SlangKo Heroes of the Diamond 1-5
November 17th, 2009 by slangon

Thanks to the SlangKo Post Season Hootenanny, a five alarm fire was lit beneath my arse as far as finishing up the Heroes of the Diamond set. There’s still a bit of work to do, but it’s coming together quite nicely. After I finished up the cards that were given away as the grand prize for the Hootenanny, I started to go down the checklist and fill in whatever holes were left. I figured I would start showcasing them in groups of five, as they get finished.

Here’s the first five.

#1 Torri Hunter, Los Angeles Angels of Aneheim

01HODI’ve become a pretty big fan of Torii over the last season or two. He seems like a good solid player, but that’s not really why I’ve become a fan. It has more to do with his Allen & Ginter baseball cards. It seems kind of hard not to like a dude who has so much fun being on a piece of cardboard. So why didn’t I use a funny picture for his card in this set, you ask? I’ll let you know the answer to that some day.

#2 Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds

02HODIt’s always really interesting to me to see good young pitchers at the the start of their careers. Are we watching the birth of the next Jake Peavy, or is this guy going to sputter out without fully realizing his potential? The Magic Eight Ball says “Ask again later.”

#3 Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals

03HODUsually, I’m not a big one for rooting for the “popular” players, but I defiantly make an exception with this dude. I’m hoping he can break all those records that Barry Bonds “broke”.

#4 Jason Marquis, Colorado Rockies

04HODTo be quite honest with you, Jason Marquis is the pitching representative for the Colorado Rockies in this set for one reason and one reason only. I was being really lazy and didn’t research the Rockies pitching staff as thoroughly as I should have. Ubaldo Jiminez should really be on this card. Oh well, there’s always next year.

#5 David Price, Tampa Bay Rays

05HODThis is another young pitcher that I feel should be pretty fun to watch over the next couple of years. It’ll be interesting to see how long he stays in Tampa Bay. By the way, why did they change their name? I feel like there’s not enough professional sports teams with the word “devil” in their name.

So there’s the first five. Very soon I should be done with numbers 6-10, so look out for them in a couple of days.

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