Daily Archives: March 9, 2011

‘On The Road With psuGator02′ – Cardinals & Marlins – March 6, 2011

‘On The Road With psuGator02′ – Cardinals & Marlins – March 6, 2011

Roger Dean Stadium
Cardinals at Marlins
Jupiter, Fla.
11:15-2 p.m.

Went for the sole purpose of trying to get Lou Brock, Bob Gibson and Mark McGwire. Failed miserably.

Mark McGwire: 0/1. …signed to the RF side of the dugout. I was a few too many seats toward RF and missed him. Would’ve gotten him had I been a little closer to the dugout. That’s, of course, if he had even done it for me. I have a funny feeling that he now recognizes me, which is not a good thing. I was one graph away from getting him
Bob Gibson: 0/1, 0/1..I can’t win. This time I was too close to the dugout. Had I been farther out in RF I would’ve gotten him. I look too old, have too much grey hair and was not wearing any Cardinals’ gear so I doubt he would’ve done it for me anyway. I’ve been graphing pretty hard for almost three years now and I still haven’t gotten Gibson.
Other: Daniel Descalso, Mike Matheny, Zach Cox and Matt Carpenter signed but I didn’t need them

Left Jupiter at about 2 p.m. when I got a tip that Ralph Kiner was in Port St. Lucie doing television work. I parked next to his car and was there about 20 minutes when he walked out. He kept saying “I’m not signing today” even while he was signing. A little strange.

Ralph Kiner: 3/3 (ROMLBs) in blue ink pen. He inscribed two with “HOF ’75”

He wanted to do the picture while sitting in his car, but he obliged when I asked if he could stand up. The standing up part seemed to take him forever.

Arrived back in Jupiter at about 3:15 p.m. to pouring rain. Knew the Cardinals’ side would be packed with fans so stopped to graph the Marlins.

Randy St. Claire: 4/4 (cards) in blue Sharpie. Got a little pissed when I asked him whether Chris Volstad was “all the way back.” LOL
Jeff Conine: 4/4  in blue Sharpie. Spoke briefly about his son, who plays middle-school baseball for Pinecrest.
Hanley Ramirez 1/1 (SP, ROMLB)….Complete dick. Reached for one grapher’s item, then drove away. Got all the way to the corner when he realized he had left something in the clubhouse. Pulled the car back into the lot, left the engine on and went back to get whatever it was that he had forgotten. On his second time out of the lot, he stopped the car at the corner and signed but refused to sweet spot. I had an 8×10 back in my binder but I would’ve missed him had I gone to grab it.
Chris Coghlan: 0/1……Said he already signed for everyone. I told him that he hadn’t signed for me. His reply as he kept walking toward his car, “Sorry.” One item left for him so that shouldn’t be difficult.

Was trying to waste some time so I went back to the Cardinals’ side. Everyone had departed except for………

Derek Lilliquist: 3/3 (cards) in blue Sharpie….and he smeared the first one.

Ron Santo 1972 Topps ‘In-Action’

Ron Santo 1972 Topps ‘In-Action’

I love the thought of the ‘In-Action’ themed baseball cards that Topps produced a few decades back. 

The best part about the ‘In-Action’ cards??  They were bonus cards, as each player in the set was also represented with a ‘base’ card.  For a player collector, that is baseball card heaven!!!

It’s just really bad that Topps used a photo like this one of Ron Santo:

One of the most popular and fun-to-watch Chicago Cubs players of all-time, and this was the image that they used to show him ‘In-Action’??  Very disappointed in the effort, but thrilled to add a new card of Santo to my collection that honors his legendary baseball career!!!

Wade Boggs 1989 Score – Base & Highlights

Wade Boggs 1989 Score – Base & Highlights

2 cards with one stone again – TOO SWEET!!!

I am still so far away from completing this set of Wade Boggs cards from his playing days with the Red Sox.  It’s amazing as to how few cards were issued of him during the first few years of his career to the large amount issued each year during the end of his reign with the team.

Nonetheless, I am still enjoying putting this collection together – after all, Boggs was my favorite hitter from my childhood…

Wade Boggs 1989 Score – Base & Highlights

Happy Birthday Benito Santiago!!!

Happy Birthday Benito Santiago!!!

Benito Santiago turns 46 years old today.

Santiago was an established baseball star when he joined the Florida Marlins in 1993 for their inaugural baseball season.

Santiago was the team’s most well known player, and his Hispanic heritage made him an instant hit in with the fans and city of Miami.  Benito became an ambassador of the game in South Florida and he still makes periodic appearances associated with the team.

Santiago was a 5-time All-star, a 4-time Silver Slugger trophy winner, and the winner of three Gold Glove awards.  He also won the Rookie of the Year Award as a member of the San Diego Padres during the 1987 baseball season.

Happy Birthday Benito!!!