Friday, February 27, 2015

An Awesome Way To End An Awesome Week!

It's been a rough week, with lots of work, physical therapy, tests, and quizzes, but I started gym, and I'm able to start batting lessons, and batting practice again! I've barely had any time to blog, or do anything baseball related. but now it's Friday, I have no homework, and life is back to normal. School was good, and when I got home, I found a package that said, "Frankie," and it was from Panini. I knew that it had to be my Jose Abreu prime patch redemption that I pulled back in November along with the Byron Buxton button. I knew the card was going to be Jose Abreu, but how was the patch going to be? Well, it did not dissapoint! This looks like it's from an all star jersey, which is pretty cool, and it's part of the star! Here's the card...

Panini did a very good job with shipping, shipping the card in a magnetic, with tape, in an envelope, in a box. That's a lot better than Topps! The card is pretty thick, and is really nice looking! I sold my other 2 Abreu autographs for around $100, because I knew I had this coming. 

Even though it is a sticker autograph, the patch does not disappoint! I sent some cards to Jose Abreu a week ago, so hopefully I'll get those back, and I can another Abreu autograph to my collection!
Thank you for reading! Thank you Panini! Happy Friday!

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Walking Dead S5E11

If you read the comics, then you must have thought this last episode was awesome. Aaron tells the group where the community is, but Rick still doesn't believe him. They leave at night to go to the community (which will be known as Alexandria) which doesn't seem like a very good idea, but they do it just in case. They decide to take route 23 instead of the one Aaron suggested, which ends up turning out badly. Aaron sees a flare and tries to get out of the car, because his friend Eric is in trouble. Maggie saves Eric, and Aaron says he will repay Ricks group, which I think will end up being very important. They leave in the morning for Alexandria, and that's when Rick sees that the community really is real. I'm hoping that we'll see Negan at the end of season 5... Douglas will probably introduce himself in the next episode also. 
Thank you for reading! 

Friday, February 20, 2015


After a very long offseason, baseball is finally here! Pitchers and catchers reported for the Yankees today, and I'll finally get to see all the new Yankees in uniform! I'm so excited for baseball to start, and can't wait until I can go to Yankees games again! Also, Rod Manfred made some new rules for baseball which I'm not too happy about. Like Nick Swisher said, keep baseball the way it is. Their's no need to change the game, if I pay $50 to see a baseball game, and travel all that way, I want to see 3 hours of baseball, not 2 hours. Also, please no pitch clock. That's one thing that I'm completely against.

Chase Headley

Jose Pirela

Then their is A-Rod...
Thank you for reading! Enjoy baseball!!!

Top 10 Favorite Songs

Here's a list of my favorite songs

#10 Grieg - Morning 

#9 Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street

#8 Journey - Don't Stop Believin'

#7 Christopher Cross - Ride Like The Wind

#6 Dexys Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen 

#5 - The Beatles - Yellow Submarine

#4 - Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline

#3 - A-ha - Take On Me 

#2 - Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke

#1 - The Beatles - Here Comes The Sun

Top 5 Favorite Artists

#5 Gerry Rafferty 

#4 Billy Joel

#3 Elton John

#2 Stevie Wonder 

#1 The Beatles

It was really hard to narrow it down to 10 and 5...
Thank you for reading!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

2015 Spring Training TTM

This is for my own reference, and I will keep updating this as time goes on. Heres who I've sent out to so far in 2015:

February 20th 2015

Wade Boggs (again)
Masahiro Tanaka (hopefully!)
Paul O'Neil
Brian McCann
Chase Headley
Jacoby Ellsbury
Yasiel Puig
Jose Abreu

I had to go and buy some more envelopes. Hopefully I won't need more than 120!

February 21st 2015

Nolan Arenado
Alex Rodriguez
Chase Headley
Brian Cashman

February 23rd 2015

Brett Gardner
Ichiro Suzuki
Austin Meadows
Didi Gregorius... SUCCESS
Kris Bryant
Mark Appel
Mookie Betts
Eric Jagielo
Leonardo Molina
Tyler Danish... SUCCESS
Gosuke Katoh... SUCCESS
Maikel Franco
Brandon Cumpton... SUCCESS
Billy Burns... SUCCESS
Devon Travis... SUCCESS
Preston Tucker
Chase Anderson... SUCCESS
Pierce Johnson
Tim Cooney

February 28th

Micah Johnson

March 2nd 2015

David Robertson

I guess I'm starting to send to more prospects now... I never thought I would send out this many!!!

