Mets Card of the Week: 1994 Joe Orsulak


If Woody Guthrie were alive in 1994, he would have written songs about Joe Orsulak.

Orsulak is the MLB version of the common man.

He has a common name, a name that sounds like hard work, a name that is democratic enough to include just about every vowel. (There is, after all, no “i” in Joe Orsulak.)

He has a common face, with a thin lower lip, slightly recessed chin, and a ruddy weathered complexion.

And he is, it must be said, a common card.

But I’ll take a Joe Orsulak over a superstar any day.

Baseball was built on the backs of players like Orsulak. Solid players who were good for 400 ABs a season; who had strong outfield arms and could hit the cutoff; who, if health allowed, would top 1,000 hits in their careers.

And baseball will continue to be sustained by the likes of Joe Orsulak.

So on some other day we’ll shine the spotlight again on Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden, David Wright.

But today… well, today is all about Joe Orsulak.

7 comments for “Mets Card of the Week: 1994 Joe Orsulak

  1. Name
    November 7, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Sorry to hijack this article, but i have to express my excitement that JASON BAY is now no longet a Met! Goodbye and god roddance.

  2. November 8, 2012 at 8:09 am

    There’s no “I” in Joe Orsulak – now that’s a good line!

  3. NormE
    November 9, 2012 at 8:26 am

    When you talk of Mets CFers from a defensive point the top three were probably Beltran, Cameron and Orsulak.

  4. Mark Orsulak
    November 12, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Great player and Great last name! Common man! Long live Joe!

  5. Doug Parker
    November 13, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Thanks for the post Mark, from one Same-Surname-as-a-Former Met guy to another…

    • Tom Orsulak
      November 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      Knew there was something I liked about you. He was a great outfielder, good with a bat, an all around solid player. I am also partial to Joe’s last name.

  6. Doug Parker
    November 14, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    OK, it’s officially the Attack of the Orsulaks here on Mets360!

    I think I’m going to change my name to “Doug Orsulak”– maybe we can start a band, like the Ramones or something…

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