Monday, November 19, 2018

When The Red Sox Won, So Did I!

 
In case you haven't heard, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series last month. Many lucky people have benefited from this momentous occasion. Free tacos were distributed. Some guy even won the lottery. As for me, I won a contest!

Collector's Crack held the "8th Annual Almost The Easiest World Series Contest On The Web", and gave contestants the option to predict the result of the World Series. I was one of three people to correctly guess the Red Sox emerging victorious over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The first tie-breaker was the number of games played, of which I guessed 6. No one guessed it would go 5 games, so the final tie-breaker was used. I guessed that there would be 17 home runs hit during the series. The total ended up being 14, but since I was the closest, I won!

The prize was some fantastic 1979 Hostess 3-card panels:






The author of Collector's Crack, the man known as Cynacal Buddha, also gifted me some Red Sox cards:

Among the beautiful cards is an autograph of the top prospect in the Red Sox system, a SN15 of a Hall of Fame pitcher, and a memorabilia card of a hopefully future Hall of Famer! These are incredible!

My utmost gratitude to CB for holding the contest and sending these great cards my way. Thanks a bunch!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Payday Pack - Short Guy Short Print

I had a tiny amount of money, so I made a brief trip to the local Wally World and wandered over to their diminutive card selection. I picked up a small 12 card pack of Series Two, and was not short-changed. Here are my three favorites from the pack:

3rd Place

2018 Topps #379 Power Up (CL)

Why hasn't this card gotten more love in the blogging community? This card is fantastic! Someone actually thought Jason Werth and Ryan Zimmerman needed the Anthony Rizzo/Kris Bryant bro-mance treatment, and came up with...Zimmwerth? Are you serious? Even better, the card is them yelling! This is the primal scream of baseball on cardboard! I don't know why they're screaming, but I want to join in and scream with them: AAAHHHHHH!!!!

2nd Place

2018 Topps - Salute #S-34 Travis Shaw

You just got to love those throwback Brewers uniforms! The Mayor of Ding Dong City is rocking the Milwaukee pinstripes!

1st Place

2018 Topps #400 Jose Altuve (SP)

A short print of one of baseball's diminutive stars! Not a bad return for a some loose change!

Other Contestants Not Appearing On Stage:
#585 Brandon Crawford
#444 Aaron Altherr
#442 Jesus Aguilar
#629 Max Scherzer
#351 Bryce Harper
#568 J.C. Ramirez
#650 Justin Verlander
#599 Justin Turner
#436 Yu Darvish

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Repack Haiku #77 (Lloyd McClendon)

"Legendary Lloyd"
Homered in five straight at bats
As Little Leaguer


1989 Donruss #595 Lloyd McClendon

He accomplished the feat during the 1971 Little League World Series.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Time Travel Trading Update #22


Another 2 weeks have gone by without a trade proposal. That makes one trade in the past 9 weeks. At some point I'll have to officially end the Time Travel Trading Project, and although I don't think that time is now, it does appear to be in the near future. Maybe I'll go to the end of the year, maybe when the 2019 Topps set comes out, I don't know. For now, I'll continue to pimp cards and hopefully entice a few more trades out of this. Today I'm going to feature that last 2 cards I received in February.

1990 Topps #18 Carlos Quintana


Another Red Sox card on the block! I swear I'm not doing it on purpose, I just seem to get a lot of Red Sox cards in trades. (I wonder why....). Anyway, he'll end up in my doubles box if no one rescues him!

How Acquired - Received from a Chris from Nachos Grande along with a 2013 Topps Update Stephen Drew and 1971 Topps Hal McRae in exchange for the 2018 Topps Eric Hosmer.

Time Travel Trading Update #4

Why Should You Want These Cards? - The colorful 1990 Topps set is very underrated in my humble opinion. It's a nice looking set. Quintana was one of those types of players that arrived on the scene without much fanfare but was a steady producer once he hit the Majors. Unfortunately, he was never the same after a car accident wiped out his entire season in 1992.

