Daily Archives: June 15, 2011

‘On The Road With Psugator02′ – NBA Finals Post Game 6 – June 12, 2011

‘On The Road With Psugator02′ – NBA Finals Post Game 6 – June 12, 2011

Mavs at Heat
American Airlines Arena
Miami, Fla.
Sunday, June 12
10:30-12:30

Thought I might get lucky so I drove down for postgame. Totals were mildly disappointing.

Near valet

Xavier Nady/Cliff Floyd/Phillip Buchanon: Didn’t need
Rondell White: 1/1 (white sheet) in blue Sharpie
Isiah Thomas: 1/1 (white sheet) in blue Sharpie
Michael Irvin: 1/1 (Cowboys’ mini) in blue Sharpie with “HOF” inscription. He signed for me and then said, “That’s it for the autographs.”

Saw some unbelievably hot women.

Happy Birthday Wade Boggs!!!

Happy Birthday Wade Boggs!!!

Wade Boggs turns 53 years old today!! 

As a kid growing up in South Florida I had no ‘home’ team to cheer for.  So I adopted several players, one of them being Wade Boggs.  I was a third baseman and I batted third for a few years during my Little League career.  Choosing Boggs as someone to emulate was an easy choice as he was one of the greatest hitters of the 1980’s.

Boggs’ career has been punctuated by achieving several baseball milestones – All-star appearances, Silver slugger awards, batting championships, Gold Gloves, a World Series title, 3,010 career hits, a lifetime .328 hitting average.  Wade Boggs has done it all, and most of the time he did it the best!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Boggs!!!

Happy Birthday Lance Parrish!!!

Happy Birthday Lance Parrish!!!

Lanc Parrish Turns 54 years old today.

Lance Parrish was a stud catcher for 19 seasons in the big leagues.  A 7-time All-star and 3-time Gold Glove winner, Parrish captured the hearts of Detroit Tiger fans with his passion for the game and desire to win.  A leader on their 1984 World Series championship team, Parrish helped lead the Tigers as the anchor of their amazing infield.  With a career batting average of .252 with 324 home runs and 1,070 RBI, Lance Parrish was a solid contributor at the most difficult position. 

Happy Birthday Mr. Parrish!!

Happy Birthday Brett Butler!!!

Happy Birthday Brett Butler!!!

Brett Butler turns 54 years old today.

I am not talking about the comedian here…

I’m talking about the scrappy, hard-nosed baseball player from the 1980’s that excelled at hitting leadoff.  Butler’s ability to put the ball into play and run the bases at a very high level made him an instant success with the Atlanta Braves.

During his 17 year career in which he played for 5 different teams, Butler amassed 2,375 hits with a career average of .290.  One of the best leadoff hitters of the 1980’s, Butler was a base stealing threat too as he finished his career with 558 swipes.

The thing Butler may be most known for was his ability to bunt.  With an excellent batter’s eye, and uncanny speed, Butler used his skills to do anything he could to get on base.  He did exactly what his coaches asked of him and scored an amazing 1,359 runs in the process.

During the later years of Butler’s career, he was diagnosed with a rare cancer of the tonsils.  After making a full recovery, doctors doubted that he would be able to play baseball again, but Butler surprised them and everyone else when he joined the Los Angeles Dodgers for 1 final season.

Happy Birthday Mr. Butler!!!

Happy Birthday ‘Sweet Swinging’ Billy Williams!!

Happy Birthday ‘Sweet Swinging’ Billy Williams!!

Billy Williams celebrates his 73rd birthday today!!!

One of the most beloved Chicago Cubs of all-time, Williams was a fan favorite from his debut back in 1959 and is still a face of the franchise 50 years later.  His charisma, talent, and devotion to the game and city of Chicago have kept Williams in the public eye more than 30 years after his retirement.

