Close... but no cigar. Today's mail contained a package from sruchris, but even the nice stack of 2010 Topps cards left me three short of the goal.
Since I was able to knock five cards off the list, I decided to try something new. I checked out the backs of the cards, finding that all five players had a nice blurb written about them. I will now take one word from each blurb to create a sentence. Let's see what happens.
442 Dan Runzler
"According to team records, he's the first player in franchise history ever to accomplish that."
517 Cliff Pennington
"...put Cliff in position to claim Oakland's shortstop job in '10."
522 Jordan Schafer
"Jordan was the 99th player to hit a home run in his first MLB at-bat..."
573 Johan Santana
"'He's been awesome. We've been spoiled.'"
582 Martin Prado
"...don't call him "just" a utilityman."
There you have it: He's Oakland's 99th spoiled utilityman.
Not a bad sentence. In fact, let's turn it into a riddle. I'm thinking of a player, past or present, that sort of fits the sentence above. To narrow it down, he's an Oakland infielder. If you guess who it is in the comments, you get two entries in the big giveaway that will happen once this set is complete. (Everyone else only gets one.) Not a great prize, but it's not a great contest. Happy guessing, and get those last three cards to me!
524 569 576
MDXS was the first to correctly guess Walt Weiss. Enjoy the two entries in the upcoming 2010 Topps giveaway!