I think that may be it, unless I get the time during the week! I think $32 is enough money in stamps! Now, I hope for the best! My guess is I get %80 back. Hopefully...

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Nolan Arenado And Christian Yelich

These are two players that I have been very high on, and I've really enjoyed watching them play over the last 2 years, especially Nolan Arenado. He's an excellent hitter, and an unbelievable 3rd baseman. 
This first card I got at the National, and I paid $7 for it, which I thought was a really good price. Even though it's a sticker autograph, it's still a really cool card. I hated the base design of 2013 Topps Finest, but I have to say that the autograph relics look really nice.

I also got this at the National last year, but paid only $3 for this card. I know it's a sticker autograph, but for $3, their was no way I could pass down a deal like that. 

The last card that I have of Nolan Arenado, is from 2013 Topps Chrome, and is pack pulled by me. I remember buying a couple of packs from a stamp and coin shop that's near me that I never go to, and I pulled this, and another autograph from 2013 Topps Archives. I didn't know who this guy was at the time, but I'm really glad I held onto this card! It's #ed /499. I remember I went to a Rockies game in Colorado, and I saw them play the Marlins (how ironic). I got to see both Arenado and Yelich play which was awesome! If I remember correctly, Arenado went either 4/4 or 5/5 and Yelich got a couple of hits also. That week, Nolan Arenado was also named NL player of the week! The final score ended up being something crazy, and the Marlins ended up winning 13-5. The Rockies got something going in the 9th when they were down by a million runs, and for a minute, I thought they would actually win, but of course, they lost. I also got to see Boone Logan pitch which was really cool, even though he gave up a couple of runs. 

Christian Yelich is another young player, who has a lot of talent. He lead off for the Marlins last year, and was fantastic. He's part of the young outfield that the Marlins have, and he should be in the postseason in the next few years! This card was pulled by me from a pack of Museum Collection! 
 I traded for this card back in November, and even though I think his value was a little high, ($50) I still love this card. It's from 2013 Bowman Platinum, and has a really nice patch, but sadly, it's a sticker autograph. It seems like every autograph relic card, has to have a sticker...
Thank you for reading!

The Walking Dead S5-E10

This is a little late, but I still wanted to write something about the latest episode. I also finally caught up with the comics, and read the 15 or so issues that I missed. 

The beginning of episode 10 was a little boring, and I thought that adding the Barn scene was a little stupid, and that it was just to waste time. Pretty much, I hated the episode, until Aaron came up to Maggie and Sasha, which is a sign of Alexandria and the hilltop which I'm really excited about. Maybe we'll see Negan in the season finale...? 

In the comic books, (DON'T READ IF YOU DON'T READ THE COMIC BOOKS OR HAVEN'T BEEN KEEPING UP WITH THEM) Negan finally is defeated, and a couple of people died because of the whisperers. I'm curious to see if Carl and that girl (I forget her name) will bring Rick and the whisperers together, or maybe they'll just kill each other, like every other time.
Thank you for reading, I would love to know your thoughts!

Yankees Will Honor Pettitte, Posada, and Williams

This season, the Yankees will retire another 3 numbers, 20, 46, and 51. Many people disagree, and say that none of these players will ever be in the HOF, but the Yankees have 27 World Series titles. All of these players helped the Yankees win those 4 championships during their best years. 
Andy Pettitte was always a good pitcher, he was never great. He was always consistent enough to give the Yankees a win, and was outstanding in the postseason, with 19 postseason wins. I think he deserves this, and even with the use of HGH, he helped the Yankees when they needed him, and when he wasn't on HGH. 

He was on the Yankees for most of his career, but left for 3 years for his hometown team, the Houston Astros.

Jorge Posada wasn't on the Yankees postseason roster in 1996, but helped the Yankees in 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2009. Not to mention the double he had in game 7 of the 2003 ALCS that tied it in the 8th. 
In my mind, Jorge Posada deserves to have a plaque in monument park, but maybe not have his number retried.  

To me, Bernie Williams deserves this honor the most. He was one of the most consistent hitters on the Yankees, hitting for both average and power, while also helping the Yankees win 4 World Series titles.

Hopefully I can make my way to one of the games! Thank you for reading!

