Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Anyway, Max and I are such good friends now, we can get on Skype and sort boxes of "junk wax" and not say a whole lot, but know that each of us is just happy to be around the other. He has hooked me up with some amazing stuff in the short time that we have known each other. He also was an amazing host this summer when we were at The National. That being said, when his birthday package arrived yesterday, I was floored with how awesome the main card (and note) were.
The main portion of the gift was the above 2014 Leaf Q Pure autograph of Brooks Robinson. The card is amazing. I had seen them on Ebay, but didn't pull the trigger on getting one. I'm really glad Max picked this up, because it really will stand out in my Brooks PC. The scan doesn't even come close to doing it justice.
So, thank you so much, Max, for this amazing birthday package. I appreciate your friendship, and know that we will keep this going for a long time. Additionally, I want to thank each and every person who has read this blog, anyone who has traded with me on here, Instagram, Facebook, Kik, Snapchat, etc etc etc. It really means a lot to me to be able to have a platform where I can share my thoughts and feelings on the O's and also on this hobby that I love. Thank you for 2,000 reasons to post, and here's to at least 2,000 more.
Monday, October 5, 2015
We had such a good time. I just added up everything that I spent, and it was quite a bit, but it was well worth it to be able to spend time with my son. He is at a good age to hop in the car and take somewhere. Soon, he may not be interested in stuff like this, so I have to enjoy it while I can.
After the shop, we made our way to the flag court to watch the rest of the game, and the way it worked out was that an Oriole had to reach base, and not be taken out in a double play, for Davis to come up one more time in the game in the bottom of the 8th inning. David Lough flew out, but then Gerardo Parra walked to bring up Manny Machado. If Manny could avoid a double play, we would get to see Davis one more time. Manny flew out, so with two outs, Parra on first, and the O's up 7-4, Davis came to bat one more time.
We stood at the fence on the flag court as Davis crushed a pitch over our heads for his second homer of the game. I couldn't believe it. Chris and I hugged, high fived, and Michael high fived as well, What I didn't realize, until a few text messages arrived, was that we could be seen pretty clearly on the MASN broadcast. I brought up the video later on at dinner with Chris and Michael, and sure enough, the three of us can be seen celebrating Davis's homer. The above screenshot is proof!
Staying for the last game did cause a little difficulty, though, since Chris had school Monday. He covered up in his blankets in the car as I made the mad dash home. We stopped twice (for gas and bathroom) and got in this morning at 2:15 AM. He was able to get up for school ok, and will not miss a day. That is important, but I was willing to sacrifice an absence in the name of making a memory, if that needed to be the case. Thankfully, we got home ok, and he got up for school without an issue. I hope he and I can do another trip like this in the near future.
Saturday, October 3, 2015
He was surprised to see that I didn't have my work truck with me when I got him. I told him that I had the day off and he and I were going to go for a ride. I also told him that we would be gone for the weekend, and that we had a suitcase packed in the trunk. About an hour into the trip, he guessed that we were going to Baltimore. He didn't guess that we were going to a game until we got to the hotel, though.
Friday, October 2, 2015
I think it is really cool that Trevor picked up the lineup card. Even though it is from a game that the O's lost, it still is nice. I almost forgot the Vlad Guerrero played for the Orioles. Also, it is kind of weird to see JJ Hardy batting leadoff. The bench and bullpen were also pretty barren. I thought about it for a minute then realized that Chris Davis is missing from this lineup card. He was traded to the Orioles at the trading deadline. A simple search brought up the Orioles transactions and I found that Davis was put on the DL with a right shoulder strain on August 16 of that year. He would come off three days after this game (September 6). The Orioles ended 2011 strong and caused the Red Sox to miss the playoffs. The O's would go to the playoffs in two of the next four seasons.
Thanks for the deal, Trevor. I love the lineup card!
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
It doesn't matter now, since Michael picked it up. The card is really nice and is numbered 4/5. I like these really low numbered cards, especially if I am able to get my hands on them. I haven't pursued this rainbow too vigorously, since I have been concentrating on Davis, but any Reimold I can get is a good thing.
Thanks so much for not letting this card slip away from me, Michael!
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Brian surprised me at this show with the above Kevin Gausman auto from 2015 Gypsy Queen. The card looks really nice, and Gausman's auto is on card.
Thanks so much for the awesome card, Brian! I really appreciate it and I am glad you and your dad came by my tables again.