How about those baseball games yesterday! I'm sure my Cubs friends are flying the W high while my Dodger pals are a little in the dumps. The good thing is they play tonight so that Montero homerun could be a distant memory with Kershaw on the mound. On a side note I wish anyone but Montero would have hit that homerun. He is not one of my favorites.
Speaking of the Cubs, I have a new trade partner that happens to be a Cubs collector! Reader Chris messaged me a few weeks back saying he had a good bit of Buccos from 2000-2011. I'm always excited when I can add cards from this time period because even with actively collecting during this time, so many sets existed that you you can never be caught up.
The cards Chris sent turned out to be a nice snapshot of what it felt like to collect Buccos during this time. Plenty of rookies that were hyped that never panned out and one guy that pretty was it for the Buccos in the mid 2000's.
Fangraphs did a write up on the worst defensive catchers of all time last year and Doumit was pretty much a clear cut winner. He was considered one of the worst pitch framers all time and was extremely slow to make his throws to second. He managed to stay in the league because he had some pop in his bat, but his career ended rather abruptly as his defense destroyed his value.
I warned you that you would see plenty of Jason Bay. That is why I considered this group of cards a great summary of the time period. Lots of interesting rookies, but Jason Bay is the main event. If it wasn't for Bay the Pirates wouldn't have had anybody worth collecting during the mid 2000's. Thankfully card companies went to town with the former Pirates outfielder and released a ton of cards. To this day I'm still finding cards I had no idea existed.
Chris really hooked me up.
Thanks so much Chris for sending these my way. It was a nice trip down memory lane. Good luck to your Cubs tonight.