There probably isnt a player that I have more torn feels about then Asdrubal.
Asdrubal Cabrera came to the Indians in 2006 by way of a trade with the Mariners. Seattle got Eduardo Perez, and the Indians got Cabrera. It was a simple enough trade, moving a veteran for a young rookie, and the Indians came away with the better side of it. Perez would be out of the majors by 2006, and Cabrera would become an All-Star. Well, he was an All-Star in 2011 and 2012.
When the Indians finally decided to trade him in July last season, I cant say that I was sad to see him go. At the time of the trade he was hitting .246 with a .307 OBP and .694 OPS. His OPS+ of 95 was really not that bad, and you can’t complain too much when you shortstop has 14 HR. But still, there was something I found really frustrating about him. He defense was not that great, though he had a knack for making plays that made Sport Center, so I think people thought that he was better with the glove then he really was.
This card is cool since I have been trying to get it signed for years. I think I only spent like $10 on the card, but have spent three times that sending it out on consignments that people are not able to get done. And its not from their lack of effort; Asdrubal is a terrible signer. Almost every year in Cleveland I seemed to luck out with him once, and every time the people with me would be excited to be getting him–even the locals commented that him signing was maybe a once a month thing. This card I never had handy, and the last season both he and I were in Cleveland at the same time I was not able to snag him on it.
But here it is. One of the great dudes on SCN was able to finally get it done for me. He was able to Cabrera to sign a team ball early in the season, and then dropped me a note saying my card was next. About a month later he sends me a pic of it, signed. These cards never look great scanned, but in person the autograph really does pop nice.
|162 Game Avg.||162||610||162||37||3||14||74||12||4||52||119||.265||.328||.734||103|
|CLE (8 yrs)||914||3460||933||211||15||82||430||69||26||290||666||.270||.331||.742||105|
|TBR (1 yr)||46||163||34||8||3||2||11||1||1||12||44||.209||.267||.598||69|
|WSN (1 yr)||49||175||40||9||2||5||21||3||0||22||29||.229||.312||.700||94|