Daily Archives: November 3, 2009

World Series, Game 5 – Powered By Utley!!

It took 5 games, but this was the one where good hitting beat good pitching.  Finally!!  The Phillies offense got off to an early start and their relief pitching held off a furious attack by the Yankees late in the game to earn an 8-6 victory.  Luckily for the Phils, Brad Lidge did not make it into the game – as I predicted…

Each team was led by their offensive superstar – for the Yankees it was Alex Rodriguez and for the Phillies it was Chase Utley.

A-Rod went 2-for-4 while driving in three runs and scoring another.  His 2 RBI in the 8th inning started another Yankee comeback that ultimately fell short.  Nobody’s talking about the A-Rod that didn’t get his first hit of the series until Game 3 anymore…

Utley was the Phillie’s offensive spark as he launched 2 home runs – a 3-run blast in the 1st inning and then a solo shot in the 7th.  He wound up going 2-for-3 with 4 RBI and 3 runs scored.     Utley now has 5 home runs in 5 games.  We’ll see if that streak continues on Wednesday…

Game 6 is right around the corner as we head back to Yankee Stadium.  Pedro versus Pettitte should be classic!!!

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1989 Fleer Darryl Strawberry

1989 Fleer Darryl Strawberry

I like this card.  The 1989 Fleer set was not very popular, but like many of the late 80’s issues from Fleer, these cards look good for certain teams and terrible for others.

For the Mets, these cards look great!  The dark grey design works well with the Mets’ team colors.  And the white pinstriping adds a nice baseball element to the card.

The picture of Darryl looks great – and my only issue would be that they cut away the top of the barrel of Darryl’s bat to make the picture fit.  Normally I would complain loudly about this, but since the Mets’ logo is in the upper-right corner, and it looks great there, I will let it slide.

Another great addition to my Darryl Strawberry player collection!!  YES!!!

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Did You Know…

Cecil Fielder played 1,097 games before stealing his first base, the longest any player has ever gone without stealing a base.

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

 

Happy Birthday Bob Feller!!!

Bob Feller turns 91 years old today!!

Bob Feller is the second oldest living Hall of Famer(the first is Bobby Doerr).  Amazingly Mr. Feller gets around pretty well and can still be found on the autograph circuit or at his own museum making appearances.

Feller had a stellar 18-year career in the major leagues.  He played for the Cleveland Indians for the duration of his career, which started at the young age of just 17!! 

Feller finished his career with a 266-162 record, which was good for a 62% winning percentage.  He complied (6) 20-win seasons.  His career ERA of 3.25 was extremely low for a starting pitcher during his era. 

Bob Feller was an 8-time All-star.  He also finished in the Top 8 for the league MVP award 6 times.  The Cy Young award had not been awarded during Feller’s career.  If it had, he would have undoubtedly won one if not many of them!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Feller!!!

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