Friday, July 17, 2009

Padrographs five at a time

I have decided that unless I have a really good story about the card or the player deserves an individual post I will be posting 5 cards at a time. Nathanial Martin Culp was drafted in the 4th round of the 2006 draft and has worked his way up to AA San Antonio this year. That said I would expect to see him in San Diego sometime this year. I got the card signed through the mail. Jose Luis Cruz was the third pick in the 1995 draft by the Mariners since then he has played for several teams. He played 91 games for the Padres in 2007, hitting .234 before going to the Astros, where his father is a coach. He played for 12 seasons earning a Gold Glove in 2003 while playing for the Giants. I got this card back in the mail just a day after I bought one on eBay.
Luis Alfonso (Bojorquez) Cruz was signed as a amateur free agent by the Red Sox in 2000. The BoSox traded him to the Padres for Cesar Crespo in 2002. He was granted free agency after 5 years in the Padres organization and signed at the end of the 2007 seasons and signed a free agent contract with the Pirates. A September call up in 2008 he has been playing SS and 2B for the Pirates since.
Deivi (Garcia) Cruz was signed as an amateur free agent by the Giants in 1993. He made his major league debut in 1997 with the Tigers. After 5 years with the Tigers he signed with the Padres before the 2002 season. He played in all but 11 games in 2002 with the Padres at SS, 1B and pinch hitting. He played three more seasons in the majors. I believe I got the card signed through the mail. Cesar Antonio Crespo has a World Series ring, having only played three seasons in the major leagues. He was drafted by the Mets in the 1997 draft, and then traded to the Marlins in 1998, then in 2001 the Marlins traded him to the Padres with Mark Kotsay. After playing parts of the '01 and '02 seasons with the Padres he was traded to the Red Sox for Luis Cruz (see above). While with the Padres he played in 80 games playing every outfield position, 2B, SS and 3B. He won a World Series ring with the Red Sox in 2004 playing in 52 games and not getting on the field at all during the Series. He played in the minors through 2007. I don't remember how I got the card signed.

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