Sunday, October 18, 2015

Christmas In October!

I haven't posted anything in a few weeks, which is probably the longest i've gone without posting anything. Whenever I tried to write something, nothing came to my mind. Anyways, here's an early Christmas present, my parents gave me!

Tickets to Game 2 of the NLCS! I'm on my way to Citi Field now, so this'll just be a very short post. 
I'm happy for the Mets, but I've loved watching the Cubs this year. With Bryant, Schwarber, Soler, Russell, Baez... There's too many rookies to name. One of my favorite players has been Starlin Castro. Even though he's had a rough two years, he's really bounced back in the second half.
Go Cubs!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Social Media, Ranting, And 27 Year Olds

Prior to 2015, I refused to get any type of social media, whether it was Facebook, Twitter, Instagram... It didn't matter, I refused to get any type of social media. Until March, when I decided to get Instagram, since I knew some collectors were on there. The first deal that I made, I purchased a card, and never received it. I paid through friends and family, so there was nothing I could do about it. The first deal that I made, I got scammed. Not a good start! Everything was smooth after that, until now. I'm pretty sure I just got scammed again, but I'll make a separate post on that... For now, I want to talk about one collector on Instagram, that goes by the name, southerncaliforniasportscards. I made a deal with him about a month ago, and we both agreed to ship the same day, which was a Tuesday. I did what I said I would do, and shipped the day I was supposed to ship. A week later, I still didn't receive the card, and he said that he didn't ship. I kept asking him for tracking, and by the time he got me the tracking, the card was already here, which was a little over two weeks. Not fun, especially when (excuse my language), called me a bitch, cry baby, and a few other names that I won't say.

Here he is... He claims that he is 27 years old.

So today, he made a post, saying, this is by far the worste generation of kids hands down. First off, he spelled, worst, wrong. All he does, is complain about all the kids on Instagram. So I made a comment, telling him how he all he does is complain, and I explained to him that what he said, isn't always true. This is the response I get:

I'm not sure if he thinks he can say anything he wants, just because he's older then most of the people on Instagram...?

I continue to say nothing, and he says this.

I continue to keep silent, and he continues to pile it on... I'm not trying to be dramatic or anything, but when someone does something like this, it's sort of difficult to not talk about it... Plus, when you talk about something, it always makes you feel better for some reason. Well, that's the end of my rant. And to add to his statement; Yes, this generation is very different, because a lot is changing, but not everyone is constantly on their iphones. Therefore, his statement is false.
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eBay Mailday

A few weeks ago, I purchased one card off of eBay, that really caught my eye. I was thinking about the Greg Maddux autograph that I pulled from 2015 Museum Collection back in April, and I remembered that I still wanted to have a Maddux autograph in my collection. It would be pretty tough to beat the one that I pulled, but I was searching eBay, and one particular card, really caught my eye. No, it wasn't just a Maddux autograph, or just a Maddux patch.

Part one...

Part two...

Part three... And when you put them all together, you get this beautiful card:

The autograph isn't on card, but who cares! Greg Maddux is featured in a Cubs uniform, and the card also includes a great variety of patches. This one will be staying in my collection, unless I see a cheaper, more appealing, Maddux. I would've liked Maddux in a Braves uniform, but I'm definitely not complaining about this card!
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Thursday, October 8, 2015

2015 Five Star Box For $34

Last week, I bought into a razz, which is basically a raffle, for a box of 2015 Topps Five Star Baseball. I definitely wouldn't buy a box, if it cost $130, but I bought 30% of the spots in the break, so it cost me a little over $30. I ended up winning the box, which surprised me enough, but what really caught me by surprise, was puling these two cards:

The first card I pulled, was this Jacob DeGrom, golden graphs autograph /50! I'm not a Mets fan, but DeGrom is one of the most dominant starters in the NL, and he'll be going up against the Dodgers tomorrow night.

Andres Galarraga! I didn't realize how well Galarraga sells, so I'm not sure if I'll sell now, and wait for it to go down, or hold onto it. Either way, it's an awesome card! 
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Friday, October 2, 2015

An Amazing 2015 Yankee Season

Who expected the Yankees to finish with an above .500 winning percentage? Who expected the Yankees to make the postseason? Nobody. The Yankees had a bunch of old, over-payed players, like A-Rod, Teixeira, McCann, Ellsbury, Gardner, Beltran... Being above .500 by the end of the year, would be tough for the Yankees.
Mark Teixeira - Was having a tremendous season, and having one of the best of his career. He was key to the Yankees success, playing a stellar first base, and hitting home runs both sides of the plate. Until he went down, fouling a ball off of his leg. After hearing that Tex wouldn't return until 2016, Greg Bird was going to have to step it up.

