Daily Archives: May 10, 2011

After More Than A Year, My Ron Santo Player Collection Is Complete!!! YES!!!

After More Than A Year, My Ron Santo Player Collection Is Complete!!!  YES!!!

It took a lot of work and quite a bit of patience, but I am thrilled to announce that I have finally completed my collection that honors the fabulous major league baseball career of former Chicago Cubs’ great, Ron Santo!

A fan-favorite from the moment he took his first swing in a Cubs’ Uniform, it was quite a thrill to learn about and shop for Santo’s cards.  The journey for me started more than 14 months ago, but now I own every major brand release of Ron Santo from his play days.

The set consists of 24 cards.  And next week, I will show you my ‘Fab 5’ from this collection.

Stay tuned and Thanks for reading!!!

1969 Fergie Jenkins Photo-Stamp – WHOA!!!

1969 Fergie Jenkins Photo-Stamp – WHOA!!!

So nice.

So rare.

So vintage.

And I just so happen to love finding these sweet Fergie Jenkins oddballs for my collection.

I don’t know too much about this one – I am hoping one, if not many of you, can give me a little info…    What I do know is that this photo-stamp was issued in 1969 and that I am thrilled to have one that is MINT in my possession!!

Josh Johnson VS Roy Halladay Tonight. I Cannot Wait!!!

Josh Johnson VS Roy Halladay Tonight.  I Cannot Wait!!!

It’s not very often when two of the best pitchers in the sport battle one another.

Even more, it’s even less rare when the two teams competing are battling for first place within the same division.

And even more than that, it is uber-rare when said pitchers are your two most favorite hurlers in the entire sport.

Am I looking forward to the game tonight between the Marlins and the Phillies?

You bet your ass I am!!!

GO FISH!!!

Frank Robinson 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings

Frank Robinson 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings

Just a spectacular looking baseball card, this issue from the 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings set is a beauty!!

And while I usually am more opinionated when it comes to vintage players and the team uniforms that baseball card companies feature them in, I am on the fence when it comes to Frank Robinson.

I love Frank Robinson, the Red.

I love Frank Robinson, the Oriole.

And I love this card!!!

Bo Jackson 1990 Donruss

Bo Jackson 1990 Donruss

The Blue of Bo’s Royals uniform looks great in this picture.  And while this card was issued in 1990, the Powder-Blue takes me back a few more years to the early 1980’s when that color was prevalent around the sport.  From Montreal to KC to Atlanta and St. Louis – I wish we saw more of that today!!

Did You Know…

The last pitcher to hit a walk-off home run was San Diego’s Craig Lefferts, whose 12th-innning homer (the only one of his career) beat the San Francisco Giants 9-8 on APril 25, 1986.

David Price Proves That Baseball Can Still Be Fun At The Big League Level!!!

David Price Proves That Baseball Can Still Be Fun At The Big League Level!!!

Thank You, David!!!

I Agreed 100% With Bobby Valentine Last Night When He Said…

I Agreed 100% With Bobby Valentine Last Night When He Said…

“Josh Johnson will throw a no-hitter this year”.

If you have not had the chance to watch JJ pitch, you need to make more of an effort to do so.  Arguably the best pitcher in the sport right now, 6 of his 7 starts this season have been clinics.

I agree with Bobby Valentine, it is just a matter of time…

Go Get ‘Em Josh!!!

Florida Marlins’ Gaby Sanchez Named NL Palyer Of The Week!!!

Florida Marlins’ Gaby Sanchez Named NL Palyer Of The Week!!!

By Cash Kruth / MLB.com | 05/09/11 4:22 PM ET

After hitting his first career grand slam and leading the National League in hits and RBIs this week, Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez was named the NL Player of the Week, Major League Baseball announced Monday.

Sanchez’s 13 hits and 10 RBIs were tops in the league, as were his 22 total bases. He also finished second with a .464 batting average (13-for-28) and .531 on-base percentage. The 27-year-old also added two home runs and three doubles on the way to a .786 slugging percentage.

Sanchez started the week with a bang, slugging his first career grand slam on May 2 to lead the Marlins to a 6-5 win over the Cardinals. The following day, Sanchez had a four-hit game, matching a career best. In the third game of a four-game series against the Cardinals, Sanchez had his third consecutive multihit game, going 2-for-4.

On Sunday, Sanchez — the Marlins’ fourth-round selection in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft — finished the week with his second four-hit game, going 4-for-4 with a homer, two doubles and three RBIs in an 8-0 win against Washington. Sunday’s game marked Sanchez’s 12th multihit game of the season, the most of any Marlin.

Sanchez, who finished fourth in the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year Award balloting, has reached base safely in 30 of Florida’s 33 games this season. He entered Monday with the sixth-highest on-base percentage (.414) and ninth-highest batting average (.328) in the NL. His 41 hits lead all NL first basemen.

This is Sanchez’s first career weekly award.