I picked up these cards as a gift from an excellent member (r2d2) on Freedom Card Board. He had picked up team sets from some of Tampa’s minor league teams to get the cards of players he collectes, and then was left with a bunch of guys he doesn’t collect – including Josh Hamilton.
Its been a bounce back season in a lot of resepcts for Hamilton, I wish I could say the same for my collection. One positive for me is that I like the looks of Hamilton’s cards in A&G – and he finally has a Ginter jersey card! I am looking forward to picking those little guys up. On the field, it has been exciting to watch Hamilton. He seems to be well and truly back. He was recently voted to the starting lineup for the 2010 All-Star Game – again. He has declined to participate in the Home Run Derby, which I think is the right decision. He doesn’t want to mess up his swing or throw things off for the second half of the season – a season in which the Rangers are gearing up for a potential playoff run. And really – is there a chance that he can better his performance from his last appearance in the HR Derby? I really don’t think so.
Hamilton’s appearance in the All-Star game will also give him a chance to do something that probably should have happened a few years ago – share the outfield with fellow 1999 draft pick Carl Crawford. Hamilton and Crawford spent time together in a few minor league stops before Hamilton derailed his life. They finally get the chance to play together in the majors.