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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!

A John Elway Baseball Card?? Yes, A John Elway Baseball Card!!!

A John Elway Baseball Card??  Yes, A John Elway Baseball Card!!!

John Elway was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 1981 amateur draft.  A talented athlete, Elway was known for his speed on the bases as well as solid contact hitting.  He was the New York Yankees #1 prospect until the NFL and Denver Broncos came calling.

And as they say, the rest was history.  And while I would never second-guess the decision Elway made to quit baseball and play professional football, I am intrigued by the idea of would he had been as famous and celebrated of an athlete had he remained a baseball player.

Ultimately, his decision worked out well, Very Well!!!

This card comes from the 2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites set, and it becomes an instant classic for my collection.

Thanks.

 

 

‘On The Road With Psugator02′ – Dan Marino – June 11, 2011

‘On The Road With Psugator02′ – Dan Marino – June 11, 2011

Fairmont Turnberry Isle
Aventura, Fla.
1:30-2:15 p.m.
Friday, June 10

It’s not often you meet your favorite football player in a 1-on-1 situation and he’s everything you hoped he would be. It was a quick interaction, but Dan Marino, former Dolphins’ quarterback, didn’t let me down. It helped that I looked like I was a tournament volunteer. It helped even more that I told a great story about meeting Dan when I was 12 or 13. He had just released a paperback book about his rookie season and was going to be signing it about five minutes from my house. I still have the book. I asked Dan if he remembered the event. “That was 27 f*ckin years ago, dude,” Dan said. I mumbled something else, and Dan said, “I still look good but you look old, bro.” He then high-fived me and signed my two Dolphins’ minis. If I had more time to prepare I would have brought the camera for the picwith, but I really wasn’t expecting him to be there.

Dan Marino: 2/2 (Dolphins’ minis) in black Sharpie

 

Mark Buerhle Takes A Bite Out Of Michael Vick…

Mark Buerhle Takes A Bite Out Of Michael Vick…

BY Kevin Armstrong
DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER, NEWYORKDAILYNEWS.COM

Mark Buehrle, a Chicago White Sox pitcher and animal rights activist, does not believe Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has been fully punished for his felony conviction for bankrolling and partaking in a dogfighting ring in 2007.

“He had a great year and a great comeback, but there were times where we watched the game, and I know it’s bad to say, but there were times where we hope he gets hurt,” Buehrle told MLB.com in a recent interview. “Everything you’ve done to these dogs, something bad needs to happen to these guys.”

The story, which was published on Wednesday, centered around the animal rights work Buehrle does with wife Jamie. Sometime after being posted, the comments were edited out of the text.

The writer, Scott Merkin, also posted the quotes on his Twitter account, but the tweets were later deleted.

Vick, 30, served 19 months in a federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas. After being released, he was signed by the Eagles in 2009 and served as a backup to starter Donovan McNabb. In 2010, he was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year and reached the Pro Bowl after throwing for 3,018 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Buehrle, who threw a perfect game in 2009, and his wife, Jamie, have three dogs. They are active in promoting canine rights and the couple has partnered with the White Sox on a program called “Sox for Strays,” which hosts area animal rescue groups during the season at U.S. Cellular Field.

Buehrle’s wife drew attention when she helped save a dog who was found wandering the streets of St. Louis with an arrow sticking out of its abdomen in December. The couple donated money to help pay for the dog’s veterinarian bills.

‘On The Road With psugator02′ – Ted Hendricks – December 3, 2010

‘On The Road With psugator02′ – Ted Hendricks – December 3, 2010

Larry Little Legends of Golf Classic
Inverrary Golf Club
Lauderhill, Fla.
3:15-5:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 3

I don’t like to pay for a lot of things, especially autographs. But sometimes when you want to get something signed you simply have to open the wallet. That was true today as I attempted to graph a few NFL Hall of Famers at a charity golf tournament. Don Shula attended last year but this year was a no-show. I decided to stay despite that information as Raiders’ linebacker Ted Hendricks was in attendance, and he’s eluded me a few times recently.

