Thursday, February 25, 2016

2 Plummers in 1 Day

You never know what type of weather to expect when you live in Southern Illinois.  Last weekend was sunny with temps pushing 70 degrees.  Yesterday brought blizzard warnings for much of the state with 3-5 inches of snow and wind gusts up to 40mph.  My area was lucky in a sense because we did not receive any snow accumulation, but we did get 2-3 inches of rain.  Early forecast for this weekend is sunny and 60 degrees.

All the rain reminded me of  time a few years ago when my basement flooded due to a drain backup.  A plumber came and cleaned everything out before there was too much water on the floor.  Luckily there was less than an inch of water with the some drywall being the only thing of note damaged.  I had a little chuckle when a trade package yesterday contained 2 plummers.

Nick Plummer was the Cardinals #1 draft pick in 2015.  I have mentioned before that he played high school baseball in Michigan where the batter started with a 1-1 count.  I would guess I have an outside chance of seeing him play in Peoria later this summer. 

The second Plummer is not as nice as the auto, but I still needed it for my team set.  The Cardinals selected Jake Woodford 39th in last years draft with their competitive balance pick.  It is almost comical they get an extra draft pick for being a so called small market team, but yet still make the playoffs almost every year.  I admit that system needs to be fixed.

The trade packaged also included a handful of inserts.  The Yadi is a refractor from 2013 Bowman Chrome.  I still have a hard time realizing Taveras is no longer playing baseball.  Yes it was a trajedy, but hopefully a lesson learned for other young players.

A couple of minis featuring the Big Puma and often injured Jaime Garcia.  I read early today that this is the first spring in 5 years that he is healthy.  I would like to think he will have a career year since he will be a free agent after this season, but I would not bet on him staying healthy.

These may appear to be base 2011 Topps, but a closer look at the upper left corner shows them to be Target Throwback variations.  The backs also differ from the base cards due to lack of the glossy finish.  Hard to believe Freese is still sitting at home with a team. 

1 comment:

  1. We don't have basements here which I miss, but I sometimes forget they can and do flood. If I understand what you wrote-in Michigan High School batters start with a 1-1 count? So why not give them 3 balls and 2 strikes? That is very interesting.