Friday, April 26, 2013

2013 Heritage Clubhouse Collection Matt Garza Jersey

Earlier this week I posted about a nice pseudo-surprise from 2 by 3 Heroes that contained a Starlin Castro jersey card. I think, aside from that card the only other reasonably priced Cubs relic from 2013 Heritage is the following Matt Garza jersey card.

There is also a low numbered coin card with Billy Williams and apparently autographed relic cards of Williams and Ernie Banks. But unless one happens to magically appear in my mailbox, I doubt I'll be able to add those to my collection anytime soon.

When Garza returns from the disabled list, hopefully soon, he'll begin his third season with the Cubs. One of the things I like about him is that he appears to be involved in every game. He doesn't look too thrilled to be a Cub in the photo used for the card above, but whenever the TV cameras show the Cubs dugout, Garza always seems to be on the steps/along the rail, cheering on the team. The Cubs haven't had too many reasons to celebrate the last couple of years, but the oft-injured Garza seems to make the most of the situation when they do. 

Photo by Jonathan Daniel (courtesy of Getty Images)
On April 8, 2012, Garza gives winning pitcher Jeff Samrdzija a shaving cream pie to the face. Samardzija pitched 8 2/3 innings to give the Cubs their first win of the season in a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals.
Photo by David Banks (courtesy of Getty Images)
On May 30. 2012, Garza give Darwin Barney a Gatorade (water?) bath after Barney's 2-out walkoff home run gives the Cubs a sweep over the San Diego Padres. Another photo in this sequence was used to on Darwin Barney's 2013 Opening Day Ballpark Fun insert card.
Photo by Brian Kersey (courtesy of Getty Images)
On June 26, 2012, Anthony Rizzo had an RBI double to break a 3-3 tie between the Cubs and the New York Mets. The Cubs went on to win 5-3. This wasn't a walkoff hit (it came in the 4th) so I'm not sure that a shaving cream pie to the face was the appropriate response, but in 2012, a win was a win. Then again, it was Rizzo's Cubs debut so there's that too.

And the back for good measure although aside from the name and card "number" change, it is the exact same as the Starlin Castro card.

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