Daily Archives: October 4, 2010

On The Road With PSUGator02 – October 2, 2010

On The Road With PSUGator02 – October 2, 2010

Houston Astros at Washington Nationals
Instructional League game
Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla.
Saturday, October 2
8:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

LONG, LONG day, but a good day. Got up at 5:30 a.m. and was on the road by 6. Rolled in at 8:15 a.m. and five graphers were already there. Paul Demny started it off, and the rest of the day was like shooting fish in a barrel

Stephen King: 4/12 cards pregame as he was running onto the backfields to stretch
Steven Souza: 3/31 cards, 3/28 cards, 0/25 (“I’ll sign after the game”), 0/25 (“I’ll sign after the game”)…The ***hole of the day by far. As the graphers lined up for Harper, Souza walked by and announced, “I won’t be signing today,” as if anyone would opt for him over Harper. Could see him being that jock in high school who bullied everyone
Josh Smoker: 13/13 cards…Did everything postgame despite getting rocked
Destin Hood: 3/6 cards pregame, 3/3 cards postgame…Saw him inscribe “Roll Tide” on a ROMLB SS, then predicted Tide by 14 LOL
Paul Demny: 7/7 cards while hitting in the cages
Bob Boone: 3/3 cards….Didn’t feel like looking through my collection for Boone’s cards but luckily I got to keep one card after getting three done for a local grapher. An every-letter graph and probably one of the nicest MLB guys I’ve met in a long time. Saw him talk to a local grapher for at least 20 minutes
A.J. Cole: 2/2 cards pregame
Graham Hicks: 18/18 cards before game ..Me: I really apologize for giving you all of these. Hicks: No problem. I have nothing better to do…spoke to him briefly about growing up in Lakeland, home of the Niekro brothers and Florida Southern
Matt LeCroy: 1/1 card while in the dugout
Sandy Leon: 1/1 card while running onto the field pregame
Anthony Morris: 3/7, 3/4 ..asked him a few times during the game to sign but he insisted on only signing postgame
J.P. Ramirez: 7/12, 5/5…Oddly enough, he actually asked me from the dugout whether I wanted him to finish off the five cards he wasn’t able to do the first time
Adrien Nieto: 12/12….Talked to him for a few minutes about his time at American Heritage, where he was one of eight seniors, along with Eric Hosmer and Juan Carlos Sulbaran, to sign Division 1 baseball scholarships. I heard someone say that Nieto had an attitude problem, but this kid couldn’t have been nicer
Tony Tarasco: 4/4….He showed my 1994 Atlanta Braves program — featuring him, Ryan Klesko, Javy Lopez and Mike Kelly — to half the team….Got excited when I brought up the Jeffrey Maier incident
Spin Williams: 1/1 card
Chien-Ming Wang: 3/3 cards (2008 Ginter, 2009 Ginter, 2003 Grandstand)….Assumed he would be difficult considering he’s an ex-Yankee, but this guy couldn’t have been more accommodating….I only wish I had brought a few more things

and the reason I made the 2:15 trip …

The Savior, Bryce Harper: 1/1 SS, ROMLB after the game for those who got in a single-file line. Was doing 2-per on cards but giving a crappy graph on the second….I’d post a pic if I weren’t so exhausted

Etc.: Michael Burgess and Derek Norris were in town to prepare for the Arizona Fall League, though I had nothing for them. … Never saw trainer Jeff Allred or pitching coach Franklin Bravo. … Very pleasant time in Viera, which is home to a great group of graphers. … 50-50s will be sent out tomorrow afternoon

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

2005 Donruss Diamond Kings HOF Heroes – Reggie Jackson

2005 Donruss Diamond Kings HOF Heroes – Reggie Jackson

Diamond Kings have never been my thing.  But if they feature the guys that I like, I happily add them to my collection.

And I have to say that I like this version much better than the giant painted face versions that littered Donruss sets from the 1980s and beyond.

And it is always fun to revisit Reggie from his playing days in Oakland – the first stint.  A young and powerful hitter, Reggie was dominant during the early stages of his career.  And his ability to lead a team was strong as he took his A’s teams to five straight ALCS match-ups from 1971-1975!!!

Still, there is so much ‘dead’ space on this card.  Give me a big ‘As’ logo – or even better, a nice chunk of Game-Used bat or jersey…

Tony Perez 1984 Fleer

Tony Perez 1984 Fleer

Man, I need to get some older cards of Tony Perez into my collection.  The cards of him from his last few years in the majors do very little to remind me of one of the most well-rounded offensive players from the 1970’s.

And while Perez is pictured with the Phillies’ uniform in this card, he did not play for them in ’84.  He spent the 1984 season, and 1985 & 1986 too, back in Cincinnati with the Reds.  And while he was used more sparingly during his second stint in Cincy, he definitely looks much better in that uniform!!!

1989 Topps Record Breakers – Card #1 – George Bell

1989 Topps Record Breakers – Card #1 – George Bell

Headline – “George Bell Slams 3 HR On Opening Day”

The Story – Kansas City, Mo, April 4, 1988.  Blue Jays’ George Bell today set major league record with 3 home runs on Opening Day in 5-3 win versus Royals.  The former mark of 2 round-trippers in season’s first contest had been accomplished 48 times by 42 players. 

My take – As a kid, my magic number was 10.  The first big leaguer to get to 10 home runs was going to be collected.  And while that little milestone helped me in some years(McGwire in 1987), it hurt me in many others too.  But Bell was off to a fantastic starts with 3 dingers on Opening Day back in 1988!!  And if I recall correctly, I picked up a few rookies of ‘Jorge’ around that time as well…

My Orel Hershiser ‘Fab 5′ – Card #5

My Orel Hershiser ‘Fab 5′ – Card #5

Now that my Orel Hershiser player collection is complete I wanted to take the time to show off my favorite 5 cards from this set.

Card #5 – 1996 Score

As I have stated several times before on this blog, I like cards that show the player doing what we know him best for.  And I really like when they show us that thing that they are not too famous for.  Give me a slugger stealing a base.  Give me a designated hitter making a play in the field.

And give me a pitcher hitting!  That’s what Score did with this card of Orel Hershiser from their 1996 base set. 

And by the looks of it, Orel was going to make pretty solid contact on this swing too.  But, based on the position of the bat and ball, he looks like he got behind it just a bit.  My guess is that this one was fouled off…