Here is the mailday roundup from Monday. There were three packages with nine cards total:
2. Matt Barnes. Other than a rough stretch from overuse, Barnes had a decent season in his first full season with the Red Sox. He will be a big part of the bullpen going forward.
3. Daisuke Matsuzaka. I always like the Moments and Milestones sets. I considered trying for a full run of some player. Matsuzaka was considered. I may return to that at some point, but I am still working on my Sandy Alomar Jr. Topps Tek run.
4. Edgar Renteria. In hindsight, Boston should have re-signed Orlando Cabrera. The signing of Renteria made sense on paper, but he had a brutal season, hitting .276/.335/.385 and committing 30 errors.
5. Marco Scutaro. On the other hand, there was Scutaro who turned in two very good under-the-radar seasons and was a solid defensive player. The big move is not always the right move.
6. Curt Schilling. Here is another Moments and Milestones card. Schilling was another player that I considered. Mike Lowell was one of the most likely players I considered.
7. Jim Rice. Rice had to wait 15 years before he was elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA. That will no longer happen as the limit has been reduced to 10 years. Hopefully Clemens and Schilling can find their way in soon.
8. David Ortiz. Here it is, Ortiz's final moment on the field as an active player. He does look as if he was very emotional.
9. Hanley Ramirez. I join in the disdain that others feel about these cards that are essentially advertisements for Franklin. Although an insert of Hanley Ramirez is hard to pass up.