Daily Archives: September 17, 2009

Andre Dawson 2004 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic

Andre Dawson 2004 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic

Man this is a sweet looking card!!

I admit that I am a sucker for so many of the elements in the design:

  1. Old-School Montreal Expos uniform
  2. Black & White photo
  3. Vintage design with a modern twist
  4. Andre Dawson taking a powerful swing
  5. Gold Accents scattered throughout

Dawson card 1

Did You Know…

In 1985, Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets became the youngest pitcher to win the Cy Young Award, at age 20.

Gooden

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

My take – while most 20-year olds are focused on their first ‘real job’ or finishing their second year at college, Gooden was on top of the baseball world.  In 1985, ‘Doc’ had one of the greatest single-season pitching performances that I have ever seen!!!

Happy Anniversary Reggie Jackson!!

On this date in 1984, Reggie Jackson crushed the 500th home run of his Hall of Fame career!!!

One of the most impressive players in the game joined the 500 Home Run Club in front of 28,862 fans at Anaheim Stadium in California.  As a member of the Angels, Jackson and his teammates took on the first place Kansas City Royals.

In the bottom of the 7th inning with his team trailing 7-0, Reggie Jackson crushed a Bud Black pitch into the outfield stands for a home run – #500!!!

Reggie Jackson currently ranks at 13th All-time with 563 career home runs.  And although that ranking will fall a few notches over the next few years, Reggie Jackson will always be remembered as being one of the greatest home run hitters of All-time!!

Congratulations to ‘Mr. October’!!! 

Reggie 500

Marlins/Giants/Rockies Recap Of The Last Three Days

You may recall that a few das ago I posted a story on this site tagged ‘The Next 3 Days Are The Most Important Days For 2009 Florida Marlins!!!’

And now here we sit three days later.

The Marlins did their part…

The Giants did their part…

And The Rockies did their part too…

You see the Marlins went to St. Louis to face the mighty Cardinals.  It was a test of the Marlins to see if they could compete with the league’s best teams and they won the series 2-1.  The Marlins have won 6 of their last 10 games, but the Phillies have been doing even better going 7-3.  With a full 7 game lead over the Marlins, the Phillies have been clicking on all cylinders and look to have the NL East locked up.  Still, the Phils and Marlins will battle 6 more times in the next 3 weeks so anything can happen, but it is very unlikely that the Phillies will fall apart at this point.

In the series between the Rockies and Giants, both teams did exactly what was needed.  The Rockies lost and the Giants won.  And even though the Rockies still hold a 3 1/2 game lead of San Fran and a 4 1/2 game lead over ‘The Fish’ both teams have been playing better than the leader and the gap has started to close.  It looks like the race for the NL Wild Card will carry on for a few more weeks, and the Marlins are right in the thick of it!!!

So where do the three teams go from here??  The Marlins are set for a 4-game series against the lowly Reds.  The Giants prepare to travel to LA to take on the first place Dodgers.  And the Rockies have a few days of ‘easy’ games against the last place Diamondbacks.

It’s still anyone’s game.  And ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ will be there to cover all of it!!!

Marlins Cardinals Baseball

Stay tuned.  And GO FISH!!!