Daily Archives: September 4, 2013

Giancarlo Stanton 2010 Topps ‘Rookie Debut’

Giancarlo Stanton 2010 Topps ‘Rookie Debut’

I love cards that celebrate a player’s achievements.  And when Topps decided to stamp baseball cards with a ‘Rookie Debut’ theme, I was all in!!!

This card comes from the 2010 Topps set, and it celebrates Stanton’s first major league game.

Have a look:

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Man, what I wouldn’t do for a baseball card featuring Andre Dawson in his Expos uniform with the ‘MLB Debut 9/11/1976’ stamp.

You hear that Topps?  I think I am on to something!!!

Jim Rice 1983 Fleer

Jim Rice 1983 Fleer

If you know your boy at ’30-YOC’ than you know that I really like cards that feature cards of players sitting in the on-deck circle getting ready to step up to the plate and go to work.

This card of Jim Rice features an image of that theme, but it looks like the photographer captured him at a time in which he was not ready to be photographed.

Check it out:

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It’s one thing to get close to the action.  But, it is another thing to get so close that you annoy the player.  And that is not a good thing…

1995 HEADLINE: Robin Ventura Hits 2 Grand Slams In The Same Game!!!

1995 HEADLINE: Robin Ventura Hits 2 Grand Slams In The Same Game!!!

On this day in 1995, Robin Ventura hit two Grand Slams in the same game, becoming just the 8th player in major league history to accomplish the feat.

Here is a closer look at Ventura’s stat line from that very memorable ballgame:

3-for-5 with a walk, 3 runs scored, 8 RBI, and most importantly – A Chicago White Sox victory!!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Ventura!!

1993 HEADLINE – Jim Abbott Hurls No-Hitter For Yankees!!

1993 HEADLINE – Jim Abbott Hurls No-Hitter For Yankees!!

On this day in 1993, Jim Abbott pitched a no-hitter for the New York Yankees.

All major league starting pitchers have the talent to throw a no-hitter.  Yet of all of the guys that I have seen, watched, or read about tossing a ‘No-No’, Jim Abbott’s performance back in 1993 was astonishing to me and remains a bold memory for me 17 years later.

In that game, Abbott was awesome.  In front of 27,000 fans at Yankee Stadium, Abbott’s Yankees team took on the Cleveland Indians.  The Indians roster was stacked with talented hitters like Kenny Lofton, Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez, and Jim Thome.  Having to battle and overcoming these incredibly talented hitters makes Abbott’s no-hitter more remarkable…

While putting in 9 innings of work, Abbott threw 119 pitches.  And while walking 5 batters and striking out just 3 men through the game, it was Abbott’s competitive nature that helped him through the game which led his team to victory and him into baseball’s record books!!!

Congratulations Jim Abbott!!!

1985 HEADLINE: Gary Carter Connects For 5 Home Runs In 2 Games!!!

1985 HEADLINE: Gary Carter Connects For 5 Home Runs In 2 Games!!!

On this day in 1985, Gary Carter became just the 11th player in major league history to crush 5 home runs over the course of 2 consecutive games.

An amazing feat for any slugger, this incredible accomplishment is even more amazing as Carter was never really known as a long-ball threat.

I thought it would be fun to re-live those 5 round-trippers.  Here are the notes:

HR # Date Inning Pitcher Men On-Base Total RBI
1 9/3/1985 1 D. Dravecky 1 2
2 9/3/1985 4 D. Dravecky 0 3
3 9/3/1985 5 L. DeLeon 2 6
4 9/4/1985 2 R. Jackson 0 7
5 9/4/1985 7 E. Wojna 0 8

Very impressive, if I do say so myself!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Carter!!!

Happy Birthday Mike Piazza!!!

Happy Birthday Mike Piazza!!!

Mike Piazza turns 45 years old today.

Piazza was a solid offensive contributor for the teams he played for during his 16-year career.  One of the game’s greatest slugging catchers of all-time, Piazza was an offensive machine.  During his career he piled up some very impressive numbers: a lifetime .308 batting average along with 2,127 hits, 427 home runs, 1,335 RBI, 1.048 runs scored, and 344 doubles.  A true power hitter with a good ‘batter’s eye’, Piazza shined brightly when the spotlight was on him.

And during that 16-year career, Piazza picked up a nice handful of individual awards.  He was the 1993 Rookie of the Year, he was a 12-time All-star, and he won 10 Silver Slugger awards.

For his birthday I would like to give Mike Piazza two more years.  2 more years in the big leagues with a few statistical milestones within reach.  Most notably would be 2,500 career hits.  While I don’t think he was talented enough to join the elite 3,000 hits club I do think that he was solid enough of a hitter to be just 1 notch behind them!!

Happy Birthday Mike.  High Five!!!

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Million Dollar Question – What Is Worst Current Major League Baseball Team Logo???

Million Dollar Question – What Is Worst Current Major League Baseball Team Logo???

The last two weeks have been fun – We’ve discussed our favorite baseball team logos of the past and present time.

It’s always interesting to see what other think, and I liken this to similar discussions we’ve had in the past about favorite baseball card designs.

Now, it is time to flip it and go from talking about our favorites to talking about the ones that do nothing for us – The Bad!!!

Let’s start with the current MLB logos.  Which one turns your stomach?  Which one puts you to sleep?  Which one are you would you not sport on a cap or t-shirt or jersey??

For me, the answer is simple.

Have a look:

Padres Logo

This is the modern logo that the San Diego Padres are using.  And it does nothing for me.  Sure, it is clean, but it is so bland and so uninspiring.  It’s a shame too, because the Padres have one of my favorite vintage logos of all-time with their ‘Friar Themed’ design from back in the day.  But this one here is just plain awful…

To be perfectly honest, if this logo did not include the word ‘Baseball’ in the actual design I would not even think that this logo belonged to a sports franchise.

And now it is your turn.  What do you think is the worst logo in baseball today??  And please go easy on my Marlins…  🙂