Daily Archives: July 25, 2012

TTM SUCCESS – Bobby Bonilla Signed Baseball!!! YES!!!

TTM SUCCESS – Bobby Bonilla Signed Baseball!!!  YES!!!

I thought this one was a goner…  So you have to imagine that I was very, very happy when I saw a familiar bubble mailer in my mailbox when I got home from work this evening.

And while I have about 3-4 baseballs in the mail right now in hopes of adding a few more signed balls to my collection, I had no idea which one was returned to me until I ripped it open.

I am happy the ball is from Bonilla.  I am trying to bulk up on my Marlins signed balls, and Bonilla was on the 1997 World Series team – one of my favorite teams of all-time!!

Have a look:

Bobby Bo has always been a solid signer TTM.  I have a few cards in my collection that he signed for me a few years back.  And all of those cards were signed pretty quickly too – we’re talking less than two weeks!

I got worried that I was not going to get this one back.  But now, 2+ months later, I can be at ease – the ball is home, and in my collection.

And it is signed beautifully!!!

Thank you Mr. Bonilla!

Frank Robinson 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen Game-Used Jersey Card – Mini

Frank Robinson 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen Game-Used Jersey Card – Mini

Man oh Man, the colors of this baseball card are superb!

I don’t know how Topps does it, but the Red that they use in their modern issues draws me in each and every time.

And when some of that Red comes a piece of baseball jersey that had been worn by the great Frank Robinson, even better!!!

Have a look at what I am talking about:

This card comes from the 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen set.  It is the ‘mini’ version of Robinson’s card, and as you can see it features a nice chunk of jersey worn by Robinson during his time with the Cincinnati Reds!!

A great addition to my collection.

Wade Boggs 2012 Topps Archives Reprint – 1954 Topps

Wade Boggs 2012 Topps Archives Reprint – 1954 Topps

I am loving this card of Wade Boggs from the 2012 Topps Archives set.  I think that I have 3-4 of them now…  LOL!

Check it out:

As for Boggs, he fits in very well with the 1954 baseball card design.  I think he would have performed well in that era too.  Boggs had a timeless swing and approach at the plate that I think would do well in any era of the sport.  And he is one of the very few that I believe would have had similar output as well…

What do you think?

Oh, and if you want one of my doubles of this card, just let me know and it is yours!!!  🙂

1979 Topps – 1978 RBI Leaders Featuring George Foster & Jim Rice

1979 Topps – 1978 RBI Leaders Featuring George Foster & Jim Rice

This baseball card comes to you courtesy of the 1979 Topps baseball card set.  The card proudly celebrates the RBI League Leaders from both the American League and National League from the 1978 baseball season.

The 2 leaders?? 

How about George Foster and Jim Rice – two true run producing machines!!!

Here is the card:

As for the numbers, Jim Rice led all of baseball with 139 RBI.  Foster was the NL leader with 120. 

Go Get ‘Em Boys!!!

Alex Rodriguez Out Up To 8 Weeks With Broken Hand

 

SEATTLE — Alex Rodriguez pursed his lips and spoke for just 45 seconds in front of his locker on Tuesday at Safeco Field. His look of disappointment, and the heavy bandage on his left hand, said everything.

Rodriguez could miss the next six to eight weeks after suffering a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal in his left hand, having been hit by an errant 88-mph Felix Hernandez changeup in the eighth inning of the Yankees’ 4-2 loss to the Mariners.

“It is difficult. Tough break,” Rodriguez said. “I never thought [it would be a] fracture, but it was. It’s a tough blow. Tough blow.”

The injury interrupts what Rodriguez had believed could be the hot streak he has been waiting for, as the power in his swing had finally started to appear with regularity, enjoying a 9-for-23 road trip.

Rodriguez crushed perhaps his loudest homer of the year in Monday’s series opener, his 15th overall, but the Yankees will now have to manage the immediate portion of a push toward the postseason without their highest-paid asset.

“It’s just one of those freak things,” Yankees captain Derek Jeter said. “You wish it didn’t happen; obviously when somebody gets injured, it’s pretty bad. But … other guys are going to have to step up.”

Rodriguez immediately cried out and dropped to his back after being hit by the pitch, writhing for several moments in an ugly scene at home plate.

Head athletic trainer Steve Donohue attended to Rodriguez on the field, accompanied by manager Joe Girardi. At one point, Donohue attempted to remove Rodriguez’s batting glove, causing Rodriguez to yelp in pain.

Rodriguez was the third batter hit in the game by Hernandez, who also drilled former teammate Ichiro Suzuki in the seventh inning and hit Jeter earlier in the eighth. The Yankees chalked the plunkings up to a wild night for Hernandez and nothing sinister.

“You can’t cry over spilled milk; you really can’t,” Mark Teixeira said. “It’s very unfortunate. You hate to see a guy go down with something freaky like that, but we have gotten through it so far. I expect nothing less out of the guys in this locker room. We expect to get through this and have Alex healthy.”

Hernandez was apologetic when asked about the pitch that darted up and in to Rodriguez.

