I picked up a pack of Just Minors Justifiable 2K at the card store the other day for a buck along with some singles, cheap mem cards, and a couple packs of 1999 Topps Finest that I'll post some other time. I didn't really know what to expect with this pack, so I was really interested to see who was in the set.
222 Brian Cole, OF, St. Lucie Mets
>>> Brian died in a car crash March 31, 2001 after leaving Port St. Lucie for a Double-A assignment in Binghamton. Brian was a top prospect and was expected to be a star. The stats on the back of the card show him batting .316 with 18 homeruns, 41 doubles, 4 triples, 71 RBI, and 50 stolen bases in 500 AB, so he seemed to be an impact player. The cause of the accident remains uncertain.
249 Gary Johnson, OF, Erie Seawolves
>>> Brian played 5 games with the Anaheim Angels in 2003, and then apparently dropped off the radar.
246 Aaron Herr, SS, GCL Braves
>>> A one-time AAA rising star, Aaron is now a third baseman for the Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League. His dad, Tom Herr of St. Louis Cardinals fame, is the Manager. He attended Hempfield High School, which is where a few of the guys I played volleyball with in college went.
242 Toby Hall, C, Orlando Rays
>>> Hall was released from a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers in June, and is currently a free agent.
215 Sean Burnett, P, GCL Pirates
>>> Sean is currently a relief pitcher for the Washington Nationals...woohoo! an active major leaguer.
one card left...who could it be...
...yes, that Adrian Gonzalez.
237 Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, GCL Marlins
>>> Adrian is currently the first baseman for the San Diego Padres who is batting .307 with 27 HR and 90 RBI in 512 ABs this season. Honestly, if you don't know who this guy is, why are you here?
Well, I apologize for leading off with the sad story of Brian Cole, but that's the way the cards came and I didn't know ahead of time what the first four guys were all about. That Adrian Gonzalez card is pretty sweet, though, so I think the pack was well worth a dollar.
I'm heade to the VT-JMU football game this weekend, so my next post probably won't be until sunday or monday. GO HOKIES!!!!