I was browsing around Ebay looking for some cards of Red Sox players without many cards, when I stumbled upon this kind of odd-looking Ryan Hanigan card. Apparently, there was a game kind of similar to MLB Showdown released last year. The game is apparently pretty much the same, and the game came with 30 cards. I bought a number of the cards after discovering them:
1. Allen Craig. Craig has been a big disappointment in Boston after being acquired in the trade with Joe Kelly that sent John Lackey to St. Louis. Craig has hit .139/.236/.197 with just two home runs for the Red Sox. A far cry from his numbers in St. Louis.
2. Anthony Varvaro. Varvaro was picked up from the Braves after putting up a very impressive season in 2014. Unfortunately, he did not do nearly as well for Boston. He only pitched in nine games and was 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA and spent most of the season in the minors. This is the first card of Varvaro with the Red Sox that I have seen, and so I had to have it.
3. Brock Holt. Holt is the player that is the largest in my collection from these six cards. But I really like Brock Holt so I jumped at a chance to add an unusual card of Boston's sole All Star in 2015.
4. Robbie Ross. Ross was picked up in a deal with the Rangers in exchange for Anthony Ranaudo. Ross was one of the principal members of Boston's rotation over the course of the 2015 season. The left-hander pitched in 54 games with a 3.86 ERA and went 0-2 with 6 saves. Like Varvaro, this is the first card I have seen of Ross, so again, I had to have it.
5. Wade Miley. Miley was traded this offseason to Seattle in a pretty good trade that brought Boston Roenis Elias and Carson Smith. Miley lead Boston in innings pitched in 2015.
6. Ryan Hanigan. This is the card that lead to me buying these singles. I only had one card of Ryan Hanigan from before. I have not had the greatest luck getting Hanigan cards with the Red Sox. His 2015 base card is the last one I need to have the full team set. I still have not gotten his 2016 Topps card either. He is expected to be Boston's backup catcher in 2016.
I would like to see this game continue in the future. I loved MLB Showdown for its player selection, and this set seems to be in the same vein.