Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Baby Bombers growing up

It's amazing the Yankees had gotten as far as they had with very little from their two biggest bats, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez. Fortunately that changed in a big way yesterday, as they came back from being down 4-0 in the seventh and 4-2 in the eight with some big clutch hits from both of them. The Yankees still have a lot of work ahead of them if they want a pennant but this was a great game.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A lucky package

Yesterday was a great day for the Yankees. Some serious two-out thunder - all eight runs scored with two outs. And CC continues to be ageless, pitching six shutout innings, looking like the Cy Young CC pictured on this card, which arrived in the mail yesterday as part of a trade package from an Astros fan. Talk about timing!
(More to come on the awesome package in a future post)

Monday, October 16, 2017

Caught a Trout

A few weeks ago I won a contest from Collecting Cutch, winning this awesome jersey card of one of the best players in baseball.
 He also threw in some extras which are greatly appreciated. Thanks!

1993 Studio Barry Larkin

Hobby is hunting: Larkin has a reputation as one of the most avid hunters in sports.

Favorite sports announcer is Al Michaels: Larkin is from Cincinnati; Michaels was originally a Reds announcer.

Favorite players as a kid were Dave Concepcion and Ozzie Smith: Larkin ended up playing with his idol, Concepcion, with the Reds.

Most prized possessions are his ’90 World Series ring and his ’88 Olympic medal: It must be a pretty select group that has won both a World Series and an Olympics, I know Tino Martinez was on that team as well.

Might have been a financial advisor if he hadn’t been an athlete: Larkin has now done just that, starting a firm called Dugout Ventures with Torii Hunter, David Ortiz, Nolan Ryan and Vernon Wells.

Where he is now: In addition to Dugout Ventures Larkin also does work for the Reds.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

In Houston we had a problem

Well, it took the Yankees less than 24 hours to fall behind 2-0 in this series. Unlike the Division Series its unlikely the Yankees will get enough lucky breaks to come back. As the Yankees break all kinds of postseason records for strikeouts, it's clear no one on the team has heard of having a two-strike approach to hitting. Hopefully there will be a new hitting coach next year.

Still, the pitching has been good - nice to see Tanaka in particular overcoming a disappointing season to be great in the playoffs.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Mike Glavine on baseball cards

First baseman Mike Glavine played nine seasons of professional baseball, reaching the major leagues with the Mets in 2003. The brother of Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Glavine, he hit 108 career home runs in the minor leagues. Now the Head Coach at Northeastern University, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

- Do you have any stories about cards of yourself or of other players?  For one of my cards I took a posed picture with my brother's bat in my hands. A lot of people noticed it and commented on it. I tried to get him to use one of my bats in one of his cards but I don't think he wanted his card value to go down. 

 - Do you have a favorite card of yourself or of another player? My first professional card is still my favorite. My mom always liked it because I was smiling and I liked it because it was my first card. The card also had my favorite glove in it before it was stolen that season

- Do you collect baseball cards? I have started helping my 5 year old son collect cards. We have been having a lot of fun with it and trying to collect all the players from his favorite team the Red Sox. 

Thanks! His first card was in 1996 Fleer Excel. I could not find a picture online. Any of you readers have it? Here is a card of him from my collection.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Double Didi!

Two home runs for Didi Gregorius! A double DD if you will. And I was going to make that joke even before I saw Collecting Clutch's contest this morning, which ties in perfectly with the theme. Still hard to believe the Yankees knocked off the Indians - they played just well enough to win against a very tough team. Those Astros sure look tough, but the Yankees can certainly hold their heads up high with how they have played this postseason.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Baseball card story from Dustin Glant

Dustin Glant pitched in the Diamondbacks organization from 2003 to 2008. In 264 games he went 21-23 with 51 saves and a 5.19 ERA. Now the pitching coach at Ball State, he kindly answered the questions I sent him after his card was mentioned by Chris Kinsey in my recent interview with him.

"I believe the one Kinsey is thinking of was in Lancaster CA for the Jethawks.  It was taken early in the season and I wanted to see if anyone realized I was in catchers gear for it.  So I goofed around and had on full gear and posed as if I was catching a pop up.  We had a good laugh from it.  Great memories from that season, loved our manager Bill Plummer and pitching coach Jeff Pico, both guys I was fortunate enough to be coached by for several of my seasons.  We made the playoffs if I remember correctly on that last day of the season--huge thrill!  That was Miguel Montero's big breakout season as well."

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hitting and pitching

That was cool - for the first time this season the Yankees hit well and pitched well in the same game. They will need everything to go right tomorrow though. The Yankees have been much better at home then on the road this season, which makes me pessimistic for tomorrow's game, as does the patterns of runs scored for the Yankees so far this postseason - 8,0,9,1,7. A big game for CC is a must because odds are the Yankees won't score much. Still, just to push the Indians to a Game 5 is a nice accomplishment for this very young team. Happy to see Severino bounce back - he is probably the most important of the Yankees' "Baby Bombers".

Monday, October 9, 2017

Stay of execution

Nice job of Tanaka and Chapman making the Yankees one measly run hold up yesterday. They will need a lot more runs today when Severino pitches. Nice to avoid getting swept considering they are playing the best team in baseball.