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Yankees Dynasty

"It ain't over till it's over" - Yogi Berra

1995 - In 1995, everything came together for the Yankees thanks to manager Buck Showalter, and half of the core four. Even though the Yankees lost to the Mariners in the ALDS, it all seemed to come together. Don Mattingly also played his last year in pinstripes, and Ruben Sierra was still on the team. In game 2, Ruben Sierra and Don Mattingly hit back to back homers, which was Mattinglys only postseason home run. The game ended up going to the 15th inning, until Jim Leyrtiz hit a walk off home run to end it. Not to mention the impressive appearance of Mariano Rivera.

1996 - Don Mattingly retired, and Tino Martinez came to the Bronx to fill the place of the Yankee captain, which seemed almost impossible. Derek Jeter was at shortstop, and won AL ROY. Andy Pettitte had 21 wins, and just came short of winning his first Cy Young award. Mariano Rivera was the setup man for Wettleland, and was lights out for the Yankees. The Yankees would also sweep the Atlanta Braves in the World Series in 6 games, and Wetteland was named MVP of the World Series getting 4 saves in 4 games. The Yankees were doing something special, and Joe Torre would no longer be called, "Clueless Joe."

1997  - The Yankees didn't win the World Series in 1997, but that doesn't mean that they weren't a spectacular team. The Yankees won 96 games that year. They won games 1 and 2 of the ALDS against the Indians, but the Indians won the next 3 to go to the ALCS. The next year, the Yankees dominated the American League.

1998 - The Yankees won 114 games in the regular season, and were unstoppable in the postseason winning another 11 games in the postseason, and sweeping the Padres in 4 games to win their 8th straight World Series game. Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Derek Jeter, and Jorge Posada won their first World Series together.

1999 - Once again, the Yankees finished in first place, and with 98 wins, it was another spectacular season. The Yankees would once again, meet the Atlanta Braves in the fall classic, but this time, they would take care of them very quickly. The Yankees swept the Braves in 4 games, to win their 12th straight World Series game. Mariano Rivera was named World Series MVP, and also earned his 3rd World Series ring.

2000 - The Yankees didn't have a spectacular season, but it sure wasn't bad. They, again, finished 1st in the AL East, while winning only 87 games. The Yankees won the World Series in 5 games, against their crosstown rivals, the New York Mets. Derek Jeter was the MVP of the World Series.

2001 - It wasn't a happy ending for the Yankees in 2001, but they fought for that ending. It was another spectacular season, and the Yankees won 95 games. The postseason was pushed back a week because of a terrible terrorist attack, and for the first time in MLB history, the World Series would be played in the month of November. Everything seemed over, when the A's won the first 2 in the ALDS, but one play changed the whole series. Mike Mussina was on the mound for the Yankees with a 1-0 lead, as Long hit it down the right field line. Shane Spencer finally got to the ball, and made a terrible throw, missing both cutoff men, and out of nowhere, Derek Jeter ran to the first base side, got the ball, and threw the ball to Jorge Posada who tagged out Jeremy Giambi by an inch. The Yankees would go on to win the next 2 games, and advance to the ALCS. Next up was the Mariners. The Yankees won the first 2 games, but the Mariners came back for game 3 and won 14 to 3. That didn't seem to affect the Yankees at all, as they won the next 2 games to advance to the World Series. It was the Diamondbacks, who had Randy Johnson, and Curt Shilling, who were 2 devastating pitchers. The Diamondbacks won the first to games, with the help of Johnson and Shilling. The Yankees were back at home for games 3, 4, and 5, which seemed to energize them. With the help of The Rocket, the Yankees won game 3 by a score of 2-1. In game 4, Orlando Hernandez was on the mound, one of the most dominating postseason pitchers. He did his job. The bullpen did not. In the bottom of the 9th, the Diamondbacks were up by 2, and with 1 out, Paul O'Neil got a meaningless single off of Byung-Hyun Kim. Bernie Williams struck out, and that brought up Tino Martinez, with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th with a runner on. Tino Martinez hit a game tying, 2 run home run, and BK looked devastated. You knew the Yankees would win, because when the Yankees came back, they would almost always win the game. That's exactly what they did. With BK still on the mound, Derek Jeter hit an opposite field home run to tie the series at 2. The very next day, with the Yankees down by 2, Jorge Posada doubled, and Scott Brosius came up to bat with 2 outs. After taking a ball, he sent the ball into the left field seats to, again, tie the game. In the 12th, Alfonso Soriano singled to drive in Chuck Knoblauch, and the Yankees took a 3-2 series lead. For the last 2 games, the Yankees had to revisit Arizona. Randy Johnson and the Diamondbacks blew out the Yankees, to force a game 7. The dominating Curt Shilling came out for the Diamondbacks, while Roger Clemens tried to win another title for the Yankees. With the Yankees up by 1 in the bottom of the 9th, Mariano Rivera tried to lock down another title for the Yankees, coming in for another inning of work. The most dominating reliever in baseball, who hadn't blown a postseason save in eons. With the bases loaded, Luis Gonzalez, and Diamondbacks slugger, came up to bat. Rivera threw Gonzalez a cutter, but he was strong enough to hit the ball into very shallow center field. Just like that, the game was over, the World Series was over, and the most dominating reliever blew a save. The Diamondbacks did not only beat the Yankees, they beat the team of the decade. They beat the team that had won 3 World Series titles in a row.

