't wear it when he came to the Sox, because Guillen's already got it.
But it's fitting that these two great shortstops are now linked with a common uniform. It's hard to find a better pairing than those two. They are each other's statistically most similar batters, and heroes to generations of Venezuelans. Aparicio is the only Venezuelan in the Hall of Fame, and some day Vizquel (and Concepcion) should join him.
Vizquel is scheduled to start Saturday's White Sox/Yankees game. Let's hope he gets hit number 2,673 today.
Is there a Legendary Lineage card in the 2010 Topps set with Vizquel and Aparicio? If so, I want one. If not, then why the hell not?