Daily Archives: March 7, 2014

Dustin Pedroia 2014 Topps – Blue Border Parallel

Dustin Pedroia 2014 Topps – Blue Border Parallel

I have to say that while I am not partial to either store, I prefer the Blue Wal-Mart parallel cards this year to the Red Target cards.

And to take it a step further, I am not even partial to the border color of Blue over Red or Red over Blue.

It all has to come down to the complete look.  And my opinion is that the Blue border, with the Red frame looks superb.

Here is the Blue-bordered card of Dustin Pedroia from the new 2014 Topps Series 1 release:

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See what I mean?  The Red is a fantastic frame color and complement to the Blue border.

I LOVE IT!!!  And I need more!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 34/660 – #77 – Richie Zisk, Pirates

1975 Topps Set Card 34/660 – #77 – Richie Zisk, Pirates

Progress: 34/660

Player Name:  Richie Zisk

Card Number:  77

Team:  Pittsburgh Pirates

Position:  Outfield

Image Style: Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  13 years, 1971-83

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Zisk played in 147 games for the Pirates in 1975.  He hit .290 as he collected 146 hits in 504 at-bats.  He connected for 27 doubles and 20 home runs while driving in 100 runs and scoring 75 times.

Notes From Career:  Zisk was a 2-time All-Star and MVP candidate in three major league seasons.  He played for the Pirates, White Sox, Rangers, and Mariners during his career, making it to the playoffs only with the Pirates.  Zisk was a career .287 hitter with 1,477 hits collected in 1,453 games played.

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Happy Birthday Jeff Kent!!

Happy Birthday Jeff Kent!!

Jeff Kent turns 46 years old today.

Jeff Kent may go down as one of the most talented offensive second basemen in baseball history.  And his 2000 MVP season was sensational.  During that year, Kent hit .334 as he collected 196 hits.  He crushed 33 homers, drove in 125 runs, and scored 114 times.  He was a member of the All-star team that year and won the first of his four Silver Slugger trophies too.

Now eligible for the Hall of Fame, Kent is going through the process of accumulating votes for enshrinement.  Time will tell if he gets elected, but his offensive numbers as a second baseman are certainly worth consideration.

His career numbers look like this – 2,461 hits, .290 lifetime batting average, 560 doubles, 377 home runs, 1,320 runs scored, 1,518 RBI, and 4,246 total bases.  He is a 5-time All-Star, a 4-time Silver Slugger winner, and a former League MVP.

Happy Birthday Mr. Kent!

Happy Birthday Joe Carter!!!

Happy Birthday Joe Carter!!!

World Series hero Joe Carter turns 54 years old today!!!

Carter’s tremendous home run that won the championship for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1993 still remains as one of the greatest plays I have ever witnessed in sports.  The moment that baseball fans around the world dreamed of is what Carter delivered – a walk-off game winning hit!!!  I cannot imagine the adrenaline rush that he felt as he rounded the bases while realizing this goal had been obtained.

I think it’s safe to say that Joe Carter jumped for joy for all of us on that night back in ’93.   I know that I kind of felt like I was flying in the air alongside him as the world watched.

Happy Birthday Mr. Carter.  And thanks for the amazing memories!!!

Tomorrow, I Go To Jupiter!!!

Tomorrow, I Go To Jupiter!!!

Coincidentally, the anniversary of my employment at my workplace is during Spring Training.  And in my world, if you do not use your vacation time when your anniversary hits, your hours are wiped out and the clock resets itself.

In a nutshell, this means that I have 8 hours of PTO remaining that must be used by the middle of next week.  Normally, I save a day or two just in case one of my kids gets sick and I need to take a day or two off, but it looks like I am clear now as everyone is feeling great.

So, what is a guy to do?

I’ll tell you what this guy is gonna do.  He’s going to Jupiter, Florida to catch himself a full-days worth of Miami Marlins Spring Training action.  The fish play the Cardinals at 1:00 so I will catch a few innings of the game.  But, I will get there much earlier than that.  I love the Jupiter complex and enjoy walking around taking in all of the action.

Hopefully I will be able to see some of the players on the side fields go through their drills before the game starts.  And since not all of the guys will be playing in the game, I am hoping to be able to see some of the ‘main roster’ players during their workouts.

It should be fun.  It should be hot.  And I cannot wait.

And if I am able to snap some good pictures while there, I will surely share them with you when I return.

Happy Friday to me!!

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