Daily Archives: June 12, 2009

Roy Halladay Takes On The Florida Marlins!!!

 As a part of the 2009 Inter-League match-ups, the Florida Marlins will be taking on the teams from the American League East.  Obviously, that includes the Yankees, The Red Sox, and the AL Champion Tampa Bay Rays.

But, the mach-up I am most looking forward to checking out is tonight’s game versus the Toronto Blue Jays and their ace Roy Halladay.  In my opinion, Halladay is the best pitcher in baseball, and has been for the last few years.  While getting little to no attention in the process, Roy has put together a very solid resume that is on par or better than any other pitcher this decade.

So, while it will be fun to watch ‘The Fish’ take on the enormously talented rosters of the Yankees, Red Sox, and Rays, I will be paying more attention to tonight’s game in hopes of seeing a pitching gem from ‘Doc’. 

As a Marlins fan, it is very hard to cheer for an opponent.  I will stay loyal and hope for a win for the home team.  The best scenario for me is to see Halladay pitch very well into the 7th or 8th inning and once removed from the game, a player like Cody Ross or Dan Uggla will rescue the team in late innings… 

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What Is The Ultimate Mike Piazza Piece Of Baseball Memorabilia???

I am not a fan of Mike Piazza.  I will take nothing away from the incredible offensive numbers he put up during his career, but I prefer a more well-rounded catcher.

An interesting conversation broke out today during lunch – ‘What is the ultimate piece of baseball memorabilia’?  It was a fun conversation, and our 1/2 hour break zoomed by as it was filled with funny stories and quite a bit of laughter.

I am going to use this topic to cover several players that have had very notable careers – and I’ll start with Mike Piazza.

Piazza is a very likely candidate for enshrinement at Cooperstown, and should reach that goal on his first ballot.  Piazza enjoyed a 16-year baseball career in which he was a Rookie of the Year Award winner, 10-time Silver Slugger winner, and 12-time All-star.  Piazza has a career batting average of .308 with 2,127 career hits.  He has 427 home runs with 1,335 RBI.  It’s very possible that Mike Piazza goes down in baseball history as the best hitting catcher of all-time.

So, again the question is asked – ‘What is the ultimate piece of Mike Piazza baseball memorabilia?’

Rookie of the Year trophy?  Silver Slugger trophy?  The ball from hit 2,000?  The ball from home run 400?  How about the broken bat from the Roger Clemens incident during the 2000 World Series?  All of these are very good candidates.  But, my choice is a little more rare, and a little more priceless.  Mike Piazza played in 5 games for the Florida Marlins during the 1998 season.  This 5-game tenure was a pit-stop for Piazza during his time between the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets.  In those 5 games with the Marlins, Piazza collected 5 hits in 18 at-bats.  So, that is what I would want if  I was a Mike Piazza collector.  Give me one of those five baseballs.  I don’t think  that there could be a more rare piece of memorabilia in the Piazza collection.  Although he will not be remembered for those 5 games in the ’98 season, Piazza was a Marlin and those 5 baseballs would be an interesting piece of memorabilia to obtain!!!

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My Dave Winfield ‘Fab 5′ – Card #2

Now that my Dave Winfield player collection is complete I wanted to take the time to show off my favorite 5 cards from this set.

Card #2 – 1981 Donruss

Although the image used in this 1981 Donruss baseball card is a little too ‘zoomed-in’, the effect that the card has is appropriate for a Dave Winfield card.  You see, Dave Winfield earned the nickname ‘Big Dave’ for a very good reason.  Winfield is an enormous man.  Standing at 6 feet and 6 inches tall, he often was heads and shoulders above his teammates and counterparts.  And weighing in at 220 pounds, Winfield was a lean, well-built machine that was suited for both incredible power and speed.

So, while the photographer that took this picture may not have intended for this card’s picture to be the final product, it absolutely works when trying to capture the essence of Dave Winfield.  And that is why this card is my second favorite in my Dave Winfield collection!

And the uniform is pretty cool too…

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