Daily Archives: August 15, 2012

King Felix Throws A Perfect Game!!!

 

 

From MLB.com

SEATTLE — Felix Hernandez has been one of the best pitchers in baseball over the past seven years, but he’d never thrown a no-hitter. Nor had the Mariners ever had a hurler fire a perfect game. Until now.

Hernandez, 26, continued his masterful midseason run with the first perfect game and fourth no-hitter in Mariners history, as Seattle topped Tampa Bay, 1-0, on a picture-perfect Wednesday afternoon at sunny Safeco Field.

“I realized in the third or the fourth,” Hernandez said on the field after the game. “It was in my mind the whole game. I was like, ‘Come on, you gotta do it. You gotta do it. When I came out in the ninth, I was a bit nervous.”

The 2010 American League Cy Young winner struck out 12 in the best outing of his career.

Lot Of Two 1989 Upper Deck John Smoltz Rookie Cards!!!

Lot Of Two 1989 Upper Deck John Smoltz Rookie Cards!!!

There was no way that I was going to let these cards get past me without trying to win them…

I already own a decent sized stack of 1988 and 1989 John Smoltz rookie cards.  But none were of the Upper Deck brand.

And we all know how strong that 1989 Upper Deck issue was…

In the 33-card lot of John Smoltz rookie cards that I pulled at a baseball card show back in June, none of the cards were from Upper Deck.  I brought home Topps, Fleer, and Donruss – but no U.D.

So, I have kind of made it my mission to grab a few more Smoltz cards from 1989, and I have finally secured my first two.

And they bring back a lot of memories from 1989 when Upper Deck debuted and changed the baseball card world forever…

Enjoy!

George Foster ‘Fab Five’ – Card #3 – 1977 Topps

George Foster ‘Fab Five’ – Card #3 – 1977 Topps

Now that my George Foster collection is complete, it is time to show of my favorite five cards from the set.

Card #3 – 1977 Topps

This card makes the list simply due to the sheer fear that Foster strikes in opposing pitchers with the famous scowl that appears on his face when at the plate.

Everything that I have read about Foster says that he was a quiet and religious man who never really had issues with teammates or opposing players.

And that may be fact, but if I were looking at this guy and I had to throw pitches in his direction, my knees would be shaking…

Take a look:

Foster was a dominant force in 1977.  His efforts of 52 home runs, 124 runs scored, and 149 RBI led to his winning of the 1977 NL MVP Award.

Reggie Jackson 2001 Upper Deck Legends Of New York – “Bronx Tale”

Reggie Jackson 2001 Upper Deck Legends Of New York – “Bronx Tale”

The theme of ‘Bronx Tale’ can take a collector in a lot of different directions.  From hot dog carts to newspaper stands to stickball to Yankee Stadium.

This card from the 2001 Upper Deck set tagged as ‘Bronx Tale’ does a pretty good job of setting the scene and mood.

And while would have preferred something a little more nostalgic, and a better picture of Reggie as well, the card is very nice to look at.

Have a look:

I have seen plenty of sets fail for trying to hard and over-doing it with themes like these.  I am happy to see that Upper Deck did not go overboard on this one.

A very fine addition to my collection that honors Mr. October!!!

Derek Jeter Alone In 12th place With 3,243rd Career Hit!!!

Derek Jeter Alone In 12th place With 3,243rd Career Hit!!!

By Steven Miller / MLB.com

NEW YORK — Derek Jeter quickly broke his tie with Nap Lajoie on the all-time hits list during Tuesday night’s 3-0 win over the Rangers, singling in the first inning off lefty Matt Harrison to raise his career total to 3,243 and move into sole possession of 12th place in Major League history.

The Elias Sports Bureau credits Lajoie with 3,252 hits, but MLB.com uses a different count, which lists Lajoie at 3,242 for his career, which spanned 21 seasons from 1896-1916 between Philadelphia and Cleveland.

Jeter tied Lajoie in his final at-bat of Monday’s 8-2 win, hitting an RBI double off Ryan Dempster, then sent a hard-hit grounder past shortstop Elvis Andrus early in Tuesday’s game at Yankee Stadium.

Eddie Murray is the next player ahead of Jeter on the all-time hits list at 3,255.

Ken Griffey Sr. 1981 Topps – Someone Needs A Bigger Cap!!!

Ken Griffey Sr. 1981 Topps – Someone Needs A Bigger Cap!!!

By the time the start of the 1981 baseball season was upon us, Ken Griffey Sr. was entering his ninth year in the big leagues, all with the Reds.

You would think that a player with nine seasons under his belt would have had better relations with the clubhouse guys.

The least they could have done was offer Griffey a hat that fit…

Sheesh!!!

2011 Headline: Jim Thome Joins 600-HR Club!!!

2011 Headline: Jim Thome Joins 600-HR Club!!!

On this day in 2011, Jim Thome became just the eighth player in major league history to hit 600 or more home runs in his big league career.

The shot came against the Detroit Tigers in a game in which Thome also connected for #599.

In the seventh inning, and with two men on base, Thome launched a pitch from Daniel Schlereth over the outfield wall and made baseball history.  Three runs scored, and the Twins won the game.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Thome!!!

‘Top Ten’ Things That Jose Valentin Is Thinking In His 2001 Topps Stadium Club Baseball Card

‘Top Ten’ Things That Jose Valentin Is Thinking In His 2001 Topps Stadium Club Baseball Card

10 – ‘Where’s the ball?  Who has the ball?  Where did it go?’

9 – ‘There is no way that I am going to get my socks clean after this’

8 – ‘I can’t believe that ‘skip’ put on the steal sign.  He knows that I am slow as sh*t’

7 – ‘My mustache looks better than Tom Selleck’s’

6 – ‘It is going to take hours to get all of the dirt out of my jockey strap’

5 – ‘Please be safe.  Please say safe.  Come one, please.’

4 – ‘Hey kids, look, Daddy stole third base.  Normally it is not good to steal, but in baseball it is ok’

3 – ‘I may have to pull a ‘Psycho’ to get all of this clay out of my pants’

2 – ‘Definitely going to have to stop at the cleaners on the way in tomorrow’

1 – ‘Sweet!!!  Only 1,300 to go and I tie Rickey!!!!’

This is my submission for Round 2 of the contest being held at Nachos Grande.  If I made you chuckle at all, your vote would be greatly appreciated.  Voting begins sometime on Thursday.

Thank you.

 

Two More FANTASTIC Andre Dawson Signed 8×10 Photos For My Collection!!!!

Two More FANTASTIC Andre Dawson Signed 8×10 Photos For My Collection!!!!

I recognized the envelope as soon as I saw it at my front door.  And I had been eagerly checking for it every day for the last few weeks.

I sent a care package to Andre Dawson at the tail-end of June with the hopes of adding a few more signed photos to my collection.

I didn’t consider the timing, and Dawson was busy as ever in July – with his birthday, the MLB All-Star game, his State Farm commercial, and the Hall of Fame induction in Cooperstown – I didn’t realize that he would be out of town so much.

Typically, I get my stuff back in under four weeks, but this time it was a lot closer to seven.  **Mental note – skip July next year!

Anyways, I was still not too worried just very eager to get my photos back.

And now they are back, and I want to show the off to you.

Photo #1

Photo #2

Awesome stuff right there!!!  I went with Cubs pictures this time around, but I may mix it up a bit more next time.

I am loving how artistic and consistent Andre’s autograph is – truly beautiful looking stuff!!!  And that Blue Sharpie is P-E-R-F-E-C-T!!!!

I’m already thinking about what I can send next…

Than You Andre!!!!