Monday, February 3, 2014

Sox Or No Sox: 2-3-14

Back by unpopular demand, it's America's unfashionable game, Sox Or No Sox.

The rules are simple. We take one unopened pack of baseball cards that was randomly selected by yours truly. We then go through the pack card by card looking for those elusive White Sox cards.

Along the way, there are two tricky and abundant traps to look out for. The first trap is the Cubs card. While hailing from Chicago, it is definitely not a Chicago White Sox card. The second trap is the Red Sox card. While technically a Sox card, it is vastly different than a White Sox card. Both traps are not necessarily bad things, but they get in the way of the games true goal: to find White Sox cards.

1/2 point is awarded for each card in the pack. 1 point is deducted from the score for each trap card. 1/2 point is taken away for each pointless mirror card. 1 point is given for any parallel. 2 points are awarded for each relic or autographed card (only 1 point awarded for a relic or autographed trap card). 2 points are given for each White Sox card.

Our player in tonight's game is a 2013 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks pack. The pack contains 4 cards and features Kris Bryant, the Chicago Cubs first round pick (2nd overall) in the 2013 draft, on the wrapper. It's a very good thing that this wrapper doesn't count as a card. This could be a bad omen. Let's begin.

#1: Anthony DeSclafani - 6 - Miami Marlins
He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2011 draft by Toronto. He is currently in the Miami organization in AA. This does not set my heart aflutter.

#2: Stuart Turner - 64 - Minnesota Twins
One year under his belt and he's already in AA. Not too shabby for someone who won the Johnny Bench award in college.

Halfway through the pack. We've seen no Sox cards and two AA players of various skill levels. The tally so far... 1 point. 2 cards left to go. Let’s see if we can get a White Sox card!

#3: Clint Coulter - 14 - Milwaukee Brewers
First round (27th overall) of the 2012 draft. Hasn't made it out of rookie class A.

#4: Jacob May - 71 - Chicago White Sox
Could it be? Yes! A White Sox card!!! He was drafted in the third round of the 2013 draft and made it to class A Kannapolis.

On White Sox card for two points and three non-trap cards for 1/2 point each. Not too shabby for a four card pack.

Final score: 3 1/2 points

One White Sox card in this game, but there's always the thrill of the hunt for more next time on Sox Or No Sox. And remember, always remove the donuts before stepping up to the plate. Goodnight everyone!


Play at the Plate said...

That's no White Sox card. It may be a Chicago card...but no logos! Ha.

Steve Gierman said...

Lol! Technically, I guess it could go either way. :-)

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