This is it. Today marks the beginning of the end of season "for real." You see, today is the last Thursday of the regular MLB season, and thus is the last Thursday post for 182 packs. Wow. It doesn't seem that long ago that I was writing the FIRST Thursday post. What am I going to post in the off-season? Guess I'll just have to see what unfolds.
Speaking of unfolding, Manny Acta is out as the Indians manager. That's all fine and well, but there needs to be change higher up in the ranks. Shapiro and Antonetti should be out of there as well. Things in Cleveland are not going to significantly improve until the leadership is ousted. Period. I am glad to see that Sandy Alomar will be taking the reins during the interim, but he's just being set up for a fall if he stays on and upper management doesn't change.
Now that I've had my say, let's rip open a pack of wax! How about 1997 Pinnacle Hobby New?
Alex Rodriguez - Mariners - East Meets West
Ivan Rodriguez - Rangers - East Meets West
Roberto Alomar - Orioles
John Valentin - Red Sox
Shawn Green - Blue Jays
Mike Piazza - Dodgers
Bernard Gilkey - Mets
I love busting the "East Meets West" cards out of these packs. To make it even better, we have ARod and Pudge. The rest of the pack shaped up pretty nicely, too. They are all names from that era that I recognize (sorry, Bo).