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Wednesday, June 30, 2010
We discussed how the Stephen Strasburg mania was getting on our nerves in that you can't find any new stuff to open. I won't be able to do Allen & Ginter this year mainly because the prices are already shooting up. We talked about how I had just started my 1971 set, and the shop owner pulled out a bunch of card pages of 1970-1972s he had just bought off of somebody.
I grabbed over 100 1971's I needed for my set, which was a big chunk. The biggest card/name I got was this Bert Blyleven RC.
I still need the Garvey RC, but it was nice to get the Blyleven out of the way. A lot of what I found were higher numbers, so I think I got a pretty good deal.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
I haven't been able to buy too much new stuff because I'm saving up for my vacation, but I do have some things in the queue to blog about. I split a box of 2010 Finest with Max a few weeks ago, the results of which I will get on here. I also got 2 autographed balls recently that will go in the Memorabilia Museum - Ray Durham and Don Newcombe. I bought the Newcombe myself and the Durham was given to me by my friend Corbin.
So, in order to play catch-up, I need to do my Topps by the numbers:
I opened 3 jumbo boxes at All About Sports, my friendly neighborhood card shop with Pete. Here is the breakdown of what I pulled:
30 - Million Card Giveaway Redemptions
2 - Topps Black (Jayson Werth and Aaron Hill) Both are up for trade
30 - Topps Gold
2 - Do it Yourself Sketch Cards
3 - 4th of July Hat Logos (Jason Varitek, Ian Kinsler and Stephen Drew) All up for trade
30 - Cards Your Mom Threw Out
3 - CYMTO Original Back SPs (Jim Bunning, Juan Marichal and Derek Jeter)
6 - Autos/Relics (nothing special)
30 - History of the World Series
30 - Peak Performance
30 - Legendary Lineage
30 - Turkey Red
30 - 2020 Topps
30 - Topps Attax
30 - Vintage Legends
and ONE SP - The one and only Eddie Murray!!! Wooo for me. I love this card. This is an awesome shot.
I ended up with 3 different Brook's in Series 2. Really happy about that.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
It is free to pull up and start digging, my son Chris, my brother Adam, his daughter Harper, my brother Andy and I all picked spots and started digging.
Here is a sample of what I found. Note the quarter used for scale. Some pretty big teeth. The circular thing is a fish vertebrae, and the straight thing in the bottom left is a ray barb.
Here is the biggest tooth I found. It has serrated edges and is still sharp as crap. I'd hate to have one of those embedded in a leg bone...
Friday, June 11, 2010
After Thursday's game, I waited again forn Reimold, this time with the intention of getting my picture taken with him. When he emerged from the clubhouse, I asked Nolan if he would indeed pose for a picture with me. He agreed and I was able to get the below picture taken. Thanks to Kam Mickolio's wife for taking the picture for me. She's hilarious by the way.
I usually reserve the autographed baseballs for our Memorabilia Museum, but I had to include them in this post because of how awesome my trip was... I have: Brandon Snyder, 2 Nolan Reimolds and 2 Jeff Salazars. The Snyder and 1 each of the Reimolds and Salazars go to Max.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Max, Chris and I decided to go to Winston-Salem since no teams were playing close to Greenville or Raleigh, and since we hadn't been to the new field, we figured it was about time...
Here are Max and Chris after the game. We got baseballs signed by a good number of the Indians' players. Max and I had a really good time discussing the game and other general things that best friends talk about, lol.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
I met and spoke with Hobgood after the game and let me tell you, the kid is a real pleasure to talk to. He shook my hand twice and signed a ball for me. I was able to meet Hobgood after Steven Bumbry (son of Al Bumbry) let Hobgood know that I was interested in meeting and talking to him. Bumbry signed a ball for me also and was very nice to track Hobgood down for me. I won't forget that.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
In my mind, that was a classy answer from a very classy man.
It is not Dave Trembley's fault for the bowling shoe tendencies that this season has shown. Sometimes change for changes sake helps a team (see last year's Colorado Rockies), but all signs point to more of the same as this season progresses...
I was not sad at all when Lee Mazzilli was removed in 2005 (I never wanted him here in the first place) and I was calling for Sam Perlozzo's head after the Mother's Day Massacre of the 2007 season. When I began to see the reports today that Trembley is about to be removed as manager, I felt nothing but sadness.
Part of me feels like they are doing Dave a favor. This team is bad. I mean Ashton Kutcher movie bad. He can take the rest of the summer off and reflect that it wasn't his fault that he was handed a team that was to be measured on wins and losses, but lacked talent in a lot of areas and carried a lot of IFs into this season.
The Orioles players should be ashamed of themselves. Some random thoughts on the 2010 Orioles:
- Mike Gonzalez should not be allowed near the bullpen ever. He should have let someone know he was hurt in Spring Training.
- Koji Uehara needs to go back to Japan. Period. He gets winded opening up the paper in the morning.
- Garrett Atkins is done. Time to release him and call up Brandon Snyder. Even if Snyder is batting .220. That's .019 points higher than Atkins. One home run out of the 1B position. Are you kidding me?
- Matt Wieters may not be the next Joe Mauer.
- Brian Matusz may not be the next Greg Maddux.
- Adam Jones has regressed and needs to be sent to Norfolk to learn the game again.
- I'm afraid we may not see Nolan Reimold in the majors again. Makes me sad.
- Miguel Tejada, Kevin Millwood and Ty Wigginton need to be traded. Do these guys a favor and ship them to contenders and land a few more prospects.
This season was a wash after the first two weeks. It has been very hard for me to watch. I have been losing interest all around. The blog, fantasy, any other games, etc. I haven't even voted for the all star team. I started the other blog with Max to try to keep interested and that is slipping too.
If it weren't for Max, I think I'd have given up already. Thanks buddy.
Anyway, back to Dave. Apparently the Orioles plan to replace Trembley with 3rd base coach Juan Samuel. I have been unimpressed with him as a coach so far.
Something that really has bothered me was that certain people in baseball have criticized Dave Trembley because he never played baseball. He has a Masters in education and started out as a high school teacher and baseball coach in the late 70's. He moved on to coaching a small college in LA and then became a scout for the Cubs in 1984. He worked his way up through the minors as a manager, specializing in the development of younger players (a key in his hiring as the Orioles manager). This is a guy who spent 20+ years in the minor leagues as a scout and manager who finally got to realize his dream and become a Major League manager.
I'd really like to see him get reassigned in the organization, but I highly doubt that will happen.
I don't feel too bad for Dave beacuse for almost 3 years, he got to realize his dream and be one of only 30 managers in MLB. I do feel bad for him because is has been a very classy person and deserved much better from the Orioles players and their Front Office. The players and Andy MacPhail better lose some sleep over this.
I now close with an exceprt from Roch Kubatko's blog on masnsports.com "I will say before turning off my laptop, that Trembley is a good man who loves the Orioles as if he grew up rooting for them. He lived and breathed this job. He also cares a great deal about the fans. It isn't just for show. I hope that means something to even his harshest critics."
Good luck Dave. I hope the past few months haven't quieted your love for the game as they have for me. I hope to run into you one day and offer you a beer. Also, thanks for being nice enough to sign a ball (2 of them) for me and talk to me for a few minutes. That, I will never forget.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Here is a 1986 Topps Jumbo Cal Ripken. I found a couple Dodger jumbos also for Max. I kind of like going through the dollar boxes and seeing what can be found...