What makes me happy…

I like the MLB All Star game. I look forward to it every summer. I drive home from work with a smile on as I look forward to my wife and kicking up our feet and enjoying the classic, and the HR Derby. Actually I think I like Derby a little more.

The game is even more fun when a few Twins and a few other dudes I like are playing.

Here in no particular order are a few of the players (non-Twins) that make me happy this year. Here are a few of my favorite selections along with their best and/or coolest card from my collection.

Alex Gordon
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This pick is heavily collection influenced. My Topps ’52 red auto up there is on the rise with Alex’s success. He is a first time All Star and finally starting to live up to his early season hype!

Paul Goldschmidt
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Paul seems like a good dude and is another 1st time All Star. He is currently finishing his degree and that is a win in my book.

Adam Jones
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I have been a fan of Mr. Jones since his days in Seattle. He is one of the big names on the ultra exciting O’s squad. I was very surprised to learn this is his 3rd All Star appearance, not because i don’t think he has been a baller for years, I just don’t remember him..

Jose Bautista
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I say Jose is the most underrated player in the league. His 4th appearance and a much deserved starting spot.

Troy Tulowitzki
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Troy is another underrated guy. He has started before due to an injury but this is his first year being voted a starter, but he may not get to play due to injury, queue Alanis… Troy has been a force for several years now but isn’t as big a hobby name as some other guys that aren’t nearly as good a players as he is.

Carlos Gonzalez
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Troy’s teammate out in Colorado is another underrated player. Carlos had a legit shot at a Triple Crown a few years back but still most people don’t know who he is. Carlos is a member of the monster 2005 baseball card class so he has always been one of my favorites.

JJ Hardy
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JJ is a baller. I am happy to see the former Twin in the spot light.

I am also really happy for Michael Cuddyer. But I am still too depressed at the fact the Twins just let him go a few years back. he and the 5 other former Twins are just too much for me to handle.


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