“It was a changeup to A-Rod,” Hernandez said. “It’s bad, I feel bad. It was a changeup, it was 3-2. What can I say?”

Holy Cole-y!!!

 

Left-hander Cole Hamels is on the verge of completing a six-year contract extension with the Phillies that would keep him from hitting the free-agent market this coming offseason.

Jon Heyman of MLB Network and CBSSports.com reported that Hamels and the Phillies agreed on a six-year, $144 million contract on Wednesday. Late Tuesday night FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reported that the sides were close to agreeing on a six-year deal worth more than $137.5 million.

The deal would be the second largest given to a starting pitcher, behind only the seven-year, $161 million contract CC Sabathia signed with the Yankees in 2008.

The move would mean that the Phillies left-hander will not be traded before the non-waiver Trade Deadline next Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.

Selected by the Phillies with the 17th pick in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, Hamels is 85-58 with a 3.38 ERA during his seven seasons with Philadelphia.

Hanley Ramirez Traded To The Los Angeles Dodgers

Hanley Ramirez Traded To The Los Angeles Dodgers

From Fox Sports

The Miami Marlins’ shocking midseason rebuild continued with a blockbuster trade after 2 a.m. ET Wednesday: They sent mercurial star Hanley Ramirez and left-handed reliever Randy Choate to the Dodgers for young pitchers Nathan Eovaldi and Scott McGough, according to major-league sources.

The trade will have lasting ramifications for the entire National League. The Dodgers, 2 1/2 games behind the archrival Giants in the West, made clear their intent to reach the postseason in their first year under new ownership. The trade amounted to a show of financial might for the Dodgers; Ramirez, 28, is earning $15 million this season, and no cash was included in the deal.

The Marlins, meanwhile, parted with a player who for years had been called the face of that franchise — but who is hitting only .246 with 14 home runs and 48 RBI in 93 games this season. Ramirez was in his first season at third base, following the arrival of $106 million shortstop Jose Reyes. Ramirez’s strong preference is to play shortstop, and the position switch may have contributed to his unhappiness this season. In Los Angeles, it will be up to manager Don Mattingly to decide where Ramirez best fits into the lineup, a source said.

The Marlins are 45-52, fourth in the NL East. They are 12-1/2 games out of first place. In a little more than 24 hours — including Monday’s trades of Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez to the Tigers — the Marlins trimmed nearly $20 million from next year’s payroll.

“We had to do something,” Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said. “The machine was sputtering. It’s too good a baseball team and for some reason it didn’t seem to be operating on all cylinders from the beginning of the season.”

Of Ramirez, Loria said, “It’s no secret I love the kid. He needs to have a fresh beginning, a new beginning. This is a very painful moment for me. But we had to do something.”

With attendance below expectations and a star-studded lineup underperforming, the Marlins have effectively admitted that they erred in the construction of what was supposed to be a postseason team. Meanwhile, the Dodgers acquired a sought-after power threat for the left side of their infield — a moody-yet-talented star who might be rejuvenated in a batting order with Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier. Ramirez is under contract for two years and $31.5 million beyond the end of this year.

The move was part of a larger plan for the Dodgers, who intend to acquire a starting pitcher before next Tuesday’s non-waiver trade deadline. Ryan Dempster of the Chicago Cubs remains a realistic target for the Dodgers, according to one source with knowledge of the discussions.

Choate, a free agent at the end of the year, will give the Dodgers the experienced left-handed presence their bullpen has lacked. He has a 2.49 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in 44 appearances this season.

Eovaldi, 22, had been a member of the Dodgers’ major-league roster. He is 1-6 with a 4.15 ERA in 10 big-league starts. McGough, 22, has a 3.99 ERA in 35 relief appearances in the high Class A California League.

Happy Anniversary Andre Dawson!!!

Happy Anniversary Andre Dawson!!!

On this day in 2010, Andre Dawson was enshrined into the Baseball Hall Of Fame.

Unquestionably my favorite baseball player of all-time, I have so many fond memories of watching Dawson perform in his Expos, Marlins, Red Sox, and Marlins uniforms.  But it was his performance on July 25, 2010 in front of the library at Cooperstown that will remain engrained with me forever.

Executing a perfect speech while looking like a presidential candidate, Andre Dawson captivated me once again; more than 25 years after he first made an impression on me.

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary ‘Hawk’.  One of the greatest sports moments of my life – provided courtesy of my favorite player!!!

You’ve Seen The Andre Dawson & Kerry Wood State Farm Commercial. Now Go Behind The Scenes…

You’ve Seen The Andre Dawson & Kerry Wood State Farm Commercial.  Now Go Behind The Scenes…

As soon as it debuted, my blog, my email, and my Twitter account (@30-YOC) were flooded with links to the new State Farm ad that features Andre Dawson and Kerry Wood.

I have probably seen in no less than 50 times, and I still chuckle when ‘The Hawk’ asks ‘What year is it?’.

If you have not seen the commercial, you can view it below.

And now you can also go behind the scenes and see the making of the commercial too.

Have a great night!!!