Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Back in Black: Box Break Part 2, The Mourning

Tonight marked the end of a really frustrating Cardinals season. I think I'm more angry than disappointed, which surprises me a little. Here is the rest of the box break that I started last week. It's fitting that Griffey as a Red leads off this post.

Pack 13 was posted here.

Pack 14:
145 - Craig Biggio
119 - Mark Buehrle
108 - Doug Mientkiewicz
82 - Trot Nixon
56 - Edgar Martinez (He should be in the Hall.)
151 - Greg Maddux

125 - Carlos Lee
99 - Dean Palmer

Pack 15:
16 - Mark Mulder
67 - Jerry Hairston Jr. (Ugh, he cost the Cardinals multiple games this year.)
18 - Terrence Long
277 - Austin Kearns
251 - Ben Howard
293 - Todd Zeile
214 - Orlando Cabrera

188 - Randy Johnson (What can you say about the Diamondbacks uniforms? Past or present...)

Pack 16:
37 - Aubrey Huff
11 - Scott Hatteberg
71 - Ivan Rodriguez (Pudge is on his 6th team in the past decade after spending all of the '90s with Texas.)
45 - Matt Lawton

19 - Carlos Pena (The Rays clinched tonight. I wonder if anyone was at the game.)
109 - Cristian Guzman
83 - Manny Ramirez
57 - Matt Thornton

Pack 17:
263 - Doug Glanville
237 - Al Leiter
211 - Brad Wilkerson
244 - Armando Benitez
218 - Robb Nen

257 - Jimmy Rollins
231 - Josh Beckett (No playoffs for this guy.)
205 - Eric Karros

Pack 18:
93 - Chuck Knoblauch
92 - Joe Randa
41 - Chuck Finley
30 - Vernon Wells (Weird to think that Wells was still considered a prospect back then.)

4 - Jarrod Washburn (Caption, anyone?)
73 - Mark Teixeira
47 - Bartolo Colon
21 - Jeremy Giambi (Not as bad as Ozzie Canseco, but not extremely memorable either.)

Pack 19:
275 - Sean Casey (Sean Casey seems like a nice guy. I'm not sure I could say the same about the Reds' current first baseman.)
42 - Jim Thome
190 - Matt Williams
225 - Barry Bonds
199 - Paul Lo Duca
162 - Ben Sheets (Hard luck story.)

136 - Mariano Rivera (Pretty much the opposite of a hard luck story.)
110 - Brad Radke

Pack 20:
242 - Mo Vaughn
216 - Jeff Kent (The back of the card says that Kent and Bonds provide a lethal 1-2 punch for the Giants, although Kent hit 51 fewer runs than Bonds in 2001. Seriously. 51 fewer.)
276 - Juan Encarnacion
278 - Danny Graves (So many Reds in this post! You're killin' me!)
252 - Mark Kotsay
228 - Mike Lowell
202 - Darren Dreifort

176 - Tino Martinez (Finally, something to balance things out a bit.)

Pack 21:
185 - Mark Prior (Another hard luck story, except he's a Cub and a Trojan so I won't shed any tears.)
159 - Geoff Jenkins

169 - Jim Edmonds (Nice!)
192 - Curt Schilling

166 - Albert Pujols (This is my kind of pack! Pujols once again has MVP-type numbers this season, but likely will lose out to a playoff player.)
140 - Richard Hidalgo
179 - Kerry Wood (Wood and Prior in the same pack?)

15 - Ichiro Suzuki A Season to Remember (Crazy pack! This is a 1:12 pack insert. I'm running out of time, but I should get two of these Ichiro tribute cards in an "average" box.)

Pack 22:
15 - Jermaine Dye
274 - Rob Mackowiak
248 - Ramon Vazquez
287 - Juan Uribe
261 - Travis Lee
235 - Charles Johnson
288 - Mike Hampton
262 - Mike Lieberthal (The less said about this pack, the better.)

Pack 23:
180 - Delino DeShields
138 - Jeff Bagwell

173 - Bud Smith (I'm not sure what happened to this guy. My first Cards game seen in person was a 10-0 loss at his hands.)
147 - John Smoltz
299 - Barry Bonds Checklist
84 - Josh Hancock (R.I.P.)
58 - Mike Cameron

18 - Ichiro Suzuki A Season to Remember

Pack 24:
250 - Trevor Hoffman
224 - Reggie Sanders
198 - Kevin Brown
226 - Brad Penny (If only Penny had been able to stay healthy.)
149 - Gary Sheffield

174 - Edgar Renteria (Overall, I did pretty well with Cardinals cards.)
150 - Rafael Furcal
124 - Edwin Almonte

And, in a nod to Night Owl's game show theming...



Now let us never speak of this season again.

2 comments:

lonestarr said...

Man, life would be a lot easier to have a sense of humor about if that and other such failure noises played whenever something bad or disappointing happened in real life.

smedcards said...

The pack with Wood and Prior is on the DL for shoulder tendonitis. Don't worry, folks, just a precaution. That pack will make a rehab start in Elmira in a week or so.