Monday, February 15, 2010
2007 Upper Deck Elements Johan Santana
Who is this? Johan Santana, a pitcher for the New York Mets
What is this? An autograph card from the 2007 Upper Deck Elements set
Where'd I get it? I bought it at yesterday's card show
How much did it cost? $25
Why is this so special? Johan Santana is my favorite currently active pitcher. He is a two-time Cy Young Award winner and a four-time All-Star. In ten seasons, he has a 122-60 record, 1733 strikeouts and a career 3.12 ERA.
Santana did his best to keep a fading Mets team in the race in September 2008. For the month, he was 4-0 and he didn't allow more than 2 earned runs in any start. On the second-to-last day of the season, Santana pitched a 3-hit shutout on three days' rest to keep the Mets dwindling hopes alive. After the season was over, we found out that he was pitching with a knee injury.
I've seen Santana pitch in person three times; he won two of the games and gave the Mets a chance to win the third.
I like Santana's autograph. He's one of the rare modern players who actually has a legible signature.