Sunday, September 21, 2014

Football Sunday: Dri Archer Auto/Jersey

It's Sunday and that means football!!!!!

I'm going to be heading out tonight to see my mom and celebrate her birthday.  Because of that I'm just doing a real quick post today of the Steelers rookie back/receiver/special teams Dri Archer.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Save the Boobies Month!!!!! CHARITY EVENT CONTEST

In order to raise awareness for a good cause and promote my blog, I am going to be running an October month long charity pimpage at my blog.  For every comment left by my followers, I will donate $1 to help Breast Cancer Awareness.  For anyone that promotes my month long charity commitment, I will donate $5 to the event (1 donation per blog).  If you pimp my blog, please provide a link in a comment so I can keep track.  

We're all baseball fans, right?  Let's work together to Save Second Base.

I've been silently adding pink cards all year long and hiding them from my blog so that the entire month of October can be ribboned (pun intended) in pink.  In addition to making donations based on comments and pimping of my blog, I will also offer a select few of the cards up for random drawings and only the people that entered a comment/pimp will be eligible for that card's random giveaway.

To kick off Breast Cancer Awareness, I'm showing off my only autograph of the All-Time Hit King.  I purchased this very early in the year (January or February?) for around $30.  It's an on card autograph of Pete Rose numbered to 60.

Here's the back of the card.

Oh and let's remember what we're trying to save...

feel free to make your own suggestions of breasts to show all month long

Friday, September 19, 2014

Jameson Taillon: One Pitch at a Time

At this point in the Pirates season, I was really hoping that I would be talking about how Jameson Taillon came up mid June and helped to solidify the Pirates rotation.  It's hard to believe that the Pirates used a 5 man rotation consisting of Brandon Cumpton, Vance Worley, Edinson Volquez, Charlie Morton, and Jeff Locke at long stretches of the season and are with only a few weeks left in the season only 2.5 games out of first place.

I recently picked up this 2009 Team USA 17 under inscription of the former 1st round pick for $20 delivered.  With the season coming to a close soon, it's important that if the Pirates are going to push for another playoff run, they will have to do it "One Pitch at a Time".

Let's Go Bucs!!!!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Cannonball coming....

If you've ever listened to a Pirates telecast or Roots Sports Pittsburgh highlights, you have probably heard Greg Brown's call of "Cannonball Coming!!!" everytime the Pirates hit a HomeRun.

It's been a long time since card manufacturers highlighted defensive skills in addition to offensive skillsets.  Back in the late 80s and early 90s though, these were commonplace for card companies to insert as part of the base set.  Yes, defensive talents were recognized as base cards.  Everyone that collected the set, got to admire highly defensive players skill level on the diamond.

Above is a collection of those highlighted.

As you all know, Andy Van Slyke is one of the main reasons I became a Pirates fan.  The dude could flat out play defense.  He was efficient with the bat too.  Bobby Bonilla, like Pirates current former 3rd baseman, Pedro Alvarez showed immense power at the plate, but also had a cannon for an arm.  Unfortunately like Bonilla, Alvarez doesn't know where it's going.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I like Ike

I recently got my first baseball card of Ike Davis as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball club.  It's not licensed so it's not a true Pirates card, but for $1.99, I'll take it.  Hailing from 2014 Donruss Series 2 this bat relic is my first relic of the lefty slugger 1st baseman.

When the Pirates acquired Ike back in April, the Pittsburgh fan base was extremely excited and even gave him a standing ovation during his first at bat in PNC Park (very classy).  He hasn't lived up to his breakout 2012 season when he clubbed over 30 Homeruns, but there is no denying his true power.  It's going to be an interesting offseason this year with the emergence of Josh Harrison battling for a batting title (and his natural position being 3B), Pedro Alvarez having injury issues and no idea where he is throwing the ball from 3B, and a platoon at 1B that is due to get a raise in arbitration for substandard numbers.

Given the true choice between Ike and Pedro at 1B I would rather stick with Ike.  He's not afraid to walk and I believe he plays a better 1B.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Heeeee's baaaaaack!!!!

That's right, my favorite pitcher, Charlie Morton is back on the mound today facing the Boston Red Sox.  To celebrate his return here's an in person auto of him from his 2004 Rome Braves minor league card I just recently acquired.

Monday, September 15, 2014

McCutchen Monday: Face to Face with Kershaw

Both the Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers are in playoff contention for the National League.  Both players also have MVP caliber performers on their team in Andrew McCutchen and Clayton Kershaw.

I recently came across a lot of Panini Elite Baseball inserts that included 2 copies of the card you see above.  They are numbered 775/999 and 165/999.  I don't have much of a need for two copies so if someone is interested in ONE of them please let me know by leaving a comment.  Sorry for the terrible cropping job, but it's late and I am too tired to go back and rescan the cards.

Unless the pitcher is just downright filthy with an ERA in the 1.00s with over 25 wins with double digit complete games I don't think that pitchers should be considered MVPs.  Don't get me wrong, without Kershaw the Dodgers probably aren't nearly as good as they are, but let's be real he plays in only 20% of the games and at best of those 20% of games he's only playing in 80% of the innings for those games.  Most position players perform in 150 games and often times for 9+ innings of those games.  If you completely disagree with me, feel free to leave a comment.

BTW...who do you think wins the NL MVP this year?  Could Cutch repeat?  Is Josh Harrison a possibility?