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A Handful Of Cody Ross Cards For My Little Guy!!!

A Handful Of Cody Ross Cards For My Little Guy!!!

Back in Aust of 2009, I took my family to an autograph appearance that featured one of my favorite Florida Marlins – Cody Ross.

With my wife, and two young sons in tow, we had a great time, got some great autographs, and saw the birth of my 2 1/2 year old son’s love for baseball form right before our eyes.  Cody was great with all of the fans that he encountered but the impact he had on my young son was remarkable.  I don’t know if it was the high-fives that they shared, or the autographs that we brought home, but that meeting has left Cody as his favorite baseball player.

When I talk Andre, he talks Cody!!

It was a baseball-filled weekend as I took him to his fist big league game the very next day.  The whole time we looked for and watched Cody both in the field and at the plate.  He has now been to 4 Marlins games, and each time he tunes in to see one specific player.

Now, 18 months later, the love that he has for Cody Ross has not faded one bit.  So I took that as a sign – a sign to start a collection of cards for him.

And here is the start:

Plenty more to come for this collection!!!

How am I going to explain the uniform change to a 4-year old???  Oh, man…

Who Is The Guy That Told You About Cody Ross? Oh Wait, That Was Me…

Who Is The Guy That Told You About Cody Ross?  Oh Wait, That Was Me…

I don’t often like to toot my own horn, but please allow me a moment to climb up onto my soap-box.

Cody Ross captured the hearts of many Marlins fans(oxy-moron?).  His style of play and extremely positive attitude quickly earned him the role of a fan-favorite in Miami.  When at bat, or after making a sensational play in the outfield, it was not rare to hear chants of “Cody, Cody, Cody” by the hundreds of fans in attendance.

Allow me to digress a little…

Again, it was ME that told you all about this wonderfully talented baseball player, and all-around nice guy:

I have said it before, and I will say it again – Cody Ross plays the sport the way that it is meant to be played.  His is a very hard worker, yet always keeps a large smile on his face.

The San Francisco Giants got a great deal when adding them to their roster a few months back, and to be honest my heart was a bit broken by his sudden departure from the Marlins.

Today, I cheer for Cody.  He is just another player that leaves my ‘home’ team.  And isn’t kind of odd that once a player leaves the Marlins, they go off to do some pretty incredible things(Juan Pierre, Josh Beckett, Miguel Cabrera, and now Cody).

I know one thing for sure, I will probably be tuned in to the Giants quite a bit more next season.

Congratulations on a fantastic season Cody.  Don’t forget about us in Florida!!!

The Official ’30-YOC’ World Series Preview And Prediction!!!

The Official ’30-YOC’ World Series Preview And Prediction!!!

Like many of you, I have been tuned in to what has been a fantastic baseball playoff season.  And while the results of several of the series that have concluded so far did not match what my crystal ball stated, I figured that I may as well offer up my prediction to you as to who I think will win this match-up.

If you told me back in April that the final two teams standing in October would be the San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers, I would have laughed at you.  But truth be told, both of these teams are incredibly hot right now and I think that his series will be very fun to watch.

I expect a lot of close contests, and I think that several of them will end with late inning heroics.

And after watching several of the games from both the division and championship series’ of each league, my prediction is that the San Francisco Giants will with the World Series in 6 games.

Sometimes you just see a team click in every way possible as they pick up win after win the a ‘normal’ team does not.  When watching these playoffs, that team is the Giants. 

This one will be fun – Stay Tuned!!! 

So Happy For Cody Ross!!!

If you took a poll in my house, Cody Ross would be the favorite player. 

I know, I know, I am an Andre Dawson guy, tried and true, but my 4-year old loves Cody and my wife likes him as well.

We met Cody during the 2009 baseball season and he was so friendly and outgoing towards us.  And when we told him that my son’s very first Marlins’ basbeall game would be the next afternoon, he gave my son a huge ‘High Five’ and my little guy has been hooked on him since.

So now, when I am watching a game on TV, if it catches his attention he asks where Cody is.  He wants to see Cody.  He wants to ‘High Five’ Cody again.

