Daily Archives: May 27, 2009

Randy Johnson’s Countdown To 300 Wins – Part 4

Tonight Randy Johnson takes his 3rd shot at career win #299.  In his last outing Johnson was dazzling – He pitched 6 innings while allowing just 1 run and striking out 7 batters.  Unfortunately it was not enough as the Giants fell to the Mariners in extra innings.

Will tonight be any different for Johnson?  His Giants team is at home tonight, where they are 14-8, as they take on the Atlanta Braves.  In 12 career games versus the Braves, Johnson is 5-5.  Hopefully start #13 is indeed lucky as ‘The Big Unit’ continues his march towards career victory #300.

Johnny Bench Book Signing – Results

This happened in such a flurry that I don’t even know where to begin this story… 

I try to search the autograph webpages that I follow often so I keep on top of what is happening in that part of the hobby.  Of the sites I follow, some deal with in-person autograph experiences, some are strictly for TTM collectors, and then there are the ones that encompass the entire subject.

One that I use quite often is www.sportsgraphing.com.  This site has 2 options for the user – (1) free listings of all professional athlete autograph appearances in the country.  The only limit is that these are often not revealed until just days prior to the occurrence making it hard to plan ahead.  (2) a paid membership allowing total access to dates and times of events so you can plan accordingly.  Obviously the second plan is much better, but I stick to the free listings in hopes that I can move quickly to add some pretty sweet autographs to my collection.

And now I have added this….

Johnny Bench was doing a signing at a Barnes and Noble store in Arizona.  Although Bench was only offering free autographs with the purchase of his new book, I took this chance to grab a Hall of Fame autograph from one of the greatest players this sport has ever seen.

Check it out…

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And now the autograph…

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NNNIIIICCCEEEE!!!!!  My signed book collection is growing by leaps and bounds.  I am thrilled to add this HOF and 2-time MVP to my collection and look forward to reading this book in the very near future.

Thank you Mr. Bench!!!

Happy Birthday Frank Thomas!!!

‘The Big Hurt’ turns 41 years old today.

I have to say that of all of the players in the 40-ish age group that are no longer active, I think that Frank Thomas still could be a great contributor in the majors today.  Thomas was a rare player and his offensive abilities were limitless.  Had it not been for injuries that effected his daily performance and eventually prematurely ended his career, Thomas would certainly have gone down as one of the greatest ‘Big Men’ in the sport.

His resume is impressive – a 2-time MVP, 521 home runs, .301 lifetime batting average, 1,704 RBI, 2,468 career hits.

For his birthday I will be granting numerous wishes.  Thomas leaves the game with a Hall of Fame caliber career – but I believe he deserves much more than that.  In the last 10 years of his career, Thomas missed more than half of the games his teams participated in.  I want to give him back those 10 years.  And with those 10 years, I am positive that he would easily eclipse the 600 home run and 3,000 hit plateaus adding him to a very elite and superior group of ball players that he deserves to be ranked alongside of.

 Happy Birthday Mr. Thomas!!!