Daily Archives: May 4, 2010

2008 Upper Deck Heroes Ernie Banks Checklist

2008 Upper Deck Heroes Ernie Banks Checklist

Last week I declared my intent to collect the 2008 Upper Deck Heroes cards of Ernie Banks.  You can read that post here.

And while I had spent some time researching and getting familiar with the cards of Banks issued in that set, it was the comments and emails from the readers of ’30-YOC’ that set me in the right direction when it comes to building a checklist.

Without further ado, here is the checklist I will be going after:

Color Numbered To Own It???
Light Blue 49  
Sea Green  99  
Brown 149  
Navy Blue 199  
Red 249  
Beige 299  
Black 399  
Charcoal 399  
Emerald 499  
Yellow n/a  


And while I may try to grab a few relic cards from this set, and my dream of obtaining an Ernie Banks autograph too, I have included just the base cards on my checklist. 

Wish me luck!!!

The Florida Marlins Prepare To Battle With A 3-Headed Giant From San Francisco!!!

The Florida Marlins Prepare To Battle With A 3-Headed Giant From San Francisco!!!

Starting with tonight’s game, the Giants are in town for a 3-game series with the Marlins.  Over the last 15 years, that meant that the mighty Barry Bonds was going to be here, but now it is the talented Giants’ pitching rotation that is getting the attention.

First up is Tim Lincecum, the reigning 2-time Cy Young award-winning pitcher.  On the year, he is 4-0 and he brings in a very low 1.27 ERA.  In 35 innings of work in 2010, Lincecum has struck out 43 batters and the league is hitting just .175 against him.  After Lincecum, comes a rejuvenated Barry Zito, who is also off to a 4-0 start on the season.  He too sports a low ERA of just 1.53.  Almost unhittable, batters are hitting just .167 against Zito so far this season.  Lastly, there is Matt Cain.  The Giants #2 guy for the last few years, Cain is 1-1 on the season and sports a 2.84 ERA.  A master of control, Cain has struck out 24 batters this year while walking just 7.

The Marlins will certainly have their hands full versus the Giants during this 3-game stint.  But, their bats are heating up.  Dan Uggla and Jorge Cantu are driving in runs like mad, and Hanley Ramirez has three home runs and 7 RBI in his last two games.  If Cody Ross, Chris Coghlan, or Gaby Sanchez can get hot, the Marlins should be able to fight off the Giants’ incredible starting pitching. 

Personally I see more opportunities for the team when they reach the bullpen in the later innings.  That’s if they get to face the bullpen…

Good luck team.  And, GO FISH!!!

‘On The Road With psugator02’ – May 3, 2010

May 3, 2010

Roger Dean Stadium
Jupiter, Fla.
Bradenton at Palm Beach
5:50-6:05 p.m.

I really didn’t want to make the 50-minute drive to Jupiter for just one guy. But a friend from another site took some pretty decent Phillies in a 50-50 and all he really wants in return is FSL graphs. So this was the least I could do. I’ll get to the good stuff ….

Parked near the player lot on the third-base side. Noticed that the gate was open so walked in and stood in front of the visitor clubhouse. Asked one of the players if he would get Jeffrey Locke, who had already returned to the clubhouse upon finishing BP. Not five minutes later Locke came out and promptly signed.

Jeffrey Locke: 2/2

I saw a few Rome Braves games back in 2008 and recall Locke being on the same team as Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman. I told Locke as much and he proceeded to tell me how he and Heyward roomed together and how he talks to Heyward every day. Before I left I shook Locke’s hand. A great, great dude and I wish him all the best.

ALSO: I will be seeing Lakeland, Dunedin, Palm Beach, and Jupiter these next few weeks so send me a PM if you’d like to 50-50 anything.

If you would like to contact Mark, he can be reached at psugator02@yahoo.com.

Orel Hershiser 1986 Fleer

Orel Hershiser 1986 Fleer

Just a terrible looking card of one of the great up-and-coming pitching talents in the big leagues.  There are so many poses that would have been better for Fleer to capture than this:

See what I mean??

Did You Know…

In the 1985 season, Rod Carew got his 3,000th hit and Tom Seaver won his 300th game – on the same day.  On August 4 at Yankee Stadium, Seaver struck out seven and only gave up six singles as he pitched a complete game against New York for his 300th win.  Later in the day and across the country in California, Carew singled to left in the third inning against Minnesota’s Frank Viola for his 3,000th career hit.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

My take – These two guys each won the Rookie of the Year award in 1967.  They were also inducted into Cooperstown together in 1991.  But this is an amazing accomplishment by two of the biggest stars of the 1970’s.  It’s very cool that they can share their memories of this incredible day together.