Daily Archives: June 15, 2009

Mariano Rivera’s Race To 500 Saves!!! Part 2

Mariano Rivera’s Race To 500 Saves!!! Part 2

Sitting with 496 career saves, Mariano Rivera and the New York Yankees have the night off tonight.  Tomorrow they’ll take the field against the Washington Nationals for a 3-game series in which Rivera tries to inch closer to the 500 saves mark for his career. 

The Yankees are playing well right now so ‘Mo’ and the Yankees may be witness to history in the very near future….

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1,000

Just a quick post to announce that this is the 1,000th post on ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.  When I try to put that into perspective it is very hard to imagine that I have really submitted that much effort into this blog.  I guess when you enjoy it and the element of fun is still strong, good feelings still happen.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, I have worked out a deal with the US Treasury Department to print these up for me so I can hand them out to the loyal readers of this blog.

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All kidding aside, this has been a ton of fun for me.  I have met some great people and have been able to share my thoughts, stories, and collections with you.  I hope that I have been able to entertain you with my efforts and I look forward to what lies ahead for us!!

Thank you!!!

Happy Birthday Wade Boggs!!!

Wade Boggs turns 51 years old today!! 

As a kid growing up in South Florida I had no ‘home’ team to cheer for.  So I adopted several players, one of them being Wade Boggs.  I was a third baseman and I batted third for a few years during my Little League career.  Choosing Boggs as someone to emulate was an easy choice as he was one of the greatest hitters of the 1980’s.

Boggs’ career has been punctuated by achieving several baseball milestones – All-star appearances, Silver slugger awards, batting championships, Gold Gloves, a World Series title, 3,010 career hits, a lifetime .328 hitting average.  Wade Boggs has done it all, and most of the time he did it the best!!!

For Mr. Boggs’ career, I’d like to give him something he does not have.  I’d like to take his Red Sox jersey, #26, and hang it from the rafters at Fenway Park with the other Red Sox legends.  Boggs’ plaque at Cooperstown recognizes his greatness while wearing the ‘B’ on his hat, it’s time that leaders of ‘Red Sox Nation’ do the same!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Boggs!!!

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Happy Birthday ‘Sweet Swinging’ Billy Williams!!

Billy Williams celebrates his 71st birthday today!!!

One of the most beloved Chicago Cubs of all-time, Williams was a fan favorite from his debut back in 1959 and is still a face of the franchise 50 years later.  His charisma, talent, and devotion to the game and city of Chicago have kept Williams in the public eye more than 30 years after his retirement.

On a personal note, Billy Williams is a large reason as to why this blog exists.  When his autobiographyhy came out last summer I knew I wanted a copy.  That book triggered a domino effect that is still moving today.  The book re-kindled my passion for baseball cards which led me to Fergie and Andre and Rickey and Dave.  And all of that led me to ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

Thank you Mr. Williams.  I never got to see you play in person.  I have met you one time.  Yet you have impacted my life more than you will ever know.

Happy Birthday Billy Williams!!! 

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