Daily Archives: May 8, 2013

Johnny Bench 2001 Upper Deck Legends

Johnny Bench 2001 Upper Deck Legends

Now this card here is a sharp one!

I really like how Upper Deck employed a Black and Yellow border for this card’s design.  The color combination works well together and the blending into the image of Bench is a fine complement to that strong Yellow coloring.

The scripting used for the Johnny Bench nameplate is pretty nice too.  The font choice has a sense of royalty to it and the size works well with the text underneath it.

Check it out:

VINTAGE BENCH

I told you!

Now, if the image used had a few muted tones of Red in the uniform this one would jump from a B+ to an A real quick.

Jim Rice 1981 Topps

Jim Rice 1981 Topps

As you know, I am not a huge fan of the use of a zoomed-in image for my baseball cards.  If the zoomed-in shot is action-filled, I will take it, but certainly not a ‘head’ shot like this one of Jim Rice from the 1981 Topps baseball card set.

RICE 81T

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2001 HEADLINE: Randy Johnson Strikes Out 20 Batters In One Game!!!

2001 HEADLINE: Randy Johnson Strikes Out 20 Batters In One Game!!!

On this day in 2001, Randy Johnson struck out 20 batters!!

That’s right 20! And it came against the Cincinnati Reds.

In that contest, Johnson pitched 9 innings while allowing just 3 hits and 1 run. He struck out 20 batters, while walking none. For the Reds, every starter struck out at least one time with two of them racking up three K’s a piece against ‘The Big Unit’.

Congratulations on this incredible feat – and Happy Anniversary!!!

Oh, Johnson’s team ended winning the game 4-3 in 11 innings. Johnson was awarded with a no-decision for his amazing efforts…

1984 HEADLINE: Kirby Puckett’s Debut A Hit, 4 Of Them!!!

1984 HEADLINE: Kirby Puckett’s Debut A Hit, 4 Of Them!!!

On this day in 1984, Kirby Puckett made his major league debut with the Minnesota Twins.

And he got off to an incredible start to his professional career…

Going 4/4 on the day, Puckett electrified the faithful Minnesota Twins fans. Batting lead-off, Puckett went 4-for-5 while also scoring his first run and stealing his first base as well. Of the 4 hits, all of them were singles.

He left his debut game with an .800 batting average and Twins fans had an instant hero.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Puckett. Thanks for the memories!!!

‘MVP For A Day’ – Contest Players & Their Picks For May 8, 2013

‘MVP For A Day’  – Contest Players & Their Picks For May 8, 2013

Alright, everyone. Wednesday’s baseball action will be taking place shortly.

Below is a list of the player that have entered the contest as well as the big leaguer that they are hoping becomes the ‘MVP For A Day’.

Player Pick
mgrlvr Andrew McCutchen
gerad Carlos Beltran
ron churchwell Yoenis Cespedes
unclemoe Rajai Davis
tom siegler Evan Longoria
victor dascanio Starling Marte
hockeykazi Brett Lawrie
mark a Michael Cuddyer
adam Robinson Cano
the dimwit Jose Altuve
spiegel83 Adrian Gonzalez
q Justin Upton
doug Miguel Cabrera
jt Jay Bruce
marcus Chase Headley
deano Jacoby Ellsbury
charley8 Carlos Gonzalez
dhoff Prince Fielder
brad Ryan Howard
jaredwillden David Ortiz
stealing home Carl Crawford
ag Adam Jones
jon Carlos Gomez
jason Joey Votto
play at the plate Nelson Cruz
travis rowe Dustin Pedroia
wayne Brian McCann
rob Manny Machado
jeff pedersen Starlin Castro
matt wilson Mike Trout
irondequoit36 Ian Kinsler
brian c Will Middlebrooks
anthony hughes Josh Hamilton
sanjosefuji Buster Posey
newcollector Troy Tulowitzki

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And don’t forget the prize that is up for grabs!!!

Contest Prize

Enjoy the games!!!  We’ll know who the winner is after today’s action is through!!

Million Dollar Question – What Player Do You Wish You Followed Closer During Their Playing Days??

Million Dollar Question – What Player Do You Wish You Followed Closer During Their Playing Days??

We’ve all been there.  We try to predict the  success of a baseball player before the country takes note of his super-human talents.  And then we scoop up hoards of his rookie  baseball cards in an attempt to set up future retirement funds for our kids.

And for the one hundred times that we thought we ‘nailed it’ we are probably successful less than 10% of the time.

I’ve had minor victories, but none that can be classified as major.  But I have had some epic fails – Kiki Jones, Luis Medina, Ramon Martinez, and many more.

And then there are the guys that simply sneak up on you.

And that is what tonight’s Million Dollar Question is all about – What Player Do You Wish You Followed Closer During Their Playing Days??

For me, the player is Pedro Martinez.  As a baseball fan that valued the Montreal Expos and their team history more than the normal fan, I have always had a soft-spot for the players that spent parts of their careers in Montreal.  Of course you have Andre Dawson, Tim Raines, and Gary Carter in that fine group.  But you also have Randy Johnson, Delino DeShields, Larry Walker, Marquis Grissom, and the one guy that I simply never paid attention to – Pedro Martinez.

Pedro, I am sorry.  I don’t know how this happened, but I definitely realize that it was a big mistake.  While others tagged you as a future 1st ballot Hall of Famer, I just went about my business.  And when you started winning World Series titles in Boston, I awaited the next baseball season with the hope of identifying the next superstar before others took notice.

Ultimately, I feel like I missed out on witnessing an amazing major league career – and based on what I now know about the outcome of his playing days and all that he accomplished  on the baseball field, I know that I missed out on something spectacular.

pedro martinez

How about you?  Is there a former major league player that you look back at and wish you valued more during their playing days?  Do you feel like you really missed out on witnessing a special talent?

Let me hear it.  And as always, thanks for reading!!!