Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
I'm so sick of all these ballplayers like Scott Lusader and Albert Belle with all their satanic rituals and the dismemberment and everything.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
How did Park do? According to the LA Times:
"Thursday, in the Dodgers' 4-3 victory over the New York Mets at Vero Beach, Fla., he started his third game and pitched well, giving up a run, three hits and striking out three in three innings. He mixed up his pitches, kept his composure after the umpires had called his second balk of the day, and got his first major league hit, waving to the crowd as he stood on first base.
"When I got to first base, (first baseman) Glenn Davis said hello to me in Korean, and that made me feel good, too." Park said."
I don't know which is more surprising to me, that Glenn Davis speaks Korean, or that he was ever a Met.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
His sacrifice bunt in an uneventful fifth inning. Actually, the game was pretty boring until the ninth, when Ted Power blew a four run lead to tie the game. Cincinnati came back and won in the tenth with an RBI single by Tony Perez.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
It's kind of odd that they didn't have a photo of Willis with the Reds, as he had pitched with them for 7 games in 1984, 11 games in 1985, and 29 games in 1986. However, what I did not know until looking at his baseball-reference page was that the was actually a Rule V draft pick by the Angels and did not get returned to the Reds until after spring training, so this was probably a picture in an Angels uniform taken in March of 1986.
Friday, April 23, 2010
So what happened this day? I don't have a box score, but according to the NY Times, the Dodgers won 4-3. Chan Ho Park started for the Dodgers; Dave Telgheder started for the Mets in place of Anthony Young who was sidelined by a pulled right groin muscle. This annoyed Angel scouts in attendance; they were interested in a potential Young-for-JT Snow trade. Considering the diverging careers of Young and Snow, this has to go down as another in a long history of bad breaks for the Mets.
The biggest news of the day came earlier in the morning, however, when Dodgers outfielder Darryl Strawberry found out his son Jordan Shay was born while Strawberry was working out on the field before the game. According to the LA Times, he was named after basketball star Michael Jordan. Sixteen years later, he is following in his namesake's footsteps; he is currently playing basketball for Mater Dei High School in Anaheim.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Here's Matt Nokes wielding a #33 bat. Nokes wore #38 in his Yankee tenure; pitcher Eric Plunk wore #33. So was Nokes using an Eric Plunk bat? No! He wore #33 with the Tigers, so this bat must go back to his Detroit time. That's one of the things you don't think about when a trade happens - will a player have to change the number on his bat? I guess because he was traded to a team whose pitcher wore #33, Nokes didn't have to.
Here's Junior Ortiz, one of the first players to wear #0. The bat clearly says #55! Paul Sorrento wore #55 for Minnesota in both 1989 and 1990, so Ortiz must have borrowed a Sorrento bat.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
"I collected baseball cards as a kid and saved them in the attic. When I went away to college, my dear mother threw them out in the trash...literally...and I had hundreds. Since Mickey Mantle was my favorite player and his rookie card was my favorite, I would trade with others for that card. I had quite a few. I know it's kind of cliche but it personally happened to me.
My favorite card of myself was from the Appleton Foxes in the Midwest League. We were Midwest Champions in 1983.
[He is at lower left]
Another card has an somewhat interesting story: that of the 1986 Omaha Royals. I was the manager and we were in a losing streak so everyone decided to grow a mustache. It is the only card I have with a mustache."
[He is at lower right]
Thanks! Here is a card of him from my collection.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I bought five packs of "Bringing Back The Oldies," which advertised itself as being all 1980s cards, with one guaranteed 80s star. That one guaranteed 80s star was Tom Seaver, 1984 Topps. Each time!
Each pack was about evenly split among 1984 and 1989 Topps and 1986 and 1988 Donruss. Fortunately I need a few of the 1984 Topps and most of the 1986 Donruss.
The five "Pieces of History" packs were more diverse, but also guaranteed one star. That one star was Jim Rice, 1984 Topps. Each time!
