Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Please Mr. Postman (A trade post) -- Napkins and Heritage

I can't wait for tonight.

I'll finally get to see the new Marlins ballpark host a regular season game. I saw parts of the two preseason Marlins-Yankees games that were played in the new stadium, but watching the first game that will actually count is going to be something else.

As if my excitement level couldn't be any higher, I received a package from Mr. Doon over at "The Adventures of Napkin Doon". He sent a bunch of Heritage cards my way.

One of the best was the above Jose Reyes card. We'll be seeing him tonight, sans dreadlocks.

Even though he didn't do much in his time with the Cubs, it's still odd seeing Fukudome in another uniform.

I can only imagine how off-kilter he's going to look in a White Sox jersey in 2012.

The grass behind Mr. Kendrick is the greenest grass I've ever seen. Much greener than a normal ballfield.

While I always enjoy pitch-black backdrops, that isn't the most flattering shot of "K-Rod". I'll be seeing him on a regular basis this season given how many times the Brewers face the Cubs.

This Chrome Ryan Vogelsong was the centerpiece of the trade.

I collected Vogelsong during his Pirates days. He'd always seem to find his way into the game whenever the Buccos faced the Cubs. Plus, I thought his last name was cool.

Just like Brandon McCarthy, I was about ready to lump him in with my other "obscure" player collections. After all, he hadn't played in a big-league game since 2006.

Until last year, I thought he was out of baseball. I had to double-check that the Giants' Ryan Vogelsong was the same mediocre Pirates pitcher that I kept seeing five years ago. Had it not been for Lance Berkman, Vogelsong would've run away with the NL Comeback Player of the Year award, as he won 13 games and posted a 2.71 ERA in 2011.

So much for being obscure.

Much thanks go out to Napkin Doon for helping me out with some Heritage needs! Now let's get ready for a great night of baseball.

It feels good to be able to say that again.

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