2002 - The Yankees, once again, dominated the AL, winning an outstanding 103 games in the regular season. In the postseason, the Yankees were quickly erased by the Angles in 4 games. Although the Yankees were one of the best teams in the regular season, they couldn't pull through to win another World Series.

2003 - In 2003, the Yankees brought in Hideki Matsui, who came from Japan as a free agent. On June 3rd, George Steinbrenner named Derek Jeter captain of the New York Yankees. The Yankees would be against their long time rivals, the Boston Red Sox, in the ALCS. The Red Sox won game 1 by a score of 5-2, the losing pitcher being Mike Mussina. Andy Pettitte would pitch a fantastic game 2, helping the Yankees win 6-2. Everything started in game 3 when Pedro Martinez, the starting pitcher, threw at Karim Garcias head. After everything settled down, a half inning later Roger Clemens threw inside to Manny Ramirez (which was just a brush-back) but Ramirez took that the wrong way, and the benches and bullpens cleared out. Don Zimmer was going after Pedro Martinez, and Martinez threw Zimmer to the ground. The Yankees ended up winning by one run, and game 4 would be on it's way. The Red Sox would win game 4, the Yankees would win game 5, and the Red Sox would win game 6. The Yankees and Red Sox would play each at Yankee stadium for game 7, where Roger Clemens and Pedro martinez would go at it again. Roger Clemens gave up 4 runs by the 4th inning, while Pedro Martinez would dominate, as usual. Mussina would replace Clemens in the 5th, and pitch 2 scoreless innings. Jason Giambi, who wasn't supposed to be in the lineup, hit a solo home run in the 5th inning to put the Yankees on the board. In the 7th inning, Jason Giambi hit another home run, to put the Yankees another run closer. David Wells replaced Jeff Nelson in the 8th inning, and David Ortiz, the first batter Wells faced, hit a solo home run to erase the run Giambi put on the board in the 7th. David Wells thought he had lost the game for the Yankees, but the Yankees would always come back, and they did just that in the 8th. Down by 3 in the bottom of the 8th, and Pedro Martinez still on the mound, Derek Jeter came up with 1 out, and started the rally with a double. Bernie Williams would come up and single to center field to drive in Jeter, and Hideki Matsui would get a ground rule double to put the tying runs on base, and the potential winning run at bat. In between at bats, Grady Little came out to check on Pedro. He left him in the game. Jorge Posada came up to bat with a chance to tie the game, and he didn't miss his chance. Posada dropped the ball perfectly in shallow center field, and both the shortstop and second baseman tried to go for it, which allowed Posada to reach second base, and the game was tied at 5. That was it for Pedro Martinez. Mariano Rivera pitched the 9th, 10th, and 11th innings, and did a fantastic job, not allowing any runs. Tim Wakefield came in in the 10th, and pitched a scoreless inning for the Red Sox, but Aaron Boone got the best of the knuckle ball specialist in the 11th. Leading off in the bottom of the 11th, on the first pitch Aaron Boone took Wakefields pitch to deep left, and just like that, the Yankees were going to the World Series. In the World Series, the Yankees lost to the Marlins in 6 games, and lost another chance at their 27th World Series ring.

2004 - It was another great year for the Yankees, until they met the Red Sox in the ALCS. The Yankees traded for superstar Alex Rodriguez which would complete their lineup for 2004. When the ALCS came, the Yankees won the first 3, but everything went down after that. Mariano Rivera blew a save in game 4, and the Yankees would lose games 5, 6, and 7. The Yankees haven't won a World Seres in 4 years.

