Daily Archives: June 16, 2009

Mariano Rivera’s Race To 500 Saves!!! Part 3

Mariano Rivera’s Race To 500 Saves!!! Part 3

Rivera and the New York Yankees are preparing to host the Washington Nationals for a 3-game series that starts tonight at the new Yankee Stadium.  If Rivera enters the game, he will do so with 496 career saves.  Will he notch #497?  There are several ways to find out, but I’d prefer it if you found out here at – ’30-Year Old Cardboard’!!!

Stay tuned…

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Watching The Marlins Playing The Red Sox Makes Me Nostalgic…

It seems like just a few short seasons ago that the guys in the ‘other’ dugout were the guys I was rooting for…

The Florida Marlins and Boston Red Sox will tangle for a 3-game Inter-league series that starts tonight at Fenway Park.  While I am still on the fence about how these mixed-league games effect the sport and the spirit of competition, I certainly look past that when I get to see some of my favorite former Marlins players.

Mike Loewll, Josh Beckett, and Brad Penny were all such strong parts of our roster during their playing days in Miami.  Each of these guys had won over the fans with their dedication to the team and desire to win, even when the deck was stacked against them.

It will be a fun series to watch as we battle the AL East leading Red Sox – but it will be even more fun to watch as I get to enjoy seeing 3 of my favorite former Marlins players do their thing.

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Mike Lowell – member of 2003 World Series winning team.  In 7 seasons as a Marlin, Lowell hit 143 home runs while driving in 578 runs.  He was a 3-time All-star with the team while also a winner of 1 Gold Glove and 1 Silver Slugger award.

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Brad Penny – member of 2003 World Series winning team.  In 5 years with the Marlins, Penny went 48-42 while overpowering batters for 570 strikeouts. 

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Josh Beckett – member of 2003 World Series winning team.  During his 5 seasons with ‘The Fish’ Beckett compiled a 41-34 record while posting a 3.46 ERA.  Nobody will forget that amazing ride he took us on en route to the 2003 World Series title.

Good Luck boys.  Go easy on us!!!!

Did You Know…

 Jason Bay, the 2004 National League Rookie of the Year, was the first Canadian-born player to win the award.  He was also the first member of the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the honor. 

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

My take – while it is not too surprising that Bay is the first Canadian to win the award, I was not aware that he was the first Pirate to do so.  The ‘Bucs’ have had some incredible rookie talent come through their organization of the years.  Guys like Pie Traynor, Ralph Kiner, Barry Bonds, Willie Stargell, Dave Parker, Roberto Clemente, and Bill Mazeroski are the guys I can name off of the top of my head.  It’s pretty surprising to me that Bay was the lone Pirate to bring home the Rookie Of The Year Award.

Happy Anniversary Andre Dawson!!!

On this day in 1995 Andre Dawson hit the 400th home run of his career!!

#400 was the last ‘milestone’ homer that Dawson would hit.  It came against the Philadelphia Phillies in the 4th inning at Veterans Stadium.  The pitcher that gave up #400 to ‘The Hawk’ was David West.  I remember this game well because by this time Andre was playing for the Florida Marlins and my addiction to ‘The Fish’ was beginning to take hold.

By the end of his amazing 21-season career Dawson would end up with 438 total round-trippers.

Congratulations Andre!!!

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