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2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Glove Stories’ Subset – Gregor Blanco

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Glove Stories’ Subset – Gregor Blanco

Topps’ Gypsy Queen brand offers up some pretty sweet 10-card subsets that feature intense action.

One of my favorite parts about the GQ subsets is that they don’t simply throw in the top players – they truly find incredible images regardless of the player’s star power.  What this does is introduce us to other talents that perform at high levels while also allowing for players that are not always in the spotlight a chance to shine for a bit.

The ‘Glove Stories’ set primarily features outfielders with 8 cards, and has 2 infielder cards as well.

This is the Gregor Blanco card from the set:

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Nice grab, Gregor!!!

He may not be a household name, but if Blanco keeps making plays like this, he will certainly be found in more highlights!!

The catch that is featured on this ‘Glove Stories’ card happened in the 7th inning of what eventually became Matt Cain’s perfect game.  Blanco made a leaping dive deep in the outfield that turned out to be the defensive gem of the game which preserved the win for the Giants and history for Cain.

3/4 THROUGH – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2013 Major League Baseball Season

3/4 THROUGH – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2013 Major League Baseball Season

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Well friends, we are amazingly 3/4 through with the 2013 baseball regula season, so I thought we should go back to the list of milestones I was going to track this season and see how these players are progressing.

For this 1/4 update all notes wil be added to the original post in GREEN.

For this 1/2update all notes wil be added to the original post in RED.

For this 3/4 update all notes wil be added to the original post in BLUE.

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I had a great time doing this prior to the starts of the 2011 and 2012 baseball seasons, so I thought I would give it another go as we prepare for the start of this upcoming campaign.

So, without further ado, I bring to you some of the milestones I will be looking for in 2013…

Ichiro’s push towards 2,800 career hits in the major leagues. He starts the season with 2,606.

37 games in and Ichiro has 32 hits – Not great, but not horrible either. As other Yankees return to the line-up, he should be helped.

Ichiro has 70 hits in 71 games and is well short of the numbers he would need to get to 2,800.  2,750 is more likely at this point.

Ichiro has 110 hits this season and is well below the pace needed to get to 2,800 – 2,750 is more probable at this point.

PHOTO ICHIRO

Todd Helton marches towards 2,500 career hits. He starts the 2013 campaign with 2,420 hits.

Helton only has 18 hits in 23 games. 2,500 is still a strong possibility but it may not happen as soon as it should have….

Helton now has 40 hits in 53 games.  He is still on track and needs just 40 more hits to reach 2,500!

Helton has 70 hits this season and is just ten away from 2,500.  Just a matter of when at this point…

PHOTO HELTON

David Ortiz looks to capture the 2,000th hit of his major league career. He will start the season with 1,863 career hits.

Ortiz has 28 hits in 22 games and has been hot since returning to the Boston line-up. He needs 109 to reach 2,000.

Ortiz has 73 hits in 61 games.  He needs 64 hits to reach 2,000 this season.  If he stays healthy, he will do it.

Ortiz has 125 hits this year and is just 12 shy of the 2,000-mark.  He should be enjoying this milestone by the end of the month!

PHOTO ORTIZ

Albert Pujols looks to join the ‘500 HR Club’. He will start his 13th major league season with 475 homers on his resume.

Pujols has only clubbed 7 home runs this year. He needs 18 more to reach 500!

Pujols will do it, but not anywhere close to as quickly as I expected.  He has 13 HR’s this season so far.  12 to go!

Pujols has 17 home runs this season and is just 8 away from 500.  But, he has not played since July 26 and the remainder of his season is in doubt due to foot issues.

PHOTO PUJOLS

Ryan Howard looks to drive in the 1,000th run of his big league career. He will start the season with 920 RBI.

Hoawrd has only driven in 22 runs in 38 games. He is going to have to step it up to get to 1,000 by the end of the season.

Near the half-way mark of the season, Howard has 41 RBI.  He needs 39 more to reach 1,000.

Howard has collected just 2 RBI since the mid-season mark and will not reach the 1,000 RBI mark this season.

PHOTO HOWARD

Ryan Braun looks to add another 30/100 season to his resume. He has done it for the last 5 seasons. Can he make it six in a row?

Braun has 8 home runs and 26 RBI in 35 games. If he can remain healthy, he is on pace to hit the 30/1000 milestone again.

