I had to work rather quickly on this one….
While perusing the posts on www.Sportsgraphing.com in the early hours of Friday morning, I saw that Jose Canseco was added to an autograph show to be held in less than a week and a half. I quickly shot an email over to the promoter of the show to get the details. Friday afternoon we spoke, and on Saturday this package was dropped off in the mail headed to Jose Canseco for a special autograph.
The signing takes place on the 8th so I should have the ball back to me 5-6 days after. As soon as it arrives I will be sure to share the results with you…
Oh yeah. I asked for a special inscription too. If Jose agrees to do it, which I doubt he would have a problem with it, it wl be a great compliment to his autograph!!!
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As if it were scripted by Hollywood, the biggest star in baseball who has been bashed for his inability to take over in important games, Alex Rodriguez, got the biggest hit of his life securing a victory in Game 4.
With heroic pitching taking a backseat for the second straight night, it was offense that took center stage for Game 4. Each starting pitcher got hit hard early but managed to settle in as the game went on. While neither was on their ‘A-Game’, both Sabathia and Blanton settled down after allowing early inning runs. The bullpens did their part until Joba Chamberlain gave up the Yankees led by allowing the Phillies to tie up the game at 4-4.
And then it was his turn… In the top of the ninth of a tied game, Alex Rodriguez was at the plate for the most meaningful at-bat of his career. And he delivered an RBI double that allowed Johnny Damon to score the tie-breaking run. Phillies closer Brad Lidge gave up 2 more runs to the Yankees and the team trailed by three runs heading into the bottom of the ninth as Mariano Rivera waited.
And the rest is history – 3 up and 3 down as the Yankees take a 3-1 series lead and have full control as they look to win the 2009 World Series.
Game 5 will feature Cliff Lee and AJ Burnett. Both looked awesome in their previous starts, and I’m pretty certain they’ll do fine again. If the Phillies have a chance to win tonight, they better not give the ball to Brad Lidge!!!
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
1985 Topps #1 Draft Pick – Shawon Dunston
Dunston had a cannon for an arm, and when controlled was throwing out baserunners that very few infielders could catch. And while his speed gave him great range at shortstop, his wild arm sometimes got him into a bit of trouble too. Dunston committed 205 errors during his professional career, and committed 12 or more errors 12 times.
Offensively, Dunston was able to hold his own against other shortstops in the league. While not being known as a great contact or power hitter, he did show flashes of both skills quite often. Dunston finished his career with a lifetime .269 batting average and 1,597 total hits. His power numbers were decent as he collected 292 doubles and smacked 150 home runs.
Dunston was a 2-time All-Star.
6 out of 10. Points earned for being a 2-time All-star and for collecting 150 home runs, 1,500+ hits, and stealing 212 bases.
Posted in 1985 Topps 1st Draft Pick Subset, Chicago Cubs, Stars from the 80's
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Willie McGee turns 51 years old today.
A true baseball star that consistently excelled for the duration of his career, McGee put on quite a show for 18 major league seasons.
A player with all-around skills, McGee was able to change the games in which he played with his multi-faceted talents. He was a great contact hitter and finished his career with a batting average of .295 alongside 2,254 total hits. He was also a threat on the base paths as he stole 352 bases during his career en route to scoring 1,010 runs.
In his best season of 1985, Willie McGee dominated the National League and won the MVP award. During that season he collected 216 hits and finished the year with a .353 batting average. For the year he hit 18 triples, 26 doubles, stole 56 bases, and scored 114 times. Additional hardware that McGee picked up in ’85 was a batting title, a Gold Glove, an All-Star roster spot, and a Silver Slugger award.
For his birthday, I give Willie McGee my vote. There are a few petitions around on the web trying to get enough votes to retire number 51 in St. Louis as a way to honor McGee. I’m on board!!! And if you are too, please submit your vote here.
Happy Birthday Mr. McGee!!!
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