Daily Archives: September 14, 2011

Andre Dawson Autographed Boston Red Sox Mini-Helmet!!! Oh, Yeah!!!

Andre Dawson Autographed Boston Red Sox Mini-Helmet!!!  Oh, Yeah!!!

There was no way that I was going to let this beauty pass me by….

Less than two weeks after brining home my second Andre Dawson signed mini-helmet, another one came up on Ebay, and it was a team that I wanted for my collection – The Boston Red Sox!!

Already with the Cubs and Expos in my possession, I was so excited to be able to grab team #3!!!

Check it out:

Pretty nice, huh???

I really hit Gold with this one; Silver actually.  LOL

The helmet is mint, and signed to perfection in a beautiful Silver – the same color that my Cubs and Expos helmets are signed in!!!

Helmet #3 is mine!!!  YES!!!!

Jim Palmer 2004 Topps ‘All-Time Fan Favorites’

Jim Palmer 2004 Topps ‘All-Time Fan Favorites’

As a baseball card collector, I don’t that I ask for too much.

Give me an appealing design.

Throw in a player that I have a liking for.

And I am a happy guy.

Jim Palmer’s 2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites = Happy Guy!!!

Dennis Eckersley 1983 Topps

Dennis Eckersley 1983 Topps

Oh, yes.  1983 – one of my favorite sets of all-time!!

And the card of Dennis Eckersley is a good one.  A little blurry and fuzzy with the photo choice but a good one nonetheless.

May favorite ‘Eck’ stat from 1983?


2 complete games from the mighty side-arm hurler in 1983!!

And yes, that is the ‘Green Monster’ making an appearance in the background!!!

Did You Know….

During his unintentional chase of Babe Ruth’s 60-home run single season record, Roger Maris was intentionally walked zero times.  Amazingly, the Yankees slugger had 698 plate appearances in 1961, and he was never awarded first base intentionally.

1990 Headline: Griffey Jr & Sr – First Father/Son Tandem To Go Back-To-Back!!!

1990 Headline: Griffey Jr & Sr – First Father/Son Tandem To Go Back-To-Back!!!

I recall watching the highlights of this event on SportCenter 19 years ago and thinking about how cool of an accomplishment this was.  And today, almost two decades later, the feelings still remain.   

For me, this was one of the most enjoyable baseball records I have been able to witness in my lifetime.  And more than anything else, I remember the joy shared by this father and son as they shared a special moment between each other.  Luckily, millions of us got to enjoy it too…

And for the 34,000 fans that attended the game in Anaheim, they got to witness it live!!!

In the top of the first inning, each of the Griffeys belted home runs to left/center field.  These back-to-back homers put the Mariners out to an early 3-0 lead and made the duo the first ever father/son tandem to hit home runs in consecutive at-bats!!!

Congratulations to Junior & Senior!!!

Johnny Damon Makes Baseball History; Joins Exclusive 200/400 Club!!!

Johnny Damon Makes Baseball History; Joins Exclusive 200/400 Club!!!

By Jeff Seidel / MLB.com 

BALTIMORE — Johnny Damon’s second-inning steal in Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to the Orioles put the Rays veteran in some elite company.

Damon became just the ninth player in Major League history to accumulate 200 homers and 400 stolen bases. The others are Barry and Bobby Bonds, Joe Morgan, Craig Biggio, Roberto Alomar, Rickey Henderson, Marquis Grissom and Paul Molitor.

As if that wasn’t enough, Damon became just the second with 100 triples, 200 homers and 400 steals. Molitor, a Hall of Famer, is the only other player to reach all three milestones.

“That’s pretty impressive company,” said Rays manager Joe Maddon.

Damon went 1-for-4 in the loss. His stolen base set up a scoring threat in the second inning, but he was stranded. The Rays’ loss dropped them four games behind the Red Sox in the American League Wild Card standings.

“I just wish we could’ve won this one,” Damon said. “I think that’s a pretty good milestone. It’s some pretty good company.”

Mariano Rivera Captures Career Save #600

Mariano Rivera Captures Career Save #600

SEATTLE (AP)—The celebration was pure Mariano Rivera.

No big screams or wild gestures. Certainly no spectacle, even if Rivera is widely regarded as the best ever at what he does.

Just warm hugs and appreciative handshakes from Yankees teammates. And even that might have been more than what Rivera wanted following the 600th save of his remarkable career.

