Daily Archives: July 19, 2012

Jim Palmer 2009 Topps Tribute

Jim Palmer 2009 Topps Tribute

I scooped up this beauty for just $1.99 and I am thrilled with the pick-up!

The card is from the 2009 Topps Tribute set, and it certainly has a more high-end look and feel that other Topps issues.

Here is the card:

I’m not sure what the effect is called, but I really like how this card looks.  The image of Palmer is front-and-center but the shading done around the border of the card really makes it feel like Palmer’s image is leaping off of the card’s surface.

Oh, and I really like the font employed by Topps for the player’s name.  Very rich-looking!!

Now, I just have to find a top-loader to fit the heavier cardstock…

Kirk Gibson 2002 Upper Deck World Series Heroes

Kirk Gibson 2002 Upper Deck World Series Heroes

Whoa, talk about ‘World Series Heroes’.

Kirk Gibson left a huge impression on me after his performance in Game One of the 1988 World Series.

For a very long time, I thought that his home run off Dennis Eckersley was the greatest moment I had ever witnessed in baseball.  And while it still ranks very highly on that list, in my eyes it has been trumped a few times simply because th magnitude of Game One is not equal to what you find in a Game Six or Game Seven.

Gibson absolutely belongs in this set of cards issued by Upper Deck in 2002.

Here it is:

Thank you for the memories Mr. Gibson.  They will last a lifetime!!!

And a special shout-out to Fox for reminding us each post-season of your legendary efforts.


Jim Abbott 1993 Score

Jim Abbott 1993 Score

While I would have preferred to had this picture a little more zoomed out, the closer version does allow for us to get to see the baseball much better.

So,  I will let this one pass…

As I have mentioned on other posts that feature Jim Abbott and were issued in 1993, Abbott was a Yankee.  He was traded to the Yankees in the offseason between the 1992 and 1993 seasons.

Still, another card of Abbott in his Angels uniform is not something I am going to complain about.   Instead, I will celebrate it; and collect it!!!

My First Time – Kerry Wood – April 12, 1988

My First Time – Kerry Wood – April 12, 1988

The Setting – Olympic Stadium.  Montreal, Canada.

From Wood – ‘I called my parents real quick and told them that they needed to get to Montreal if they wanted to see my debut.  Freaked ’em out a little because it meant getting passports, so they thought’.

The Boxscore – Expos 4, Cubs 1.  Wood takes the loss after being pulled in the fourth inning.  He allows 4 hits and 4 runs while walking 3 and striking out 7.

Pete Rose To Star In New Reality TV Show On TLC

Pete Rose To Star In New Reality TV Show On TLC

From CNN.com

Infamous baseball great Pete Rose is getting into the reality show game courtesy of TLC.

Rose, 71, and his fiancée Kiana Kim will star in a series tentatively titled “Pete Rose and the Kiana Kim Family Project,” which is already in production.

TLC says in a statement that the show will follow Rose and Kim as they prepare to say “I do” – a journey that “won’t be without its challenges,” the network says. It seems some of Rose’s relatives don’t have a lot of faith in the couple’s relationship, and Rose and Kim are also living in separate cities – Rose lives and works in Las Vegas, while Kim is in Los Angeles.

“She’s got younger kids and I’ve got [four adult] kids, and we go through the same things everybody else does: taking the braces off, making sure they get their education and they go to basketball practice or acting class,” Rose told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s not going to be classless — like it seems like a lot of reality shows aren’t really reality, but our reality show is going to be funny, entertaining, and real.”

And then there’s the matter of Rose’s tumultuous career – apparently neither Kim nor her family is filled in on all of those details, TLC says in its announcement, and the show will document Rose recounting his climb to fame and eventual banning from baseball.

“Pete is one of sport’s most controversial characters, and his life is even more fascinating off the field as it was on,” the General Manager of TLC, Amy Winter, said in a statement. “This series will open the door into a very modern family dynamic of trying to blend families when your kids are no longer children, and when your private life is in the public spotlight.”

The network has ordered five episodes to air later this year.

ATTENTION BASEBALL WORLD: Please Leave My Third Baseman Alone!!!!

ATTENTION BASEBALL WORLD:  Please Leave My Third Baseman Alone!!!!

The baseball world has been on fire over the last 17-18 j hours as rumors were swirling at a feverish pitch that my Miami Marlins were on the verge of sending 3B Hanley Ramirez to the Boston Red Sox.

And between sports radio, sports blogs, and local coverage in South Florida, I have become severely nauseated with all of the chatter.

But, it is all just chatter.

As quickly as the rumors heated up, they fizzled just as fast.

Hanley Ramirez in a Marlin, and that is exactly what he needs to be.


Hanley is a tender soul.  He likes to be cheered for.  He likes to be the one to hit the walk-off.  He likes to be the one to make you leap out of your chair.  He needs that.

He does not need all of the BS that has surrounded him over the last day.  It messes with his demeanor.  It messes with his game.  It all of that in turn messes with his teammates.


Even with the numbers he is putting up, Hanley Ramirez is one of the most feared third baseman in baseball.  Very few 3B’s can put up the numbers that he does, and he is having a poor season even by his standards.

We need you Hanley.  And we want you to bat third.  And we want you to hit .280+.  And we want you to score 100 runs, drive in 100 runs, hit 30 home runs, and steal 30 bases.

Go Get ‘Em!!!

And, GO FISH!!!!