Tuesday, December 17, 2013
2013 Quarry Unlimited - #16 Houston Astros Part 2
The Astros were the only team with a major uniform change in 2013 and I don't hate it. In fact for the most part, I really like it. It has a nice modern look while still remaining a bit unique, especially with the rainbow striped alternate uniforms. My only fault with the new Astros uniform is the alternate cap. I realize that it is done as a money grab, but it looks stupid when watching a game and seeing a blue batting helmet and an orange cap. If you want to have an alternate cap as a money grab, shouldn't you pair it with an alternate batting helmet as well? Otherwise it just looks wrong. Either way, I do always look forward to whichever team decides to change their look every season. There is nothing confirmed for 2014 yet, but there is a rumored Mariners wholesale change for next season along with a probable Pirates logo change. Are you a fan of teams occasionally changing their color schemes like the Astros, Marlins, or Diamondbacks or do you prefer the relatively unchanging design of the Yankees, Dodgers, or Rockies? While you ponder, let's check out the second half of the 2013 Houston Astros.
My Top 5 Astros Cards
1. Marc Krauss
2. Matt Pagnozzi
3. Cody Clark
4. Ronny Cedeno
5. Rick Ankiel
One of the main things I am going to miss seeing about the Astros move to the American League is the orange jersey on the ivy of Wrigley Field. The Marc Krauss shows that contrast perfectly. Unfortunately, the Astros won't be playing in Wrigley again until 2016 at the earliest. Both Pagnozzi and Clark are decent "play at the plate" shots, but neither of them is really great. I wanted to make sure the catcher was the focus of the card, but they both lost a little in the crop. I picked the Pagnozzi at the better of the two because you can see a little more of the runner. The Ronny Cedeno show the barehanded infielder grab which is both a great shot and an underused shot. Finally in slot #5 we have the Rick Ankiel which is a fairly mundane shot. The reason it is here is that it was my first finished card of the set. The photo was taken during the very first regular season game of the year.
Coming tomorrow - #17 Toronto Blue Jays
Thanx for reading.