1954 Bowman #16 Jim Wilson


This card officially made my project an unqualified success. I never would have dreamed I'd be able to get anything this old from the original pack. Since then I've acquired another 1954 Bowman plus two cards even older.

How Acquired - Received from a TCDB member in exchange for a 2018 Topps Derek Jeter Highlights black parallel insert.

Time Travel Trading Update #6

Why Should You Want This Card? - It's been said before: Jim Wilson is a badass! From the back of his card: "In 1945 Jim suffered a severe injury which looked like the end of his baseball career. He was pitching for the Boston Red Sox against Detroit at Briggs Stadium. Hank Greenberg was at bat and hit a line drive which struck Jim in the head. He was knocked out and carried from the field. He had a delicate brain operation and was warned by his surgeon to give up the game. He decided to try again, and he had a 12-6 record for Louisville in 1946."

I need your help to keep this project going! make me an offer!

The Time Travel Trade Stack:


2008-09 O-Pee-Chee (hockey)
#128 Tim Thomas

2001 Upper Deck - e-Card (golf)
#E-TW Tiger Woods

1993-94 Fleer (basketball)
#224 Michael Jordan (LL)

1990-91 Hoops (basketball)
#168 Glen Rice (RC)

1990 Topps
#18 Carlos Quintana ***LAST CHANCE***

1986 Sportflics
#122 John Tudor

1986 Topps
#5 Rose Special '75-'78
#6 Rose Special '79-'82
 #401 Fernando Valenzuela (Turn Back The Clock)

1985 Topps
#694 Joe Carter

1983 Topps (football)
#219 Joe Cribbs (LL)
#280 Mike Renfro
#307 Jim Plunkett

1982 Donruss
#NNO Checklist 545-653

1982 O-Pee-Chee E.T. The Extraterrestrial (non-sport)
#15 Among Elliott's Toys

1981 Topps
#63 Steve Renko
#704 Bill Travers

1980 Topps
#143 Bruce Bochte
#157 Willie Wilson
#671 A's Future Stars

1980 Topps (football)
#280 Jack Lambert (AP)

1979 Topps
#130 Bob Watson
#465 Reggie Smith

1978 Topps (football)
#126 Rick Kane (RC)

1977 Topps
#524 Rowland Office

1977 Topps (football)
#206 Cleveland Browns (CL)
#269 Archie Griffin (RC)
#405 Joe Greene

1975 Topps
#378 Derrel Thomas
#402 Bob Tolan

1974 Topps
#38 Don Kessinger
#67 Tommy Helms

1974 Topps - Team Checklists
#NNO Montreal Expos

1973-74 O-Pee-Chee (hockey)
#53 Richard Lemieux

1973 Topps
#18 Leroy Stanton
#29 Tony Taylor
#36 Steve Barber
#79 Jim Willoughby (RC)
#98 Dick Woodson
#99 Carl Taylor

1972 Topps
#43 Rick Wise
#109 Jerry May

1971 Topps (football)
#22 Ken Avery (RC)

1970 Topps
#47 Bob Miller
#56 Phillies Rookies - Joe Lis/Scott Reid (RC)
#103 Frank Reberger

1970 Red Rose and Blue Ribbon North American Wildlife In Danger (non-sport)
#32 Polar Bear

1969 Topps
#139 Andy Kosco

1969 Topps - Deckle Edge
#13 Mel Stottlemyre

1969 Topps (football)
#73 Bennie McRae
#154 Sam Baker

1968 Topps
#4 1967 AL RBI Leaders (Yastrzemski/Killebrew/Robinson)
#348 Larry Colton/Dick Thoenen

1968 Topps - Game
#15 Steve Hargan

1968 Topps (football)
#7 Earl Gros

1966 Topps
#154 Chuck Hiller

1967 Philadelphia (football)
#109 New York Giants (TC)

1966 Philadelphia (football)
#104 Rams vs. Browns

1965 Philadelphia (football)
#193 John Paluck

1964 Philadelphia (football)
#172 Ken Gray (RC)

1964 Topps
#60 Frank Malzone
#79 Bob Heffner (RC)
#352 Eddie Bressoud

1963 Topps
#111 Al Jackson
#155 Bill Stafford
#246 Lee Strange
#343 Johnny Pesky (MGR)

1962 Topps
#278 Ken Johnson

1960 Topps
#95 Frank Thomas

1959 Topps (football)
#80 Joe Perry

1958 Topps
#371 Marty Keough (RC)

1958 Topps Zorro (non-sport)
#83 Rude Awakening

1957 Topps
