Ten years ago... Andre Ethier went 0 for 5 for the Midland RockHounds, while Eric Chavez, Erubiel Durazo, and Jason Kendall each went 0 for 4 in Oakland's 0 to 1 loss to the Anaheim Angels.
Ten years ago... Frank Thomas was on the disabled list and missed the first 50 games of the 2005 season.
Ten years ago... Albert Pujols hit his 165th home run of his career against the Houston Astros.
Ten years ago... Ryan Klesko had a double and a home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Unfortunately the Padres lost after Brian Lawrence gave up seven hits, walked two batters, and allowed six runs in 2.1 innings pitched.
Ten years ago, Greg Maddux had the night off. However the day before he threw for eight solid innings while only giving up four hits and two earned runs in a loss against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Ten years ago... Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz both hit home runs in Boston's 11-3 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Ten years ago... Brad Wilkerson went 4 for 5, scored three runs, drove in two runs, and came close to hitting for the cycle against the New York Mets. If it's any consolation, he actually hit for the cycle a few weeks earlier against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Ten years ago... Derek Jeter also fell short of hitting for the cycle after he had a single, double, and a home run against the Texas Rangers.
Ten years ago... Carlos Lee hit two home runs and drove in four runs against the San Francisco Giants. In the other dugout, Omar Vizquel celebrated his 38th birthday with a single, double, and a triple (yup... the third person of the day to fall short of hitting for the cycle).
Ten years ago... Ichiro Suzuki went 2 for 4, scored two runs, walked once, and drove in a run in Seattle's win over the Cleveland Indians.
Ten days ago... I bid $200 on a 2005 Topps Heritage baseball set (complete with SP's and variations) and won.
I realize that many of you think that I'm insane... and maybe I am. Two hundred dollars is a lot of money for a non-vintage, non-autographed, or non-relic set. But with boxes selling for over $100... this was the route I decided to take.
If I never add another Topps Heritage set to my collection, I'll be content... because I have the one and only Heritage set that honors the greatest baseball card design in the history of trading cards:
Okay... it's your turn:
Ten years ago... were you collecting cards? Were you collecting the same kind of cards or has your collection evolved?
Happy Friday and sayonara!