Braun has been sidelined for most of the season.  He has just 9/36.  This streak is over…

Screw this guy!!!

PHOTO BRAUN

CC Sabathia looks to lock up career victory number 200. He will start the season with 191 career wins.

CC has 4 wins so far and is well on his way to 200 career victories. I’d like to see him do it before the All-Star break if possible.

CC is one win away fro 200 career victories – Go Get ‘Em CC!!!

Done Deal!!!  Congrats CC – Let’s go for 300!!!

PHOTO SABATHIA

Matt Cain is out to capture career victory #100 – he is currently sitting at 85.

Cain has 3 wins in 9 starts this season and is not off to the same pace he had in 2012 when he won 16 games. He’ll have to step it up if he wants to reach #100 this season.

Cain is 5-4 in 16 starts this season.  He has 90 career wins and can still make a run at 100, but the Giants are struggling right now.  #100 may have to wait until next year…

Cain is 7-8 in 24 starts this year and he will not make it to 100.  The Giants have been horrible, and he is not helping with his 4.44 ERA.

PHOTO CAIN

Justin Verlander is approaching 1,500 career strikeouts. He needs just 46 to hit the mark.

DONE!!! This guy is a beast and he is well on his way to 1,600 and beyond.

Verlander has 1,608 career K’s at this 3/4 mark.  1,700 is a possibility.

PHOTO VERLANDER

Tim Lincecum is nearing 1,500 career strikeouts. I’m still unsure of what his role may be this season, Lincecum needs 183 K’s to reach the mark.

Lincecum is faring well so far in 2013. He has 52 strikeouts in 48 innings of work. If he can stay on this pace, he will do it!!

Lincecum has 93 strikeouts in 95 innings of work this season.  He is 90 K’s from 1,500 and still has a good chance of reach the magical 1,500.  Hopefully he remains in the Giants’ starting rotation.

Lincecum has 153 strikeouts on the season and 1,470 for his career.  He should reach this 1,500 mark if he can remain in the starting rotation.  He is just 6-12 in 24 starts this year and has an ERA of 4.38.

PHOTO LINCECUM

So there you have it – These are some of the baseball milestones that I will be tracking as the 2013 season gets under way. Just like in previous seasons, I will offer up recaps of these possible baseball milestones as the season progresses – please stay tuned for that.

What are you going to be watching for this year??

See you around the 120-game mark!!!!

We’ll do this one more time at the end of the season.  This was not a good year for my prognostications…

Thanks for reading!!!

1/2 THROUGH – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2013 Major League Baseball Season

1/2 THROUGH – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2013 Major League Baseball Season

_______________________________________________________________

Well friends, we are amazingly 1/2 through with the 2013 baseball regula season, so I thought we should go back to the list of milestones I was going to track this season and see how these players are progressing.

For this 1/4 update all notes wil be added to the original post in GREEN.

For this 1/2update all notes wil be added to the original post in RED.

_________________________________________________

I had a great time doing this prior to the starts of the 2011 and 2012 baseball seasons, so I thought I would give it another go as we prepare for the start of this upcoming campaign.

So, without further ado, I bring to you some of the milestones I will be looking for in 2013…

Ichiro’s push towards 2,800 career hits in the major leagues. He starts the season with 2,606.

37 games in and Ichiro has 32 hits – Not great, but not horrible either. As other Yankees return to the line-up, he should be helped.

Ichiro has 70 hits in 71 games and is well short of the numbers he would need to get to 2,800.  2,750 is more likely at this point.

PHOTO ICHIRO

Todd Helton marches towards 2,500 career hits. He starts the 2013 campaign with 2,420 hits.

Helton only has 18 hits in 23 games. 2,500 is still a strong possibility but it may not happen as soon as it should have….

Helton now has 40 hits in 53 games.  He is still on track and needs just 40 more hits to reach 2,500!

PHOTO HELTON

David Ortiz looks to capture the 2,000th hit of his major league career. He will start the season with 1,863 career hits.

Ortiz has 28 hits in 22 games and has been hot since returning to the Boston line-up. He needs 109 to reach 2,000.

Ortiz has 73 hits in 61 games.  He needs 64 hits to reach 2,000 this season.  If he stays healthy, he will do it.