#66 Brooks Lawrence
#235 Tom Poholsky
#249 Dave Pope
#371 Bob Lennon

1956 Topps
#21 Joe Collins
#103 Willie Miranda (white back)
#156 Johnny Antonelli

1956 Topps Flags of the World (non-sport)
#70 Jordan

1955 Topps
#126 Dick Hall (RC)

1954 Bowman
#16 Jim Wilson ***LAST CHANCE***
#73 Don Mueller

1952 Bowman
#57 Clyde Vollmer

1938 Church & Dwight Useful Birds Of America Tenth Series (J9-6) (non-sport)
#2 Black-throated Green Warbler

The Time Travel Trading Project is simple in concept. I started out with a random pack of 2018 Topps Series 1 baseball cards. My aim was to trade every card in that pack for something older. Each card I receive in turn is then made available for trade, with the goal to get the oldest card I can get.

Number of trades completed: 26
Unique trading partners: 21

Number of cards mailed out: 57
Year of oldest card mailed out: 1956

Number of cards received: 134
Year of oldest card received: 1938

Friday, November 9, 2018

Trade Recap: Cards With Gum

"To finish, or not to finish? That is the question. Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the knowledge of a set close to completion, or to take up trades and by opposing end it?" - Shakespear's card collecting younger brother probably

Recently,  Jon from Community Gum offered up a lot of 2016 Topps Archive for trade. It's a set I've always liked, and the one Archives set I actually have a decent amount of. I looked at what he had available, and saw most of the base cards listed I didn't have, including the remaining Red Sox I need from that set. I figured what the heck, and sent him an email. In exchange for a bunch of cards for his Cubs players collection, he was kind enough to send me 71 cards from the set.


With those cards, the set is now 89% complete. I'll be honest, I wasn't planing on finishing this set. I was never fond of the concept of chasing short prints to complete any set, and Archives tacked on 10 hard to get cards right at the end. Not something I want to put much effort into.

Yet...89% is really close. I haven't completed a set since the early 90's when I was in high school, and it might just be cool to complete another one. Of course, I have other older sets that are above 70% complete that I could concentrate on without having to worry about acquiring higher valued cards.

I guess for now I'll stay on the fence. I won't actively seek the remaining cards out, but I'll keep it in the back of my mind for future trades. For anyone I may end up trading with, it'll be something else to consider besides the always welcomed Red Sox cards.

Here's what's left:

1 Albert Pujols
13 Jason Heyward
25 Kyle Schwarber RC
29 Russell Martin
30 Manny Machado
47 Jorge Lopez RC
59 Robinson Cano
83 Satchel Paige
95 Jim Bunning
126 Yu Darvish
129 Mike Trout
149 Brian Dozier
150 Kris Bryant
169 Jorge Soler
183 Salvador Perez
201 Jackie Robinson
204 Miguel Cabrera
229 Billy Butler
237 Miguel Sano RC
257 Giancarlo Stanton
264 Luke Jackson RC
268 Carl Edwards Jr. RC
299 Hector Rondon
300 Sandy Koufax
301 Kenta Maeda RC, SP
302 Randy Jones SP
303 Tom Gordon SP
304 Al Kaline SP
305 Steve Garvey SP
306 Tito Francona SP
307 Phil Nevin SP
308 Charlie Hayes SP
309 Kris Benson SP
310 Sandy Koufax SP
(For it's worth, I also need just one more card for the Father Son insert set: #FS-FF Tito & Terry Francona)

Anybody else have a set they're unsure they want to complete or not? Does the presence of short prints factor into your decision to finish a set?