As a matter of fact, in my son’s room on his corkboard are pictures of our family, his classmates, trips we have taken, and 1 autographed baseball card – of Cody Ross!!!

Cody – We are so thrilled to see how well you are playing and helping the Giants win in the playoffs.  And while I am not cheering for any specific team to walk away with the World Series championship this year, I am hoping that you reach that goal.

Best of luck Cody!!!  ‘High Five’!!!!

FINAL EDITION – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2010 Major League Baseball Season

FINAL EDITION – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2010 Major League Baseball Season

The 2010 baseball season is now over, and there were some incredible highs and so terrible lows during the year.  But, the memories etched in our memories during the last 162 games will last for a lifetime!

This is the final post of this series.  We will look back at the possible achievements that I thought would be the biggest stories of the season and see which ones were obtained and which ones will never happen.

For the Final Edition, all of my comments will be in Red.

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With the start of the 2010 major league baseball season just 1 week away, I thought it would be fun to look ahead and see what possible baseball milestones we may witness over the course of the season.

And while 2010 won’t produce any new members of the ‘500 HR Club’ or ‘3,000 Hits Club’ or ‘300 Wins Club’, it will certainly be memorable.  And these guys will have something to do with it.

Away we go:

Will Alex Rodriguez collect 30 home runs and 100 RBI for a 14th season??

He did it again – for 14 years.  With 30 homers and 125 RBI, A-Rod put himself in very rare company!!!

Can Ichiro amass 200 hits for the 10th straight year??

Oh, yeah!!!  214 hits gives Ichiro 10 straight years of 200 or more hits!!!

Will Dan Uggla smack 25 or more home runs adding to his record for second basemen??

You bet he will – 32 home runs to be exact.  And he also collected over 100 RBI for the first time in his career too…

When will Alex Rodriguez hit his 17th homer of the season putting him in the ‘600 HR Club’?

A-Rod will start the 2011 baseball season with 613 career dingers.  #700 should come some time during the 2014 season.  But who’s counting???

How soon will Johnny Damon collect 75 hits and enter the ‘2,500 Hits Club’?

Hardly a challenge, Damon tallied 146 hits on the year giving him 2,571.  3,000 is three years away – can he do it??

How fast will Chipper Jones tally 94 hits and join the ‘2,500 Hits Club’?

Chipper only played in 95 games in 2010 – and fell 10 hits short of the mark.  I’d love to see him come back and go after it in 2011.

Will Ken Griffey Jr. hit 30 home runs and tie Willie Mays with 660?

Griffey retired after playing in just 33 games.  He did not hit a home run this season – he retired with 630 career bombs.

Can Andruw Jones regain his home run swing and join the ‘400 HR Club’ by connecting for 12 dingers?

Jones reached #400 prior to the All-Star break.. He ended the year with 407.  I wonder if 500 is a possibility for the 33-year old…

How fast will Trevor Hoffman amass 9 saves and become the first member of the ‘600 Saves Club’?

Hoffman appeared in 50 games and recorded just 10 saves.  But he did capture #600.  We’ll see how many more he can snag before calling it a career.

The 2010 baseball season was full of fun and drama.  I hope you will agree that we saw some fantastic, and some horrible too, baseball.

I cannot wait to see what 2011 has in store for us!!!

3/4 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2010 Major League Baseball Season

3/4 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2010 Major League Baseball Season

We are now 3/4 of the way through with the 2010 baseball season, so I thought it would be a good time to take a peek at the milestones I was looking forward to seeing reached this year.  I have kept the original post in tact below, and will add my commentary on each in BLUE.

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With the start of the 2010 major league baseball season just 1 week away, I thought it would be fun to look ahead and see what possible baseball milestones we may witness over the course of the season.

And while 2010 won’t produce any new members of the ‘500 HR Club’ or ‘3,000 Hits Club’ or ‘300 Wins Club’, it will certainly be memorable.  And these guys will have something to do with it.

Away we go:

Will Alex Rodriguez collect 30 home runs and 100 RBI for a 14th season??

A-Rod enters tonight action with 6 home runs and 32 RBI.  If he wants to  reach 30 dingers again, he is going to have to pick up the pace a bit.

