It has been so long on some of these things that I really do not remember them well. I remember this was a break of some type, but I cannot remember what type of pack or box this was. I only pulled a single Red Sox card and it was a base veteran player.
Sunday, October 31, 2021
Saturday, October 30, 2021
My next package to show off contained a couple of the retail-only parallels from 2019 Topps. The yellow cards are exclusive to Walmart, while the purples were exclusive to Meijer, a store I do not have anywhere close to me. So obviously these are difficult to come by for me. So we have Mookie Betts and Rick Porcello here.
I still pick up the occasional Mookie Betts card these days. Tough not to, as he was simply one of the best players to wear a Red Sox uniform in my lifetime. It is a shame he is no longer on the team, but it is time to move on, while recognizing his importance to the team's recent history.
And then there is Porcello. I have mentioned before that Porcello seems underrepresented in my collection. I need to work on that. Porcello is still the most recent Red Sox pitcher to win the Cy Young Award. It may not have been the most deserving choice, though the field was wide open in 2016, but it is the way it is.
Thursday, October 28, 2021
The next package is a pair of Topps Heritage Chrome Purple Refractors. Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury came up around the same time period, with Pedroia making his debut late in the 2006 season and Ellsbury late in the 2007 season. They were both big parts of the 2007 and 2013 World Championship teams.
Pedroia will be remembered for spending his entire career with the Red Sox. He will be a borderline Hall of Famer, with late career injuries being the only thing that could potentially keep him out. Pedroia won the Rookie of the Year and the MVP in consecutive seasons, and was a four-time All Star, winning four Gold Glove Awards and a Silver Slugger. He could have done more had he not been injured, but he was a terrific player who made the most of his abilities.
Ellsbury was known for his speed. He broke the team's single-season stolen base record by swiping 70 bases in 2009. He led the league in stolen bases three times. He had a massive 2011 season which marked his only All Star appearance as well as his only Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards. That season, he became the Red Sox first 30/30 man and finished second in the MVP vote. Unfortunately, Ellsbury will not be remembered quite as fondly as Pedroia because he jumped over to the Yankees the first time he was a free agent. His career also ended prematurely due to injuries.
Sunday, October 24, 2021
Saturday, October 23, 2021
I will get around to posting my usual recap of the season at some point. Right now I am very disappointed in the finish. The Red Sox looked like a team of destiny less than a week ago. Since that time though, the offense completely shut down. This has been the trend with the team all year long. They were maddeningly inconsistent. They could look great, then suddenly look like a team that was completely lost on the field.
The one thing to remember though is that this team was not even supposed to get this far. This looked like a rebuilding season at the outset. The "experts" predicted a fourth place finish and that did not seem out of line. Chris Sale was still recovering from Tommy John surgery and, other than Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers, the team did not have many star players. A number of players were signed as stop-gaps, like Hunter Renfroe, Enrique Hernandez, Garrett Richards, Matt Andriese, Marwin Gonzalez and others. Some of those players were terrific, others were decidedly not. And yet, the team was in first place at the All Star Break. They slumped badly down the stretch, but managed to put enough together to win the top Wild Card spot on the last day of the season, finishing with the same record as the Yankees, the team many picked to win the division. Boston got the top spot and home field advantage in the Wild Card Game because they won 10 out of 19 games against the Yankees.
They were not expected to beat the Yankees. And yet, they did. They then played the Rays, a team they struggled against. They were not expected to beat them. And yet, they did. So they drew the Astros in the ALCS, a team that blew them out more times then not. Obviously they were not expected to beat them. But after the first three games, they looked like they were in good shape. Unfortunately, things turned quickly and they looked like a team that did not deserve to be there in the last three games. It is what it is.
This team will be remembered as a surprise team that made it much further than anyone thought they would. They certainly surprised me. But it is perfectly okay to still be saddened and disappointed by what happened at the end, especially so soon. In a few days, I will better be able to reflect on all of the great things that happened this season. It is just too soon right now.
Friday, October 15, 2021
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Tom Poquette was primarily a fourth outfielder throughout his career, splitting time between the corner spots with the occasional stint in center as well. Poquette came up through the Royals system and had a couple of decent seasons early on in his career. In his first full season, Poquette hit .302/.361/.430 with 18 doubles, ten triples and two home runs. The next season he hit .292/.337/.412, but that was the last season he played in more than 100 games.
Thursday, October 7, 2021
I do not have a really good intro here. This is a decent-sized package with a variety of recent cards, a lot of them are unreasonably shiny or chrome.