Tuesday, November 18, 2014

So Long J-Hey Kid

Yesterday marked the end of the hometown kid's run in Atlanta. Jason Heyward was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitcher Shelby Miller. While I understand the trade, it doesn't help remove some of the sting from the announcement. Heyward to me was one of those guys that epitomized what a major league player should be. Hustle. Hard work. Loyalty. I know Jason may not have lived up to some of the hype he had, especially after his rookie season, but he's a solid baseball player and I can't wait to see how he does in St. Louis under Mike Matheny and crew.

I still don't know who will fill his shoes out in right field, but I sure am glad I got to see him play one last time earlier this year. The Braves are a wreck and I sure don't envy new general manager John Hart and the position he is in. This move has proven (so far) to be pretty unpopular among us fans. Then again there is a reason we are fans and not general managers. This was a tough move to make, no doubt about it. Only time will tell if it was a good move.

The question I had to ask myself was what to do about collecting Heyward. I'm not a Cardinals fan. In fact I despise that ball club. However I think I've come to the conclusion that if I can collect Dave Justice cards wearing the Yankees pinstripes then I can collect Jason Heyward wearing the two little redbirds. Seriously though, for several reasons Heyward will remain a large part of my card collection. I respect his athletic ability, his work ethic, his love of the game, being a former Brave, but for most importantly he still falls under one of my collecting goals and that is we share the same faith in Jesus Christ.

So I end this post with a few random scans I had handy of the J-Hey kid. You'll be missed out in right field son. I wish you all the best...of course except when you come home and play the Braves!

2010 Topps Chrome Jason Heyward RC auto photo 11-10-201293533PM.jpg     2010 Topps Chrome Jason Heyward Refractor RC #174 photo 10-8-2012101328PM.jpg
2011 Topps Chrome Jason Heyward Orange Refractor photo 5-26-201274518PM.jpg     2011 Bowman Jason Heyward Finest Futures photo 5-21-201184945PM-1.jpg

2013 Panini Pinnacle Jason Heyward Clear Vision (Single) photo JH_zps3bf2ad12.jpg     2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Jason Heyward Mini Relic photo Heyward_zps1425978f.jpg

2013 Topps Jason Heyward Spring Fever photo 3-17-201395819PM_zps9ea2ea61.jpg     2012 Topps Gypsy Queen Jason Heyward Framed Mini Relic photo 6-7-201291339PM.jpg

2011 Topps Chrome Jason Heyward Orange Refractor photo 5-26-201274518PM.jpg     2011 Bowman Jason Heyward Finest Futures photo 5-21-201184945PM-1.jpg

2011 Topps Gypsy Queen Jason Heyward Bronze Framed Paper #879/999 photo 2-22-201295949PM.jpg    2011 Topps Finest Jason Heyward Finest Moments photo 10-21-201191104PM.jpg

2011 Topps Finest Jason Heyward Foundation Purple Refractor photo 10-21-201191100PM.jpg     2011 Topps Marquee Jason Heyward Gametime Mementos #057/199 photo 9-16-2011113850PM-1.jpg

 2011 Topps Lineage Jason Heyward 1975 Mini photo 8-15-201194655PM-1.jpg


  1. Yeah, that was a tough decision that Hart had to make- totally understand it, though. What I've found odd in the whole thing is how the organization has continued to say that they're convinced that he would leave as a free-agent, and yet Jason maintains that there has been ZERO discussions about a long-term deal since 2012 (and then, only briefly). I guess it's probably for the best that they get something since it's obvious that he was not going to be there long-term. Perhaps if he could have stayed more healthy and been more consistent at the plate... We'll never know.

    1. Yeah, all I've heard is how Jason wanted to stay and play for his hometown team. His Twitter response sure did feel genuine enough. I know this is a business, but sometimes you just have to stand back and scratch your head in disbelief.