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Happy Birthday Deion Sanders!!!

Happy Birthday Deion Sanders!!!

Deion Sanders turns 47 years old today.

The guy that they called ‘Prime Time’ was a joy to watch.  And while he was ultimately a better professional football player than baseball player, Deion was still entertaining nonetheless.

With a major league career that lasted 9 seasons, Deion’s career was based on his greatest attribute – Speed!

Sanders collected 159 stolen bases during his playing days.  Usually hitting at the top of the line-up, his skills allowed for him to score 308 runs in 641 games.

A member of the Braves, Reds, Yankees, and Giants, Deion had the charisma and flare to excite crowds and bring people to the ballpark.  And if memory serves me properly, he was also a great baseball postseason player too.

Happy Birthday ‘Prime Time’!!!

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Deion Sanders

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Deion Sanders

The 2013 Topps Update baseball card set includes a subset tagged as ‘Postseason Heroes.  And with that theme, you would expect to find cards of modern players like Albert Pujols, Edgar Renteria, and Pablo Sandoval but none of these guys made the checklist.

That does leave room for some nice surprises…

This is the card of Deion Sanders from the set:

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It was kind of odd to find Deion in this set – especially since he never won a World Series.

But, if you look at the performance he put on in the 1992 Fall Classic as a member of the Atlanta Braves, you will quickly see why he was included.

Facing the Blue Jays, Deion went off – In 4 games he went 8-for-165 with two doubles and six singles.  He stole five bases and scored four runs while amassing a batting average of .533 and an on-base percentage of .588.

SUPERB!!!

Happy Birthday Deion Sanders!!!

Happy Birthday Deion Sanders!!!

Deion Sanders turns 46 years old today.

The guy that they called ‘Prime Time’ was a joy to watch.  And while he was ultimately a better professional football player than baseball player, Deion was still entertaining nonetheless.

With a major league career that lasted 9 seasons, Deion’s career was based on his greatest attribute – Speed!

Sanders collected 159 stolen bases during his playing days.  Usually hitting at the top of the line-up, his skills allowed for him to score 308 runs in 641 games.

A member of the Braves, Reds, Yankees, and Giants, Deion had the charisma and flare to excite crowds and bring people to the ballpark.  And if memory serves me properly, he was also a good football player too.

Happy Birthday ‘Prime Time’!!!  And congratulations on your Pro Football Hall of Fame induction too!

Happy Birthday Deion Sanders!!!

Happy Birthday Deion Sanders!!!

Deion Sanders turns 45 years old today.

The guy that they called ‘Prime Time’ was a joy to watch.  And while he was ultimately a better professional football player than baseball player, Deion was still entertaining nonetheless.

With a major league career that lasted 9 seasons, Deion’s career was based on his greatest attribute – Speed!

Sanders collected 159 stolen bases during his playing days.  Usually hitting at the top of the line-up, his skills allowed for him to score 308 runs in 641 games.

A member of the Braves, Reds, Yankees, and Giants, Deion had the charisma and flare to excite crowds and bring people to the ballpark.  And if memory serves me properly, he was also a good football player too.

Happy Birthday ‘Prime Time’!!!  And congratulations on your Pro Football Hall of Fame induction too!

Happy Birthday Deion Sanders!!!

Happy Birthday Deion Sanders!!!

Deion Sanders turns 44 years old today.

The guy that they called ‘Prime Time’ was a joy to watch.  And while he was ultimately a better professional football player than baseball player, Deion was still entertaining nonetheless.

With a major league career that lasted 9 seasons, Deion’s career was based on his greatest attribute – Speed!

Sanders collected 159 stolen bases during his playing days.  Usually hitting at the top of the line-up, his skills allowed for him to score 308 runs in 641 games.

A member of the Braves, Reds, Yankees, and Giants, Deion had the charisma and flare to excite crowds and bring people to the ballpark.  And if memory serves me properly, he was also a good football player too.

Happy Birthday ‘Prime Time’!!!  And congratulations on your Pro Football Hall of Fame induction too!

Ticket Stub #14 – Marlins vs. Reds – 04/04/1997

Ticket Stub #14 – Marlins vs. Reds – 04/04/1997

Pro Player Stadium – Miami, FL

Reds 9 – Marlins 7

This was game 4 for the Marlins’ 1997 season, and is the closest I have ever gotten to see a game on Opening Day.  Who would have thought that just a few months later the Marlins would be celebrating a World Series championship???

What stood out most in this game was the amazingly talented offensive line-ups each of these teams had.  The Reds were stacked with players like Deion Sanders, Ruben Sierra, Reggie Sanders, Barry Larkin, and Hal Morris.  The Marlins didn’t have a soft line-up either.  The roster contained Gary Sheffield, Moises Alou, Bobby Bonilla, Devon White, and Jeff Conine.  This was also the first game I ever saw Edgar Renteria play in live and he quickly became and still is one of my favorite Florida Marlins of all-time.

The biggest impression left on me after seeing this game was the obviuos talent of Reggie Sanders.  Sanders had a hell of a night going 3-for-4 with 1 home run and 6 RBI.  This is easily one of the best offensive performances I have witnessed during a live baseball game.

