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’30-YOC Top Ten’ – Top 10 Stars From The 2011 World Series

’30-YOC Top Ten’ – Top 10 Stars From The 2011 World Series

I couldn’t do this list last Sunday because I wanted to get my ‘Pick The Award Winners’ contest up and going.  Lucky for me, the results of the 2011 World Series are entrenched in my brain.

As we all know, David Freese won the World Series MVP award.  I like the pick, but I do think that there were a few players that were more deserving of that honor.

So, here is my ‘Top Ten Stars From The 2011 World Series’ list.  You may or may not agree with my selections, or the order of them, and that is fine.  But years from now when I think back to this amazing 7-game series, these are the guys that I think that I will remember most.

Honorable Mention – Josh Hamilton, Chris Carpenter, Adrian Beltre, Rafael Furcal, Lance Lynn, Alexi Ogando, Jason Motte, and Michael Young.

10 – Ron Washington – I love his animated personality from the dugout.  He would be a fun guy to play for.

9 – Ian Kinsler – I like lead-off hitters and I think he was the best one of the playoffs.  He offers a great blend of contact and power hitting.

8 – Derek Holland – His performance in Game 4 was stellar.  And his impersonation of Harry Caray was pretty good too.

7 – Alan Craig – Great story for such a young player.  He played like a veteran throughout the series and was the best bench player that St. Louis had.

6 – Lance Berkman – It was great to see the old guy get it done so consistently at the plate.  I am older than Berkman, but that beard did not help his cause…

5 – David Freese – He offered us some great heroics – from game-winning home runs to lead saving plays in the field.  It was nice to see a local guy from STL get the home crowd support like he did.

4 – Yadier Molina – I knew that he was good, but few catchers stand out anymore.  He is among the best at his position and I have a new respect for him as a player.  Arguably the best catcher in the game today!!

3 – Albert Pujols – It is a shame that Pujols’ 3-HR game has been overshadowed.  But this is a team sport, and on the night of Game 3, Pujols propelled his team to victory single-handidly.

2 – Mike Napoli – Talk about consistent, he was the team’s best hitter and defender through the entire series.  And that throw to third to nab Holliday was uber-impressive – from his knees!!!

1 – Nelson Cruz – Cruz instantly became a star during the post-season.  And his home run tear puts him in an elite class.  It goes to show that anyone has the chance to shine on this stage, and his home run barrage will live on as one of the greatest offensive World Series performances of  all-time!!!

And there you have it, my recollection of the best World Series match-up that I have seen in a very long time.  Filled with solid pitching, great offense, and drama, 2011’s World Series was an instant classic!!!

‘On The Road With psugator02′ – March 24 & 25, 2010

‘On The Road With psugator02′ – March 24 & 25, 2010

Wednesday, March 24

L.A. Dodgers at Oakland A’s
Phoenix, AZ

After some problems with the rental car I was forced to take the city bus from the airport so I didn’t make it to the game until 7:30 p.m. Met up with angelsfan, who has to be the prettiest grapher on this board, and a friend from South Florida. The Dodgers brought the entire starting lineup, which was a shock to me considering that’s not something that usually happens in the Grapefruit League. Most of the Dodgers’ starters were pulled halfway through the game, which is when we decided to leave our seats for the bus. Shocked at how accommodating the players were:

James Loney: 1/2 (Ginter)…said he didn’t have time to sign the second
Casey Blake: 1/1 (Ginter), 1/1 with help (Ginter)..signed but didn’t seem too happy about it
Matt Kemp: 1/1 (Ginter)….wanted to ask him about Rhiana but I didn’t LOL
Hiroki Kuroda: Actually jogged around the fans waiting by the bus so he wouldn’t have to sign
Andre Ethier: 1/1 (Ginter)
Rafael Furcal: 1/1 (Ginter)
Joe Torre: 0/1…said there were too many people even though I only counted six. seemed to be in a bad mood

Other: Mattingly and the entire coaching staff wouldn’t even acknowledge fans

and the surprise of the night:

Tommy Lasorda: 1/1 (SS, ROMLB)…he only signed three. was with a handler who kept saying that “Tommy can’t sign anymore. Get him tomorrow at Camelback.” Well once the handler got in the car to pick up Tommy I shouted, “Hey Tommy, would you mind signing?” And he motioned for a friend and I to come over. I”ll just say this: Lasorda looked like death and I mean that in the nicest way. He had trouble walking and appeared to be out of it at least in the 5 minutes I interacted with him. Whatever is wrong, I wish him the best.

Next up on Thursday: Rangers at Angels (day) and A’s at Giants (night)

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Thursday, March 25

Texas Rangers at LA Angels
10:15-4:30

Got there at about 10:15 and Weaver, Wood and Santana were already on the backfields and the Rangers’ team bus had already arrived. Had to graph the stadium before the game started and I’m never a big fan of that. But all in all I did pretty well.

