Well, Beardy has ripped his first Turks and has been found wanting. I take a 3-1 lead in the Turk Off 2. However, I know better than to let up. I'm sure he has something up his sleeve. The worst thing I could do at this point is underestimate him.
If there is one thing I know for sure, it's that Beady is a worthy adversary.
Here are my next 4 packs as I attempt to keep the pressure on.
356 Jeromy Burnitz 488 Garret Anderson 345 Carlos Zambrano 625 Nick Markakis 5ptsAlright! Now I've pulled the big 2. Take that Beardman!
501 Alfonso Soriano Nats Red 2ptsDamn, if this was a base it would have been an SP and worth 5 pts instead of 2.
347 Carlos Lee 360 Chipper Jones 2ptsA nice 2 pts Great Player in honor of the Commish who almost quit the Turk Off 1 in protest after Chipper was left off the list in lieu of a certain Mets 3rd baseman who shall remain nameless. That egregious error has been corrected for this Turk Off.
458 Aramis Ramirez
Pack Total: 9 pts
334 Mark Ellis 365 Todd Helton 610 Anderson Hernandez 597 Chuck James 576 Touch 'Em All Red 2pts
515 Barry Zito 499 Marcus Giles 529 John Smoltz
Pack Total: 2 pts
359 Javier Vazquez 604 Sean Marshall 439 Matt Morris 402 John Patterson White 5ptsWho the hell is John Patterson?
561 Livan Hernandez Red Ad Back (2x3) = 6ptsI can't believe I pulled this. I pulled the exact same Red Add Back out of the first box I busted a few months ago. Bummer, man. What are the chances? I'll take the 6 points, but it's still a bummer.
VG Vladimir Guerrero Relic 8 ptsWell, here is my first hit. With Vlad The Impaler you can't complain. It would have been nice to pull some kind of variation, but I'll take it.
475 Michael Young
Pack Total: 19 pts
500 Albert Pujols 2ptsWhen all is said and done, will Albert be the greatest player ever?
472 Jeremy Reed 406 Aubrey Huff 549 Chien-Ming Wang -1ptsPuke
468 Curtis Granderson Red 2ptsI still think Curtis should grow the big frotire ala Bake McBride and Oscar Gamble. Instant superstar. I don't know why he won't listen to me. I know it can't be because he hasn't seen my blog.
431 Ben Sheets 419 Sidney Ponson -1-2 = -3ptsDouble puke.
593 Jeremy Hermida
Pack total: 0 pts
Well, I guess that splitting these four would be OK. I would keep my lead. I think that's the best I can hope for here. I worry that my tenuous lead is about to disappear as that 9 point pack could go down.
I guess we'll see.
I do see that, despite my early lead, people are voting in the poll that Beardy is the favorite. I take heart in remembering that everyone predicted a Beardy victory in the Inaugural Turk Off.