I received my first card of the new collecting season, from a Listia seller, a little over a week ago. I wasn't feeling the Flagship, but I thought I could hold on purchasing an 2015 product until Opening Day hit the shelves on the 18th of this month. Wrong.
I should have waited like I originally had planned, and here's why . . .
If you're in the camp that doesn't consider the back of the pack to be the first card, then here's a shot of Michael Cuddyer, in a photo-shopped uniform, trying to stare into your soul.
Things did get a little better though.
Brandon Finnegan's story was pretty cool last year. College World Series to MLB World Series. That's pretty tough to beat.
Johnny Cueto had a nice season in 2014 and earned a second place finish in the Cy Young voting. He pitches in the NL Central and I'm fine with it as long as he continues to get roughed up by the Cubs, who hung two losses on him last year.
Alex Wood? Meh. Adam Eaton? I hope he continues to blossom after a nice 2014 atop the Pale Hose lineup.
I was lucky enough to get an SP, which I believe can be found in every third pack.
traded three times before his 25th birthday. Wow.
Don't get me wrong, I like Javy Baez, but I feel La Stella at second base is a better fit for the lineup. He controls the strike zone as a hitter, and the Cubs' lineup already has plenty of swing and miss in it. La Stella could offer steady defense and an above average OBP. It's nice to have some big bats (Rizzo, Soler, Bryant & Castro), but you still need guys on base for those bats!
The La Stella stays in the collection, but the rest of the cards (including the Wacha) are up for grabs. Leave a comment and you'll have a PWE in your mailbox within a few days. Thanks for reading!