It’s been a while since I did one of these posts, but I got 5 of these cards on COMC back in July/August. My general rule is this: if I find them for $2 or less, I pick it up immediately. $2.50? $3? I ask for a better price and then accept it if they come down a bit. Eventually, I’ll need to pay more or trade a bit for the top guys. But this is a top guy from some level. He’s the guy who got 2nd in the Cy Young the year of the AS game – and in my opinion should have won it.
As a reminder, I went to the All-Star game and Home Run Derby in Cincinnati. So I’m collecting this All-Star Stitches set! These cards that have swatches from the Monday practice festivities.
Greinke is my 20th card toward this set. At the one-third mark!
Card number: STIT-ZG
Player: Zack Greinke
How I got the card: COMC in July/August
How he made the roster: Greinke was voted in by the players, and then selected as the NL starter by manager Bruce Bochy.
This was (to me shockingly only) his 3rd All-Star selection.
First half stat line: 12-6/1.39/106
All-Star game: Greinke was selected as the starter of the game. That’s a distinctive honor – but I’d think it gets extra merit when the manager of a division rival (Bruce Bochy of the Giants) picks you over hi guy. Greinke had an amazing year in 2015, and it was only Jake Arrieta’s equally historic season that cost him a 2nd Cy Young award (and one from each league.
Unfortunately for his performance in the game – he gave up one of the only leadoff homers in All-Star game history. But Greinke struck out 4 of the next 6 batters – and ended up having a pretty good stat line.
STIT-AC Aroldis Chapman – Cincinnati Reds
STIT-AE Alcides Escobar – Kansas City Royals
STIT-AGN Adrian Gonzalez – Los Angeles Dodgers
STIT-AM Andrew McCutchen – Pittsburgh Pirates
STIT-BC Brandon Crawford – San Francisco Giants
STIT-BD Brian Dozier – Minnesota Twins
STIT-BHO Brock Holt – Boston Red Sox
STIT-BP Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
STIT-CM Carlos Martinez – St. Louis Cardinals
STIT-CS Chris Sale – Chicago White Sox
STIT-DB Dellin Betances – New York Yankees
STIT-DK Dallas Keuchel – Houston Astros
STIT-DL DJ LeMahieu – Colorado Rockies
STIT-DO Darren O’Day – Baltimore Orioles
STIT-DP David Price – Detroit Tigers
STIT-FH Felix Hernandez – Seattle Mariners
STIT-GC Gerrit Cole – Pittsburgh Pirates
STIT-GP Glen Perkins – Minnesota Twins
STIT-JA Jose Altuve – Houston Astros
STIT-JDE Jacob deGrom – New York Mets
STIT-JK Jason Kipnis – Cleveland Indians
STIT-JPA Joe Panik – San Francisco Giants
STIT-JPD Joc Pederson – Los Angeles Dodgers
STIT-JU Justin Upton – San Diego Padres
STIT-KB Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs
STIT-KH Kelvin Herrera – Kansas City Royals
STIT-LC Lorenzo Cain – Kansas City Royals
STIT-MB Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants
STIT-MTR Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels
STIT-NA Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies
STIT-NC Nelson Cruz – Seattle Mariners
STIT-PG Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks
STIT-RM Russell Martin – Toronto Blue Jays
STIT-SP Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals
STIT-TF Todd Frazier – Cincinnati Reds
STIT-YG Yasmani Grandal – Los Angeles Dodgers
STIT-YM Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals
STIT-ZB Zach Britton – Baltimore Orioles