2008 Upper Deck #326
Category: Nationals Prospect
Bio/Summary: I didn’t know about this guy until 2007, when he just kind of burst into my consciousness. I guess that was a function of being injured for so long. He seems to be a good player, but he’s not quite getting the chances he might deserve. He was up for a little bit this year, so maybe he’ll get a longer look at some point. The Nats outfield is just way too crowded, thanks to Bowden’s obsessions with outfielders.
Rating: 9/10 – What on earth is the story with this picture? I’ve been able to surmise that this is from when they were building the new stadium, but why would they have had a batting situation like this during the construction? Either way, I’m intrigued.
2008 Upper Deck #691
Bio/Summary: The first of his category, enigma, Milledge is just that. I’m a huge fan of the kid, but I wonder if he’s ever going to put it together. I don’t know that it’s his ability, it just might be his mental makeup. He’s currently toiling in AAA and trying to figure out what’s going on. Let’s hope he’s not another one of those cases where the mental issues get in the way of being a superstar.
Rating: 7/10 – Classic spring training shot, just after hitting what looks to be a liner.
Wily Mo Pena
2008 Upper Deck #696
Category: Nationals has-Been
Bio/Summary: Wily Mo Pena could almost be an enigma, too. The guy has a world of talent, but something seems to be holding him back. I don’t know. He’s adrift right now. I guess we’ll see where he lands and where his career goes from here.
Rating: 7/10 – Cool story about this picture. It seems to have been taken on September 4, 2007. Pena was on second, Ryan Langerhans was on 3rd in the bottom of the 9th. Kevin Gregg was on to try to close it out for the Marlins. Jesus Flores knocked a double to left field, and Langerhans and Pena scored to win the game. I give the card high points just for showing us this moment.
2008 Upper Deck #695
Category: Nationals Lynchpin
Bio/Summary: What the hell was this guy smoking? He had a pretty good gig with the Nats and didn’t do too bad last season (a 101 ERA+, the best in years), and then he decided to be a big baby and not report this Spring. The Nats cut him eventually, but I don’t get it at all.
Rating: 7/10 – The last of the Nats in Red series. Nice one.