Thursday, August 4, 2011

I've got the 8th inning woes

For two nights in a row, the Pirates have blown the game in the 8th inning.  I'm tired of it.
James McDonald pitched not great, but well enough to deserve a win especially since he had a bases clearing double with the bat in the 6th inning.  Pictured is his 2011 Topps Heritage Blank Back 1/1 card from the Topps Vault.

Daniel McCutchen who has been a solid relief pitcher and long man all season long couldn't get an out as he loaded the bases in the 8th inning with a 2 run lead.  This 2011 Topps 60 Jersey relic states that he tied for first in wins in the International League in 2009 with 13.  He's now lost twice in the past week.

The Pirates desperately need to fix the 8th inning situation until this man comes back:
Pirates fans miss you dearly Evan Meek.

I've now posted all my Evan Meek jersey & relic cards I own.  Meek has been a favorite of mine for the past couple seasons.
In order from top to bottom
2011 Heritage Blank Back 1/1
2008 Topps Chrome AUTO
2008 Topps Chrome Blue Refractor AUTO
2009 Upper Deck SP Authentic Signatures AUTO
2008 Upper Deck X UDX signatures AUTO
2009 Upper Deck SPX game JERSEY AUTO
2008 Upper Deck Ballpark Collection AUTO
2010 Topps Allstar Game JERSEY
2010 Upper Deck Game Jersey JERSEY
2008 Upper Deck SP Authentic Rookie JERSEY AUTO 456/649

Maybe the Pirates should just let the Hammer pitch the 8th and 9th innings whenever it's a save opportunity.  Kent Tekulve used to pitch multiple innings all the time to close out games.
This is my favorite printing plate I own.  I really like the black printing plates more than the other 3 colors.  This Joel Hanrahan 1/1 Black Printing Plate is from 2011 Topps Series 2.


  1. That's a nice Meek collection! And a very cool plate. Now if the Bucs could only get it together and win a game, I'd be happy.

  2. Sweet plate! And as Justin said, awesome Meek PC!