Friday, June 17, 2011

Johnny Ard

Sent: 9/15/10
Received: 6/17/11
Time: 275 Days
Address: Home
Item Sent: 1989 Bowman, 1990 ProCards Orlando SunRays
Item Received: 1989 Bowman, 1990 ProCards Orlando SunRays.  Both signed in black Sharpie.

Looking at former Twins first-round draft pick Johnny Ard, you almost have to wonder if he could have been the real life Kenny Powers.  The physical similarities between the 6'5" fireballer from South Carolina and the fictional anti-hero of HBO's Eastbound & Down are uncanny.  Ard was actually well on his way to a big league career before it was derailed by arm injuries.  After three stellar years moving up the Twins ladder, he was dealt to the Giants for former NL Cy Young winner Steve "Bedrock" Bedrosian.  Bedrosian would be a key set-up man on the Twins' 1991 World Series squad.  Ard, unfortunately, would only have two more full seasons of minor league ball remaining.

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