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1987 HEADLINE: Darryl Strawberry & Howard Johonson – First Ever 30/30 Teammates!!

1987 HEADLINE: Darryl Strawberry & Howard Johonson – First Ever 30/30 Teammates!!

On this date in 1987, Darryl Strawberry and Howard Johnson of the New York Mets became the first ever teammates to both join the ’30/30′ club in the same season.

The ’30/30′ club is pretty exclusive.  And the members have to be a very specific kind of player.  Powerful enough to hit bomb after bomb into the outfield seats, yet graceful and quick enough to swipe base after base in a frenzied rush to outrun a catcher’s throw.

It’s an amazing accomplishment to become a member of the ’30/30′ club.  But when 2 players on the same team reach that goal, it is baseball history!!!

By the end of the ’87 season, Darryl Strawberry finished the season with 39 home runs and 36 stolen bases.  With him was teammate Howard Johnson who crushed 36 homers and swiped 32 bases.

Congrats to Straw & HOJO!!!

Happy Birthday Ron Gant!!!

Happy Birthday Ron Gant!!!

Ron Gant turns 49 years old today.

At  one time, a major offensive weapon, Ron Gant enjoyed a very successful big league career.

Spanning 16 seasons and 7 teams, Gant established himself as a multi-faceted player that was able to do it all from an offensive standpoint.  A career .256 hitter, Gant managed to surpass the .300 mark one time during his playing days – in 1990 when he hit .303.  He was also a mighty slugger as he collected 321 home runs, with a career high of 36 dingers coming in 1993.  Gant was fast on his feet as well.  He swiped 243 bases in 16 seasons, with his career best 34 steals coming in 1991.

Ron Gant was a 2-time All-Star, a 2-time Top 6 contender for the MVP award, and the winner of the 1991 Silver Slugger Award in the National League.

Gant made the post-season on six different occasions, making trips to the World Series twice but losing both.

Happy Birthday Mr. Gant!!

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Ryan Braun

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Ryan Braun

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the card of Ryan Braun from the set:

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I’m happy to get this card – get it off my ‘want list, that is…

With all of the dark clouds that have been hanging over the head of Ryan Braun for the last two seasons, I am a bit surprised to see Topps inserting Braun into subsets.

Surprised and a bit put-off too…

Ready for the next ‘Tallboy’!!!

1987 HEADLINE: Darryl Strawberry & Howard Johonson – First Ever 30/30 Teammates!!

1987 HEADLINE: Darryl Strawberry & Howard Johonson – First Ever 30/30 Teammates!!

On this date in 1987, Darryl Strawberry and Howard Johnson of the New York Mets became the first ever teammates to both join the ’30/30′ club in the same season.

The ’30/30′ club is pretty exclusive.  And the members have to be a very specific kind of player.  Powerful enough to hit bomb after bomb into the outfield seats, yet graceful and quick enough to swipe base after base in a frenzied rush to outrun a catcher’s throw.

It’s an amazing accomplishment to become a member of the ’30/30′ club.  But when 2 players on the same team reach that goal, it is baseball history!!!

By the end of the ’87 season, Darryl Strawberry finished the season with 39 home runs and 36 stolen bases.  With him was teammate Howard Johnson who crushed 36 homers and swiped 32 bases.

Congrats to Straw & HOJO!!!

I Finally Decided What I Am Going To Do With My Ryan Braun T-shirt…

I Finally Decided What I Am Going To Do With My Ryan Braun T-shirt…

After pulling Ryan Braun’s t-shirt from my closet the other day, I just let it sit on the floor in the corner.  I was not sure what I was going to do with it, but I knew that it no longer deserved to be hanging with my roster of t-shirts that contain legendary names like Nolan Ryan, Joe Morgan, Reggie Jackson, Andre Dawson, and others.

I considered donating it.

Maybe sell it in the next community garage sale we participate in.

Possibly just throw it in the garbage.

All decent options – and all were considered.

But, then I think I found the best option.  An option that allows me to vent my frustration:

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I think that this worked out rather well.  Ryan Braun shit on baseball; he shit on his fans; he shit on every member of the Milwaukee Brewers organization; and he shit on the history of the game.