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Repack Haiku #76 (Roy Halladay)

The man they called "Doc"
Among best pitchers ever
Lock for Hall of Fame

2010 Topps #200a Roy Halladay

He passed away one year ago today...

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Red (Suit) Alert! Secret Santa Is A Go!


Just a quick little PSA in case anyone is interested. Last year Matt from Bob Walk The Plank held a Secret Santa among the blogging community. I participated for the first time last year and really enjoyed it. Matt has gone into blogging retirement, and the mantle has been passed on to Jon at A Penny Sleeve For Your Thoughts. Sign-ups are this week, so head on over there for the chance to buy me something nice!

Today is also apparently Redhead Appreciation Day or something, so for your viewing pleasure may I present the fiery might of Craig Kimbrel's beard!

2018 Topps #242 Craig Kimbrel

Fear the beard!



Monday, November 5, 2018

Thoughts On The 2018 World Champion Boston Red Sox



I know, I know...I'm about a week late to the party. I'll be honest, I'm still taking everything in and processing the pure joy of another World Series title for my favorite team. I needed the time to compose my thoughts. It was a fantastic year, and I have a lot going through my scattered mind right now...

...I'm rather impressed with myself right now. Other than picking the Cubs over the Rockies for the Wild Card game, my predictions were spot on! I even managed to win a contest!

...No disrespect to the Dodgers, but I don't think I saw this team at it's best. I was expecting a heavyweight fight, and aside from Game 3 and most of Game 4, the Red Sox pretty much owned them. That late comeback in Game 4 completely deflated them.

...I like Dave Roberts, but he's now officially the poster boy for why the analytics department can't be the infallible decision maker for a team. You keep your top 3 home run hitters out of the starting lineup for the first two games just because the Red Sox started lefties?  You keep throwing Ryan Madson out there when he lets every single inherited base runner score? You take out not one, but two starters who made the Red Sox hitters look hopeless, while they still have bullets left?

2017 Topps - MLB Awards #MOY-2 Dave Roberts

...That being said, none of that would have mattered. The Red Sox just had one of those magical seasons where it almost seemed destined. It's telling when the World Series was the least dramatic series the Red Sox played. It almost seemed underwhelming compared to the Yankees and Astros dog fights.

...I watched every game in it's entirety except the Game 3 extra inning masterpiece. I lasted until that crazy 13th inning ended. I had to get up in the morning and decided to be a responsible adult and go to bed. Ironically, I taped that game and even set the DVR to record for two hours after the scheduled end time. It wouldn't have mattered anyway.

...Truth is, as soon as we had our catcher manning first base in that game, I felt the Dodgers would ultimately prevail. Cora burned through the bench quickly, and I was waiting to see a pitcher in the outfield.

...I'll never get close enough to the guy to prove it, but I'm convinced beyond reason that Nathan Eovaldi has a cybernetic arm.  That 2nd Tommy John surgery was just a cover-up. What he did was too amazing not to have some element of sci-fi in it.

2018 Topps Update #US51 Nathan Eovaldi

...Alternately, I also believe Eduardo Nunez should force Eovaldi to divulge the name of the mad scientist who made him part machine. Otherwise Nunez will eventually collapse on the diamond and just dissipate into a Thanos-style pile of dust.

...I hope Steve M-V-Pearce gets all the talk show invitations and superstar treatment. How can you not be happy for a journeyman who plays for the love of the game? He deserves  these 15 minutes of fame.

2018 Topps Now #549 Steve Pearce

...How many of my fellow Red Sox collectors had at least a thought of starting a Steve Pearce PC? I know, he doesn't have a lot of cardboard in a Boston uniform, but I'm almost willing to bet he'll show up in the 2019 base set.

...I also think he'll resign with the team. He grew up a Red Sox fan, he won't cost much, and the platoon with him and Moreland worked out fantastically. Get it done, Dombrowski!

...I also think Joe Kelly will be back with the team too. As much as I like the other pending free agents, I don't see them coming back. Kinsler isn't going to be needed with a healthy Pedroia back. I would love Eovaldi and Kimbrel to return, but I think the market will be crazy and someone is going to backup a truck full of money and overpay for both of them.

