In this post, we're busting open a rack pack of 2009 Topps. For a little change-up, I am going to add my thoughts to each card we pull. Why not, right? Maybe it will provide a little entertainment along the way. And, if not, well, at least I gave you something to read other than a list of names, managers, and teams.
Fredi Gonzalez - Marlins mgr - Free Agent - A couple notes: He looks like he is possibly giving a sign, and his left hand appears to be holding the logo in the lower corner of the card.
Carlos Delgado - Mets - New Jersey Hadsalls (Wahoo!!) - This a card to show young ballplayers - his eyes are focused squarely on that ball coming in.
Miguel Cairo - Mariners - Free Agent - If concentrate is directly proportionate to tongue sticking out, he is doing some serious concentration here.
Ryan J Braun - Brewers - Thorzul (Wahoo!!) - I know this is the "J" Braun because Thorzul and I got into that discussion last season. See? I can learn!
Brandon Jones - Braves - Free Agent - We have 7 Brandon's claimed in the game, and this is not one of them. Not yet, anyway.
Evan Longoria - Rays - TSHensons (Wahoo!!) - He is sliding into home here, I believe. And, given the shadows, this is a night game.
Ivan Rodriguez - Yankees - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!!) - By looks of the ump in the back and Pudge's own directional stare, I'd say this ball was hit a long way. Heading home, I presume?
Albert Pujols - Cardinals - Wilsons (Wahoo!!) - I can see why Topps went with a horizontal card here. How do they decide which players get vets and which get horizes?
Casey Kotchman - Braves - Free Agent - I love these shots with the ball just coming into play at the batter.
Jon Lester, Jason Bay Postseason Highlights - Red Sox - Thoughts and Sox (Wahoo!!), Thoughts and Sox (Wahoo!!) - Hey, hey! Same manager has both players on one card! Do we call that a double play?
AJ Burnett, Ervin Santana, Roy Halladay AL SO Leaders - Blue Jays, Angels, Blue Jays - Free Agent, Cobb County SuperChickens (Wahoo!!), RJBreeze (Wahoo!!) - I am surprised that Burnett is a free agent, and then again not. These triple-pic cards remind me of the old tear-away basketball cards from when I was a kid.
Francisco Liriano - Twins - Cobb County SuperChickens (Wahoo!! Back-to-Back!) - Yes, this counts as back-to-back. Why? Because I said it does. Plus, my rules for such things does not specify whether it only counts for single player cards or not. Er, actually, there is no rule for these terms I make up.
Cliff Lee - Indians (Wahoo!) - Tribecards (Wahoo!!) - One of these days, I need to drive up the road and visit him in Benton. I'm sure he won't mind.
Hiroki Kuroda - Dodgers - Free Agent - Great pitcher stance: Leg cocked, hand just about to draw the ball out of the glove.
Scott Lewis - Indians (Wahoo!) - Free Agent - This guy is not to be confused with the Indians player Scott Leuis. Mainly because that dude played back in the 90's.
Conor Jackson - Diamondbacks - Dominic FDNY (Wahoo!!) - This is a shot of a very high ball as he makes the play. Or at least, I think the ball is in the glove. Which, if it is, makes for one killer photo.
Reed Johnson - Cubs - Free Agent - He is about to be swallowed by the ivy wall. Though, he is making one heck of a back-handed catch.
David Newhan - Astros - Free Agent - he is squinting after making a hit. At this point, he's not sure what's happening.
Mike Pelfrey - Mets - RJBreeze (Wahoo!! x2) - He's got the tongue-sticking-out thing going, too. All the fans in the background have been blurred out. Welcome to the age of Photoshop.
Xavier Nady - Yankees - Free Agent - I have always wondered if he is related to Charles Nady, and then I remember that his name was Charles Hagy and the answer is (most likely) "no."
Brad Penny - Dodgers - Free Agent - Actually, this is not the most flattering photo, as it appears there is a hand with a baseball protruding from his nether regions. Yeah, I said nether regions.
Carlos Pena - Rays - Play at the Plates (Wahoo!!) - The angle of this pic makes it appear that he about to go over the rolled up tarp. But, it's all perspective.
Well, there you have it. Congratulations to managers getting a card, or multiple cards, out of this pack! Hope you enjoyed the sidebars. Feel free to express your like, dislike or indifference below.