So now, he gets what he deserves.  And to think at one point, he was my favorite non-Marlin…

This T-Shirt No Longer Deserves To Be Hanging In My Closet…

This T-Shirt No Longer Deserves To Be Hanging In My Closet…

In the wake of all of the madness that has surrounded Ryan Braun’s major league baseball suspension due to his positive test results for PED-use, I have tried to remain calm.

My love for the sport extends well beyond any liking I may have for any individual player not named Andre Dawson.

And now, some 48 hours after the announcement of Ryan Braun’s suspension, my blood is starting to boil.

I am not as irked about the PED usage as I am about the press conference that Bruan held in which he tore into the urine sample collecting process and how it was not properly obtained and processed.  The urine was not tainted or compromised, but Bruan’s morals were.

This was all a joke.  Had he come clean then, my opinion would be different today.  But, since he did not – he pointed the finger instead of looking in the mirror – and to me, that is the most harmful part of this.  His inability to be accountable for his actions combined with his portrayal of himself as the victim makes me sick.

For the last half-decade, I have been a Ryan Braun fan.  I learned about him while he played college baseball in Miami.  With great pride, I drafted him in several fantasy baseball leagues.   I collected his baseball cards.  Hell, I made it a point to go see the Brewers play when they came to play the Marlins on two different occasions just to see #8.

Worst of all, I put his name on my back by wearing his player t-shirt.

But today, I am pulling his shirt from my closet.  He does not deserve to be hanging in the same company as Ozzie Smith, Cal Ripken, Roberto Clemente, Dale Murphy, Andre Dawson, and many others.

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Now I just have to figure out what to do with this thing…

Did You Know…

The first player in major league history to post a season with 40 home runs, 40 doubles, and 40 stolen bases in the same season was Alfonso Soriano.  In 2006, Soriano connected for 41 doubles, 46 home runs, and 41 stolen bases for the Washington Nationals.

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Baseball Card Show Purchase #7 – Ryan Braun 2012 Topps Archives ‘Cloth Sticker’

Baseball Card Show Purchase #7 – Ryan Braun 2012 Topps Archives ‘Cloth Sticker’

I had keyed my wantlist for the subsets I am building into my notepad on my IPhone prior to the show.  I was not certain that I was going to find any of them while there, but at least I would be prepared if I did…

Well, it turns out that I found a few – 3 to be exact!!

1 of the 3 is Ryan Braun’s card from the 2012 Topps Archives ‘Cloth Sticker’ set.

Here is the card:

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Braun looks great on this one – and Topps did a fantastic job with these.

I needed two cards from this set to complete it, and now with this Braun card out of the way, I am 1 card away from completing the set!!

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #10 – Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #10 – Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers

I am working on this set because I find it to be the most appealing of the subsets issued by Topps in 2012.

The cards feature bold colors, great images, and a unique horizontal design.

I especially like the ‘Career Day’ theme as it pays homage to some of the greatest individual performances of baseball’s elite players.

Card #10 – Ryan Braun

CAREER DAY 10

Career Day – September 25, 2008.  Right in the midst of battling for a spot in the post-season, Ryan Braun took his Brewers team on his back with a walk-off Grand Slam to end the game and secure victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  On the day, Braun was 1-for-5, with just one hit, but boy did it count!  His walk-off Slam secured victory for his team!

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Happy Birthday Alfonso Soriano!!!

Happy Birthday Alfonso Soriano!!!

Today, Alfonso Soriano turns 35!!!

One of the more well-rounded players in the game today, Soriano provides the perfect amount of speed and power to the Chicago Cubs line-up.  With (3) 30/30 seasons already under his belt and (1) 40/40 season as well, the sky is the limit for this immensely talented player.

Even as he ages, Soriano still shows that he can help carry the offensive load for a team.  And with the right players hitting ahead and behind him, he can accumulate MVP numbers.

So, for his birthday I wish to give him this – 1 season of perfect health.  No injuries, no days off, no trips to the disabled list.  Let’s see what a 100% healthy and 100% committed Alfonso Soriano can do.  I don’t think another 40/40 season is out of the question!!!  50/50 anyone???

Happy Birthday Alfonso!

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