Daily Archives: March 8, 2011

I’m Taking That Ball That Yogi Wouldn’t Sign And Am Sending It To…

I’m Taking That Ball That Yogi Wouldn’t Sign And Am Sending It To…

… well, you’ll just have to wait and see.  But, what I can guarantee is that this time it will come back signed!!!

I have finally gotten over the fact that Yogi Berra did not want to sign my baseball, or take my donation of $50.  So, I will do what any aggressive autograph collector would do – I’m moving on.

The baseball has been packed up, a new letter has been written, envelopes have been addressed, and stamps have been applied.  On my way to work, Yogi’s rejected baseball is going out for a second try.

Stay tuned as I hope to have something to show for my efforts very soon!!

Wish me luck.  Thanks!!

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‘On The Road With psuGator02′ – Honda Class & Josh Johnson – March 5, 2011

‘On The Road With psuGator02′ – Honda Class & Josh Johnson – March 5, 2011

Saturday, March 5
Honda Classic
12-6 p.m.
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

I knew it was going to be a long day if I chose to graph golf. But I really wanted to get some of these magazines done ‘cuz I just hate having unsigned items in my collection (and it seems I’ve had these items forever). The day went pretty quickly, as I talked to a lot of the people near me. My friend and I also wasted an hour in the beer tent (Heineken Lite, thanks for asking).

Chad Campbell: 1/1 (whitesheet) in his own red Sharpie
Graeme McDowell: 1/1 (whitesheet) in his own black Sharpie with “US Open Champ” inscription
Henrik Stenson: 1/1 (whitesheet) in his own black Sharpie
Lee Westwood: 1/1 (whitesheet) in his own black Sharpie
Ian Poulter: 1/1 (whitesheet) in his own black Sharpie
Nick Price: 1/1 (whitesheet) in his own black Sharpie
Justin Leonard: 1/1 (SI) in blue Sharpie…real nice guy
Rory McIlroy: 2/2 (Masters scorecards) in blue Sharpie
Trevor Immelman: 2/2 (Masters scorecards) in blue Sharpie
Sean O’Hair: 1/1 (Golf World magazine) in blue Sharpie
Louis Oosthuizen: 1/1 (8×10) in blue Sharpie
Johnny Miller: 1/1 (8×10) in blue Sharpie…Got him at 6 p.m. as he finished the telecast. We asked him one question about fishing and the dude wouldn’t shut up about it.

Just my luck. We’re exiting and who does my buddy see but Josh Johnson in the Heineken beer tent. We walked up and stood near him for five minutes, then graphed him.

Josh Johnson: 2/2 (ROMLBs) in blue ink pen.

Andre Dawson 2011 Topps – Topps 60 Years Of Baseball

Andre Dawson 2011 Topps – Topps 60 Years Of Baseball

 I was so excited to see Andre Dawson’s name pop up on so many 2011 checklists – looks like adding more bulk to my collection will be a breeze.

Of course, I still have to get out there and get the cards..  🙂

This one is so nice looking.  The glossy finish of the card is flawless – and the thicker than normal cardstock makes the card feel and look like a lot more than a ‘base’ card.

I am so happy to have picked this one up relatively easy.  Hopefully the rest of the 2011’s follow suit…

Cheers to celebrating ’60 Years Of Topps’ and a new addition to my Andre Dawson collection!!!

Did You Know…

The youngest player voted into the Hall of Fame was Sandy Koufax.  At 36 years and 19 days old, Sandy Koufax was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1972.  He received 344/396 votes to gain entry into Cooperstown.

Happy Birthday Jim Rice!!!

Happy Birthday Jim Rice!!!

Jim Rice turns 58 years old today.

Jim Rice may be one of the best examples of a great hitter that could also hit for power or you can classify him as a power hitter that was a great contact hitter too.  Either way, it works!!  Although we cannot clearly say Rice was a better hitter for average than power or vice-versa, we can surely say that his numbers are mighty impressive. 

After 16 seasons with the Boston Red Sox, Rice ended his career with a .298 batting average while launching 382 home runs.  Rice’s best season came in 1978 when he won the Most Valuable Player award while hitting .315, belting 46 home runs, and driving in 139 runs.  Rice was a MVP candidate annually and finished in the Top 5 for voting in 6 total seasons. 

Jim Rice competed in 1 World Series championship match-up in 1986 against the New York Mets.  Although his team ultimately lost in 7 games, Rice did extremely well as he hit .333 and scored 6 runs.

Happy Birthday Mr. Rice!!