Tuesday, February 19, 2013
2012 CodeBreaker Set Draft!
Just like last year, we were handed a very good problem to have: having to split up our 2012 CodeBreaker Set. This year, the set was a bit too big to sit down all at once, and so G and I took to doing our draft over the long three day weekend. I know, poor us, right?
Anyway, since it was just the two of us, we actually didn't just go right down the list taking one pick after the other. It's fairly well known that I am (and have been) a huge Washington Nationals fan, and so G suggested I take all the Nats cards off the top-including the coveted Harper rookie Auto. To keep things fair, G took cards of comparable worth (I appreciate him not taking the opportunity to gauge me by stocking up on Hall of Famers), followed by a little more splitting up of cards we thought went well together. This might make more sense if you see the list though, so here we go!
1. Mike Trout Bryce Harper
Analysis: I hope this is just one of many comparisons between these two for the next 25 years. They are both awesome ball players.
2. Erin Andrews Kate Upton
Analysis: This split happened so early just because we had been talking about it and realized we each wanted the other card.
3. David Wright Albert Pujols
4. Clayton Kershaw Jordan Zimmermann
5. Don Mattingly Mike Morse
6. Evan Longoria Ryan Zimmerman
7. Eric Hosmer Cal Ripken Jr
Analysis: These cards happened all in a bunch. G offered for me to take the Pujols (he got last year's) the remaining Nationals, and Cal Ripken (because of my proximity to Baltimore, and the fact he was the first famous player I ever saw growing up in Rochester, New York). I told G he should feel free to take comparable players, and I think this is about right. Getting Hosmer is probably going to be a coup for G in the long run.
At this point the draft began in earnest, and rather than do them one at a time we did a snake style draft. Our agreement was to finish out the Hall of Fame players first, and then move on to the rest of the set. G got the first pick over all, and then I took the next two. Then G picked two, I picked two, etc. until the cards were all gone. Koufax was a no brainer for G, he had been talking about that card since the sell sheet came out almost a year ago.
8. Sandy Koufax Reggie Jackson
9. Stan Musial Nolan Ryan
Analysis: Musial and Koufax are two of G's favorite players. You could tell by the way he would talk about them during the entire codebreaking (and after). Jackson and Ryan seemed just too big to leave on the board, frankly. We felt (and said) that a lot.
10. Hank Aaron Frank Robinson
11. Carl Yastrzemski Bob Gibson
12. Tony Gwynn Mike Schmidt
Analysis: Aaron would have been my next card if he was still on the board, but G scooped him up. That's the great thing about this set (really we are lucky and blessed to have won it): Every card that goes out of your hand feels like you lost a big one, only to realize how many are left on the board. In addition to being a great player, Robinson was also the Nationals first manager. I am a sucker for intimidating pitchers, and they didn't get any rougher than Bob Gibson. Yaz and Gwynn, what can you say about them that you don't know already? I took Schmidt hoping I could get some Phillies fan to buy it, making the payout all the sweeter :-P
13. Johnny Bench Erine Banks
14. Al Kaline Ryne Sandberg
Analysis: It feels kind of wrong to say that Bench, Banks, Kaline or Sandberg were the last of anything taken. But I think that just demonstrates how deep the set is. Everyone is happy with their cards.
15. John McEnroe Roger Federer
Analysis: G has been lusting after McEnroe, and I wasn't about to let him have all the Tennis stars! Plus, my friends and I have a running gag about yelling "Roger!" a la the fans at Wimbeldon. It's funnier in person.
16. Yu Darvish Felix Hernandez
17. Dustin Pedroia Andrew McCutchen
Analysis: I took the most talked about pitcher this month, and G countered with the most talked about new pitcher last year. He added fan favorite Dustin Pedroia, and I took my favorite non-National player, The Cutch!
18. David Price Miguel Cabrera
19. Buster Posey Bob Knight
20. Jose Bautista Prince Fielder
Analysis: Yes, you are correct. It took us until picks 18 and 19 to select the NL and AL MVPs, including the first Triple Crown winner in a bajillion years. Price is a baller, and I have last year's Bautista so I'm glad G got one too. I took Knight because I am now part Hoosier by marriage, and Fielder to round out my Detroit Masher collection.
21. Robinson Cano Brad Peacock
22. Arnold Palmer Richard Petty
Analysis: Peacock is an ex-Nat I root for, and pick 22 is the first time we've strayed to the non-baseball types (Other than Upton/Andrews).
23. Josh Hamilton Brian McCann
24. Brett Lawrie Giancarlo Stanton
25. Carlos Gonzalez Willie Mays
26. Jeremy Hellickson Lefty Kreh
Analysis: I got last year's Hamilton, so congrats to G. I took MCCann and Stanton for the same reason I took Schmidt-spite. :) Mays, as you might have remembered, is a HOFer-but he's a redemption so we didn't count him before as taking him runs the risk you won't get your card. He was actually my number 1 overall want until I wasn't sure I could get him. Also, I couldn't resist Mr. Red Herring himself, Lefty Kreh.
27. Jered Weaver Paul Goldschmidt
28. Anthony Rizzo Jackie Joyner-Kersee
29. Yovani Gallardo Joe Mauer
30. Matt Kemp (redemption) Adrian Gonzalez
Analysis: Some Dodgers, and two rookies who are excellent but not named Harper or Trout. I like Kersee and hate Kemp, so it worked out :)
31. Ryan Braun Ken Griffey Jr (Another Redemption)
32. Aroldis Chapman Adam Jones
33. Michael Buffer Yoenis Cespedes
Analysis: Let's get ready to rummmbblllleeeee.....
34. Jay Bruce Carl Crawford
35. Starlin Castro Jose Tabata
36. Julio Teheran Joel Hanrahan
Analysis: Ex-Nat Hanrahan.
37. Allen Craig Kirk Hirbstreit
38. J.P. Arencibia Mark Trumbo
39. Elvis Andrus Michael Phelps
Analysis: Seriously. An Olympic Champion without peer dropped to 39.
40. Curly Neal Al Unser Sr
41. Dee Gordon Johnny Cueto
42. Torii Hunter Jose Valverde
43. Brett Anderson Dillon Gee
44. Max Scherzer Dan Uggla
45. Gordon Beckham JD Martinez
46. Zach Britton Brandon Belt
47. Ewa Mataya Ara Parseghian
48. Marty Hogan Hank Haney
49. Bob Hurley Sr Meadowlark Lemon
Analysis: Nine picks between Globetrotters.
50. Alexi Ogando Fatal1ty
51. James Brown Greg Gumbel
Analysis: Commentator's taken. G was miffed because taking Brown reminded him of Shannon Sharpe. That will ruin anyone's day.
52. Colin Montgomerie Vernon Wells
53. Vance Worley Don Denkinger
54. Daniel Bard Nathan Eovaldi
55. Swin Cash Jimmy Paredes
56. Craig Gentry Jordan Schafer
57. Bela Karolyi Dale Webster
58. Annie Duke Jerry Bailey
59. Rulon Gardner Phil Pfister
60. Keegan Bradley Guy Bluford
That's it! That's all of them. Exhausting, but fun, it took us 4 days of emailing back and forth to get it all done. Next G will ship my cards out to me, then we'll decide what to do with them. A little last bit of rest and celebration while we wait for our 2013 Ginter Card to come out (That seems to be really happening!) and then to decide whether to conquer 2013's code as well, or not.
Questions and comments below! Thanks!