I've had all the photos for this post queued up and ready to go for when Huston Street was traded, and it just so happened that the deal was made to send him up the I-5 to Orange County. The jump from being a Friar to an Angel is a big one (religiously speaking), and I'm sure it'll be nice for Huston to not lose all the time.
Huston Street spent two and a half years with the Padres, a decent amount of time by today's standards, and (though he was on the DL a few times) he was a good pitcher and a good guy and a good Padre. He's also a Longhorn, which gives him bonus points in my book.
Let's take a look at the cardboard legacy left by Mr. Street, starting with the lone non-Topps card above. A great picture to use when you don't have the license to use official MLB logos. Well done Panini.
Street made it into all three Heritage sets. Do you have a favorite here? I think I'd have to go with the 2012 version, with the mountains and tree in the background. Might just be the design. Also like his head kind of popping out from the photo in the '13 set.
Well, I guess 2.5 years doesn't really net you a lot of cards, if you're a Padre. Here are the three flagship cards from Street's tenure in San Diego (I'm not sure what happened with the card on the right, it isn't chopped up in real life, promise). Not really a bad card to be seen, though I guess that the blue bordered '12 card might be the lesser of the bunch. I also have the regular Opening Day card of the one in the middle, but decided not to scan it.
Well, there you have it: all of the Huston Street cards I have as a Padre.
The experts say that the Padres ripped off the Angels, nabbing three of their top prospects in a four for two trade. I can't remember the last time a prospect (position player) that the Padres got in a trade panned out. I guess Adrian Gonzalez? Before that, I'm not sure it's ever happened. Oh well, such is baseball.
Even though I don't like the Angels (too much Pujols/Hamilton/Wilson for me, though I love Trout and now Street), I'm glad he'll get a shot at the postseason now. Best of luck Huston!
Oh, and how did the Padres fare in their first game without their All-Star closer? Lost to the Mets 5-4 on a 9th inning single off the new closer.