...I wonder how many people in Los Angeles (and New York honestly) took advantage of the free taco on Thursday? Did the lure of free food justify the manner in which it was won? Did they roll their eyes and utter a muffled "Thanks, Mookie" as they enjoyed a free lunch?

 

...I hope Alex Cora has a Scioscia-like tenure as the Red Sox manager. I've never seen so many players rave about a manager to this level before.

...I wish I had an actual budget for cards. I'd be very tempted to spend the $50 for the Topps Now World Series set.

...David Price - worth every penny.

2016 Topps Boston Red Sox #BRS-14 David Price

...In fact, every contract the Red Sox have paid is justified in my book (Well, maybe not Sandoval's). We won every trade, and every prospect we gave up to acquire guys like Sale and Kimbrel was worth it. Going over the luxury tax limit paid off, and anything they do during the off-season gets the automatic benefit of a doubt.

...That being said, there will be no excuse to not sign Betts, Sale, and Bogaerts to extensions.

...Last but not least, may I add - Spring Training can't start early enough!




Friday, November 2, 2018

Trade Recap: Breakdown, Go Ahead And Give It To Me

Earlier this week, I highlighted a Time Travel trade with Gavin from Baseball Card Breakdown. We actually expanded the trade and sent each other some additional cards. I was able to dig up some set needs and PC collection guys.  Among the cards he was able to send me were a couple of needs from my So Close! page. I love those Fleer Pro-Vision inserts. Such great artwork!


Gavin also sent a few Red Sox Minor Leaguers my way. Adam Everett was the only one to carve out a decent Major League career, although Anthony Ranaudo was able to make a handful of games for the Red Sox, Rangers, and White Sox.


Wrapping up the trade are 3 of Boston's All-stars. If that Mookie Betts card seems unfamiliar to you, it's because it a custom card designed by Gavin. He's quite talented with his custom projects, and his blog is worth following just on those alone! This Mookie card was designed after the 1975 Hostess set, and looks better in hand than it does from my meager little photograph.


Thank again, Gavin! Hopefully this will be the first trade of many!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Top 5: Willie McCovey

A quick little post to show off my 5 favorite cards of Willie McCovey, who passed away yesterday at the age of 80. McCovey was one of those players I never would have known had it not been for baseball cards. He played on the west coast and was on the back end of his career when I first started collecting. Baseball cards helped me learn how truly great he was.


5. 1981 Fleer #434 Willie McCovey


You just have to love those bright orange uniforms!

4.  1978 Topps #34 Willie McCovey


A great pose on the underappreciated 1978 set

3. 1976 Topps #520 Willie McCovey


I did a double-take - I had completely forgotten he had played with the Padres too. He's always associated with the Giants.

2. 1970 Topps #63 1969 NL RBI Leaders


My oldest McCovey card is shared with two other Hall of Famers!

1. 1980 Topps #2 Willie McCovey Highlights


This is the card I immediately thought of when I heard he had passed. This is the card that probably made me realize he was one of the all-time greats. (Barry Bonds obviously holds this record now.)

RIP, Willie McCovey...


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Repack Haiku #75 (Jamie Moyer)

Ended his career
With team that didn't exist
When he first started

1989 Topps #717 Jamie Moyer

The Rockies were in the 19th year of their existence when Moyer played the last of his 26 seasons with them.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Time Travel Trading Update #21


Tony Taylor walked along the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame and found the plaque with his name on it. A tidal wave of memories came to him - days of pure joy on a baseball diamond. He missed those days, and now he had been blessed with an opportunity to go back again. Thanks to some miracle machine he couldn't quite explain, he now stood here in a body 40 years younger. Young enough to play again, if the Phillies were willing to give him a shot. He glanced at his watch and checked the time. His meeting with the organization's executives was still a half-hour away. Plenty of time to stroll out to the field, maybe take a grounder or two. Yes, that feeling of pure joy will be back soon...

