Daily Archives: November 1, 2009

World Series, Game 3 – Pettitte & A-Rod Prove Their Werth!!

For the first time in this series, offense was king!!

Two of the most exciting offensive teams in baseball managed to  collect 14 hits in Game 3 – 6 of which were home runs.  The Phillies struck first scoring 3 runs off of Andy Pettitte in the second inning.  However after that little spurt of offense, Pettitte was able to  remain calm and his Yankee teammates responded by scoring at least one run in the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th innings.

Alex Rodriguez was finally able to collect his first hit of the series, which was a controversial home run.  Nick Swisher also managed to launch one into the outfield seats while Hideki Matsui homered for the second straight game.

While the 3-headed monster of Rollins, Utley, and Howard were kept in check by going just 1-for-12, it was All-star Jayson Werth that provided most of the offense for the Phillies as he blasted two home runs.  Unfortunately for Philly, both were solo shots. 

Swisher

Now the Yankees go into Game 4 with a 2-1 lead and look to take a commanding lead in the series.  Game 4 is always a crucial game and if the Yankees win, their confidence will be at a series high!!  Their ace, CC Sabathia, will take the mound to ensure their best chance at a win while the Phillies counter with Joe Blanton.  If the Big 3 from Philadelphia don’t break out from their collective slump,  the Yankees should have enough firepowerto win the game.

Game 4 is just around  the corner!!!

Darryl Strawberry 1988 Donruss MVP’s

1988 Donruss – MVP Bonus Card

When I look at this card, I get the impression that Darryl was just chilling out, minding his own business.  Someone yells ‘Hey Darryl’ and he slowly turns his head to see who has called his name.

The result was captured on film…

Straw 88D MVP

What a terrible card.  This subset by Donruss was supposed to capture each and every team’s MVP.  It’s an honor to be awarded that title, and Donruss did a poor job in finding a good photo to celebrate the occasion.  The photo should have been one of the best that they could find, and instead they gave us this…

Donruss’ photo editor should have lost his job over this one!!

Happy Birthday Fernando Valenzuela!!!

Today is Fernando Valenzuela’s 49th Birthday!!!

So here is a ‘Happy Birthday’ cheer for a man who captivated the sport of baseball and the city of Los Angeles when he debuted as a major league player in 1981.  I firmly believe that if it wasn’t for Fernando and the ‘Fernando-Mania’ that followed as he became a baseball star, there would be fewer Latin players in the sport today.  Of all of the Latin players that have been in the league since 1980, Valenzuela’s impact on the sport and in the Latin sports culture should be recognized as the greatest.

Amazingly enough, Valenzuela still gets out there and competes.  Although not at a major league level anymore, Fernando can still be seen in Mexico and other Latin countries playing the sport he loves.

Happy Birthday Fernando!!!  You are a true inspiration!!!

Valenzuela