Daily Archives: November 29, 2009

1991 Score Greg Maddux

1991 Score Greg Maddux

Ah, the good old Black bordered cards….  A true thing of beauty!!!

And these cards from the 1991 Score set held up so much better than the other cards issued prior with the same colored borders…

The card’s borders are sharp and clean.  This allows for the image to be the focus and this picture of Greg Maddux in mid-windup really jumps off of the cardboard!!  The picture is obviously taken from Wrigley Field as you can see the Ivy growing on the outfield walls behind him.  And since he is wearing long sleeves and the Ivy looks thick, I am going to estimate that this picture was taken pretty late in the baseball season.

Another great looking Greg Maddux card to scratch off my ‘Needs List’ – YES!!!

Maddux 91S

1976 Headline: Reggie Jackson Is Coming To The Bronx!!!

On this day in 1976, Reggie Jackson signed a free agent contract with the New York Yankees.

I only wish that I could have been around to witness this as I am sure that the city of New York and Yankees fans across the country were celebrating this incredible occasion.

By this time in his career, Reggie had established himself as a power hitting slugger that was able to dominate the game offensively.  His knack for driving in runs in timely situations earned him a lot of respect from fans, foes, and teammates.

But with this signing, I am not sure that anyone knew what was to come!!!

How about 144 home runs, 461 RBI, a .281 batting average, 380 runs scored, 5 All-star appearances, and 2 World Series championships!!!

I’d say that the Yankees got a bargain.  Agreed???

Happy Birthday Mariano Rivera!!!

Mariano Rivera turns the ‘Big 4-O’ Today!!!

Quite possibly the greatest closer of all-time, and certainly the best closer in post season history, Rivera has many reasons to celebrate today!!

First, it is his 40th birthday – a landmark occasion for many.  Rivera amazingly remains the picture of perfect health as he continues to dominate around the major leagues with his New York Yankee teammates.  His ability to come into pressures situations and rise above the stress of the event is second-to-none.  While many falter, Rivera excels.  And that is one of the big reasons why he and his teammates are celebrating a 2009 World Series championship!!

As we all prepare for the 2010 season, one has to wonder how much longer ‘Mo’ will want to play.  A few more years?  1 more year?  Who knows…  What I do know and get reminded of consistently is that the role of a closer is only valuable to a club when the player is able to dominate each and every situation he faces.  And that is what makes Mariano Rivera a solid and key contributor to his team’s victories.

Happy Birthday Mr. Rivera!!!  600 saves is right around the corner…