Daily Archives: April 4, 2010

‘Opening Day’ Contest: The Players!!

‘Opening Day’ Contest: The Players!!

Thanks to everyone that entered my ‘Opening Day’ contest. 

Below are the players and their picks:

The Players Strikeouts
thehamiltonian 85
redman5006 104
captain canuck 117
james 125
carl crawford cards 155
steve-o 160
danny 164
ken 165
play at the plate 173
chris  175
charley 177
elizabeth 180
gritz76 194
unclemoe 199
gonzo 200
wickedortega 201
drew 215
dan 232

 

And don’t forget – the player that comes the closest to the number of strikeouts thrown, without going over, wins their choice of one of these…

Enjoy the games everybody!!!

Yankees & Red Sox Tonight!!! FINALLY!!!

Yankees & Red Sox Tonight!!!  FINALLY!!!

While ‘Opening Day’ isn’t officially until tomorrow, major league baseball has been kind enough to bless us with a game tonight.

And what better way to start the 2010 baseball season by lighting a match with the fiercest rivalry in all of professional sports – The New York Yankees and The Boston Red Sox.

The Yankees take the field to defend their 2009 World Series title.  And the Sox are aiming to extinguish the Yankees’ celebration and start the 2010 season with a win over the defending champs.  I just question why the schedule makers didn’t put the first game of the 2010 baseball season at Yankee Stadium so the world could tune in to watch the champs get their rings…

These two teams sport some of the most talented and highest paid players in the game on their rosters and I could not select a better match-up to get the world ready for the start of the regular season.  I’ll be watching!!!  Will you??

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #199 – 1961 MVP’s w/Frank Robinson

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #199 – 1961 MVP’s w/Frank Robinson

1975 was the 25th anniversary of Topps baseball cards.  And in the set that year they issued cards to commemorate the MVP performances from that time.  As you could imagine, there are several Cincinnati Reds players featured in this little set, and Frank Robinson is honored twice.

This is the first of 2 cards featuring Frank Robinson and his amazing MVP campaigns.

During the 1961 baseball season, all eyes were on Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle as they took aim at Babe Ruth’s record 60-HR season.  In the ‘other’ league, Frank Robinson quietly destroyed his competition.  Hitting .323 as he collected 176 hits, Robinson stole the show.  On the year, he also crushed 37 homers, drove in 124 RBI, and scored 117 times.  Robinson even stole 22 bases during that campaign.  And in 636 plate appearances, the future Hall of Famer struck out just 64 times!

Orel Hershiser 1992 Fleer

Orel Hershiser 1992 Fleer

I am starting to really like the Green that Fleer used on these cards in their 1992 base set.

It seems that when they have a photo featuring the grass or turf of the field in the background, the Green color really pops!

And is it me, or does this card have the feel of a poster from the 1990’s?  I know that I had my share of sports posters in my room as s kid, and this card featuring Orel Hershiser definitely takes me back to those days!!

One more card for the Hershiser collection – YES!!!