A big thank you needs to go out to our friend Chris over @ Nachos Grande who in exchange for some want list stuff, an Adam Dunn game used card and a Bronson Arroyo Auto sent me a small chunk of random Mets cards and 65 more cards towards my 2008 upper Deck Baseball Heroes set - I have the final checklist chilling on my want lists if you want to take a look - that would be super rad - 2008 is coming to a close and I am well on my way to having my sets done - I'd like to have them all at least 80% complete by the time Topps Series 1 rolls around - wish me luck!
Now - it is always nice to come close to completing a set - and if it wasn't for the $15 blasters, I don't think I would have really pursued this one - It's an OK looking set with some nice cards - but as I discussed in my Gummie nominations - are some of these dudes really baseball heroes? A lot of them don't even sniff the jocks of some of their All Star Teammates - Let's take a look at some questionable heroes.
The two I chose to highlight of the stack that Chris sent me are Luke Scott and Luke Hochevar. A couple of Luke's. A couple of dudes who while they are nice players - are hardly hero status - Luke Scott is a "hero" due to hitting his first home run as a Baltimore Oriole - Does that make Luis Matos or Chris Hoiles heroes?
Mr. Hochevar is getting the Royal "Hero" badge for making his major league debut. Thats it? you pitch 3 scoreless innings against the Yankees in a September call up and you become a hero? yes making it to the big leagues is a big deal and Luke deserves kudos - but there are many players not included in this set that far better deserve the designation.