*****

It's been awhile, hasn't it?  Almost 6 weeks without new cards to show off here. Fortunately, Gavin from Baseball Card Breakdown came to the rescue! He's putting together the 1978 Topps set, and grabbed three cards from the Time Travel Trade Stack. In return, he sent me some more 70's goodness:




Tony the Tiger and a couple of '75 Padres in all their brown and mustard colored splendor! These guys are great additions to the stack, and they can be yours easily! Help me keep this project flowing! Make me an offer!

The Time Travel Trade Stack:


2008-09 O-Pee-Chee (hockey)
#128 Tim Thomas

2001 Upper Deck - e-Card (golf)
#E-TW Tiger Woods

1993-94 Fleer (basketball)
#224 Michael Jordan (LL)

1990-91 Hoops (basketball)
#168 Glen Rice (RC)

1990 Topps
#18 Carlos Quintana

1986 Sportflics
#122 John Tudor

1986 Topps
#5 Rose Special '75-'78
#6 Rose Special '79-'82
 #401 Fernando Valenzuela (Turn Back The Clock)

1985 Topps
#694 Joe Carter

1983 Topps (football)
#219 Joe Cribbs (LL)
#280 Mike Renfro
#307 Jim Plunkett

1982 Donruss
#NNO Checklist 545-653

1982 O-Pee-Chee E.T. The Extraterrestrial (non-sport)
#15 Among Elliott's Toys

1981 Topps
#63 Steve Renko
#704 Bill Travers

1980 Topps
#143 Bruce Bochte
#157 Willie Wilson
#671 A's Future Stars

1980 Topps (football)
#280 Jack Lambert (AP)

1979 Topps
#130 Bob Watson
#465 Reggie Smith

1978 Topps (football)
#126 Rick Kane (RC)

1977 Topps
#524 Rowland Office

1977 Topps (football)
#206 Cleveland Browns (CL)
#269 Archie Griffin (RC)
#405 Joe Greene

1975 Topps
#378 Derrel Thomas
#402 Bob Tolan

1974 Topps
#38 Don Kessinger
#67 Tommy Helms

1974 Topps - Team Checklists
#NNO Montreal Expos

1973-74 O-Pee-Chee (hockey)
#53 Richard Lemieux

1973 Topps
#18 Leroy Stanton
#29 Tony Taylor
#36 Steve Barber
#79 Jim Willoughby (RC)
#98 Dick Woodson
#99 Carl Taylor

1972 Topps
#43 Rick Wise
#109 Jerry May

1971 Topps (football)
#22 Ken Avery (RC)

1970 Topps
#47 Bob Miller
#56 Phillies Rookies - Joe Lis/Scott Reid (RC)
#103 Frank Reberger

1970 Red Rose and Blue Ribbon North American Wildlife In Danger (non-sport)
#32 Polar Bear

1969 Topps
#139 Andy Kosco

1969 Topps - Deckle Edge
#13 Mel Stottlemyre

1969 Topps (football)
#73 Bennie McRae
#154 Sam Baker

1968 Topps
#4 1967 AL RBI Leaders (Yastrzemski/Killebrew/Robinson)
#348 Larry Colton/Dick Thoenen

1968 Topps - Game
#15 Steve Hargan

1968 Topps (football)
#7 Earl Gros

1966 Topps
#154 Chuck Hiller

1967 Philadelphia (football)
#109 New York Giants (TC)

1966 Philadelphia (football)
#104 Rams vs. Browns

1965 Philadelphia (football)
#193 John Paluck

1964 Philadelphia (football)
#172 Ken Gray (RC)

1964 Topps
#60 Frank Malzone
#79 Bob Heffner (RC)
#352 Eddie Bressoud

1963 Topps
#111 Al Jackson
#155 Bill Stafford
#246 Lee Strange
#343 Johnny Pesky (MGR)

1962 Topps
#278 Ken Johnson

1960 Topps
#95 Frank Thomas

1959 Topps (football)
#80 Joe Perry

1958 Topps
#371 Marty Keough (RC)

1958 Topps Zorro (non-sport)
#83 Rude Awakening

1957 Topps
#66 Brooks Lawrence
#235 Tom Poholsky
#249 Dave Pope
#371 Bob Lennon

1956 Topps
#21 Joe Collins
#103 Willie Miranda (white back)
#156 Johnny Antonelli

1956 Topps Flags of the World (non-sport)
#70 Jordan

1955 Topps
#126 Dick Hall (RC)

1954 Bowman
#16 Jim Wilson
#73 Don Mueller

1952 Bowman
#57 Clyde Vollmer

1938 Church & Dwight Useful Birds Of America Tenth Series (J9-6) (non-sport)
