Daily Archives: September 2, 2009

Andre Dawson Game Used Jersey Card – CLASSIC!!!

Plain and simple – This is a beautiful baseball card!!!

To try to select just 1 reason for this reaction is impossible.  It can be a multitude of reasons as to why I love this card so instead of highlighting the main or primary reason I feel so strongly about it, I thought it would be better to just list them all.

Here goes: (1) The old-school Expos uniform (2) Dawson’s powerful swing and follow-through captured perfectly by the photographer (3) A nice-sized Powder-blue Swatch (4) The name ‘Classic Materials’ (5) Gold highlights surrounding the image of Andre and used around the swatch adds a touch of royalty(6) Upper Deck’s guarantee that this piece of jersey was worn by Andre during a major league baseball game.

And there you have it.  And now here is the card… 

Dawson GU #2

Beyond Baseball – Joba Chamberlain

Prior to this season, wearing pinstripes had a lot to do with the fame that Joba Chamberlain had seen in his brief career.

This year is a different story as he has found a way to be a solid contributor for a real playoff contending team. 

With an 8-4 record, Chamberlain has made an impact on the Yankees team this season and I can say, with much less hesitation or bitterness, that he does deserve some of the star treatment he has received.

And with that, here is a commercial featuring Joba that has been put out my the MLB Network.  Enjoy.

He’s Back!!!!

Yep, September call-ups are here and my boy Cameron Maybin is back in the big leagues.

After a successful stint with the New Orleans Zephyrs, Maybin will spend the remainder of the 2009 season with the Marlins as they battle for the last month of the season in hopes of earning a wild card berth in the 2009 playoffs.

Maybin put forth a great effort at re-tooling his game while in the minors, and if his stats are representative of his revitalized game, we can all expect a different, and more improved, player that what we experienced during the first month of this season.

While with the Zephyrs, Maybin competed in 82 games.  And in those 82 contests, he batted .319 with an on-base percentage of .399.  Cameron was routinely used in the top of the batting order and he let his offensive skills take over as he collected 95 hits, 44 runs scored, 8 stolen bases, 3 home runs, 39 RBI, 18 doubles, and 8 triples.  Maybin collected 38 walks and struck out 59 times too.  Although the strikeout number is still high, it is much improved from where he began earlier in the year.  And at the age of 22, his batting eye will continue to mature as he faces more major league level pitching.

In the ideal situation, Maybin will get some playing time over the course of the next few weeks with ‘The Fish’.  Both Chris Coghlan and Cody Ross have solidified themselves as everyday players for the team and both deserve to be in the lineup each and every time the team takes the field as long as the potential to make the playoffs still exists.  I can see Ross moving ro right field, a position he is comfortable playing, and Maybin getting a shot in center.

The next few weeks will be interesting.  And hopefully enjoyable too!!!

GO FISH!!!

Maybin

Happy Anniversary Mike Greenwell!!!

On this day in 1996, Mike ‘Gator’ Greenwell put on a display of baseball super powers that can only be described as phenomenal.

In front of 24,000+ fans in Seattle’s Kingdome, Mike Greenwell single-handily beat the Seattle Mariners by a score of 9-8.

In the game, ‘Gator’ went 4-for-5 and was responsible for driving in all of Boston’s 9 runs.  How did he do it you ask?

Here’s how:  In the fifth inning he blasted a 2-run home run(2).  In the 7th he belted a Grand Slam(6).  In the 8th he connected for a 2-run double(8).  And in the 10th inning he hit a single which allowed for the go-ahead run to score(9).

There you have it – 9 RBI and most importantly the hit that helped win the game for the Red Sox.

Happy Anniversary ‘Gator’!!!

Greenwell