Josh Hamilton: 1/1 (11×14 in blue Sharpie) on the LF berm, 1/1 (8×10 in black Sharpie) on the berm, 2/2 (Ginters) after the game….also took a pic with…this dude is awesome. he actually parked in the public lot if you can believe that…..you can really see that after all he’s been through he really understand what’s important and that’s being cool to the fans
Nelson Cruz: 2/2 (8x10s) in public lot after game, 2/2 (Ginters) in public lot after game
Ron Washington: 1/1 (Senior League Baseball card)….We reminisced about the Senior Baseball League, which had a team only a few minutes from where I live. Wished him luck in 2010 and he said,”Thanks, babe.”
Chris Davis: 2/2 (Ginters) before game, 1/1 (Ginter) after game in public lot
Hideki Matsui: 0/1 just missed him as he signed about 20 in the sixth inning while leaving the field for the clubhouse
Tori Hunter: 1/1 (Ginter) in the boldest black Sharpie I have ever seen, 1/1 (’08 Ginter state card)…this dude is great..always smiling, chatting with fans and taking pictures
David Murphy: 2/2 (Ginters)

and the surprise of the day…………

Vlad Guerrero: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)…I purposely left my SI at home because I’ve never seen or heard of him signing. And then when I saw him doing SPs all I had left was the Ginter. But no regrets as I need him to complete the set. I told him that I don’t know anyone who can sport a goatee the way he does, but I’m not sure he understood me. I was finally at the right place at the right time

Oakland A’s at San Francisco Giants
5:30-11 p.m.

Mike Gallego: 2/2 (cards) before the game by the dugout….reminisced about the days the Yankees used to train in Fort Lauderdale. a GREAT dude…didn’t realize how short he is LOL
Travis Buck: 1/1 (Turkey Red) before the game by the dugout…..I don’t even collect Turkey Reds but this card looks great
Kevin Kouzmanoff: 1/1 (Ginter)…..he explained why players aren’t allowed to sign once the National Anthem begins….neat guy
Mark Gardner: 0/1..he would’ve done it but I didn’t recognize him until it was too late
Jonathan Sanchez: 2/2 (8x10s), 1/1 (8×10) with help….refused to inscribe his no-hitter, though he did for someone else…you should’ve seen the woman he was with..WOW
Bruce Bochy: 1/1 (card)…he stopped his car to sign for the dozen or so graphers left
Shawon Dunston: 1/1 (card)…he didn’t want to sign, saying, “It’s no longer my time.”
Mark DeRosa: 1/1 (card)
Roberto Kelly: 1/1 (card)
Bengie Molina: 1/1 (Ginter)…last player to leave the stadium
Buster Posey: 0/1 …didn’t think he was worth a ball so I gave him a whitesheet, which he refused to sign
Pablo Sandoval: 1/1 (SS, ROMLB)….asked him for the “Kung Fu Panda” inscription but he refused
Tim Flannery: 0/1 …wouldn’t even stop

and the biggest disappointment of the night ….

Dave Righetti: 0/1 ….last person to leave the stadium and the only reason I even attended the game. Asked him as he exited the clubhouse if he could sign and he said, “No” and then put his head down. Walked over to his car but he just drove past me

Having Fun With Baseball’s 25 Highest Paid Players…

I thought it would be entertaining to take a look at baseball’s top 25 paid players for the 2008 season and link their salaries to one stat of theirs to illustrate how much each of these guys got paid to do just one thing over the course of the whole year…

The results are pretty funny, and a little disturbing too!!! 

Rank Player Salary Team Fun Facts
1 Alex Rodriguez $28,000,000.00 NY Yankees $800,000 per home run
2 Jason Giambi $23,428,571.00 NY Yankees $207,332 per hit
3 Derek Jeter $21,600,000.00 NY Yankees $245,454 per run scored
4 Manny Ramirez $18,929,923.00 Boston Red Sox $156,445 per RBI
5 Carlos Beltran $18,622,809.00 NY Mets $749,912 per stolen base
6 Ichiro Suzuki $17,102,149.00 Seattle Mariners $2,443,164 per triple
7 Johan Santana $16,984,216.00 NY Mets $1,061,513 per win
8 Todd Helton $16,600,000.00 Colorado Rockies $200,000 per game played
9 Torii Hunter $16,500,000.00 LA Angels $445,945 per double
10 Bobby Abreau $16,000,000.00 NY Yankees $219,178 for every walk drawn
11 Carlos Delgado $16,000,000.00 NY Mets $2,000,000 for every sacrifice
12 Andy Pettitte $16,000,000.00 NY Yankees $484,848 for every game started
13 Carlos Zambrano $16,000,000.00 Chicago Cubs $123,076 per strikeout
14 Mike Hampton $15,975,184.00 Atlanta Braves $355,004 for every run allowed
15 Magglio Ordonez $15,768,174.00 Detroit Tigers $315,363 each time he was caught stealing
16 Rafael Furcal $15,730,195.00 LA Angels $191,831 for each base he reached
17 Jim Thome $15,666,666.00 Chicago White Sox $31,146 per at bat
18 Vlad Guerrero $15,500,000.00 Los Angeles Angels $193,750 per outfield assist
19 Tim Hudson $15,500,000.00 Atlanta Braves $5,166,666 per wild pitch
20 Richie Sexson $15,500,000.00 Seattle Mariners $267,241 per double play turned
21 Jason Schmidt $15,217,401.00 LA Dodgers $15,217,401 for doing nothing
22 Randy Johnson $15,100,546.00 Arizona Diamondbacks $7,550,273 per complete game
23 Aramis Ramirez $15,000,000.00 Chicago Cubs $1,363,636 each time hit by a pitch
24 Mariano Rivera $15,000,000.00 NY Yankees $211,267 per inning pitched
25 Miguel Tejada $14,811,414.00 Houston Astros $1,346,492 per error committed

 

Make no mistake about it, nobody deserves to be paid what these guys get paid.  Especially in a time when the country is in a recession and more and more Americans are unemployed.  But, none of us would turn these contracts down either so you cannot really fault the players…

Needless to say, these guys are really making a ton of cash for playing a kid’s game and I applaud them for the hard work(most of the time) and their dedication to their sport!!  Now back up that Wells Fargo truck!!!!

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