2005 - Robinson Cano came up as a rookie in 2005, and was spectacular, coming second in AL ROY next to Huston Street. Alex Rodriguez would win AL MVP, while hitting 48 home runs. The Yankees would finish first in the AL East with 95 wins, but they failed to advance to the World Series, yet alone the ALCS. They lost to the Angles in 5 games, and for the 5th year in a row, they failed to win a World Series title after winning 4 titles in 5 years.

2006 - The Yankees would make the postseason for the 12th year straight, and finished the season at 97-65. The Yankees failed to get to the ALCS for the 2nd year in a row, as they lost to the Detroit Tigers in 4 games in the ALDS. The Yankees lost a valuable member from their dynasty years, Bernie Williams. He helped the Yankees win 4 world series, and now he would be enjoying the life of music.

2007 - The Yankees were starting to lose it, as they came in 2nd in the AL East, and had a 94-68 record. They won the wildcard game, but lost to the Cleveland Indians in 4 games in the ALDS.

2008 - The Yankees had their worst year in over a decade, missing the postseason for the first time since 1994. Brian Cashman had to make some serious additions in 2009, and he did just that.

2009 - The Yankees added CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, Mark Teixeira, and Nick Swisher. Along with those superstars, the Yankees had the core four, A-Rod, Robinson Cano, Johnny Damon, and Hideki Matsui. The Yankees swept the Twins in the ALDS, beat the Angles in 6 games, and went on to face the defending World Series champs, the Philadelphia Phillies. Cliff Lee got the best of the Yankees in game 1, pitching a gem and giving the Phillies a 1-0 series lead. AJ Burnett pitched a fantastic game 2, and gave the Yankees a 3-1 win to tie the series a 1. Long time postseason pitcher Andy Pettitte always pitched well enough to give the Yankees the win, and even though his stuff wasn't sharp, it was good enough to give the Yankees a win. CC Sabathia had a bounce-back game 4, and helped the Yankees win by a score of 7-4. The Phillies won game 5, but that just delayed the Yankees 27th World Series title, and helped the Yankees win at home. Two nights later, the Yankees captured their 27th World Series title, with Andy Pettitte earning the win, and Mariano Rivera earning the save. The MVP of the World Series was Hideki Matsui, who had 3 home runs, 8 RBI, and a .615 batting average.

2010 - The Yankees had another impressive season, finishing the season with 95 wins, but that wasn't enough to win the AL East. The Yankees won the AL wild card game, and went on to sweep the Twins in the ALDS. The Yankees were looking to win their 2nd straight World Series title, but in their way stood the Texas Rangers. The Rangers got rid of the Yankees in 6 games, and would move on to the World Series, while the Yankees would have to wait until 2011.

2011 - In 2011, Andy Pettitte decided it was time to retire, and that would make 2010 his final season. The Yankees would lose one of the core four. Having some struggles, Jorge Posada decided to leave the game he loved. Only Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera were left, and it was up to them to help the Yankees win their 28th World Series title. The Yankees improved by 2 games, with a record of 97-65. The Yankees played the Tigers in the ALDS, but lost in game 5 by 1 run, and would miss another shot at the World Series. Jorge Posada finished his last postseason with an impressive .429 batting average.

2012 - Tired of being away from baseball, Andy Pettitte returned to the Yankees, and signed a 1 year deal. Early in the season, Mariano Rivera injured himself after crashing into a wall, and would undergo surgery. Rafael Soriano would replace him for the year and was spectacular, but he just wasn't Mariano Rivera. 2012 would have been Rivera's last season, but that would have to wait another year. The Yankees, as usual, had another great year, and with 95 wins, the Yankees finished 1st in the AL East. The Yankees signed free agent Hiroki Kuroda, and late in the season, traded for outfielder Ichrio Suzuki. In the ALDS, the Yankees beat the Orioles in 5 games, Raul Ibanez being the hero in 3, as he tied it in the 9th with a solo home run, and won it in the 12th with a solo home run. In the ALCS, the Yankees had the Tigers to deal with. In game 1, down by 4 runs in the 9th, the Yankees did what they've done for years. They came back. Ichiro Suzuki had a rare 2 run home run, then Raul Ibanez, the hero of game 3 in the ALDS, came up and drove Jose Valverde's pitch over the right field wall. In the 12th inning, Derek Jeter lost his balance going for a ground ball, and twisted his ankle. After that, everything was downhill, and the Tigers swept the Yankees in 4 games to advance to the World Series.

