My buddy called me last night with an offer I just couldn’t refuse-
2 FREE tickets to Monday night’s Marlins game and a FREE parking pass!!!
So, I will be on my way to Landshark Stadium in a few hours to enjoy a contest between my beloved Florida Marlins and the Atlanta Braves. We’re battling for playoff position, specifically for the Wild Card spot, so I am hopeful that my team can pull out a victory.
This is also a neat event. The pitchers tonight are Marlins’ ace Josh Johnson and Braves’ hurler Tim Hudson. These guys share a common story – both had Tommy John surgery and missed extensive time. Josh Johnson has become an All-star and Cy Young award candidate since his return to the sport and tonight marks Hudson’s first game back in the big leagues since his operation. I wish ‘Huddy’ well, just not well enough to defeat ‘The Fish’!!!
I cannot think of a better way to spend a Monday night. GO FISH!!!
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Tagged 2009 baseball season, Andrew Miller, atlanta braves, baseball, baseball cards, baseball game, brian mccann, chipper jones, chris volstad, colorado rockies, Dan Uggla, first game, Florida/Miami Marlins, hanley ramirez, john baker, jorge cantu, josh johnson, landshark stadium, Marlins, National League, national league east, NL East, Ricky Nolasco, rockies, tim hudson
Darryl Strawberry 1989 Topps All-star card
Of the 12 packs I ripped through of 1989 Topps, I only pulled 1 card for my player collections. In total there are 11 cards of the guys I collect in that set, so I was a little surprised that I only scored 1.
Here it is:
I have always been a big fan of All-star cards. I mean, these guys are the game’s top players and they have been celebrated and honored as such. So of course it makes sense to celebrate them with a nice piece of cardboard to capture that moment.
In ’89 ‘Straw’ had what could be considered a ‘down year’ statistically compared to what he had done in prior seasons. Still, he earned an All-star roster spot and finished the ’89 season with 29 home runs, 77 RBI, 69 runs scored, and made his 6th of 8 All-star teams.
Posted in Darryl Strawberry Collection, Stars from the 80's
Tagged 1986 world series, 1989 topps, 1996 world series, 1999 world series, all-star, darryl strawberry, dodgers, los angeles dodgers, Mets, New york mets, new york yankees, Rookie of the Year, ROY, silver slugger, topps, world series, yankees
Frank Robinson turns 74 years old today.
Still one of the most underrated players of all-time, Frank Robinson compiled a career of accomplishments that are on par with the game’s greatest offensive players.
2 of the more notable feats are his 2,943 career hits and 586 home runs.
In baseball, the measurement of an excellent hitter is the 3,000s hit plateau. Robinson fell just 57 hits short of that mark. And the measure of a supreme power hitter is the 500 HR threshold. Robinson crushed 586 and fell just 14 dingers short of the rare 600 HR club.
For his birthday, I would like to give Mr. Robinson another half season’s worth of games in his prime to try to amass both of these incredible records. His numbers are extraordinary now, but if he were to join the 3,000 hits and 600 home run clubs, his numbers would rank him as extra-extraordinary and that is a place I think he belongs!!
Happy Birthday Mr. Robinson!!!
Posted in Birthdays & Anniversaries, Frank Robinson Collection
Tagged 500 home run club, 500 home runs, 500 HR club, american league, baltimore orioles, baseball, baseball history, baseball milestones, Cincinnati Reds, frank robinson, Hall Of Fame, HOF, most valuable player, MVP, National League, orioles, reds