System Quote: “The best time to wear a striped sweater, is all the time.”
Houston Astros Top Ten:
- Hunter Pence Double Printed Shirsey
- Kaz Matsui
- Brad “Lights-out” Lidge
- Roger Clemens
- Bud Norris
- 80 #Want
- Lance Berkman
- Carlos Lee
- Roy Oswalt
- J.D. Martinez
Current Status: Sold
Price: $8.00 + $4.95 Shipping
eBay Description: “The Medium is a missprint, having the whole decal from the back “Pence 9” printed on the front and the back along with the “Houston 9”
The Tools: 8 derp; 8 not on team anymore; 4 player obscurity; 5 potential design/color scheme; 6 price
What Happened To The Player in 2013: As a derpy scruffy old guy, Hunter Pence put up pretty good numbers for the Giants. He then signed a 5-year, $90 bajillion dollar contract ensuring he won’t be back on the Astros any time soon.
Strengths: First thing that jumps out at you is the double printing on the front of the shirt. Very rare to see such a trait in a shirsey. Most shirts only have the name on the back. This has it on the front and back. True two-way shirt. Top of the line oddity. Good, but not great price hindered by high shipping costs. Expected due to placement on ebay.
Weaknesses: Player relatively well known/still producing at a high level in the major leagues. Despite top end tools, placement on ebay always raises questions about makeup due to disagreements with the shirt’s previous owner(s). The old Astros color scheme feels outdated and uncool right now, but has the projection to be a hot commodity on the market.
Overall Future Potential: 7; one of the best shirts in the game.
Realistic Role: High 6; well above-average shirsey
Risk Factor/Injury History: High risk due to unknown nature of the second shirt and usual question marks that come with eBay.
The Year Ahead: Recently shipped off to a new owner, this shirsey should become a huge part of that owner’s life fairly quickly.
Wardrobe ETA: 2014
2. Kaz Matsui
Current Status: Owned by @leistomania93
Price: Ask @leistomania93
The Tools: 7 derp; 6 awesomeness; 7 player obscurity; 5 future design/color Scheme
What Happened To The Player in 2013: Matsui played for the Japanese team in the World Baseball Classic. He may or may not have done things in the NPB this year for the Rakuten Eagles. No one is sure.
Strengths: The derp and the player obscurity on this shirt are great. It’s fairly easy to find a Kaz Matsui Mets shirsey, but finding one of Astros ilk is rare indeed. Kaz Matsui always inspires a chuckle in the gut, and I’m sure the lucky owner of this shirt has more gut chuckles than the average fellow.
Weaknesses: Like many of the older Astros shirseys, this scheme is lackluster and uninspiring. Worst aspect is that the shirt is already owned and therefore probably not up for sale.
Overall Future Potential: High 6; potential to ruin several dates for the owner
Realistic Role: 6; occasional all-star shirsey
Risk Factor/Injury History: Low risk. Already out of MLB.
The Year Ahead: If Kaz Matsui can do something insane like appear on a Japanese game show that goes viral or eats Ichiro then this shirt’s stock could rise. More likely that it stays put.
Wardrobe ETA: 2013