Greg Bird- Has hit 11 home runs, in about 150 at bats, in his short time in the majors. The most impressive aspect, is that he's playing in a pennant race, and has come up with multiple big hits. Who's Mark Teixeira?

Dustin Ackley - The Yankees traded for Ackley at the deadline, and he has been more then the Yankees asked for. Hitting over .300 as a Yankee, with multiple home runs, and multiple pinch hits. He has shown that he can be clutch!

Carlos Beltran - Had a dreadful April, but since the beginning of May, he has been like his old self, hitting home runs, and hitting for a high average, while coming up with some huge hits, one of them being the three run home run in Toronto. He carried the team in August.

Brian McCann - After having a rough 2014, McCann has had a career high in home runs, and has been a leader for the Yankees all year long. The average isn't there, but driving in runs is what McCann does. He's one of the best catchers in baseball!

Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner - The table setters for the Yankees, during the first half, they were the most important players for the Yankees. They got on base, and A-Rod, Tex, and McCann would do their job, to get them in. As of late, Gardner has been struggling, and he definitely needs to get it going before the postseason

Alex Rodriguez - Who expected Alex to have a year like he has been having? 30+ homers, 80+ RBI's, and an asset to the Yankees lineup. With him, right in front of Gardner and Ellsbury, and Tex and McCann in front of him, he has made the lineup that more dangerous.

Chris Young - Has destroyed lefties this year, but has really struggled against lefties.

John Ryan Murphy - The little guy, the backup catcher! He has had a few big hits for the Yankees, while an average of over .280, which is very impressive for a backup catcher that doesn't play that often.

Slade Heathcott - One big home run against the Rays...

Masahiro Tanaka - Injury prone, but has come up big for the Yankees in the past month. His last outing was a little shaky, but his next start will most likely be on Tuesday... The wild card game!

CC Sabathia - Had an awful first 7 months of the season, but has shown that he still has it, and will most likely be in the rotation in the post season, if the Yankees go further then the wild card.

Nathan Eovladi - Struggled in the beginning of the season, but after his one awful start against Miami, he really turned it on. Unfortunately, he ended up going on the DL, which was a huge loss for the Yankees

Luis Severino - Got called up in August, and has been absolutely outstanding for the Yankees, pitching to an under three ERA.

Chris Capuano - No...

Adam Warren - Was the Yankees most consistent starter in the beginning of the season, but eventually, he moved to the bullpen, where he was even more effective. He's able to pitch multiple innings, and as a starter, he will always give the Yankees a chance to win.

Ivan Nova - Came back from tommy john surgery in the middle of the season, and struggled as soon as he came off the DL, but seems to have found it, after the solid start against the Blue Jays.

Michael Pineda - Has had an up and down season, but for the most part, it has been a down season for Pineda.

Dellin Betances - Has been absolutely lights out for the Yankees in the 8th inning, and for part of the season, the 9th inning. He has, "struggled," as of late, walking over 6 batters in his last few outings, but he still has not given up many runs.

Andrew Miller - The Yankees not signing David Robinson, and signing Andrew Miller, has made Brian Cashman look like a genius. Miller has been stellar for the Yankees, in the 9th inning.

Chasen Shreve - Had a great first half, but in the past month, he has really been struggling, and can't seem to find what he had in the beginning of the season.

Justin Wilson - Has been reliable in the 7th inning, and has been very consistent throughout the season. He can get righties out, just as well as he can get lefties out.

The Yankees have a team, have all around, played very well throughout the season. Even though they have struggled as of late, they clinched yesterday, and will be playing a day-night doubleheader tomorrow. Hopefully they're fired up after clinching yesterday, and can win one game, so they can play the wild card game at home! I don't think anybody expected this from the Yankees, and hopefully they can pull through, and accelerate through the postseason! If everything holds up, then I'm looking forward to going to the wild card game at Yankee Stadium!