Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Brought to You by the #2

It is always nice to be #1.  Whether you are talking about sports or just daily life situations,  most people want to be first.  I know my 2 children are always fighting to be first out the door or first person in line.  Wish I knew why that does not translate when it comes to being first one done brushing their teeth or first done with their homework.  If another parent knows the secret to either one of those, please let me know. 

There are times when it is ok to be #2.  With Halloween coming up soon, it may not be a bad idea to be the second person through the haunted house.  Being a second child has some advantages because the first child is the guinea pig for the stupid things first time parents try. 

My latest trade package had a lot of #2s.  It was the second trade package I received over the weekend.  It was also the second package I received from a member of Trading Bases group.

Here are 2 2016 Topps inserts, a gold Jaime Garcia and a Foil Lance Lynn.  These 2 starting pitchers were suppose to be part of the 2016 rotation, but Lynn had Tommy John surgery before spring training.  Garcia managed to stay healthy for the first time in a long time, but became ineffective and lost his spot in the rotation to Alex Reyes.

The package included 2 more 2016 inserts.  Bob Gibson is arguably the greatest pitcher in the Cardinals history, although Dizzy Dean would be a close second.  Gibson won 2 World Series with the Cardinals in 1964 and 1967.  He also won 2 Cy Young awards in 1968 and 1970.  McGwire also has 2 World Series rings, although neither came as a player for the Cardinals.  He was a member of the A's 1988 team, and was the hitting coach for the 2011 Cardinals. 

The package contained 2 more cards, both jersey cards.

One common thing I can say about Wacha and Adams is their uniform numbers both end in 2, 52 and 32.  Both missed a good part of the 2016 season with injuries and are not guaranteed to return to their former roles in 2017.  Wacha may become a reliever due to his shoulder issues, while Adams may not even be a Cardinal.  I hope that is not the case, but if Matt Carpenter becomes the full time first baseman Adams will be the odd man out. 

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