Still, of the 200 cards I got, 40 were cards I needed. So that's 160 more cards to trade, especially in 1984 and 1989 Topps and 1988 Donruss. So check your wantlists! Anyone need an 1984 Topps Tom Seaver or Jim Rice?
Monday, April 19, 2010
"I do have one sad baseball card story. 1977 was my first and only season as a major league pitcher with the Yankees. (I was 21 years old.) My Topps baseball card had the wrong picture on it and when I went to them and told them about the mistake, they said, "Don"t worry, you are 21, you will have 15 baseball cards with the correct picture." I never got that other baseball card. It's too bad; I would have liked to show my 11 year old son."
Thanks! While the 1977 Topps card mistakenly shows Sheldon Gill, here is his 1992 Wiz Yankees card featuring a correct photo.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
"I only collected a few in my youth....The only card that was made of myself was the 1988 Score Card. That would be my favorite....lol."
Thanks! This really does seem to be his only card - I don't see any indication that he ever had a minor league card. It must be pretty unusual for a player from the 1980s to have a major league card but no minor league one.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
- Do you have any stories about cards of yourself or of other players?
I think it was my '84 Donruss 'rated rookie' card: in the original distribution of the card only my card and that of fellow Ivy Leaguer, Ron Darling, were "error" cards in that they neglected to put a card number on the back. When they printed the team sets later on, i guess they added the number. Conspiracy that the only 2 Ivy League guys had their numbers left off?
- Do you have a favorite card of yourself or of another player?
The father-son card with my dad is easily my favorite.
- do you collect baseball cards?
No, not since i was 15.Thanks!
Friday, April 16, 2010
"My first baseball card was in "Rookie" ball with the Elizabethton Twins. I remember the photographer taking several poses of all of us swinging, running, and catching, but he made me take my cap off on one particular pose. My hair was all matted down on my head, and I told him not to use that photo, and what did he do, he used that as my first baseball card. It was awful!
My favorite card would have to be when I made the 1994 Midwest League All-Star game, in which they created a card deck for that year's team. There were a lot of special players in that deck. Guys like, A-Rod, Billy Wagner, Mike Sweeney, Sal Fasano, Antonio Alfonseca, Kevin Millar and Ryan Radmanovich just to name a few. I still have great memories of a lot of those guys."
Thanks! I couldn't find a picture of either of his 1992 cards (Classic Best or ProCards), but here are Baker and A-Rod in the 1994 ProCards set.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
"One of my cards shows me running and I have my batting gloves in my hand and the picture makes it look like I am holding a wad of cash in my hands and I have a big smile. It's a funny card.
I did collect cards and now I am waiting for the value to go back up. I don't have anything later (think 1960s) but I saved a lot of sets of baseball,football and basketball. I also saved a lot of hall of famers and super stars during the 70s,80s."
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
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Sigh. . . I wish I was rich. Even one collection like this would much more than double mine.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Other than the famous 1988 set, this tendency didn't show up in the base sets.
Rather, it was the bonus sets that featured this flag predilection. World Series sets uniformly had a red-white-and-blue design.
But so did most other "special sets" that Fleer came out with in the mid- to late-eighties.
Even if they used a design with a green border, Fleer still found a way to get plenty of flag in!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Topps's ugly tan 2002 base design was probably already set by September 11, but they made sure to put plenty of flag photographs.
However, other sets that came out later that year either had a red-white-and-blue design,
or were celebrations of America. Courage!
And they made sure to use a red-white-and-blue design for 2003.
Upper Deck didn't really use the US flag in their designs, except for "World Series Heroes."
They did seem to reach out to the international community with their "World Stage" design.
Donruss Studio may have been the single most patriotic design.
Leaf also had a red-white-and-blue design.
Fleer had the most patriotic design of any base set.
Their Tradition set had the most random American flag of 2002, just kind of stuck in at the bottom of the design.
Even minor league cards got into the act in 2002.