Monday, March 26, 2012

Jose Bautista Trifecta Completed

I've had a rookie card of the late blooming superstar Jose Bautista for a long time.  After all, Jose was drafted by the Pirates in the 20th round of the 2000 draft.  He played for 4 different teams in 2004 as he was a rule 5 draft pick of the Orioles.  he also enjoyed time with the Royals and Devil Rays before being returned to Pittsburgh.  He was supposed to be the 3rd basemen of the future until Andy Laroche arrived as part of the Jason Bay trade.  In the summer of 2008 he was shipped off to Toronto.  A minor mechanical change to his swing and he was a breakout superstar in 2010.

This autograph finally completes my trifecta of Joey Bats.

To recap the other 2/3 of the trifecta here's some more Bautista

jersey card from 2005 Bowman Draft

rookie card from 2002 Topps Traded #180