14 home runs at the halfway mark will keep A-Rod close.  His 70 RBI almost guarantee another 100+ season.

A-Rod is sitting with 17/88.  The 100-RBI target does not look like it will be a problem.  30 HR’s is a longshot at this point.  25 is too…

Can Ichiro amass 200 hits for the 10th straight year??

With 59 hits in 41 games, Ichiro is well on his way to another 200-hit season.

With 118 hits in 88 games, Ichiro is well on his way to another 200 hit season.

Ichiro needs 56 hits in his last 50 games to reach 200.  This record could be in serious jeopardy.

Will Dan Uggla smack 25 or more home runs adding to his record for second basemen??

Uggla ha crushed 11 homers thus far.  Can he beat his career high of 32??

Uggla leads the Marlins with 16 dingers – will he end up extending this record in another uniform?

After a strong two weeks, Uggla is at 25 and just 5 away from 30.  Can he add another season to the record books?  I think so!!

When will Alex Rodriguez hit his 17th homer of the season putting him in the ‘600 HR Club’?

Just 11 more dingers and A-Rod joins the ‘600 HR Club’.

Just 3 more needed to reach 600!!

A-Rod hit #600 two weeks ago.  He is the youngest player to reach 600 career home runs.  When will #700 come??

How soon will Johnny Damon collect 75 hits and enter the ‘2,500 Hits Club’?

Damon has 42 hits this season, needed just 33 more to reach this mark.  July seems like the right time!

Done deal – Damon reached 2,500 career hits in early July!!!

How fast will Chipper Jones tally 94 hits and join the ‘2,500 Hits Club’?

Chipper Jones has amassed just 25 hits so far this year.  He’ll get into the ‘2,500 Hits Club’ but it may be later than when I originally expected.

After a terrible start, Chipper has been producing over the last 6 weeks.  He is now 33 hits away from 2,500.

Just 13 hits to go.  Up next?  Cooperstown!!!

Will Ken Griffey Jr. hit 30 home runs and tie Willie Mays with 660?

No chance!!  Griffey has yet to deliver a single long-ball this season.  Still he will rank among the top of the all-time list.

Griffey retired after playing in just 33 games.  He did not hit a home run this season – he retired with 630 career bombs.

Can Andruw Jones regain his home run swing and join the ‘400 HR Club’ by connecting for 12 dingers?

3 round-trippers is all that separates Andruw Jones and the ‘400 HR Club’.

Jones collected #400 right before the All-star break.  At just 33 years old, is 500 in his future?

How fast will Trevor Hoffman amass 9 saves and become the first member of the ‘600 Saves Club’?

Hoffman has been horrible this season.  He is 1-3 with 5 saves and 5 blown saves.  He needs just 4 saves to collect #600, but I don’t think that too many more chances will come after he eclipses that mark…

Hoffman has collected just 5 saves this year – he needs 4 more to reach 600.

Amazingly, Hoffman has collected just 1 save since the halfway mark of the baseball season and is still 3 away from 600…

As you can see, there are some wonderful storylines to look forward to during the upcoming season.

Pretty good stuff so far as we pass the 40-game mark of the 2010 season.  I’ll do another report during the All-star break.  I imagine that 2-3 of these milestones will have been eclipsed by that point!!

The 2010 baseball season has been fantastic.  I cannot wait for the second half to begin!!

We are now headed into the final stretch?  Who will emerge victorious and who will falter?  Stay tuned!

Which one are you most excited about

One More Time, “Hip, Hip, Jorge”!!!!!

One More Time, “Hip, Hip, Jorge”!!!!!

After nearly three seasons with the Florida Marlins, Jorge Cantu has been dealt to the Texas Rangers.  Cantu would be a free agent at the conclusion of the 2010 baseball season and he didn’t appear to be in the Marlins’ plans for 2011.

I am happy to see Jorge go to a contender as he should be able to fit in at either 1st base, 3rd base, or DH for the division leading Rangers.

Thank you for your great energy and for always giving it your all on the field.  Best of luck to you!!!

“Hip, Hip, Jorge”!!!!!

“Hip, Hip, Jorge”!!!!!

“Hip, Hip, Jorge”!!!!!