The Great Hobby Showdown: Strasburg vs. Heyward
An everyday major league player averages roughly 500 at-bats a season. When you times that by 9, the number of slots in a lineup, that equates to roughly 4,500 at-bats per team. Then when you multiply that by 30, the number of teams in Major League Baseball, you get 135,000, the number of total at-bats for any given baseball season. Within those 135,000 at-bats are a handful of memories that we will carry with us for a lifetime, a 1/1 plate appearance, a walk off home-run, a world series winning single, a strikeout to complete a perfect game, or perhaps an at-bat that marks the beggining of one of the greatest stories baseball ever told.
With over 100,000 at-bats to chose from and life's other activities, it can be hard to catch a geat moment live. Just like we speculate on cards, we have to speculate on what at-bats could provide us a memory worth remembering. Here's the good news, in 2010 we already know what one of those at-bats will be, Heyward vs. Strasburg. It is inevitable that Strasburg will be called up soon, if Heyward and Strasburg do face off, it could be the beggining of a new chapter in the book of baseball.
When will baseball's next big things collide in the ultimate plate appearance? Lucky for us, the division loaded schedule appears to have provided the perfect circumstances for the perfect plate appearance to take place.
- 6/28-6/30 - Washington @ Atlanta
- 7/27-7/29 - Atlanta @ Washington
- 8/17-8/19 - Washington @ Atlanta
- 9/13-9/15 - Washington @ Atlanta
- 9/24-9/26 - Atlanta @ Washington
Until then, the battle will have to remain on cardboard, the stage eBay. Here's a look at the latest Heyward v. Strasburg eBay sales of over $1,000.
- 2008 Jason Heyward Bowman Chrome Red Refractor Auto 4/5 ($5,000)
- BGS 9.5 Jason Heyward 2008 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor Auto /50 ($2,450)
- 2010 Stephen Strasburg Bowman Chrome Orange AUTO /25 ($2,250)
- BGS 9 Jason Heyward 2008 Bowman Chrome Orange /25 ($2,202)
- 2010 Stephen Strasburg Bowman Orange RC AUTO /25 ($2, 146.39)
- 2010 Stephen Strasburg Bowman Orange RC AUTO /25 ($1,986.11)
- BGS 10 Jason Heyward 2007 Bowman Chrome Blue Refractor ($1,900)
- BGS 8.5 2008 Jason Heyward Bowman Chrome Orange Refractor Auto /25 ($1,510)
- 2010 Stephen Strasburg Bowman Orange AUTO /25 ($1,499.99)
- 2008 Jason Heyward Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor Auto /50 ($1,230)
- 2010 Stephen Strasburg Bowman ChromeOrange Refractor /25 ($1,050)
- 2010 Stephen Strasburg Bowman Chrome Red Refractor ($1,025)
Which side are you on? Team Heyward or Team Strasburg? I'm on board with the J-Hey Kid. In reality, there is no wrong side. It will be fun to see to how this all plays out, both in the hobby and on the field. The one certainty is that it's a great time to be a baseball fan and a collector.