So I read a tweet by Whygavs that said "Can I be honest? I still feel like a kid on Christmas right now." And that got me to thinking about Christmas, and how the players exchanged today would compare to some of the toys in my memory. This is the players from todays trades and the Morgan Milledge trade just for kicks.
To begin with the players we gave up.
Jack Wilson - Jack is like getting clothes on Christmas. It's not exciting. It's not fun. It's never what you want. But it is a solid reliable gift, one that will stick around and be useful to you for a while. A little underrated.
Ian Snell - Snell is one of those talking Billy Bass things. The first time you see it, you're like "hey this is pretty funny, it could be kinda cool". A little later you change your mind to "This thing is freaking annoying. I will do anything just GET IT AWAY!" Plus a little thing you didn't know. That Billy Bass, yeah he hated you just as much as you hated him.
Freddy Sanchez - Freddy is like getting a bike. Not your first one, just a bike. It's better than your other one, it can be fun sometimes. It's reliable, it's useful. Basically it's an all around quality gift.
Nyjer Morgan - Nyjer is any generic action figure. It's exciting for a brief while, but you get bored of it really quickly. It holds sentimental value to you, but you realize there are much better toys out there. Really not a great toy once you get past the initial excitement.
Now for what we got in return.
Lastings Milledge - Milledge is like the Nintendo Gamecube. Nintendo dominated the game market for years, and everyone was waiting around to see what they would come out with next. Then you got the Gamecube. It was seriously disappointing. But if you get the right games for it, you can get it to be an extremely useful system.
Tim Alderson - Alderson is like an Ipod. It's exciting and everyone loves it. You have fun with it, it lasts for a while and is reliable. Barring some hardware malfunction, it's a great gift you're happy to have.
Ronny Cedeno - Cedeno is a Tomagotchi. At one time it was really popular. Nobody really knew why, but it was. Now everyone realizes how much it sucks. You can still keep one around and use it to pass the time if you need to, but you would really prefer something better.
Jeff Clement - A used video game. You heard it was a good game. The disc is a little scratched up so it can freeze from time to time. Being a video game, it can be great or it can be awful. It has the potential, but you're only going to find out once you play it.
Aaron Pribanic, Brett Lorin, and Nathan Adcock - Three of any sort of "stocking stuffer" type gifts. There's a whole lot of them, and you realistically don't expect much when you first get them. But every one of them does have the potential to be a pretty great gift, or be a useless pile of crap.
I had no particular reason for doing any of this. So there.