Daily Archives: June 13, 2009

Jeremy Hermida Finally Becomes The Marlins’ Team Leader!!!

This is something that many(although there are few of us) Marlins fans have been begging for for quite some time.  Jeremy Hermida has shown us flashes of greatness, but in his few seasons in the majors he has not been able to string together a streak worthy of mentioning…

That is until now!!!  Hermida has been nothing short of sensational over the last 10 games and has started to take a little of the spotlight from the more established stars of the team.  In the last 10 games, the Marlins are 6-4.  And if it was not for Hermida, they could easily be 3-7.

In the last 10 games, Jeremy is 13-37.  More importantly, in the last 5 games he is 11-21.  He is driving the ball with power and has collected 3 home runs, driven in 7 RBI, and scored 7 times.  And the performance has been clutch too as Hermida blasted his first-ever walk off home run the other night and in this afternoon’s game versus the Blue Jays it was again Hermida’s home run that was the difference between the Marlins winning and losing.

Thank you Jeremy – Keep it up!!! 

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1989 Topps Mark Grace – Rookie All-Star

1989 Topps Mark Grace – Rookie All-Star

Just another card highlighting the greatness of Mark Grace.  As a rookie in 1998, Grace was awarded a spot on the All-Rookie team.  This 1989 Topps card celebrates that moment.  And now I celebrate owning this great card.

The 1989 Topps design is one of my favorites.  The script of the team name along with the color-matching border in the team’s color really made this set visually appealing.  With all of that being said, I wish Topps used a better picture of ‘Gracey’ as a member of the All-Rookie Team deserves a little better treatment than this.  Obviously it’s an older picture as Grace wore #17 when he was in the big leagues.  I am guessing that this is a shot from his days with the Cubs during Spring Training before he earned his roster spot with the big league club.

Great design – poor photo choice.  But what’s new???

But I do love the shiny trophy!!! 


Happy Anniversary George Herman Ruth!!!

On this day in 1948, the New York Yankees retired Babe Ruth’s #3. 

Arguably the most famous baseball player in the history of the game, Ruth reached legendary status while he was in the prime of his career.  His ability to captivate and grow his fan base has never been equalled by any athlete in major league baseball.

This is just one of the many accolades Ruth added to one of  the most impressive resumes in all of sports, and it certainly is a testament to the impact he left on the game and on the Yankees organization.

Congratulations to ‘The Bambino’!!!


My Dave Winfield ‘Fab 5′ – Card #1

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 #1 – 1983 Topps

Good old 1983 Topps.  One of my favorite baseball card designs of all-time, it should not be too surprising that this one is my favorite Dave Winfield card.

If there had to be a prototype for what a successful baseball card design needed to look like, I would submit this one.  Topps did a heck of a job back in ’83 and this entire set looks great!!  Each and every card features a crisp action photo – and this full-body picture of Winfield at-bat captures just how big and dominant Winfield was while at the plate.  The small cameo in the right corner is a nice addition to the look of the card and enhances the design, while not making itself the primary focus.  And the color scheme works well too.  Although the colors of Blue and Yellow do not scream out New York Yankees, they work with this card as they complete the design while not taking away from the 2 focal points. 

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Roy Halladay Vs. Florida Marlins – Not Quite What I Expected…

The plan was drawn out well before the 7:07 start time. 

I got the baby and she got ‘the big boy’.  Getting the baby means that you get to sit comfortably with the baby on your lap.  At some time you feed him a bottle and eventually he will turn towards you and rest his head on your shoulders.  3-4 minutes later and he is out like a light for at least a few hours.  Getting ‘the big boy’ means that you get one more trip to the bathroom,  20-30 jumps on the bed, a refil of the drink cup, and a stack of books to be read before he’ll settle down and rest for the night.  Typically that process can take between 30-45 minutes.

So, when I knew that Roy Halladay would be facing my Florida Marlins, I opted for the easier of the 2 duties, so I settled in to watch the game.

And wouldn’t you know it….  In the top of the 4th inning after giving up 5 hits and 1 run, Halladay pulls up lame after a fastball and leaves the game with a minor groin strain.

Oh, well.  You cannot win them all.  Hopefully Halladay doesn’t miss too much time with this injury.  It would be nice to see the Marlins start this road trip with a win anyway…

Go Fish!!!

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