Thursday, July 22, 2010
2009 Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Jim Ed Warden
Who is this? Southern Maryland Blue Crabs pitcher Jim Ed Warden
What is this? An autographed card from the 2009 Southern Maryland Blue Crabs team set
Where'd I get it? Warden signed it for me at a game in Newark earlier this year.
How much did it cost? I think the team set was around $6.
Why is this so special? Jim Ed Warden was a sixth round draft choice of the the Cleveland Indians in 2001. He progressed through the Cleveland system, making it to AAA Buffalo in 2007. He played in the Washington Nationals system in 2008, but was looking for a job in 2009.
Warden found himself closing games for Butch Hobson's Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at the start of the year, but he did well enough that the Mets signed him during the summer. He pitched for Binghamton and Buffalo, and put up some nice numbers. The Mets didn't offer him a job this year, so Warden is back with the Blue Crabs and hoping for another shot.
Now 31, Warden will have a harder time convincing a major league organization to give him that chance... but it would be nice if he gets it.
Warden has one of the more unusual autographs I've seen. "Jim Ed" is written carefully, but his last name is rushed and a bit of a challenge to decipher.