Like a lot of collectors we believe the parallels are getting out of hand but still hasn’t stopped us from picking them up.
First up is the 2013 Topps Tribute WBC Gold #16 out of 25. To be honest the picture doesn’t look much like Yadi. In anticipation of a PR victory we went to a local taqueria to watch the championship game between the D.R and P.R. While the food and drinks were good the results for us weren’t as D.R won 3 nil.
Second up is Grandstand’s 2003 TN Smokies (Class AA) Yadi. The Smokies are in the Southern League and play in Knoxville. The Smokies are now an affiliate of the Cubs (boo) but in 2003 they were a Cardinals affiliate.
The 2003 team had Chris Duncan, Joe Girardi, Chris Narveson, Rick Ankiel, Dan Haren, Jason Isringhausen, and Skip Schumaker.
Yadi was 20 years old and played in 104 games, he had 397 plate appearances, 364 at bats, scored 32 runs, had 100 hits, 51 RBIs, a BA of .275, and an OB of .327. He had a .991 FA, 56 stolen bases against, 38 caught stealing for a 40% Caught Stealing. In these stats you can see how the Cardinals were keen on Yadi.
Last up 2005 Donruss Rated Rookie Press Proof Blue #66 out of 100. In 2005 Yadi was 23 years old and played in 129 games for the Cardinals. He had 461 plate appearances, 417 at bats, He hit .274, had an OPS of .595. He had 37 stolen bases against, caught 29 base stealers, for a caught stealing % of 44. His overall fielding % was .994. He had a solid .994 Fielding Average.