Pack Break: 2008 Topps Updates & HighlightsWritten by Steve on January 7th, 2010
2008 Topps Updates & Highlights:
- #UH140 Dana Eveland
- #UH170 Greg Smith (Rookie)
- #UH22 Brian Moehler
- #UH208 Kerry Wood (All-Star)
- #UH119 Ken Griffey Jr. (Highlights)
- #UH204 Franquelis Osoria
- #UH12 Trot Nixon
- #UH318 Kyle Farnsworth
- Gold Border #UH149 Paul Hoover (Serial#1617/2008)
- Gold Foil #UH76 Francisco Rodriguez (All-Star)
“At 32, Paul enjoyed his most extended stay in the Bigs in 2008. The longtime Minor League backstop who reads lips (both of his parents are deaf) brings great versatility to the Marlins. He can catch, play virtually any infield position and even fill a spot in the outfield in a pinch. Hoover ripped five hits in his first 13 at-bats with Florida.”
Paul was signed by the Phillies in 2009 and got 3 hits in 4 at-bats in September, including a game-winning RBI. However, he was sent back down to AAA before the playoffs.
“By pounding a 3-1, first-inning pitch from Mark Hendrickson 413 feet into the Miami night on June 9, 2008, Ken became the sixth player to hit 600 home runs. That put Sammy Sosa (609) dead in his sights for a move to fifth on the all-time list.”
Junior hit 18 homers in 2008 to put him at 5th on the all-time list. He hit 19 in 2009 to make 630 home runs. He needs 30 more to tie Willie Mays at 4th place with 660, though at age 39 it seems unlikely.