Sunday, October 5, 2014

Surprise College Care Package!

Hey guys, Drew back here! So... I've been in college for a little over a month now, and I have to say, the experience really isn't for me. I've always felt like I was more mature than other kids my age, so seeing people act crazy and lose their minds almost every night is almost sickening to me. I know its what most kids our age are supposed to do, but it doesn't feel right for me, so I may end up returning home to commute to a local school following this semester. 

Anyway, one of the coolest things that has happened since arriving at school was receiving a really thoughtful care package from William and his family! William and I have always had a lot in common, and he really understood a lot of what I've been going through when I explained it to him; so he sent me all sorts of snacks and cards to help brighten my day. And he sure did!

Within all of the awesomeness in the box were 3 packs of Bowman baseball! Here's what came out of them:

Nothing overly spectacular was found in these packs, but I did miss the feeling of opening a pack. When things get stripped away from you and you're in a position to start over, there's absolutely nothing better than going back to what you love; and being able to open packs, even though I haven't been very interested in buying cards lately; was an awful lot of fun.

The highlight of the 3 packs was this mini refractor of Royals star rookie Yordano Ventura. These Royals games have been phenomenal thus far into the postseason. I've been glued to my TV whenever they've played (especially because I don't get Fox Sports 1 on my TV, depriving me of all the NL games). William, your Orioles are an awesome story, and seeing them win would be great for your franchise, but I wouldn't be upset if the Royals made it to the World Series one bit.

William also threw in a bunch of recent Yankees cards he's pulled, including a ton of 2013 Topps Mini cards. I've never even seen these to be completely honest, but I'm really glad I got the chance to see them. It's a cool concept solely because Topps did the same thing in the 1970's, otherwise it'd just be an annoying gimmick. I'll take any Jeter cards I can get though! (By the way, sorry the scan got cut off, I'm still adjusting to my new printer/scanner I have in my dorm!)

Along with the Topps mini cards came some other gorgeous Yankees cards, all of which I'm certain I don't already have. I love the look of this year's Finest, and Gypsy Queen (as overdone as it is by now) still has a soft spot in my heart. I also completely ignored the fact that Topps Heritage covered my favorite vintage set of all time today, and I may have to go out and buy some packs of it now!

William, you're the man. I really appreciate all you do to cheer me up, you're a great friend, and even though we've been used to being long distance friends for a while, I definitely miss being more readily available to talk. Thank you. (And thank Chris again for the awesome letter!)

Congrats to the Orioles on advancing, by the way! See Ya!


  1. First of all, nice Yordano. :-)

    Secondly, hang in there in college. Yes, there are a lot of idiots out there. But it's not everyone -- you've got to find your niche (or "your tribe"). Having friends with similar interests can go a long way toward fighting the loneliness. Finding them usually takes a little work on your part, but if there's any clubs or groups that interest you, go join them ASAP. Your first paragraph looks like a pretty accurate description of my freshman feelings (circa 1998), but by the end of the year I had come around and the bright spot was the relationships I had made which exist even still. Transferring out can still be an option, but if you do that, you want to be confident that you gave your current situation a good try.

    Take care,
    -Josh D.

  2. I agree with Josh. I spent a decade in school and went to four different schools (I got three degrees - I didn't take 10 years just to get one! Haha). That first semester is always the toughest because you are having to adjust to life without your parents and you have to find new friends for the first time since kindergarten. As you classes progress, you start to notice that the idiots begin to drop like flies and become less annoying. Plus, you start to make friends within your course of study, and things brighten up. I say give yourself three to four semesters before seriously consideringn transferring. Trust, your personal growth will exponential if you go to school a ways from family. I know it's tough - I moved to South Dakota from Texas and wanted to go home immediately - but staying and roughing it out made me the person I am today. Good luck amigo!

  3. I echo what the others say. Semester one is always toughest while you figure out your crew, routines, etc. Hang in there, man!

  4. I'm glad I could brighten your day. Like the others said above, the first semester is always the toughest. Sounds like Josh D. and I are the same age, since my freshman year at UNCC was 1998 as well. Call me if you need me, buddy, any time of day. I love you, man, and I'm here for support!


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