Aug 29, 2009

Gint-a-Cuffs Packs 7 and 8: In Which Praise is an Illusion

All I know is that I still enjoypulling relics from packs. I have not bought many new unopened boxes since 1999 and it's still a thrill, especially in a well-designed set like this one. But then, sometimes you see the player. If it's not a rookie, I would like someone who actually plays in the majors (foreshadowing). Let's just call it a case of the checklist blues.

Pack 7

163: Matt Garza (staring down the Red Sox, 3.5 BB/9 this year)
198: Raul Ibanez +1 (first Phillie!)

290: Cat Osterman (great pitcher, what if she threw overhand?)
164: Erik Bedard (injury prone)
139: Daisuke Matsuzaka (crazy wild)
Mini 276 Michael Phelps (only 8?)
318: Delmon Young +5 (his production is lacking for a corner outfielder)

National Pride: NP24 Chase Utley (USA) +6 (my favorite player!)

Pack Total: 12

Pack 8
215: Jed Lowrie (injured for most of the year)
147: Coco Crisp (injured and on the Royals)
Relic Alert! Oh, but it's Corey Patterson. Can't break the Nationals lineup Corey Patterson? The greater than 6:1 K:BB ratio Corey Patterson? Yes, it's really him. The bat inside the card feels real enough, but it hasn't helped Mr. Patterson lately. How prescient of the rulemakers that I should pull one of the dastardly three. -5

259: Napoleon Bonaparte (do you think he had a Napoleon complex?)
World's Biggest Hoaxes, Hoodwinks, and Bamboozles: HHB2 Alabam Changes Value of Pi (did anyone actually fall for this hoax?) +5

292: Oliver Perez (he's a Met, therefore on the DL and had close to a 1.8 WHIP)
National Pride: NP25 Jonathan Sanchez (Puerto Rico) (he threw a no-hitter this year!)

Pack Total:0

Total After 8 Packs:68
On Pace For:189

Illusions may change with perspective.

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