Cincinnati Reds AB R H RBI BB SO BA NOTES
Sanders 4 1 2 1 1 0 0.529  
Greene 2 1 1 1 2 0 0.286  
Larkin 3 2 0 0 2 0 0.100  
Sanders 4 1 3 6 1 1 0.471 HR
Morris 4 1 0 0 1 0 0.333  
Sierra 4 1 1 0 1 0 0.313  
Shaw 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Boone 5 0 0 0 0 0 0.111  
Tabuensee 3 1 1 0 2 0 0.400  
Bones 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Branson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Jarvis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Timmons 1 0 1 0 0 0 0.500  
Mercker 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Harris 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.000  
Service 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Owens 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
                 
Florida Marlins AB R H RBI BB SO BA NOTES
Castillo 5 0 1 0 0 0 0.421  
Renteria 5 1 2 2 0 0 0.235 SB
Sheffield 1 0 0 0 3 0 0.167  
Bonilla 5 0 2 1 0 0 0.333  
Eisenreich 3 0 0 0 1 0 0.000  
Hutton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Helling 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Cangelosi 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
White 5 1 2 0 0 1 0.357  
Conine 4 1 3 1 1 0 0.600  
Johnson 5 3 2 1 0 1 0.286  
Rapp 2 1 1 1 0 1 0.500  
Heredia 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.000  
Alou 1 0 1 1 0 0 0.462  

 

Hall of Famers in this game – Barry Larkin(???) & Gary Sheffield(???)

Ticket Stub #11 – Reds vs Marlins – 05/10/1995

Ticket Stub #11 – Reds vs Marlins – 05/10/1995

Joe Robbie Stadium – Miami, FL

Reds 3, Marlins 0

I wanted to go to this game for 1 reason – Deion Sanders.  I found Deion to be an ‘electric’ kind of player.  A player that makes you want to go to the ballpark to see him live.  Although Deion was not the most talented player on the field, his style and personality were unmatched and even in a visiting stadium, he was a crowd favorite.  In this game I recall him hitting a triple.  A triple that would have been a double for 99% of the league, but Deion had some serious wheels and really ran the base paths well.

For the Marlins, they were still a few seasons away from their 1997 World Series title, but their roster was full of players with an awful lot of potential.  Led by Gary Sheffield’s incredible talent, this roster included Charles Johnson, Jeff Conine, Terry Pendleton, and Chuck Carr.

Unfortunately this game did not live up to what I had hoped for, primarily because my Marlins only managed 2 hits in the entire game.  But, for me I was still more than pleased as I was able to see ‘Prime Time’ live in person.

Cincinnati Reds AB R H RBI BB SO BA NOTES
Sanders 4 1 1 1 0 1 0.192 3B
Harris 4 1 2 1 0 1 0.375  
Larkin 4 0 0 0 0 1 0.404  
Gant 4 0 1 1 0 1 0.289  
Walton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.400  
Morris 4 0 1 0 0 0 0.255  
Boone 3 0 0 0 1 2 0.340  
Sanders 4 0 1 0 0 1 0.220  
Taubensee 4 0 0 0 0 1 0.231  
Jarvis 4 1 2 0 0 1 0.286  
                 
Florida Marlins AB R H RBI BB SO BA NOTES
Veras 4 0 0 0 0 1 0.178  
Abbott 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.313  
Sheffield 3 0 1 0 1 0 0.340  
Conine 4 0 0 0 0 1 0.347  
Pendleton 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.192  
Colbrunn 3 0 1 0 0 0 0.306  
Johnson 2 0 0 0 1 0 0.116  
Carr 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.167  
Burkett 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.111  
Veres 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Mathews 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Browne 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.100  
Perez 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  

Hall of Famers in this Game – Gary Sheffield(???) and Barry Larkin(???)

Where Have All Of The 2-Sport Athletes gone???

Twenty years ago, the 2-Sport athlete was all the rage.  A high-profile trend that started with Bo Jackson, that led to Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan.

It should be noted that the 2-Sport athlete has more history than just the last 20 years.  John Elway, Danny Ainge, Dave Winfield, Fergie Jenkins, and Michael Jordan are just a short list of athletes that had the talent to have a career as a professional athlete in more than 1 sport.

Yet today, there are none.  Why is that?  Everything you read or see on television says that today’s athletes are in better physical condition than athletes of the past.  Today’s stars are more talented, have better genes, and are freaks of nature.  So, why has there not been a major talent playing in more than 1 professional sport in the past decade??

The most recent player to select one sport over another is Jeff Smardjiza of the Chicago Cubs.  This former Notre Dame All-American football star had his choice to play 2 sports or stick with one.  What made him choose baseball over football?  Money, Health, Secuirty???  Who knows??  What we do know is that baseball contracts are guaranteed while football’s are not.  Surely baseball is a ‘safer’ sport to play.  I mean, I can understand why someone would not want to run a cross pattern against the Baltimore Ravens. 

I miss Bo Jackson.  And I miss Deion Sanders.  How amazing was it to watch Deion Sanders playing baseball on a Saturday and then football on Sunday??  Watching him and guys like him play are a memory I will never forget.  It’s time to expand on this small fraternity of 2-sport athletes; there is an electric feeling about watching this kind of player and sports fans need players like this again.