Daily Archives: April 10, 2010

Darryl Strawberry 1988 Fleer Superstar Special w/Eric Davis

Darryl Strawberry 1988 Fleer Superstar Special w/Eric Davis

It’s nice when two friends can share things.  It’s even nicer when you are the best of friends and that thing happens to be a baseball card from the 1988 Fleer set.

When I was putting these sets together as a kid, I always looked forward to seeing who got paired together by Fleer for their ‘Superstar Special’ series.

A classic subset, in my opinion, ‘Superstar Special’ was a nice break from the normal base cards we found in our 660-pc sets.  Usually consisting of All-stars, MVPs, and Cy Young Award winners, every once in a while, Fleer would offer us a combination that made us think.

But for this card, there was no thinking involved.  Fleer took two baseball superstars who happened to grow up together, and eventually became best friends, and put them on the same card.  An excellent idea!!!

 I bet if you asked Eric and Darryl what their favorite card of themselves is they would both point to this one – the 1988 Fleer ‘Superstar Special – Crunch Time’.

Happy Birthday Ken Griffey Sr!!!!

Senior Griffey turns 60 years old today.

Ken Griffey enjoyed a very successful 19-year major league career.  Littered with both team and individual achievements, the elder Griffey tasted success from his early twenties into his early forties.

At the team level, Griffey was a proud member of one of baseball’s grandest dynasties – Cincinnati’s ‘Big Red Machine’.  He competed in the playoffs 3 times during his 12-year stay with the Reds, and he walked away with 2 World Series championships!

On an individual level, Griffey was a 3-time All-star, with each appearance coming from his time in Cincy.  He sports a lifetime batting average of .296 with 2,143 career hits.  In total, he scored 1,129 runs, drove in 859 RBI, and crushed 152 home runs.  A solid base runner, Griffey stole 200 bases too. 

A talented and speedy defender, Griffey spent time playing all three outfield positions as well as first base towards the end of his career.  He even did a little DH’ing when he played in the American League. 

A marvelous 19-year baseball career!!  Congratulations and Happy Birthday to Ken Griffey!!!

1989 Headline: Griffey Jr. Hits First Big League Home Run!!!

1989 Headline:  Griffey Jr. Hits First Big League Home Run!!!

During the collecting days of my youth, I cannot recall a rookie that received more attention from the hobby than Ken Griffey Jr.  And it all started before he suited up for one game.  Now I saw my share of rookie phenoms – Dwight Gooden, Roger Clemens, Jerome Walton…  But none of these guys carried the hobby prior to making their major league debuts.

But Griffey did!!!

So when Junior stepped to the plate in just the 7th game of his big league career and belted a home run to deep left field, collectors around the world sighed.   At home, and in front of close to 34,000 fans, Griffey launched home run #1 off of White Sox pitcher Eric King.  And as they say, the rest was history…

Today, Griffey sits in 5th place on the all-time home run list with 630.  Exactly 30 homers behind one of his baseball idols, Willie Mays, Griffey has an outside shot to catch Mays this year if he can get enough at-bats and remain healthy.

Happy Anniversary to ‘The Kid’!!!

Florida Marlins 2010 Opening Night!!!

Florida Marlins 2010 Opening Night!!!

Yes, I was there!!!  This marks the first time in ’30-YOC’ history that I have attended an ‘Opening’ event for major league baseball.  My buddy scored 4 tickets Thursday night, and I jumped when one of them was offered my way.

And while I was very eager to see the 2010 Marlins, I was more excited to see the pre-game festivities as the team had some fun stuff planned.

For the most part, my pictures turned out horribly.  For this post, I will use images I found on Yahoo Sports.  I will download and crop the shots I took and will share them with you in a few days.

Leading off the night was Creed lead singer Scott Stapp.  He wrote and recorded the team’s new theme song.  But for this game, he sang ‘The Star Spangled Banner’.

Then I saw Chris Coghlan get his Rookie of the Year plaque.

From there, Hanley Ramirez picked up his Silver Slugger award…..

… and some major bling commemorating his .342 batting average from 2009.  They gave out 5,000 replicas of these in a BINGO game.  I was not one of the fans to win…

Lastly, my primary reason for wanting to be there – Hall of Famer, Mr. Andre Dawson, was throwing out the ceremonial first pitch!!!

And even though the team was defeated by the Dodgers, I had a great time at the game.  In a stadium packed with more than 35,000 fans, I got quite a bit of attention wearing my Cubs’ replica Dawson shirt.  Any other game, and I would have worn Teal & Black like everyone else.  But for me, this night was about ‘The Hawk’!!!

I’ll do my best to get more pictures loaded up.  I know they’re pretty bad, but I’ll post them anyway.

Oh, and wait until you see what I bought at the Marlins’ Charity Fundraisers booth… stay tuned.