Thursday, March 31, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Even if you’re not a Yankees fan, I’m sure you’ve heard of Jesus Montero, superstar-in-the-making. However, he hasn’t really impressed this spring training. He’s batting in the low .200s and his defense is very subpar. He most likely will start the season in triple-A. However, I can tell you about one prospect that has a good shot at making the club in 2011.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Whenever I look through my old Bowman cards, I usually check the players I don’t know to make sure they are still relevant to the sport/hobby. It’s always fun to research and see what player to hold and what player to trade away. Sometimes you find a guy or two that isn’t out of the league and is still kicking it in the minors, or doing very well in the minors and has potential to be an everyday MLB player. This is one of those guys
Now, I’m almost positive everyone but Steve hasn’t heard of this guy, and that’s okay. It would be almost creepy if you did. Jose Martinez is a prospect in the White Sox organization with potential to be a great power hitter. However, injuries have slowed him down and he’s still working his way up the system; he hasn’t made it higher than low Single-A. But hey, he’s only 22.
You may ask why I even bothered buying this card, let alone banking on it to be valuable in the future. I don’t necessarily think Martinez is going to make it to the majors, and if he does, he’ll be a typical power hitter with very little talent in other aspects of the game. However, I already owned a regular Chrome and a refractor of this card, and when I saw the blue refractor pop up on the bay; I figured “what the hell” and went for it.
The card books for 50 bucks. Yes, that’s right, 50 bucks.
I won it for $1.06.
We need to change the book. (Oh yeah, and it’s not for trade yet Steve).
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Marty Appel used to work as the public relations director for the New York Yankees. In that capacity, Appel was once taught a valuable lesson about baseball statistics by Thurman Munson, the hard-nosed, fiercely proud Yankees catcher who died in a tragic airplane crash in 1979.
“This started one day in the early 1970s,” says Appel, “when the players were sitting around the clubhouse after batting practice. Thurman was reading the day’s press notes, which as the team’s PR director it was my job to write up and distribute to the members of the media. Press notes are mostly statistics (updated daily), but I’d also include all sorts of tidbits, such as notes about Yankees players who were among the league leaders in various categories. Once a month or so The Sporting News would publish fielding stats, and their latest issue showed that Thurman was second in the league in assists among catchers, with 25. Carlton Fisk of the Boston Red Sox was leading the league with 27. Well, I had put this information in my press notes for that day, and Thurman saw it. The problem was that Thurman couldn’t stand Fisk, and he was so competitive he hated the idea that anybody would think Fisk was better than him.
“As I was walking through the clubhouse, Thurman waved me over to his locker.
“‘What’s the idea of showing me up like this?’ he said, pointing to the press notes.
“‘What are you talking about?’ I asked.
“‘This bullshit about me being behind Fisk in assists. Do you think for one minute he’s got a better arm than me? I can’t believe you’d use this! What a stupid statistic!’ Thurman was really mad about it, and he finished his little tirade by saying, ‘I’ll show you.’
“A short while later the game got under way, and I was sitting up in the press box in my usual location. When our pitcher struck out his first batter of the game, Thurman dropped the ball, but he picked it up and snapped a throw down to first. I didn’t look down at Thurman, but I immediately realized what the play meant: a putout for the first baseman and an assist for Thurman. In the next inning a second batter struck out, and again Thurman dropped the ball, picked it up, and threw to first to record the out. This time I did look down at home plate, and there was Thurman looking right back at me. He held up two fingers, as if to say, ‘That’s two assists.’ A third guy struck out, and Thurman did it all one more time, earning his third assist of the game to put him one ahead of Fisk. This time when I looked down and saw Thurman looking up, he had a big grin on his face.
“After the game I said to him, ‘I can’t believe you did that.’ He said, ‘Did what?’ He never would admit he dropped those third strikes on purpose, but he definitely made his point about catchers’ assists.”
Friday, March 11, 2011
Apparently everyone. You can still find tins of this stuff for around four bucks.
