Daily Archives: June 4, 2009

BREAKING NEWS : History Has Been Made!!!

Randy Johnson has just become the 24th pitcher in major league history to win 300 games!!!

Congratulations to ‘The Big Unit’ as he cements his legacy as one this generation’s greatest pitchers!!!

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‘Now That’s A Book I’d Read’ – Book #2 – ‘Both Sides Of The Fence’

This book is the 2nd book in this new feature at ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

Title – ‘Both Sides Of The Fence ‘

Synopsis – The most heated rivalry in all of professional sports – The New York Yankees and The Boston Red Sox.  Dating back to the early 1900’s the games and rivalry established between these two franchises is legendary.  And with the rivalry comes stories of laughter mixed with tears as well as the thrill of victory and the heartbreak of defeat.

Jacket  Content – In the rivalry of the Yankees and Red Sox, there is a bold line separating the two teams.  The fans from ‘Beantown’ are as loyal as they come even though their overall team success is not on par with their counterparts.  And the Yankees team, armed with 26 World Championships, are the more decorated team and act as such.

This book will share the stories of the players that called both Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium home during their careers.  We will dig in deep to dissect the sport’s oldest and strongest rivalry by listening to the stories of the men that played for both teams.  In this book you will hear funny recounts of fan interaction, horror stories of players that have left one team to join their biggest enemy, and tales of the ultimate satisfaction – beating their arch nemesis(and former teams). 

207 players have done this.  Here are the stories of the most accomplished and famous men of that group.

Chapters

1 – Don Baylor : Yankees(1983-85) Red Sox(1986-87)

2 – Wade Boggs : Yankees(1993-97) Red Sox(1982-92)

3 – Jose Canseco : Yankees(2000) Red Sox(1995-96)

4 – Roger Clemens : Yankees(1999-07) Red Sox(1984-96)

5 – David Cone : Yankees(1995-00) Red Sox(2001)

6 – Johnny Damon : Yankees(2006-present) Red Sox(2002-05)

7 – Rickey Henderson : Yankees(1985-89) Red Sox(2002)

8 – Mike Lowell : Yankees(1998) Red Sox(2006-present)

9 – Sparky Lyle : Yankees(1972-78) Red Sox(1967-71)

10 –  John Olerud : Yankees(2004) Red Sox (2005)

11 – Jeff Reardon : Yankeed(1994) Red Sox (1990-92)

12 – George Herman ‘ Babe’ Ruth : Yankees(1920-34) Red Sox(1914-19)

13 – Lee Smith : Yankees(1993) Red Sox(1988-90)

14 – JT Snow : Yankees(1992) Red Sox(2006)

15 – Luis Tiant : Yankees(1979-80) Red Sox(1971-18)

16 – David Wells : Yankees(1997-03) Red Sox(2005-06)

 

1983 Topps Super Veteran – Nolan Ryan

1983 Topps Super Veteran – Nolan Ryan

What do you say about one of the greatest pitchers of all-time?  A guy that defined what the term ‘dominant pitcher’ means. 

Simply stated, Nolan Ryan is a baseball legend.  A member of the 300 wins club.  The all-time leader with 5,714 career strikeouts.  7 no-hitters to his credit.  A World Series champion member of the 1969 New York Mets.  An 8-time all-star.  A Top-10 finisher for the Cy Young Award 8 times.

Nolan Ryan defines power pitching.  With perfect mechanics and a fastball that has been clocked at over 100 miles per hour, Ryan was awesome.  The funny thing is that as he aged, he got better.  His full-body strength and conditioning were so perfect that it allowed him to play until the age of 46.  And even at 46 he was good.  During his last season with the Rangers in 1993, Ryan was 5-5 in 13 games started while hurling 46 strikeouts.

The King of Kings – ‘Super Veteran Nolan Ryan’!!! 

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See You Later, Sammy. Bye. So Long. Farewell.

I don’t care for it when a guy announces his retirement publicly when it’s been some time since he’s been active.  I mean, it’s kind of well known that Sammy Sosa’s last attempt at making a comeback with the Texas Rangers failed.  And the remaining 29 teams in the league had no interest either.  Why not just hang it up then?

Why make a public announcement now?  I hate to be rude, but Sammy Sosa is as irrelevant today as Dan Petry. 

There have not been a lot of Sammy Sosa posts on this blog, and it’s possible that this is the last.  I am not a Sosa-basher, but I am also not a fan of his!!  I will admit that I enjoyed watching him chase Roger Maris’ home run record.  More than that, I enjoyed watching the fans at Wrigley Field enjoy that experience.  It was fun for everyone, but the good feelings about Sammy Sosa, the baseball player, end there for me.

For me personally, I just don’t care for his style of play.  A true showboat that only embraced the ‘I’ concept.  Sosa could entertain, but was only happy when all spotlights were aimed at him.  To maintain that ranking, he resorted to cheating way too many times just to remain relevant.  And then on top of that, he lied about his cheating claiming innocence.  And when confronted about his lying he suddenly claimed that he did not understand the English language enough to reply in a public manner.

The bat corking incident was a joke.  The steroids scandal was a joke.  The interpreters are jokes.  And his latest attempt to remain in the public eye is a joke.

I really hope that your once-easy ride to Cooperstown gets derailed.  I don’t want t see your flag waving at Wrigley Field.  And I find it embarrassing to see you sitting alongside the other members of the elite 600-HR club.

Goodbye Sammy.  Please take your millions and leave me alone.

Jeez – maybe I am a Sosa-basher.  No need to worry though, this will be my last post about him until his names hits the Hall of Fame ballot.

Take 2 : Randy Johnson’s Countdown To 300 Wins – Part 5

Due to a rain delay, the Giants/Nationals game was postponed on Wednesday and will be made up as part of a double header on Thursday.

Randy Johnson is scheduled to start game 1 of that ‘double-dip’ which starts at 4:30 PM.

Go Get ‘Em Randy!!!