While waiting for Hendricks, I bumped into Saints’ LB Rickey Jackson, who was just inducted into the NFL HOF. I had no idea he was going to be there so I had nothing for him. But I was hoping I could get his address. “If you have one of those things,” he said, pointing to one of my Hendricks GLACs, “then you must have my address.” I told him that I really didn’t. “The whole world has my address,” he responded. He was nice enough to give it to me (wrote it on the back of a business card). I’ll share it as soon as he returns the stuff I’m going to send him.

Had trouble finding Hendricks. A volunteer told me he was wearing an orange shirt, so I spent an hour looking for someone in an orange shirt. Of course, he wasn’t wearing an orange shirt at all, but a light blue shirt. I finally identified him at 5:15 p.m. I had to graph him out of sight of organizer Larry Little, who was insisting that if people wanted graphs they had to get them at tomorrow’s signing, which of course I couldn’t attend (nor would I pay the kind of money he wanted).

As Hendricks was about to walk into the post-tournament awards ceremony, I approached him and told him that I was a big collector of GLACs. I asked him to sign the card which I had in my hand and he shook his head no. I walked with him and asked him again, telling him this time that I would pay him money if he would just sign the card. I took out the bills in my wallet — two $20s and a dollar. He looked at the money and took the two $20s. “Do you really have to take both $20s?” He handed me back the other $20 and signed the GLAC, taking his time with every letter and inscribing his HOF year. I had the Raiders’ mini in my bag and was just about to walk away when I figured I’d ask Hendricks to sign it, too. “Hey Ted, would you sign my Raiders’ mini if I gave you the other $20?” Sure enough, he took the $20, taking his time with every letter and again inscribing his HOF year. Without the money, he was impolite. With money in hand, he was the nicest guy ever, even telling me that I should attend tomorrow’s signing because even more HOFers were going to be in attendance.

Ted Hendricks: 1/1 for $20 cash (GLAC with “HOF” inscription), 1/1 for $20 cash (Raiders’ mini with “HOF” inscription)…..a big thanks to a local grapher (he knows who he is) for trading me a Raiders’ mini, which he had in his trunk, for a ‘Canes’ mini. I could have gotten Hendricks on the ‘Canes mini since he did play at UM but his graph looks so much nicer on a Raiders’ mini. The guy was graphing with me, knew Hendricks was there and was a Raider, and he still traded me the mini. Cool dude

‘On The Road With psugator02′ – Ricky Williams – December 1, 2010

‘On The Road With psugator02′ – Ricky Williams – December 1, 2010

Nova Southeastern
Davie, Fla.
Wednesday, December 1
4:15-4:45 p.m.

I started reading twitter recently and saw that Ricky Williams conducts weekly meditation sessions near me. His last meditation-related tweet was in October so I knew I might get hit with a big goose egg. But I had nothing else going on and it was an easy drive so I figured I’d give it a shot. I wasn’t quite sure where to wait for him. Numbered spaces were to the north and a public parking garage to the west. I decided to stand halfway between both.

It wasn’t long before the negativity crept in. The room on the tweet was wrong, and I wasn’t even sure if the sessions were still being conducted. Just as I was about to give up Ricky exits the parking garage in front of me and walks toward the building where he would be conducting the session. Maybe Ricky always walks briskly while at the same time looking for graphers or maybe he was acting that way because he saw me standing on the corner with my 11 and a camera, I’m not sure. I followed him into the building but he was walking so fast that I thought he had eluded me. I looked to the left where the elevators were located and there he was.

Me: Hey, Ricky. Are you still leading meditation sessions?
Ricky: Yes
Me: Is it free to meditate with you or does it cost money?
Ricky: It’s free
Me: Well before you get started would you mind signing an autograph?
Ricky: I don’t sign autographs

I’ve gotten Ricky before, each time in a very pubic setting. A radio show. A free signing at an AT&T store. Never before have I attempted to graph him in a 1-on-1 situation when he wasn’t at an event as a Miami Dolphin. Why wouldn’t he sign? I have two guesses. Either he doesn’t like being recognized as “Ricky” when he’s “Mr. Meditator” or he thinks I stalked him. I do know this: if you’re a celebrity and you don’t want people literally following you around, then maybe you shouldn’t be so open in your tweets. He’s doing another event next week, and this time he’ll be representing the Miami Dolphins, so I shouldn’t have trouble getting the one item I have left done.

Ricky Williams: 0/1