My last post was on newly inducted Hall of Famer and former San Diego Padre Trevor Hoffman. As a blogger I often seek for something to inspire my next post. Hit with the flu and feeling a bit under the weather this past week or so, all I wanted was rest. I finally mustered up enough strength to defend myself from my family who accused me of being a baby when I’m sick, of course I disagreed and opted to watch some television. I came across an MLB Network Premier. It was a documentary on Hall of Famer and also former San Diego Padre, Tony Gwynn. Read More
It was something right out of a movie. The San Diego Padres find themselves in a bit of a pinch trying to get the final out of the eighth inning. Manager Bruce Bochy comes out to relieve his pitcher and immediately there is a buzz that starts to come from the stands, the fans knew it was “Trevor Time.” Bochy signals the bullpen and simultaneously cues the entry music for his closer Trevor Hoffman. It was the opening notes of AC/DC’s song, Hell’s Bells. The crowd loved the bantering of their opponents as the eery toll of the bells blasted through the speakers as Trevor Hoffman made his way to the mound. Read More
Two things have always stood out to me about newly inducted Hall of Famer Jim Thome. For starters his socks. They were worn about as high as they can go and the cuff of his pants were about an inch or so below the knee cap exposing most of his socks. The other memorable characteristic is in his bat stance. He would get set by pointing his bat to center field prior to each pitch. Thome’s sock fashion made him a trend setter but it’s his performance at the plate that made him one of the all-time greats. Read More
Today when I think of baseball’s big men I think of 6′ 7″ Aaron Judge or 6′ 6″ Giancarlo Stanton. Likewise when I think of big men at the turn of the century I think of 6′ 3″ 235 lb Vladimir Guerrero. He was a strong man with long legs and what appeared to be even longer arms that gave him the unusual ability to hit anything you threw at him. Read More
Larry Wayne Jones, Jr was given the nickname “Chipper” by his family who viewed him as a “chip off the old block,” referring to his father who was a teacher and baseball coach at a local high school. The influence of his father paid off as the Atlanta Braves chose Chipper as the No.1 Draft Pick in the first round of the 1990 Draft. Read More
Happy New Year everyone! Well recently I’ve just completed my first full year of blog post. Established in December of 2016 I must say I’ve had an absolute blast putting articles together. For 2017 I published a total of 33 post, that’s an average of 2.75 post per month. What I’ve enjoyed most, (besides the researching, learning and writing about what I’m absolutely passionate about), was how it has evolved. There was a dramatic difference between my first and last post of 2017. Read More
Back into the hobby for a few years now, I’ve set out to collect rookie cards of Hall of Famers, in PSA slabs of course. But you know what happens next don’t you? It happens to so many of us. Like that scene in the Disney movie “UP”. A pack of talking dogs are scheming a diabolical plan to catch a certain bird but no matter how determined they were when they sensed a squirrel in the vicinity they would immediately stop. They had some serious distractions going on. They were in mid sentence and SQUIRREL! they would lose focus. As a collector I found that’s what was happening to me in 2017. I am strictly a HOF RC collector, at least that’s what I told myself, and then Aaron Judge has to go on a home run binge and… SQUIRREL! There I go picking up some Judge RC’s. I started a PSA Registry, and then another, and another totaling about seven different registries then three months later deleted three of them because it dawned on me I was distracted and going in too many directions.