“Maybe later on after I retire, but right now I’m not focused on that. I’m not that type of guy. I’m a team player,” Rivera said. “I tell you guys many times and I’ll continue to tell you, it doesn’t depend on myself. It depends on my teammates giving me the opportunity to be able to pitch.”

Rivera moved within one save of Trevor Hoffman’s major league record by closing out New York’s 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

In a season in which teammate Derek Jeter already reached one of baseball’s grandest milestones with his 3,000th hit, Rivera also has added to his Yankees legacy. Next up is No. 601, which could come Wednesday night in the series finale at Seattle.

But even Rivera acknowledged the big one will be No. 602, when he passes Hoffman to become the most prolific closer in major league history. That leaves little time to savor No. 600, or 601. The quick turnaround is just part of the job.

Rivera entered with a one-run lead in the ninth inning and allowed just a one-out single to Ichiro Suzuki. He was retired when catcher Russell Martin caught Suzuki trying to steal second for the final out.

Jeter put the tag on Suzuki and smiled as he brought the souvenir ball to Rivera. One by one, New York players lined up for the muted, respectful celebration.

“We’ve been close for a long time and I know how important it is for him to come in and do his job,” Jeter said. “He takes a lot of pride in it. He’s a prideful guy.”

But just think, Rivera has racked up all those saves—plus 42 more in the postseason—primarily on the strength of one dominant pitch: a sizzling cut fastball. And he’s done it in pressure-packed situations with the Yankees always in contention. Indeed, he’s been the back-end backbone of this team for 15 years.

“Just to think, about every game Mariano has ever pitched has been a meaningful game,” Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez said. “Every one of those saves meant something.”

That biting cutter was there again on Tuesday night as Rivera notched his 41st save of the season in his 46th opportunity.

It was the 1,037th appearance of his career, but it almost didn’t happen. Setup man David Robertson labored through the eighth as Rivera started stretching out, giving up a leadoff single to Dustin Ackley and walking Justin Smoak with one out. Robertson got Miguel Olivo swinging at a 3-2 pitch while the runners advanced. Robertson then fell behind Adam Kennedy 2-0 and issued an intentional walk to load the bases.

Trayvon Robinson came on to pinch-hit for Casper Wells, who had struck out three times already, but couldn’t do any better, striking out on a fastball and leaving the bases loaded.

Rivera then took off his jacket and started throwing moments later. He didn’t have much time to get ready as New York went down quickly in the top of the ninth, but jogged in with most of the Yankees fans in attendance standing and many snapping pictures.

Nearly the entire Yankees dugout stood on the top-step railing.

Pinch-hitter Wily Mo Pena was gone on a foul-tip strike three into Martin’s glove. Suzuki then served a soft single into left field, but Rivera struck out rookie Kyle Seager.

He didn’t even need to finish pitching to Ackley as Suzuki was thrown out by Martin trying to steal. Rivera savored the chance to share the moment with Jeter and another longtime teammate, Jorge Posada.

“They are family away from your family. It was great seeing them all come to the mound,” Rivera said. “Again, I’ve been blessed to have a great bunch of guys who have supported me and given me all the opportunities.”

Robinson Cano provided the Yankees offense with a homer and two RBIs, whileA.J. Burnett (10-11) won for the first time since Aug. 15 thanks to a season-high 11 strikeouts. New York stayed four games in front of second-place Boston in the AL East after the Red Sox thumped Toronto 18-6.

Rivera missed out on a save chance in the series opener when the Yankees battered nemesis Felix Hernandez in a 9-3 victory. But the New York offense was kept in check Tuesday night by Charlie Furbush (3-9), who allowed just three runs and struck out six in 5 1-3 innings.

Nick Swisher’s leadoff double in the sixth eventually led to Cano’s fielder’s choice that scored Swisher with the go-ahead run. Rafael Soriano and Robertson worked the seventh and eighth innings to set the stage for Rivera.

And perhaps to Rivera’s liking, he wasn’t the one recording the final out. It was Martin coming through with a perfect throw to get Suzuki.

“I don’t know if we’ll ever see it again. That’s how much of an accomplishment this is that he and Trevor Hoffman have done. Simply remarkable,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “This is a guy who I believe is the best closer that’s ever been in the game and I’ve had the fortune of catching him, coaching him and managing him and it’s a treat.”