#2 Black-throated Green Warbler

The Time Travel Trading Project is simple in concept. I started out with a random pack of 2018 Topps Series 1 baseball cards. My aim was to trade every card in that pack for something older. Each card I receive in turn is then made available for trade, with the goal to get the oldest card I can get.

Number of trades completed: 26
Unique trading partners: 21

Number of cards mailed out: 57
Year of oldest card mailed out: 1956

Number of cards received: 134
Year of oldest card received: 1938

Friday, October 26, 2018

All-Time Red Sox/Dodgers Lineup

Life is good. The World Series resumes tonight in Los Angeles with my Red Sox up 2-0. Here's hoping the magic continues!

I read an article earlier this week showcasing the greatest players that have played for both the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. This year's World Series is also the first where both managers played for both teams. I thought it would be fun to construct a basic lineup of players that have donned both uniforms.

Catcher: David Ross


2014 Topps Update #US-60 David Ross


2003 Upper Deck #590 David Ross

I recently picked up his autobiography at a library sale. I'm hoping it's a good read.

1st Baseman: Adrian Gonzalez


2011 Topps Update #US20 Adrian Gonzalez


2015 Topps Update #US172a Adrian Gonzalez

He was an All-Star for both teams, that makes him an easy inclusion!

2nd Baseman: Alex Cora


2006 Upper Deck #535 Alex Cora


2002 Topps Heritage #372 Alex Cora

This was a tough one to do, but in the end I decided to reward the current Red Sox manager.

Shortstop: Nomar Garciaparra


2002 Fleer Tradition Update
#U306 Nomar Garciaparra


2006 Topps Updates & Highlights
#UH244 Nomar Garciaparra

I completely forgot he was an All-Star with both teams too. Nomah!!!

3rd Baseman: Adrian Beltre


2010 Topps Update #US-328 Adrian Beltre


1999 Stadium Club #162 Adrian Beltre

Oh, what could have been had the Red Sox resigned him...

Left Fielder: Manny Ramirez


2005 Topps #362 Manny Ramirez


2008 Topps Updates & Highlights
#UH237 Manny Ramirez

Say what you will about him, he put the "fun" in dysfunctional.

Center Fielder: Reggie Smith


1968 Topps #61 Reggie Smith


1981 Topps #75 Reggie Smith

A very underrated player in his day.

Right Fielder: J.D. Drew


2008 Topps Updates & Highlights
#UH221 J.D. Drew


2005 Topps #498 J.D. Drew

What, you were expecting Carl Crawford?

Starting Pitcher: Pedro Martinez


2004 Topps World Champions
Boston Red Sox #53 Pedro Martinez


1994 Donruss #179 Pedro Martinez

Simultaneously one of the worst trades the Dodgers ever made, and one of the best the Red Sox ever made. 

Closer: Eric Gagne


2007 Topps Updates & Highlights
#UH130 Eric Gagne


2004 Topps #715 Eric Gagne

He fixed Craig Kimbrel! If the Red Sox win the World Series, they may want to consider giving him a cut of the playoff share.

Manager: Grady Little


2003 Topps #265 Grady Little


2006 Upper Deck #1103 Grady Little

Grady could lead this team to a Championship so long as he remembers to pull Pedro out after 100 pitches...


That's a lot of talent in this group, and it's even more impressive when you consider players that didn't make the cut - guys like Bill Buckner, Hideo Nomo, Hanley Ramirez, and the great Rickey Henderson come to mind, not to mention again the esteemed Dave Roberts!

Go Red Sox!