On a personal note, Billy Williams is a large reason as to why this blog exists.  When his autobiographyhy came out a few years ago I knew I wanted a copy.  That book triggered a domino effect that is still moving today.  The book re-kindled my passion for baseball cards which led me to Fergie and Andre and Rickey and Dave.  And all of that led me to ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

Thank you Mr. Williams.  I never got to see you play in person.  I have met you one time.  Yet you have impacted my life more than you will ever know.

Happy Birthday Billy Williams!!! 

Williams Photo

How About Some Laughs With Brian Wilson To Start Your Day…

How About Some Laughs With Brian Wilson To Start Your Day…

Did You See What Derek Jeter Said About ’30-Year Old Cardboard’???

Did You See What Derek Jeter Said About ’30-Year Old Cardboard’???

3,000 Will Have To Wait – Yanks Put Derek Jeter On DL With Calf Strain

3,000 Will Have To Wait – Yanks Put Derek Jeter On DL With Calf Strain

NEW YORK (AP)

Derek Jeter went on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday because of a strained right calf, an untimely setback for the New York Yankees star as he pursues 3,000 career hits. 

The Yankees put the All-Star shortstop on the DL for the first time since 2003, making the move prior to their game against Texas. Jeter limped off the field Monday night, four innings after he got his 2,994th hit.

”I’m still pleading my case,” Jeter said, to no avail, about an hour before the Yankees made the announcement.

Jeter and his teammates hoped he would be able to get the historic hit at Yankee Stadium. New York has three games left against Texas on this homestand, then goes on a six-game road trip to Wrigley Field in Chicago, and Cincinnati.

He still might get his chance at home, too.

Jeter will be eligible to come off the DL during the middle of a three-game series at home against Milwaukee. The Yankees then start a six-game visit, taking on the crosstown Mets and Cleveland, before returning to the Bronx.

Hanley Returns From DL As Florida Marlins’ Leadoff Hitter

Hanley Returns From DL As Florida Marlins’ Leadoff Hitter

By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com 

PHILADELPHIA — In need of a lift, the Marlins on Tuesday welcomed Hanley Ramirez back to their lineup.

The three-time All-Star shortstop has been reinstated off the disabled list, where he had been for the past 15 days because of a left back strain.

Along with rejoining the roster, Ramirez also is returning to his old place in the batting order — the leadoff spot. The 27-year-old is a career .311 batter in 400 games from the first spot. As a No. 3 hitter, he has a lifetime mark of .308 in 351 games.

“I think he gives the experience presence in the lineup,” manager Edwin Rodriguez said. “So the young guys don’t have to feel the pressure that they have to get something going, even though he was struggling before he got hurt.”

From his rookie season in 2006 until ’08, Ramirez was one of the top leadoff batters in the game. In 2009, he switched to third in the order, and he won the National League batting title. He has primarily batted third ever since.

Rodriguez said eventually he hopes Ramirez returns to the third spot, and Chris Coghlan goes back to leading off. In the meantime, Rodriguez is leaning toward keeping his shortstop in the leadoff spot.

To make room for Ramirez on the roster, outfielder Scott Cousins was placed on the 15-day DL with a lower back strain.

Rodriguez said Cousins told him a couple of days ago that his back was bothering him. And the manager added that the injury is not related to the outfielder’s collision at home plate with Buster Posey in San Francisco on May 25.

Even though Ramirez is laboring through his roughest season in the big leagues — a .210 average with four homers and 17 RBIs — he still is a threat due to his speed and power.

Without Ramirez, the team certainly had its struggles. The Marlins went 2-12 while he was on the DL, including a 1-10 homestand.

In the 14 games he was out, Florida batted .242 as a team and had a .316 on-base percentage. The club’s 53 runs scored over that span matched San Francisco for only the ninth most in the National League.

Where the offense especially sputtered while Ramirez was out was with runners in scoring position. In those situations, they collectively batted .184 in their last 14 games.

“We’ve been losing a lot of close games, and even though Hanley was struggling, he was walking and getting on base,” Rodriguez said. “Definitely he’s going to help.”