This is a very interesting, and confusing, set. The tins you usually receive the cards in do not look like this. They look like this (if you’re interested in seeing what the cards look like, Drew busted two tins of this stuff over on his blog). So why does this tin look different, and why is it numbered?
And in all honesty, I do not have an answer. I tried researching this set but I have come up empty handed about this different tin variations. What I do know is that A-Rod is on this tin (which I believe is the silver variation) and that it’s numbered to 999. And that’s just damn well good enough for me.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Friday was quite eventful. The first day of golf arrived, and it didn’t go according to plan. It was a crappy day (cold and windy) and I wasn’t feeling my driver or irons too well. The past few days of golf have been better though, I finally got my swing down and have been making solid contact with the ball. A few more rounds and I should have the game down pat. But is that enough to make the team? Last year, there were 6 kids on the club. This year, due to a flux of freshmen, there are 20 kids trying out. And some of those kids are GOOD. I most likely will get cut, but at least it was a valuable learning experience and I’m glad I got the free week of golf. I’m definitely going to pick up the sport.
The final recball game ever also happened on Friday too. Our team lost in the semifinals of the playoffs, and it was a very sad moment. I’ve been playing recreational basketball since the first grade and it has kept me involved with the sport for many years. Our high school rec team has had the same roster for all four years of school. It’s tough knowing that we won’t be playing with each other next year, but that’s the way things go. I’m sure there is some sort of recreational league in the college I’m attending next year, but it just won’t be the same.
The Mr. Northern pageant (which was exactly fifteen minutes after the recball game) went very well. I practiced my talent down to a tee (see previous post for link) and everybody loved it. Although the event was rigged (the winner was the most uninteresting kid of the evening, I think it had to do with the fact that everything he did was school appropriate). Either way, I had a lot of fun participating, and that’s all that matters.
Saturday was the day of my big party. No need to explain, just picture your typical high school party. Times ten.
Monday called for the big day… my birthday! The big gift was a nice 32 GB iPod Touch. My ever-expanding music collection called for a roomier iPod, and my parents delivered with a sweet gift. I also got some miscelleanous stuff including some golf balls and tees, oddball books, and Boy Meets World Season 4 (took my mother forever to find this, God bless her). I didn’t ask for any baseball card related materials on the account I have hundreds of cards overloading my computer desk. Once that’s cleared up I’ll go back to making useless purchases. Overall, it was a very successful birthday.
Now that we are all caught up, let’s get back to why the people read this blog. Okay, skim the boring words for the cool scans. Same difference. We’re gonna kick things off with a small package that came fresh from today’s mail… a pair of Topps Chrome Blue Refractors.
2009 Topps Chrome Blue Refractor #191: Ryan Perry (Numbered to 199)
Perry hasn’t really made an impact yet in the majors, but another year of experience can’t hurt the baby-faced pitcher.
2010 Topps Chrome Blue Refractor #196: Kevin Russo (Numbered to 199)
Sorry if the scan doesn’t look as shiny; the card was stuck in a toploader due to 2010 Topps Chrome’s “tunnel-bend” refractors. Kevin Russo hasn’t really been jumping off the radar during spring training this season, and the chances of him being a “cup-of-coffee” player are pretty high. He’s not gonna get much playing time behind the best infield in the league (that’s right I said it, and I dare you to find another infield has lethal as the Yankees’) and he isn’t that phenomenal with the bat.
I picked up these cards from last minute auctions from the same seller one lonely night. I believe they were about a buck for each. The seller, being a d-bag of course, refused to give me combined shipping so I was stuck paying about 3 bucks for the cards to be shipped. The total cost of shipping the package? $1.56. Thanks dude. By the way, the Perry is up for trade for any colored Chrome refractor of a Yankee or player I like.
I have a lot more to post including eBay pickups from weeks ago and an epic trade package that will take not one, not two, but three parts to tell. Stay thirsty, my friends.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
I’ll be back after Monday to get back to posting.