Monday, November 12, 2012

Whither Brian Fuentes?

Jason from Hobbs' Knights (which I'm not sure is being updated any longer) took an interest in a Cal Ripken/Tony Gwynn UD Masterpieces card that I posted last month and proposed a trade that netted me a new jersey card for my collection. But for starters, a few base cards were tossed my way, mostly from the relatively new Topps Update set. Brian Fuentes pitched all of 5 innings last season with the Cardinals as a late season acquisition before permanently leaving the team for "personal reasons". He was last spotted at some sort of autograph signing in California, apparently.

Rafael Furcal has a Cardinals contract that extends through next season, though it remains unclear how much the team will be able to rely on him. He had a hot start to 2012 which found him on the All-Star team.

I think this is my first card of Scrabble as a Cardinal. He was an integral part of the bullpen during last year's miraculous run, but this season proved to be disappointing more often than not.

Here's the big payoff - a Ryan Ludwick All-Star jersey card to add to my collection. Ludwick had a huge year for the Reds this season, by far his best season since becoming an All-Star in 2008.


Joe Average Card Collector said...

Topps should have just said they didn't feel like making a Fuentes card this year, just like Fuentes didn't feel like pitching this year.

Jeff said...

As an Angel fan, my only memory of Fuentes can be summed up as "gasoline on a fire".