2007 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Adam LaRoche Bat Auto /5
I've been wanting to show some of my mid 2000's Pirate cards. This is a nice Adam LaRoche bat variation from UD Sweet Spot. Pirate fans were very excited when LaRoche was obtained from the Braves. He was just entering his prime and coming off a productive season. While LaRoche put up stellar counting stats with the Bucs he just never developed into the star the Pirates were hoping. He was a notoriously slow starter who did most of his damage late in the season when the Pirates were out of it. The Pirates ended up cutting ties with LaRoche while his value was low, so we didn't even get a quality player in return. LaRoche has reestablished his value with the Nationals and is now a key part of their lineup.