Without showing an ounce of stress due to the high profile situation, Cliff Lee put on a pitching clinic against the Yankees in Game 1 of the World Series.
Going the distance, Lee threw a complete game while allowing just 6 hits, 3 of which went to Derek Jeter. It wa san amazing performance as he kept New York’s power hitters at bay while striking them each out numerour times. For the night, Lee struck out 10 total batters with the Yankee power-trio of Teixeira, Rodriguez, and Posada striking out 7 times.
Not to be outdone was Chase Utley who extended his post-season hit streak to 26 consecutive games. Utley provided all of the fire-power that the Phillies would need as he connected for 2 solo home runs early in the game.
The Phillies never looked back, and now they have a 1-0 lead in this best of 7 games series.
Tonight we get to see what AJ Burnett and Pedro Martinez can do. This will be the highest profile game of Burnett’s career so far; it will be interesting to see how he defends the Yankees’ home filed advantage. Meanwhile, Pedro has been in similar circumstances before and he usually shined brightly.
Plain and simple, the Yankees must pull out all stops and win tonight if they want a chance to get back into this. And if the Phillies win tonight, this could be their last road trip of the year!!
I’m ready for Game #2!!!
Posted in Random Baseball Thoughts
Tagged 2009 baseball season, 2009 world series, A-Rod, AJ Burnett, alex rodriguez, Andy Pettitte, baseball, baseball cards, brad lidge, bronx bombers, C.C. Sabathia, chase utley, cliff lee, cole hamels, derek jeter, hideki matsui, jamie moyer, jason werth, jimmy rollins, joba chamberlain, jorge posada, mark teixeira, new york yankees, pedro martinez, philadelphia phillies, phillies, ryan howard, shane victorino, world series, yankee stadium, yankees
Any fan of Andre Dawson is alright by me!!!
In the 15 months that I have been writing for ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ I have encountered several people who admire Andre and how he played the game. The overall consensus is that he is worthy of induction into baseball’s Hall of Fame, and there are more than a few of us that think 2010 might be the year.
I have enjoyed meeting Dawson’s casual fans, but what has really brought me enjoyment is meeting some of his ‘Super Fans’. To date, I have found 3 more people who hold Dawson in the same esteem that I do. And all three of them collect him and have websites dedicated to our favorite right fielder.
One of them, Charley, writes the blog titled Andre Dawson For The Baseball Hall Of Fame. I think the title says it all. Charley is a frequent contributor to ’30-YOC’ and we have shared many thoughts ans stories via email and comments about our admiration for ‘The Hawk’.
While rummaging through his cards, Charley found a 1976 Topps Baltimore Orioles checklist card featuring one of my favorite pitchers of all-time – Mr. Jim Palmer! He quickly sent it over to me and now I have another great addition to my Jim Palmer player collection.
Thank you again Charley!!!
And if anyone wants to take a few minutes and check out a dedicated fans desire to pay homage to his favorite player, check out Andre Dawson For The Baseball Hall Of Fame.
Posted in Jim Palmer Collection, Stars from the 80's
Tagged 1966 world series, 1970 world series, 1983 world series, all-star, baltimore orioles, baseball, baseball cards, collection, cy young, cy young award, Hall Of Fame, HOF, jim palmer, orioles, pitcher, world series
1989 Fleer Greg Maddux – For The Record
This is a very interesting card.
There are design elements that I like, and then are ones that I don’t…
First, the positives. I love the scoreboard background that Fleer used for this card. It works well and instantly adds a great baseball feel to the design. Adding this player’s image on top of the scoreboard really makes them pop, and this action shot of Maddux looks great!!
And now the negatives. I really don’t care for the font used for the headline of this card. It screams bubble gum card to me, and seems very childish. The Red, White, and Yellow coloring really doesn’t do anything for the card – Fleer should have tried to continue with the scoreboard theme and maybe put the player’s name and card headline in similar color and font styles to make the card gel.
Overall, I like this card. It looks very nice and will instantly make a nice addition to my Greg Maddux player collection!!
Posted in Chicago Cubs, Greg Maddux Collection, Stars from the 80's
Tagged 1995 world series, 300 wins, 3000 strikeouts, all-star, atlanta braves, baseball, baseball cards, braves, Chicago Cubs, Cubs, cy young, cy young award, gold glove, greg maddux, world series
1988 Score’s Salute To Reggie Jackson – Card #4
The 4th card in this series, this one pays tribute to Reggie’s years with the California Angels. Reggie played 5 seasons for the halos from 1982-1986.
Nearing the tail-end of his career, Reggie proved that he was still able to perform on a daily basis and put up big numbers when given the opportunity. In 5 years with the team, Reggie hit 123 home runs and drove in 374 runs. And if you want to compare what he did in New York to his time in California, he hit 144 bombs in NY and drove in 461.
It’s nice to see that Reggie did not go through the normal decline of power that many of his peers experienced during their mid-to-late thirties.
Posted in Reggie Jackson - Mr. October, Stars from the 80's
Tagged 500 home run club, 500 home runs, 500 HR, 500 HR club, 500 hrs, A’s, all-star, angels, Athletics, baseball cards, california angels, collection, Hall Of Fame, HOF, mustache, new york yankees, oakland A’s, Oakland Athletics, reggie jackson, Reggie Jackson – Mr. October, world series, world series MVP, yankees