Thursday, June 22, 2017

My Road to Opening Day Auto

I received a coupon code for 25% off of a Road to Opening Day Team Set, so I decided to splurge on the autographed set, which would give me one autograph card from among three possible players.  Mine was definitely a good one:
My first Chris Sale autograph card.  This was definitely the one I most preferred.  The other two available players were David Price and Andrew Benintendi.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

2017 Topps Now Road to Opening Day

I know, eventually I will get back to posting regularly.  I have just been very busy of late.

Before the season started, Topps Now was offering special Road to Opening Day team sets.  Naturally, I had to pick up the Red Sox set.  It took a little longer than I expected to receive, but I did finally get it last week some time.  So, let's look at the cards and see if they missed on somebody:
1.  Chris Sale.  Sale is obviously the best pitcher on the team, and has an argument for being the best pitcher in the game.

2.  Mookie Betts.  His batting average is down, but his other numbers are just as impressive as last year.

3.  Xander Bogaerts.  His power is starting to come around, and his batting average has always been high.  Bogaerts is actually looking underrated these days what with the influx of star shortstops.

4.  Dustin Pedroia.  When he has been on the field, he has been decent.  He has been out with a number of minor injuries, and his power is down as well.  He is still a great defensive player though.

5.  Hanley Ramirez.  Ramirez is suffering from some nagging injuries that have impacted his hitting.  He is having a rough season.

6.  Pablo Sandoval.  Despite showing up in Spring Training in the best shape of his career, that promise has not carried forward into the season.  He has been brutal.  He has also been hurt a lot.  At this point, I am hoping for Deven Marrero to be the stopgap third-baseman until Rafael Devers is ready.

7.  Andrew Benintendi.  His slump in May hurt his numbers, but he is coming around and is having a good rookie season.

8.  Jackie Bradley Jr.  He is also coming around lately after a brutal start to the season.  His defense has been terrific and his numbers are looking pretty good.  Not where he was last season at this time, but very reasonable for a center fielder.

9.  Mitch Moreland.  It was something of a maligned signing at the time, but he is turning into one of the best bargains of the offseason.

10.  Sandy Leon.  Predictably, Leon has not been nearly as good as he was last season.  At least offensively.  He has been pretty good defensively though.  Leon has played in slightly more games than backup Christian Vazquez, who has a decent average, but no power.

11.  David Price.  Price spent most of the season on the DL.  He has only pitched a few games so far and they have been pretty inconsistent.

12.  Rick Porcello.  After winning the Cy Young Award last season, Porcello has had a rough season.

13.  Steven Wright.  He made the All Star team last year, but has been pretty bad in 2017.  He also went down with a season-ending injury.  He maybe should have been replaced in this set by Eduardo Rodriguez.

14.  Drew Pomeranz.  Other than the occasional bad game, Pomeranz has been a decent back-of-the-rotation starter.

15.   Craig Kimbrel.  Kimbrel has been nothing short of terrific.  He is 2-0 with a 0.85 ERA and 20 saves and he has notched 59 strikeouts versus just five walks in 31.2 innings.

Tomorrow, I will show off the other part of this package.  It was definitely worth it.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Bowman Trade

This trade was great.  I love these cards.
1.  2017 Bowman Scouts' Top 100 Andrew Benintendi.  Coming into the season, Benintendi was the man to beat for the Rookie of the Year.  Unfortunately, despite having a good season, Aaron Judge has overshadowed him quite a bit.

2.  2017 Bowman Talent Pipeline Rafael Devers/Aneury Tavarez/Sam Travis.  Featuring some of the top Red Sox prospects, this is the card I was most excited about.  Devers is Boston's top prospect and he has some big-time power.  Aneury Tavarez was initially lost to Baltimore in the Rule V Draft, but Baltimore could not make room for him on their Major League roster so he was returned to Boston.  Good thing too, as he started out hot and made it to AAA already this year.  Sam Travis actually spent some time with Boston so far this season and may be the first baseman by the end of the year.

3.  2016 Bowman's Best Stat Lines Yoan Moncada.  I am disappointed that Moncada is no longer in the Red Sox system, but hey, Chris Sale has been pretty awesome this season.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

More Wantlist Help

Just a quick three-card trade, two of which knocked stuff off of my wantlist.

Up first, is the 2016 RBI leaders from the American League.  All three were aging sluggers.  David Ortiz is the big one for the purposes of this blog of course.  He had a fantastic final season that included tying for the league lead in RBIs.

Andrew Benintendi has had a decent rookie season, other than a prolonged slump early in May.  Aaron Judge has definitely overshadowed him though.

Finally, another Dustin Pedroia card, this one a Chrome Purple Refractor.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

2015 Bowman's Best Trade

I have fallen way behind.  Blame my job.  I do.
This was a trade that I really was not that pleased with.  I gave up some 2017 Yankees inserts and thought I would be getting something a little better in return than this.  Oh well.  Several of these came off of my wantlist, so it is not all bad.  I really like the picture on the Blake Swihart card.  One of these days, he will be brought back to Boston.  The Rusney Castillo is a refractor card.  Then there are the base cards of lineup stalwarts Dustin Pedroia and Mookie Betts.

I have several more packages to catch up on.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

R.I.P. Jim Piersall

Jim Piersall, one of the most interesting players in Red Sox history, has died after battling a months-long illness.  Piersall was a terrific defensive outfielder, who had some pretty good years with the bat.  He was mostly well-known for his often bizarre antics, which eventually led to him being hospitalized with mental illness and undergoing shock therapy.  He has no memory of that time period but wrote a book about it, Fear Strikes Out.  Piersall used his experiences to bring mental illness to a wider audience, engaging in public speaking and charitable events.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Diamond Kings Blaster

I have mentioned before how much I really like the Diamond Kings set.  So recently I decided to splurge and pick up a blaster.  There were only 35 cards in the blaster.  And yet, this is the results for the Red Sox:
So yes, I did very well.  Three cards out of 35 is a very impressive ratio.  The Hooper and Betts are both base cards, though I am thrilled with the Hooper.  Player selection is one of the things I was most excited about with this set.  The Ted Williams card is an insert, and one of my favorite pulls of the year.  The Williams is really a nice card.  I was very happy with my break here.

But it was not all great.  Take a look at this:
I pulled cards of Yoan Moncada and Chris Sale, two players who were traded for each other.  And yet, both cards show them with the White Sox.  How is that fair?  If you are going to update the team for one player, update it for both.  This Sale card should be a Red Sox card.