PHOTO ORTIZ

Albert Pujols looks to join the ‘500 HR Club’. He will start his 13th major league season with 475 homers on his resume.

Pujols has only clubbed 7 home runs this year. He needs 18 more to reach 500!

Pujols will do it, but not anywhere close to as quickly as I expected.  He has 13 HR’s this season so far.  12 to go!

PHOTO PUJOLS

Ryan Howard looks to drive in the 1,000th run of his big league career. He will start the season with 920 RBI.

Hoawrd has only driven in 22 runs in 38 games. He is going to have to step it up to get to 1,000 by the end of the season.

Near the half-way mark of the season, Howard has 41 RBI.  He needs 39 more to reach 1,000.

PHOTO HOWARD

Ryan Braun looks to add another 30/100 season to his resume. He has done it for the last 5 seasons. Can he make it six in a row?

Braun has 8 home runs and 26 RBI in 35 games. If he can remain healthy, he is on pace to hit the 30/1000 milestone again.

Braun has been sidelined for most of the season.  He has just 9/36.  This streak is over…

PHOTO BRAUN

CC Sabathia looks to lock up career victory number 200. He will start the season with 191 career wins.

CC has 4 wins so far and is well on his way to 200 career victories. I’d like to see him do it before the All-Star break if possible.

CC is one win away fro 200 career victories – Go Get ‘Em CC!!!

PHOTO SABATHIA

Matt Cain is out to capture career victory #100 – he is currently sitting at 85.

Cain has 3 wins in 9 starts this season and is not off to the same pace he had in 2012 when he won 16 games. He’ll have to step it up if he wants to reach #100 this season.

Cain is 5-4 in 16 starts this season.  He has 90 career wins and can still make a run at 100, but the Giants are struggling right now.  #100 may have to wait until next year…

PHOTO CAIN

Justin Verlander is approaching 1,500 career strikeouts. He needs just 46 to hit the mark.

DONE!!! This guy is a beast and he is well on his way to 1,600 and beyond.

PHOTO VERLANDER

Tim Lincecum is nearing 1,500 career strikeouts. I’m still unsure of what his role may be this season, Lincecum needs 183 K’s to reach the mark.

Lincecum is faring well so far in 2013. He has 52 strikeouts in 48 innings of work. If he can stay on this pace, he will do it!!

Lincecum has 93 strikeouts in 95 innings of work this season.  He is 90 K’s from 1,500 and still has a good chance of reach the magical 1,500.  Hopefully he remains in the Giants’ starting rotation.  

PHOTO LINCECUM

So there you have it – These are some of the baseball milestones that I will be tracking as the 2013 season gets under way. Just like in previous seasons, I will offer up recaps of these possible baseball milestones as the season progresses – please stay tuned for that.

What are you going to be watching for this year??

See you around the 120-game mark!!!!

Thanks for reading!!!

1/4 THROUGH – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2013 Major League Baseball Season

1/4 THROUGH – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2013 Major League Baseball Season

________________________________________________

Well friends, we are amazingly 1/4 through with the 2013 baseball regula season, so I thought we should go back to the list of milestones I was going to track this season and see how these players are progressing.

For this 1/4 update all notes wil be added to the original post in GREEN.

_________________________________________________

I had a great time doing this prior to the starts of the 2011 and 2012 baseball seasons, so I thought I would give it another go as we prepare for the start of this upcoming campaign.

So, without further ado, I bring to you some of the milestones I will be looking for in 2013…

Ichiro’s push towards 2,800 career hits in the major leagues. He starts the season with 2,606.

37 games in and Ichiro has 32 hits – Not great, but not horrible either. As other Yankees return to the line-up, he should be helped.

PHOTO ICHIRO

Todd Helton marches towards 2,500 career hits. He starts the 2013 campaign with 2,420 hits.

Helton only has 18 hits in 23 games. 2,500 is still a strong possibility but it may not happen as soon as it should have….

PHOTO HELTON

David Ortiz looks to capture the 2,000th hit of his major league career. He will start the season with 1,863 career hits.

Ortiz has 28 hits in 22 games and has been hot since returning to the Boston line-up.  He needs 109 to reach 2,000.

PHOTO ORTIZ

Albert Pujols looks to join the ‘500 HR Club’. He will start his 13th major league season with 475 homers on his resume.

