When it comes to calling someone an ambassador of the game, I can only wonder what Upper Deck uses as its standard. One would think, I suppose, that graciousness is a hallmark. Benevolence, too.
Even more so, a willingness to sell the sport to all walks of life in different settings would exemplify the true calling of an ambassador.
Though Toronto's Jason Blake signed this card, he did it begrudgingly, rolling his eyes, like a petulant 6-year-old told to clean up his room, at my request. I hear, too, that he's like that in Toronto, too.
I specifically chose this card for Blake, adding it at the top of my 5 Big Sigs for the week, simply because of the irony.