In 2007 the entire hobby world fell in love with a guy named Joba Chamberlain and his Bowman Chrome Rookie Autograph. Meanwhile, in that same set was another rookie auto that for the most part went unnoticed, that of Tim Lincecum.
Perhaps it was because his name wasn’t as cool as “Joba” or maybe it’s because he didn’t play on the almighty New York Yankees but it seems for every one informed collector who picked up Lincecum’s rookies, there was ten guys all under 21 drooling over “Jobamania”.
Well, we are almost halfway done with the 2008 season and Joba and Tim have completely changed positions. While Chamberlain has been juggled from the bullpen to the rotation, his record is a measly 1-2 while Lincecum, a starter from the beginning is an aesthetically-pleasing 8-1 with a 2.21 ERA and a contender for the Cy Young Award.
It also goes to show you that despite the hobby hype that drowns over common sense, it does not pay off to invest in an unproven rookie, ever. I am not calling Joba the next Todd Van Poppel but there are some “fans” who honestly believed that he would somehow win 30+ games in 2008 last year.
The crazy thing is that it happened again in June with Jay Bruce. You wouldn’t believe how many Reds fans in the stands at the Marlins game were expecting him to hit .400 or crank out 50 home runs by season’s end. Well, it’s been less than 30 games and Bruce is hitting just under .320 with 4-home runs. There are a couple of no-name Marlins like Cody Ross and Jorge Cantu that put those numbers to shame.
I hate to say it but, “I TOLD YOU SO“.
I have a video dedication for the guys who fell for the enormous hype of Jay Bruce. It’s from Weird Al Yankovich, not to mention the Transformers: The Movie soundtrack. The 80’s version that didn’t suck, not the new, terrible version put out last year. Blah!
If the video doesn’t work, CLICK HERE.