So most of you know that my Seneca Wallace, Rod Smart, and Shyrone Stith collections spawned heavily from my play of Madden 2004 back in the day. With baseball, however, I never really had a video game that made me collect guys. I mean I played a lot of Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball for Super Nintendo growing up, but the only true name in the game was Ken Griffey Jr., so I didn't end up an Ellis Burks collector even though I knew that Bela Lugosi, CF for the Rockies, was really Burks. For shame.
Well anyways, all that is fixed now. A few years ago a buddy of mine showed me MLB Power Pros 2007, and I was instantly addicted. I got my own copy this past Christmas (for the Wii) and I'm right back at it with the Reds. In season one I traded away a lot of my starters and, since the trading system is a bit broken, needed to fill in starts with someone from my AAA team. That guy ended up being Elizardo Ramirez, and the rest is history.
Here he is pitching to Baseball Card Breakdown classmate Marcus Giles:
The first card doesn't seem like much...a simple little Gold Parallel Team Heroes card from Donruss:
The other card I picked up was Elizardo before he was traded to the Reds...here's a nice on-card auto from his Phillies days: