Daily Archives: March 24, 2011

Opening 2-Day Contest : WIN A BOX OF 1989 TOPPS BASEBALL CARDS!!!

Opening 2-Day Contest :  WIN A BOX OF 1989 TOPPS BASEBALL CARDS!!!

As we all eagerly wait for the 2011 baseball season to begin, I want to start it off right.

And one way to accomplish that is to host a contest!!!

After thinking of all of the possible contests to run, I have settled in on this:

There are 11 games scheduled on Opening Day(I am calling Opening Day April 1st).  You can review the schedule, and see the starting pitchers by clicking here.  To win this contest, you need to guess how many total strikeouts will be thrown in these 11 games.  To enter, simply leave a comment on this post with your pick.  Once a number is taken, it cannot be used again.  The person who gets the closest, without going over, to the actual number of strikeouts tossed wins!!!

Opening Days brings out the sport’s top pitchers.  From David Price to King Felix to Josh Johnson to Ubaldo Jimenez- there will be a ton of K’s.  So, do your homework and make your selections now!!!

The prize  for this contest will be a box of 1989 Topps baseball cards.  That’s right, 36 packs of a ’30-YOC’ favorite.

Want to win the cards?  Want to prove you know the game better than your buddies?  Than what are you waiting for?  Make your prediction and get ready for ‘Opening Day 2011’.

Good Luck you all of you!!!


Oh yeah, all picks must be submitted to me no later than March 30th at midnight.  Thanks.


‘On The Road With psugator02’ – Spring Training Road Trip – Day 4

‘On The Road With psugator02′ – Spring Training Road Trip – Day 4

Camelback Ranch
Glendale, Ariz.
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday, March 15

Got a late start because I had some real-life work to do. Camelback — and all the camps for that matter — are now swamped with kids on spring break. None of the Dodgers signed on their way out to the practice fields. Note to self: next time spend the morning at another camp when the Dodgers are home. Seemed the Dodgers had an extra-late workout prior to their 1 p.m. game so I headed over to the Rangers’ bus, hoping I could pick off some players. Bus arrived early but I was able to snag one player who drove over in a rental car.

David Murphy: 2/2 (cards) in blue Sharpie
Nelson Cruz: 0/1…also drove his own car. Sort of shocked because he ALWAYS signs

Walked back to the entrance to the backfields. On my way spotted Chad Billingsley. He was his usual cool self.

Chad Billingsley: 1/1 (11×14)…Made the mistake of giving him silver and then not telling him where on the picture to sign.

I had already been in line for Don Mattingly. But when I walked to the Rangers’ bus I lost my spot. So I was now in the back. No matter, I still got him. He makes everyone line up along the fence and is very cordial, signing 1-per for everyone. Actually pressed for a second, but he insisted he was only doing one.

Don Mattingly: 1/1 (8×10 that already has Mark McGwire’s autograph). I missed Tommy Lasorda because I chose to wait in Mattingly’s line. Oh well. Lasorda’s graph has really deteriorated anyway, so no biggie

Really thought I could pick off some other Dodgers on their way back to the clubhouse. But there were so many people there that not many players stopped. A few scrubs signed (Jamey Carroll, etc.), but I didn’t care about them. Wasn’t planning on going to the game so walked to the minor-league complex to get prospect Dee Gordon. Didn’t realize I was going to have to wait back there for two hours in the desert heat. If you were wondering, the Dodgers chose not to install water fountains anywhere near the minor-league fields. Gordon finally finished the scrimmage and was as cool as could be, even remembering the tweets that he had sent me.

Dee Gordon: 3/3 (8x10s for bizarre, SS of ROMLB). Would’ve gotten the picwith, but I inadvertently left the camera at home. By the way, for someone who’s such a top-rated prospect, Gordon sure is small. During the scrimmage he lined an opposite-field single over the left fielder’s head. Maybe he is for real.

The Dodgers have a lot of coaches who used to play in the big leagues (Chuck Crim, Steve Yeager, Lenny Harris, Jim Slaton), but the only one I graphed was Darren Dreifort. I asked him his role with the Dodgers and he wasn’t sure. “I just do what they tell me to do,” Dreifort said.

Darren Dreifort: 1/1 (signature card) in blue Sharpie. One of the most beautiful graphs I’ve seen all spring

Walked back to graph the Dodgers’ parking lot and the Rangers’ bus.

James Loney: 1/1 (8×10) in blue Sharpie
Don Mattingly: 1/1 (11×14) in blue Sharpie. Signs a ton
Rick Honeycutt: 1/1 (card) in blue Sharpie
Hong Chih Kuo: 0/1 only signed five and I just missed him
Matt Kemp: 0/1 wouldn’t stop
Manny Mota: wouldn’t stop
Andre Ethier: 0/1 wouldn’t stop
Clayton Kershaw: 0/1 gor rocked so maybe that’s the reason he didn’t stop
Mike McDougal: great dude but didn’t need him
Ron Mahay: great dude but didn’t need him
Tony Gwynn Jr.: 0/1 wouldn’t stop
Dioner Navarro: great dude but didn’t need him
Travis Schlichting: good dude but didn’t need him. He rocks the mullet AND gets a smokin’ hot chick. Well done. Almost looks like a young Curt Schilling
Rafael Furcal: 0/1 wouldn’t stop
Juan Uribe: just missed him because I was getting a few Rangers
Matt Kemp: 0/1 wouldn’t stop
Jerry Sands: 0/1 wouldn’t stop

David Murphy: 2/2 (8x10s) in blue Sharpie for a member
Nelson Cruz: 2/2 (8x10s) in blue Sharpie for a member
Elvis Andrus: didn’t even stand near the visitor locker room because i was sure Andrus wouldn’t touch a pen. But sure enough he did and by the time I walked over I had missed him
Matt Treanor: signed but I didn’t need him
Mike Napoli: 0/1 wouldn’t walk over
Chris Davis: 2/2 (8x10s) in blue Sharpie. Still a great signer
Julio Borbon: signed but I didn’t need him

The entire Cactus League appears more difficult this year.

Rod Carew 2010 Topps ‘Cards Your Mom Threw Out’

Rod Carew 2010 Topps ‘Cards Your Mom Threw Out’

Oh man, I wish this was the real thing.

I have drooled over vintage Rod Carew baseball cards so many times on Ebay that I could probably do it as a part-time job.

Carew was an absolute superstar during his major league career.  A hitter that could do it all, Carew was especially rare when it came to making contact and maintaining his always very high batting average.

If his cards were more affordable, he would absolutely be a candidate for new player collections at ’30-YOC’. 

But since that is not the case, I have to settle for these modern-era issues of Mr. Carew.  At least the picture and design take me back to 1968…  LOL.

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #320 – Joe Morgan

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #320 – Joe Morgan

Ah, my favorite member of ‘The Big Red Machine’.

Joe Morgan was a baseball superstar during the 1970’s.  A 2-time MVP and 10-time All-star, Joe Morgan brought his well-rounded game to the Reds for 8 seasons.

A slick fielder, Morgan used his range and speed to garner 5 consecutive Gold Glove awards between 1973-1977.

Offensively, Morgan was awesome.  A threat at the plate, and on the base paths, he was the perfect complement to a Reds team that was full of potent offensive talent.  Morgan collected 2,517 hits during his career and has a lifetime batting average of .271.  Other notable offensive stats include his 1,650 runs scored, 689 stolen bases, 268 home runs, and 1,133 RBI.

Morgan was a member of both the 1975 and 1976 World Series championship winning Reds teams.  In those 2 match-ups, he hit .286 while collecting 12 hits and scoring 7 runs.

Joe Morgan was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990.

Wade Boggs 1986 Fleer – ‘Baseballs Best’

Wade Boggs 1986 Fleer – ‘Baseballs Best’

I don’t know if it is just me, but whenever I see this card I think of comic books.  The whole Yellow and Red headline to me reminds me of all of the ‘Fantastic 4’ and ‘Spider-Man’ comics that I leafed through during my youth.

How much better would this card of Wade Boggs be if the headline yelled ‘WHHHAAAPPP’ or ‘KRAACCKK’.