They're putting in new curbs on my street. You would not believe the noise outside my windows at before 9 in the morning.
So, since I'm up, this post is being produced bright-and-early even though it won't appear until the final hours of daylight. As you read this, keep in mind that I can barely hear myself think as I type (at least I think I'm typing, I can't HEAR anything besides "rat-a-tat-a-tat-a-tat-a-tat-a-tat-a") out the latest installment of Gint-a-Cuffs.
It's time for packs 17-20. When we last left off, I had 144 points, which is since corrected to 146 because numbers ain't my bag.
297 - Travis Hafner, Indians (0 points)
268 - Dallas Braden, Athletics (0 points)
96 - Daniel Boulud, french chef (0 points)
I'm not showing the card of Boulud because he doesn't need any more publicity. The write-up on his card is like twice the size of most of the non-player cards and reads like Boulud wrote it himself. It even gives his website at the end.
164 - Heather Mitts, U.S. soccer player (0 points)
Heather has a website, too. But Topps didn't advertise that. She's a lot more lovely than chefy boy.
AGR-IDE Ian Desmond, Nationals (+10 jersey relic)
Stupendous. A gray swatch of a National. Good luck to night owl on trading that.
However, I do not buy boxes of A&G for the hits. I buy it for the greatness of the A&G set, where the base cards RULE. And, yes, that was a pep talk for myself.
270 - Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox (+3 mini of a favorite player). YOOOUUUUKK!!!!
HH14 - Carl Pavano, Twins (+1 Hometown Heroes insert)
I guess Pavano is what happens when you limit a set to only U.S.-born players.
Pack 17 total: 14 points
Total through 17 packs: 160 points
254 - Denard Span, Twins (0 points)
56 - Scott Kazmir, Angels (0 points)
31 - Jimmy Rollins, Phillies (0 points)
235 - Cole Hamels, Phillies (+2 favorite player card)
117 - Jonathan Sanchez, Giants (0 points. I'm glad I'm not running this show. I'd have given myself minus 1,000 points for this joker)
337 - Drew Storen, Nationals (+2 short print)
240 - Matt Holliday, Cardinals (+2 A&G back mini)
Holliday looks like a meathead. Is he a meathead? He plays for all the far-away teams. I don't get a handle on those guys.
HH7 - CC Sabathia, Yankees (+1 for Hometown Heroes insert, -1 for wearing jammy pants, 0 total)
I have no idea why I scanned that card.
Pack 18 total: 6 points
Total through 18 packs: 166 points
30 - Hanley Ramirez, Marlins (0 points)
Marlin No. 8! Is that the entire Marlin team set in one box? I'd look at the checklist, but it's too early for me to be reading such tiny print.
10 - Miguel Cabrera, Tigers (0 points)
51 - Tim Collins, Royals (0 points)
223 - Chuck Woolery, game show host (0 points, but ...)
A female in the pack! So +1 for the Woolery card.
232 - Picabo Street, U.S. gold medal skier (0 points)
157 - Corey Hart, Brewers (0 points)
41 - Carlos Santana, Indians (+3 black border mini)
HH98 - Clay Buchholz, Red Sox (+1 Hometown Heroes insert)
Thank goodness the image is far away.
Pack 19 total: 5 points
Total through 19 packs: 171 points
I'm slowing down ...
62 - Alfonso Soriano, Cubs (0 points)
97 - Zach Britton, Orioles (0 points)
63 - Neil Walker, Pirates (0 points)
158 - Billy Butler, Royals (0 points)
BHS-24 Jason Heyward, Braves (+3 Baseball Highlight Sketch, +2 favorite player card, +5 total)
312 - Cody Ross, Giants (+2 short print)
UG5 - The Amityville Haunting (+3 Uninvited Guests mini)
I read the book when I was too young. Not a pleasant couple of nights after that.
MMF21 - Robert Fulton, steamboat builder (+2 Minds That Made Future insert)
Pack 20 total: 12 points
Total through 20 packs: 183 points
Four packs to go to reach 200. With any chance of winning long gone, that is my only goal.
OK, by the time you're finished reading this I'll really be in a desperate need of sleep. Hopefully, I didn't do anything crazy in my cranky, deprived state.