Thursday, September 25, 2008

2008 UDX Josh Newman

Who is this? Rockies pitcher Josh Newman.

What is this? An autograph card from 2008 UDX, card number JN.

Where'd I get it? Out of a retail pack.

How much did it cost? $1.99.

Why is this so special? I have no idea how I'm pulling all these autos out of retail packs. I didn't even want this pack, I just got it to review on the blog. But got it I did, so let's find out who this dude is. The team on the card is the Rockies, but Josh is actually in the Kansas City organization after getting picked up on waivers this summer. CBS Sportsline has tagged him with the "nothing more than organizational depth at this point in his career" line that they use so often for anyone who doesn't have any fantasy league impact. It's true that he hasn't pitched well at all in his brief 14 game career, but the guy's name is Joshua PAUL Newman. Dude just needs to drop the Josh and start sneaking salad dressing or spaghetti sauce out onto the field. I bet Paul Newman could win 20 games with his Sockarooni ball. Josh/Paul also went to THE Ohio State University, so that's another plus or minus depending on your point of view. The guy's only 26 years old, plus he's a lefty pitcher whose arm is still firmly attached to his body so I have a feeling he'll have a shot to pitch somewhere. Not a bad looking card, I like the big puffy J and the N that sort of morphs into a pictogram of Mt. Fuji in the signature. Hmm... now I'm wondering how many lefty relief pitchers I have autogrphs from. It certainly seems like I have a few of them. I think I should start using a lefty reliever tag.


zman40 said...
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zman40 said...

I have a good Josh Newman incident. I went to a Yankee game in August that was against the Royals. It was a Sunday game and a few Royals took BP. I went up to my seating area, which was the loge level. Josh was shagging in right, right below me. He threw a lot of BP balls into the stands that day. He fielded one ball and I caught his attention (with my Royal's hat I guess). Next thing I know, there is a baseball heading my way. I tried to catch it, but it was a hair low and bounced off of the concrete wall. A little girl grabbed it and I wasn't about to say anything about it to her. An older fella was right beside her and he told her that he thought ball belonged to me. I appreciated it, but after looking at the ball (it didn't have the final year logo on it) I gave it back to her. About that time, Josh looked up at me and held his hands out as to say "what happend". I tried to tell him that the throw was too low, but I don't think it mattered. I guess I have bad hands.

kdubbs said...

If you still have the Josh Newman card, I'd buy it from you.