Pujols has only clubbed 7 home runs this year.  He needs 18 more to reach 500!

PHOTO PUJOLS

Ryan Howard looks to drive in the 1,000th run of his big league career. He will start the season with 920 RBI.

Hoawrd has only driven in 22 runs in 38 games.  He is going to have to step it up to get to 1,000 by the end of the season.

PHOTO HOWARD

Ryan Braun looks to add another 30/100 season to his resume. He has done it for the last 5 seasons. Can he make it six in a row?

Braun has 8 home runs and 26 RBI in 35 games.  If he can remain healthy, he is on pace to hit the 30/1000 milestone again.

PHOTO BRAUN

CC Sabathia looks to lock up career victory number 200. He will start the season with 191 career wins.

CC has 4 wins so far and is well on his way to 200 career victories.  I’d like to see him do it before the All-Star break if possible.

PHOTO SABATHIA

Matt Cain is out to capture career victory #100 – he is currently sitting at 85.

Cain has 3 wins in 9 starts this season and is not off to the same pace he had in 2012 when he won 16 games.  He’ll have to step it up if he wants to reach #100 this season.

PHOTO CAIN

Justin Verlander is approaching 1,500 career strikeouts. He needs just 46 to hit the mark.

DONE!!!  This guy is a beast and he is well on his way to 1,600 and beyond.

PHOTO VERLANDER

Tim Lincecum is nearing 1,500 career strikeouts. I’m still unsure of what his role may be this season, Lincecum needs 183 K’s to reach the mark.

Lincecum is faring well so far in 2013.  He has 52 strikeouts in 48 innings of work.  If he can stay on this pace, he will do it!!

PHOTO LINCECUM

So there you have it – These are some of the baseball milestones that I will be tracking as the 2013 season gets under way. Just like in previous seasons, I will offer up recaps of these possible baseball milestones as the season progresses – please stay tuned for that.

What are you going to be watching for this year??

Thanks for reading!!!

Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2013 Major League Baseball Season

Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2013 Major League Baseball Season

I had a great time doing this prior to the starts of the 2011 and 2012 baseball seasons, so I thought I would give it another go as we prepare for the start of this upcoming campaign.

So, without further ado, I bring to you some of the milestones I will be looking for in 2013…

Ichiro’s push towards 2,800 career hits in the major leagues.  He starts the season with 2,606.

PHOTO ICHIRO

Todd Helton marches towards 2,500 career hits.  He starts the 2013 campaign with 2,420 hits.

PHOTO HELTON

David Ortiz looks to capture the 2,000th hit of his major league career.  He will start the season with 1,863 career hits.

PHOTO ORTIZ

Albert Pujols looks to join the ‘500 HR Club’.  He will start his 13th major league season with 475 homers  on his resume.

PHOTO PUJOLS

Ryan Howard looks to drive in the 1,000th run of his big league career.  He will start the season with 920 RBI.

PHOTO HOWARD

Ryan Braun looks to add another 30/100 season to his resume.  He has done it for the last 5 seasons.  Can he make it six in a row?

PHOTO BRAUN

CC Sabathia looks to lock up career victory number 200.  He will start the season with 191 career wins.

PHOTO SABATHIA

Matt Cain is out to capture career victory #100 – he is currently sitting at 85.

PHOTO CAIN

Justin Verlander is approaching 1,500 career strikeouts.  He needs just 46 to hit the mark.

PHOTO VERLANDER

Tim Lincecum is nearing 1,500 career strikeouts.  I’m still unsure of what his role may be this season, Lincecum needs 183 K’s to reach the mark.

PHOTO LINCECUM

So there you have it – These are some of the baseball milestones that I will be tracking as the 2013 season gets under way. Just like in previous seasons, I will offer up recaps of these possible baseball milestones as the season progresses – please stay tuned for that.

What are you going to be watching for this year??

Thanks for reading!!!

More 2013 Topps Heritage Images Courtesy Of Josh Hamilton & Matt Cain

More 2013 Topps Heritage Images Courtesy Of Josh Hamilton & Matt Cain

Here are a few more images of next year’s Topps Heritage release.

Enjoy!!!

