Daily Archives: June 1, 2009

Cody Ross Continues To Shine For The Marlins!!

In the ‘real world’ all of us would be thrilled to be making $390,000 a year.  In the fantasy world of professional sports, that salary is well below the league average and is generally given to unproven, journeymen type players.

Every once is a while you get a player that makes that kind of salary, but his talent is on par with the stars of the team.  That is exactly what the Florida Marlins had in Cody Ross.  Ross is a ‘do-it-all’ type of player that does the little things to ensure his job in the big leagues continues.  With a knack for clucth hitting and making spectacular defensive plays in the outfield, it was not odd to find Ross outshining his teammates(some of which make more than 10-times Cody’s Marlins salary). Cody’s salary in 2008 was $390,000.  This year it has ballooned to $2.25 million.  And although it is impractical to view sports salaries as a comperable wage to the rest of the professions we have chosen, I personally would love to get a 577% increase in my pay next year.  And if I did, I would still be nowhere near(sadly) what the minimum salary in baseball is.

But with Ross, I cheer him on.  He is the little guy.  He is the fun one.  He is the one that genuinely looks like he loves to play the sport and would probably be just as happy making little to no money at all while playing this game.  What I think I like most about Cody is that he has not changed his style of play, his intensity, or his attitude about playing hard each and every night even though his bank account indicates that he has indeed ‘Made It’!!! Thank you Cody Ross.  Thank you for keeping us smiling when baseball’s biggest stars continue to disappoint us.  Thank you for playing the game like a kid when so many of today’s top players don’t treat the game properly.  Thank you for playing through injuries, and slumps, and losing streaks.  Thank you for showing us how much you care for and respect the game!!!

Cody Ross is my Florida Marlins MVP!!!

 

My Chicago Cubs ‘Greats Of The Game’ Set Is Complete!!!

It took me 4 1/2 months  to collect this 10-card set, but I am happy to finally announce that I have completed my first subset since getting back into the hobby last fall.

While 4 1/2 months may seem like a hell of  a long time to buy 10 cards, I really wanted to take my time with this set.  I was in no rush, obviously, to finish it but now that it’s complete I am proud to bring you this.

 GOTG 1

GOTG 23

My opinion of the final product is both positive and negative.

First the negatives – I don’t understand why Fleer would use both color and Black & White photography with this set.  By looking at the 10 cards above, it’s very clear to me that the color pictures look much better and work best with this set’s design.  While I am a big fan of the modern-day card that features an old-school look, I think that color photo was the way to go with this set.  Another complaint would be the image selection used.  A few examples – Mark Grace in front of empty stands?  Ryno with his head down while swinging the bat?  Bruce Sutter looking stunned for his portrait?  There are hundreds of pictures of these players in their Cubs’ uniforms that Fleer could have used – they should have spent a few more minutes working on their ‘image quality’.  Lastly, this should have been an 11-card set – Lee Smith deserves a seat alongside these ‘Cubs Greats of the Game’.

And now the positives – The concept of this set is perfect for a team collector.  And the artist or group of artists that put this design together should be commended for their excellent work.  The use of the Cubs’ Red, White, and Blue color scheme makes these cards come alive.  And the addition of the Ivy from Wrigley Field’s outfield wall is genius!!!

I really enjoyed putting this set together, and even now that it’s completed, I still enjoy looking at it.  I think that is what is ultimately important when it comes to building things for your collection.  The building process is fun – but enjoying the completed work feels even better!

Did You Know…

The record for the most games played without appearing in a World Series is held by Rafael Palmeiro, who played in 2,831 games from 1986 to 2005.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’