Picked up this great lot on Ebay for just a couple of buck…. Even tho I think i own about three of the relic that are pictured here already it was well worth it due to the auto. You see, I’ve been chasing that card for a while now and i couldn’t belive it when I saw it in this lot. I guess I’m just lucky sometimes. Well thanks for reading and following!! Wicked out!!
The Night Owl and myself trade packages like i do with no other blog around. We just send eachother stuff when the piles get to high…. And he always seems to know what i’m hunting for cause there always something i’m missing… Like the 1972 Topps cards he sent, i didn’t have one of those so that give that set a boost…Owl be on the lookout homie, one is coming your way soon!!
Any time is see a cool looking Dontrelle Willis card anywhere i have to have it…… Now a lot of things come in to play like money and stuff but if the price is right I’m all over it…. As was the case with the newest bat barrel card in the D-Train collection…. I had already bought the 2008 sweet spot bat barrel a while back for like 7 bucks….. Well the other day on the bay i saw the 06′ auto and for the sum of 6 bucks with shipping it was mines!! If you guys have any D-Trains lying around please and i do mean please let me know!! Wicked out!!
Just added these D-Trains to the collection but i think two of them might be doubles…..But it was a lot buy and the price was right. That puts me a little over 2,000 Willis cards. So if you have any Dontrelles Willis cards that you wanna get rid of, please think of the Don first…. I’ll make it worth your while. Wicked out!!
Dontrelle Willis received his second DFA of the season on Sunday. This time the notice came from the Arizona Diamondbacks, who admitted they were trying to “catch lightning in a bottle” with the former Detroit Tiger, but were disappointed with his ongoing control problems.
Given that Willis couldn’t stick with one of baseball’s worst pitching staffs, you have to wonder what comes next for the 28-year-old who has struggled with both on-field performance and an anxiety disorder the past few years.
Will another pro team prove so thirsty for left-handed pitching that they’ll convince themselves they’re the ones who will fix the D-Train’s funky delivery?
Will he seek answers in independent ball?
Will he move on with his life altogether and announce his retirement from the sport?
Whatever the case, it’ll be another chapter in one of the more recent and sad pitching flameout stories that probably isn’t lamented as often as it should be.
After all, it was only seven years ago that Willis burst upon the scene with 14 victories, an All-Star appearance and a NL Rookie of the Year award for the World Series-winning Florida Marlins. With an unorthodox delivery, a 10,000-watt smile and a Bay Area back story worthy of Hollywood, Willis quickly became one of the game’s most recognizable faces and the common lament here in Chicago was that the Cubs had lost the real prize in a trade that had netted them Antonio Alfonseca and Matt Clement.
Willis’ performance dipped in 2004, but he bounced back in 2005 to put together his best season, going 22-10 with a 2.63 ERA en route to another All-Star Game and a second-place finish behind Chris Carpenter in the NL Cy Young voting. The D-Train seemed like it was back on the rails to superstardom and, for such a likable guy, you felt good for him. He was fun to watch.
But his control problems started becoming more evident in 2006 after he hit a league-leading 19 batters after hitting the same total over the previous three seasons. He was traded to Detroit as part of the Miguel Cabrera trade after posting an ugly 5.17 ERA in 2007 and, from there, you know the rest of the story. He couldn’t live up to a big contract at Comerica, he went on the disabled list with an anxiety disorder and the flashes of magic from the early part of his career completely disappeared. No longer one of the future faces of baseball, Willis became just another pitcher trying to fight the mysteries of lost dominance and control.
Seeing as how his mechanics were always unusual, perhaps it’s no surprise that Willis will likely be forever known as a guy who put it together for only two brilliant seasons. Still, given the energy and joy he brought to his outings, it’s a shame it couldn’t have lasted a lot longer. His downfall over the past five seasons has been a tough one to watch and here’s wishing him the best in whatever path he takes from here.
Did a little shopping and saw some Dontrelles that i did not have yet so I picked them all up…. Got a great price on them also which is always good! The house is back to normal now everything has been taken care of and all the drywall is up and looking great…… Thanks to everyone for their well wishes. Wicked out!!
No silly’s I’m not talking about that Captain, I’m talking about the one way up North in the maple state….. Yup good ol Captain of the blog Waxaholic. You see the Cap and myself love sending packages to one another to see who can get them out quicker….. I told the Cap that one day I’ll be in his neck of the woods cause I’m dying to see Canada…. hopefully it will be sooner than later cause I’m not getting any younger….. #1 years can be hard on the body….lol Anyways he always knows my soft spot, yes people it’s the D-Train aka Dontrelle Willis. I’ve been collecting Willis for a long time now and have over a 1,000 cards of his…. But the Cap for some weird reason knows what cards I’m missing…. You see those Baseball Hero cards I’m missing one to complete the rainbow…..Enjoy the pic, Wicked out!!!!
By now everyone knows the bearded one…..From the new joint blog mojo & beardy’s fantastic card blog…. Well Beardy and i have traded before and his packages always hold some kickass cards inside…. Thanks to Bready and make sure to stop by the new blog…. It’s the shits!!