2013 - Mariano Rivera would retire at the end of 2013, and received a fantastic farewell tour. Towards the end of the season, Andy Pettitte also announced his retirement, and would retire after the 2013 season. For only the 2nd time in the last 19 years, the Yankees would miss the postseason. After winning 5 World Series rings, two legendary Yankees would retire, and that would change everything.

2014 - Derek Jeter announced his retirement before the 2014 season started and baseball, not only the Yankees, would be saying goodbye to a legendary player. Derek Jeter played 20 seasons, all with New York. Like Rivera, Jeter got a farewell tour, and received gifts from all around the Major Leagues. As for the Yankees, they missed the playoffs for the 2nd year in a row. Going into the bottom of the 9th inning of Derek Jeters last home game, with one out and a runner on 2nd, Derek Jeter singled to right field and drove in Antoine Richardson to give the Yankees the win. In Derek Jeters last at bat, he got an infield single, and that was it for Jeter. Despite the low average, Derek Jeter ended his career with a walk off hit in his last home game.

I've spent many days writing this, I would really appreciate it if you would comment! Thank you for reading! 


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Grade "A" 90's Stars

In 1990, Ken Griffey Sr, and Ken Griffey Jr were on the same team, the Mariners. On September 14, 1990, the both Griffey's went back to back, becoming the first father and son to hit back to back home runs. 

This card features Ken Griffey Jr in a Mariners uniform, and is graded an 8.5 NM-MT. For some reason, graded cards feel so much better. Maybe it's because if I drop the card, It won't do it any harm...
Randy Johnson was a Yankee for 2 years, but didn't have the greatest years. He also just got inducted into the HOF this year. I really like the design of 1989 Donruss, and I think this card looks great. Although they could have picked a slightly better picture of Randy Johnson...

Here's another card of Randy Johnson, except it's graded from some weird company and made by The Merrick Mint, which I'm not too familiar with. Either way, it's still a cool card of a Hall Of Famer.

Another rookie card of a 2015 Hall Of Famer, this card is graded a 9 by BCCG. I never really liked Pedro Martinez, but he was an incredible pitcher.

I've had this card for a few years now, but never showed it. It's graded a 10 by BCCG, and it's of Hall Of Famer Cal Ripken Jr! I picked this up for around $10 at a card shop that's about 30 minutes from me.

This is one my favorite Jeter cards that I have in my Jeter collection. It's graded a 10 by BCCG, and it's Derek Jeter's second year card form 1997 score, and is the gold label version. I got this at a card show that's about 10 minutes from me, and they have it every month which is always fun to go to.

Okay, so maybe Mickey Mantle didn't play in the 90's, but I had this card in the pile and just thought I would show it off while it was with me. It's a cool card from 1996 Bleachers, and is graded a 10 by WCG.
I hope I made up my lack of blogging! Thank you for reading!

Learning More About The New York Yankees - #4

Clay Rapada

Clay Rapada was on the Yankees for one year, and probably had the best year of his career in 2012. He was mainly used in 1 or 2 out situations, but every now and then he would tackle an inning. He was a sidearm lefty, which made left handers an easy out. In 2012 he pitched 38.1 innings, while posting a 2.82 ERA, which is pretty good considering his recent years, which were pretty bad. But, like everything, all good things come to an end, and the next year he only pitched 2 innings. I don't know the reason, but it seemed like he just disappeared from MLB. He just signed with the Giants, which I'm super excited about, and I'm hoping he can get back to, "2012 mode," and help the Giants win another title, only if the Yankees aren't in the playoffs. The Yankees always come first. 
Thank you for reading!

A Package From William

William, over at "Foul Bunt," emailed me and asked if he could sent a care package over my way. Not knowing what to expect, I came home from school last Wednesday, I think, and I saw my mom had a cube shaped package for me when I got in the car. Again, not knowing what to expect, I opened it up and read the note. I saw that it was a signed baseball! I opened it up, and saw that it was of 4 year Yankee manager, Buck Showalter! I don't have any autographs of Buck in my collection, and I'm really happy to have this Buck Showalter baseball. It definitely made my day! 

Thank you so much William for the baseball!
Thank you for reading!