**Hat-Tip to ’30-YOC’ reader Matt for the images.  Thanks Bud!

Giants’ P Matt Cain Tosses 22nd Perfect Game In MLB History

Giants’ P Matt Cain Tosses 22nd Perfect Game In MLB History

By JANIE McCAULEY | The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP)  For all those Giants masterpieces, from Christy Mathewson to Juan Marichal to Gaylord Perry, this one by Matt Cain topped them all.

Cain pitched the franchise’s first perfect game and the 22nd in major league history, striking out a career-high 14 and getting help from two spectacular catches to beat the Houston Astros 10-0 on Wednesday night.

Cain’s 125-pitch gem for San Francisco featured a pair of great plays by his corner outfielders. He got pinch-hitter Jason Castro on a grounder to third for his 27th and final out with the sellout crowd of 42,298 roaring.

”This is incredible right now,” Cain said. ”It was unbelievable. The guys did a great job making it, in a way, kind of relaxing, because they were able to get on the board early.”

It was the fifth no-hitter in the majors already this season and second perfect game.

Another Year of the Pitcher? You bet.

In the very ballpark where Barry Bonds made home run history five summers ago, Cain produced the signature moment for pitchers. It was the 14th no-hitter in club history – Mathewson pitched Nos. 2 and 3 in 1901 and ’05, and fellow Hall of Famers Carl Hubbell, Marichal and Perry had one apiece.

Left fielder Melky Cabrera chased down Chris Snyder’s one-out flyball in the sixth, scurrying back to make a leaping catch at the wall. Cain raised both arms and slapped his glove in delight when Cabrera made the play.

Then, right fielder Gregor Blanco ran into deep right-center to make a diving catch on the warning track and rob Jordan Schafer for the first out of the seventh. The 27-year-old pitcher hugged Blanco in the dugout after the inning.

”Those were unbelievable catches,” Cain said. ”I mean that right there, that changes the whole thing.”

Philip Humber of the Chicago White Sox tossed the majors’ last perfecto at Seattle on April 21. This is the second time in three years there have been two perfect games in the same season – before that, the only other time it happened was in 1880.

Cain (8-2) accomplished a feat last done in the Bay Area by A’s lefty Dallas Braden on Mother’s Day 2010.

Congratulations To The World Series Champion San Francisco Giants!!!

Congratulations To The World Series Champion San Francisco Giants!!!

Well, that was one hell of a series, and amazingly the team that I wanted to win came out on top this time!!

The San Francisco Giants are your 2010 World Series Champions!!!

From their timely hitting to their dominant starting pitching, the Giants played brilliantly in this post-season and they deserve to be the team that hoists the trophy tonight!!!

And a special congratulations go out to Edgar Renteria and Cody Ross!!!!  Way to go guys!!!

The Florida Marlins Prepare To Battle With A 3-Headed Giant From San Francisco!!!

The Florida Marlins Prepare To Battle With A 3-Headed Giant From San Francisco!!!

Starting with tonight’s game, the Giants are in town for a 3-game series with the Marlins.  Over the last 15 years, that meant that the mighty Barry Bonds was going to be here, but now it is the talented Giants’ pitching rotation that is getting the attention.

First up is Tim Lincecum, the reigning 2-time Cy Young award-winning pitcher.  On the year, he is 4-0 and he brings in a very low 1.27 ERA.  In 35 innings of work in 2010, Lincecum has struck out 43 batters and the league is hitting just .175 against him.  After Lincecum, comes a rejuvenated Barry Zito, who is also off to a 4-0 start on the season.  He too sports a low ERA of just 1.53.  Almost unhittable, batters are hitting just .167 against Zito so far this season.  Lastly, there is Matt Cain.  The Giants #2 guy for the last few years, Cain is 1-1 on the season and sports a 2.84 ERA.  A master of control, Cain has struck out 24 batters this year while walking just 7.

The Marlins will certainly have their hands full versus the Giants during this 3-game stint.  But, their bats are heating up.  Dan Uggla and Jorge Cantu are driving in runs like mad, and Hanley Ramirez has three home runs and 7 RBI in his last two games.  If Cody Ross, Chris Coghlan, or Gaby Sanchez can get hot, the Marlins should be able to fight off the Giants’ incredible starting pitching. 

Personally I see more opportunities for the team when they reach the bullpen in the later innings.  That’s if they get to face the bullpen…

Good luck team.  And, GO FISH!!!