Monday, November 28, 2016
Rookie Debuts: 2/10
Cameos from 2016 Newsmakers: 2/10
2016 Award Winners: 2/10
Fantastic Rookies if this is April 2016: 2/10
Fantastic Rookies if this is November 27th, 2016: 1/10
Trades That May Not Have Gone As Well as Promised: 2/10
Former/Current Tampa Relievers: 2/10
2015 MVPs: 2/10
Concerning Impulse Trades: 2/10
All dupes. Lovely stuff, Topps.
Washington Nationals: 3/10
East Divisions: 5/10
Home Run Derby: 2/10
Product Placements: 1/10
Under-the-radar Rookies: 2/10
GAAAAAH Inserts: 1/10
Reminders that the Phillies Weren't God-Awful in 2016: 1/10
Tired Players in New Uniforms: 3/10
Cards That Are Gonna Look Really Weird in Ten Years: 1/10
Julio Urias is gonna be better next year, but here he is on his Rookie Debut.
Meanwhile, Giancarlo Stanton's HRD card is pretty great, plus Bachelor star Jojo Fletcher makes a relatively passable First Pitch.
Legends in Odd Uniforms: 1/10
Players Who Have Already Been Traded: 1/10
That was a Hobby Box of '16 Update. And...that took quite a while. Definitely worth it, with a decent auto and some nice parallels, but mostly just exhausting to post.
Friday, November 25, 2016
Here in Oakland, 1998, A.J. Hinch has forgotten something so important that he's slapped himself upside the head. Now, eighteen years later, and thanks to this issue from 1999 Fleer Ultra, we must ask aloud...what exactly did he forget?
- His catcher's mask
- His cleats
- It's actually an away game, and he's showed up at home...on the day of a Raider game.
- He's actually forgotten his pants and underwear, but luckily the name logo of the card is covering his privates.
- His Chumbawumba CD (1998, remember?)
- He was supposed to give Jason Giambi a lower back massage at 4
- He forgot to wipe the superglue off of his helmet
- He's actually wearing a Jets jersey instead of an A's one.
- He's forgotten to pinch Jake Marisnick in Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS
- To call his mom before the game.
- Whatever Mark Loretta was pointing at.
- To raid Miguel Tejada's sock drawer
- That he's on a last place A's team
Any suggestions as to what A.J. might have been forgetting? Hopefully they're slightly funnier than mine.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
There hasn't been a lot of concrete news worth reporting in a while. Andrew Cashner signed with the Rangers...for some reason. The Cardinals wasted a few million on a four year deal for a middle reliever. There hasn't been anything big, so for now, all the news outlets are resorting to speculation.
Today...the SPECULATION hot stove pulled out a nice one. According to a report (which is most sportswriters' favorite phrase at this point in the offseason), Aroldis Chapman has been quoted in saying he wants to come back to the Bronx.
Now...that kind of sort of makes sense. Look, Aroldis Chapman just won a World Series ring with the Cubs, but the problem was that Joe Maddon overplayed him towards the end, and sort of threw up that Chapman card a bit too many cards- Mike Montgomery had to pitch the last out of the series because Chapman was too overworked. So Chapman wants to be somewhere that actually pitches him correctly...and the Yankees did a pretty nice job of that, back when they had their Three-Headed Monster. Andrew Miller's gone, but they can still do enough with Dellin Betances and a potential Chapman return.
And look, I get why Cashman traded him, because he thought the Yanks were going under and he didn't want to take any chances, but...Chapman A.) Liked playing in New York, and B.) Arguably did better in New York than he did in Chicago. So getting him back would be a very wise idea. Money would be that variable, but...the Yankees have a bit of that now that all the older players and a few of the contracts are going.
Again, right now this is just speculation, and at this point it could be wrong- he might end up re-signing with Chicago, or going to the Marlins or something. We don't know. I'd like for him to come back to New York, personally, but this isn't about me.
So all I can do right now is HOPE Aroldis Chapman returns to New York.
I realize now, as we begin Part 3 of this box, a month after I broke it, that breaking into 4 parts may have been a bad idea.
Still, this has been a box, as I pulled an autograph of the AL Rookie of the Year, and a negative parallel of Jose Altuve, but, as usual, my November hasn't allowed me as many opportunities to post as I'd like. I do wanna hop back on that though, as I have one or two ideas.
But for now...part 3 of the box. 9 more packs of Update. We can get through this.
# of Players No Longer Playing for Pictured Team: 3/10 (Four if the Jays let go of Edwin)
#of Former Phillies: 1/10
# of Future Phillies: 1/10
Killer Bench Players: 3/10
Chicago Pitchers: 2/10
Short People: 2/10
WHAT THE-: 1/10
Cool Rookies: 2/10
Cool Cubs: 2/10
Japanese Players: 2/10
YELLOW UNIFORMS: 2/10
Sights I figured I'd never see again: 1/10
Green Monsters: 1/10
Cool Rookies: 2/10
Former/Current Mets: 2/10
NL Central: 5/10
People Who Allegedly DIDN'T take steroids: 2/10
Awesome Rookies: 2/10
Product Placements: 2/10
New York-related cards: 4/10
Cano's is also nice, and...I forgot Will Harris was an All Star.
Ugh. Ton of dupes in here.
Former Yankees: 4/10
Former Cubs: 1/10
Current Cubs: 2/10
People I Did Not Expect to be Good in 2016: 2/10
That was Part 3. I'll try to throw the last part on here relatively soon.