The two day layoff is over....well, Weather permitting it is - at any rate the Royals and Orioles are scheduled to try and open the 2014 ALCS tonight.
Game 1 of each series is always special with honorariums, ceremonial first pitches, and of course the player introductions. I am sure one of the big moments tonight will be when the Host Orioles announce JJ Hardy. The O's shortstop just signed a new three year contract extension and will certainly receive a grand ovation.
2003 Bowman Draft Prospects #BDP137 JJ Hardy
The deal is probably the right one for everyone involved. The O’s window is the length of the contract, and Hardy is likely as good an option as anyone. For whatever reason JJ still falls into the overrated underachiever category for me. Early in his career I felt like he either didn’t live up to his billing or couldn’t keep himself on the field. My O’s authorities assure me that this not the case anymore. He is much loved in Baltimore and has been a plus contract for them over the last couple of season. He bring a decent bat and gold glove defense to the Shortstop position all while playing 140+ games each of the last three seasons
2003 Bowman Draft Prospects
Found this one in the Dime box at the recent VF Show. outside of Baltimore JJ Hardy’s RC or pre-RCs will never be worth more than a dime, regardless at a dime it is the right price point for the Phungo collection.
2003 Bowman Draft consists of 165 cards, one of the Key Rookies in the Set is Ryan Howard who resides right next door to Hardy at card #BDP138. This is early oughts Bowman so there are a lot of Rookie Cards, 99 by my count. Other RCs include our friend Jonathan Papelbon (#51) and Robinson Cano (#124). Happened to notice former Phillies cathcer Steve Lerud(#49) is in the set as well.
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2014 Playoff Teams
2014 09 28 Dime Box
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