Those holding those World Baseball Classic Redemption cards better get them logged in to Topps quickly as it has just been announced that card #6 is of Yoennis Cespedes of Cuba, #7 is of Dae Ho Lee of the Korean team, and #8 is of Yu Darvish of Japan.
In six games, (as of March 21, 2009), Cespedes, a outfielder, went 11 for 24 (.458 batting average), with two home runs, five runs batted in. He also hit a double and three triples. Cuba was eliminated in the second round by Japan.
In seven games (as of March 21, 2009), Dae Ho Lee, who has been playing third base for the Koreans, is 4 for 14, scored one run, hit two doubles, and has walked six times. The Koreans face the Venezuelans in the first semifinal game, with the winner taking on either Japan or Team USA in the finals.
Yu Darvish has pitched in three games, starting two of them. He is 1-1, with an ERA of 1.80. He has struck out 13 batters in 10.0 innings of work. The Japanese team will face Team USA in semifinal game 2 on Sunday, with the winner taking on either Korea or Venezuela in the finals. Japan is the defending WBC champion.
None of the cards are autographed. For fans of either the Cuban, Korean, or Japanese teams, you will certainly want to add these cards to your collections. So for those of you with Redemption card #'s 6, 7, & 8, START REDEEMING!!!
The updated checklist now includes:
- #1 Lee Jin Young, Korea
- #2 Derek Jeter, USA
- #3 Gift Ngoepe, South Africa
- #4 Ubaldo Jimenez, Dominican Republic
- #5 Sidney de Jong, Netherlands
- #6 Yoennis Cespedes, Cuba
- #7 Dae Ho Lee, Korea
- #8 Yu Darvish, Japan