But enough of my prattling- on with the packs:
John Olerud of the Blue Jays. Well posed studio shot, and also, he's John Olerud. 5 points.
Jaime Navarro of the Brewers. Another great shot under the stadium lights. 5 points.
Pat Mahomes of the Twins. Bleah, a standard pitcher shot. 2 points.
Gary Sheffield of the Padres. Hey, remember back when Sheff was a badass? 5 points.
Lonnie Smith of the Pirates. Oh, it's you again. 1 point
Nigel Wilson of the Marlins. Hey. 1 point
Jim Tatum of the Rockies. HEY! 1 point.
Dave Steib of the White Sox HEEEYY! 1 point
Jose Guzman of the Cubs. This isn't funny. 1 point
Steve Decker of the Marlins. Sighhh. 1 point
David Cone of the Royals. 1 point. I'm doing the best I can with the Mets.
Rob Natal of the Marlins. Finally, a new card. And it's an original catcher shot no less. 4 points. In case your counting, 2 teams that no one signed up for are tied for first with Colorado. SEEE???
Jimmy Key of the Yankees. Good pitching stance. AJ Burnett must beware of not becoming this guy. 3 points.
Javy Lopez of the Braves. Just giving the world a big hug. Also, his rookie card. 4 points.
Mike Lansing of the Expos. A decent fielding shot, but pulled back too far. 3 points.
Felix Jose of the Royals. One word: Power. 3 points
Frank Thomas of the White Sox Members Choice. The definition of badass in the 90's. I think. 5 points
Kevin Seitzer of the Athletics. A failed prospect on a nice sideways shot finally puts the A's on the board. 4 points
Rob Natal of the Marlins. ...Dammit. 1 point
Jimmy Key of the Yankees. DAMMIT. 1 point
Otis Nixon of the Braves. Basic. A little too basic. 3 points only because it's Otis Nixon.
Jon Shave of the Rangers. HAHAHAHAHA! What a last name. 4 points.
Tony Fernandez of the Mets. Okay, BA Benny...here you go. 4 points cause he's Tony Fernandez.
Kevin Young of the Pirates. Running, and watching the ball. 3 points.
Dave Martinez of the Giants. A nice close shot of Martinez swatting the ball. 4 points
Steve Avery of the Braves. Good, but not enough. 2 points
Greg Maddux of the Braves. THAT is enough. 5 points for being a first ballot HOFer. This puts a certain Canadian in the lead.
John Olerud of the Blue Jays. Come on... 1 point
Kevin Stocker of the Phillies. A swing and a near miss. 3 points
Jaime Navarro of the Brewers. Grrr. 1 point
Charlie Hayes of the Rockies. This card gets 4 points, because it has a First Day Printing emblem in the top right corner. So there.
John Jaha of the Brewers. 1 point
Dave Nilsson of the Brewers. 1 point
Domingo Martinez of the Blue Jays. Close shot of a fielder. 3 points
Greg Maddux members choice. Dammit. 1 point
Armando Reynoso of the Rockies. 1 point.
Harold Baines of the Orioles. 1 point. I MEAN...
JT Snow of the Angels. We finally get an original card, but it's JT Snow. Oh well. 3 points
Norm Charlton of the Mariners. That's a pretty cool pitcher's shot. 4 points
Robby Thompson of the Giants. This guy means business. 5 points
Gregg Jeffries of the Cardinals. A nice swing. 3 points. This leaves the Red Sox as the only team without points. I did not alter the packs, even if I'm a Yankee fan. This is how it was collated. Seriously.
Paul O'Neill of the Yankees. And as usual, doubles. 1 point
Charlie Hough of the Marlins. 1 point
Greg Gagne of the Royals. 1 point
Mitch Webster of the Dodgers. 1 point
Darrell Sherman of the Padres. This isn't funny. 1 point
Steve Howe of the Yankees. The Phil Hughes of 1993. 3 points
Doug Drabek of the Astros. How is it that this guy looked like he was 50 when he was in his late 30's. How is that possible. He looks like the old guy in a western. 5 points. Just to get you a shave, dude. Preferrably not Jon Shave.
Joe Magrane of the Cardinals. A nice horizontal shot. 4 points
Jim Converse of the Mariners. An okay pitcher shot. 2 points
Candy Maldonaldo of the Cubs. And here come the doubles. 1 point
"Bobby" Kelly of the Reds. HA! 1 point
Charlie Leibrandt of the Rangers. Was kinda old, but not compared to teammates Ryan and Gossage. So not that old. 4 points
Mark Carreon of the Giants. Tight shot of a guy standing. 2 points
Mike Draper of the Mets. A standard pitcher shot, but it's a spring training shot. So 3 points.
After 8 packs, the Braves lead the contest with 27 points. The Rockies are close behind with 25. And in some irony I can get behind, a box I bought in New England has 8 packs without a single Red Sock. Wow. Still, the contest continues tomorrow.