Learning More About The New York Yankees - #3

Jim Bronstad

Theirs not much to say about Jim Bronstad. He pitched 93.2 innings, had 45 strikeouts, a 1-7 record, and a 5.48 ERA. He had an 0-3 record with the Yankees, which isn't exactly what you would call MLB worthy. His career only lasted 3 years. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

The Walking Dead Season Premier

I only have a few minutes to write, but I definitely need to write something about the Walking Dead. Most baseball card bloggers probably don't watch the Walking Dead, but if any of you do, please comment! 



Now you can't blame me if I tell you something that you haven't watched. Last chance.


I love to read the comic books, and sometimes you sort of expect things like this, but I did not expect Tyreese to die at all. He was one of the main characters in the comic, and show, and even though both Tyreese charters died, they died completely different deaths. In the comic book, the governor kills him, and in the show, he gets bitten by a zombie. This episode was one of the best episodes in a very long time, but that's just my opinion. I mainly posted about this so I could hear other peoples thoughts.

Thank you for reading!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Learning More About The New York Yankees - #2

Al Wickland

Al Wickland also had a very short career, and I didn't find much information about him. Wickland played in the majors for 5 years, and had a .270 career batting average. He also stole 58 bases and only got caught 4 times, all of them being in his first year in the major leagues. He appeared in 26 games for the Yankees, while posting an unimpressive .152 batting average. 

Thank you for reading!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Kalalau Trail In Kawaii

This upcoming summer my whole family (and more) is going to Hawaii. 5 members of my family are going on the Kalalau trail, and I'm still trying to convince them that I'm able to go. I'm getting there...

Hopefully by August I'll be fully healed and ready to do everything that I do again, which included hiking, baseball, running and a bunch of other stuff. Although I do understand that it is a very hard trail, and it is very dangerous, I'm determined to let my parents know that I'm able to do it. Even if I don't end up going on the trail, I want them to know that I'm able to do stuff like this in the future. It's 11.5 miles there, and 11.5 miles back, so around 23 miles roundtrip. It's not something you do in a day, or even two days. Part of me wants to go, but part of me wants to leave everything be, and not ruin anything. This isn't really baseball related, but I've done quite a bit of research on this, and I want to hear some other opinions.

The scenery looks beautiful, and I'm look forward to (hopefully) going on the hike, or if not, going to Hawaii.

Thank you for reading!

Learning More About The New York Yankees - #1

I did not come up with this idea, all credit goes to, "Red Cardboard!" Thank you so much for this awesome idea! Anyways, If I continue this daily, I should have over 1,500 of these, but I don't think that's going to happen. It may happen. On with #1!

Ray Francis
I honestly don't even know if this is a picture of Ray Francis, he has no pictures.

Ray Francis played for the Yankees for 1 year and had a 7.71 ERA in 4 games, and 4.2 innings pitched. He wasn't really known for his baseball ability's though. His only baseball card appeared in 1921 when he was pitching for Seattle in the Pacific Coast League. In 1922, Ty Cobb had warned him not to pitch inside to him, and he hit him with a fastball. Both of them fought, and then fought later outside the stadium, which I find very interesting. Francis also gave up a home run to Babe Ruth, and gave up to Lou Gehrig's first RBI, which I find really fascinating. Theres one thing that really stands out to me though. Ray Francis gave all of his baseball income to the needy, and bought clothes and pay bills for complete strangers. What he didn't do on the field, he made up for off the field! 

This only took me about 15 minutes, and it's something really fun to do! You learn something everyday! 
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It's Been A While

Mariano Rivera will be appearing at the White Plains show in March. Although he does charge a very steep price, I plan on going. He charged $300 a ticket which may seem outrages, but it's actually a really good price. 


Mariano Rivera

“Mo is back!”
5x World Series Champ
652 Saves – All-Time Leader
Saturday – March 14th
11:00am – 1:00pm
Anything Signed – $299.00
Inscriptions – $99.00
Appearance is limited to 250 Tickets!
Pre-Order is necessary. Please call the office.

I'll probably have to sell some cards if I want to get an inscription to go along with the autograph ticket, but it's definitely worth it to see Mo. The only problem is, what do I get signed? I'm usually fine with getting multiple items signed by players at the white Plains show, so I was think about a Rivera jersey, my Gehrig jersey, and an over-sized photo. For $400, I don't think I'll have a problem getting 3 items signed by the all time saves leader. On the jersey, I would probably have him inscribe it, "Enter Sandman," and, "652 saves." Besides, the money will probably go to the Mariano Rivera Foundation. 

Here's the jersey
And the 16x20 photo

Let Me know if you have any suggestions! 
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