Tuesday Tunes (on a Thursday): Diamond Ditty #13 – “All the Way” by Eddie Vedder

3 11 2016

Somewhere my grandfather is smiling, and he’s probably still jubilant just like this city is.  I’ve thought about him so many times today, because I know he’s happy.  The Cubs didn’t win it all in his lifetime, but they won it this year.

Last night was about as good as it gets if you’re a baseball fan.  Except if you’re one who hails from Cleveland.  And even the Cleveland fans have to appreciate the greatness of the game.

The comeback from 3-1.  Then in Game 7.  Cubs go up early.  And often. Blowing the lead.  Battling through the 9th inning.  Winning it in the 10th.  It probably wasn’t the greatest World Series of all time, but it’s up there, and it may have been the greatest game 7.

For one small stretch, I found myself a Cubs fan, and as a transplant from Cincy, I’ve probably lost my 4-year old to the team in blue.  I’m fine with that.

Artist/Title/Album: “All the Way” by Eddie Vedder (2008)

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First sung by Vedder in 2007, and recorded/released as a single in 2008.

Description:  Eddie Vedder was born in Evanston and grew up there before moving to California.  He took his Cubs fandom with him and has always been one of the more notable Cubs fans – maybe just behind Bill Murray.

He attended the Cubs pre-season fantasy camp a number of times, and one year Ernie Banks asked him to write a song about the Cubs.  He honored the request and first played it at a Pearl Jam concert in Chicago a few days before Lollapalooza in 2007.  He recorded it over a few dates in 2008, and released it as a single (it’s under his name, not the band’s).

How it’s related to baseball:  The song is about being a Cubs fan.  It touches on the sanctity of Wrigley Field and the eternal optimism of the folks rooting for the lovable losers (can you even use that phrase any more?).

Vedder sings it from the heart; you can feel his fandom in the versions of the song I’ve heard.  It’s somewhere between the two famous Steve Goodman songs – not as upbeat as “Go Cubs Go”, but not as downtrodden or cynical as “A Dying Cubs Fan’s Last Request”.  You can tell Vedder believed they were going to win it all in his lifetime.  Last night proved him right.

My favorite lyric is when he talks about keeping score as a little kid.  Famous people do the same weird crap I did when I was young!

There are 3 videos of the song worth showing.  First, here’s the original, which I think was filmed in 2008, but not released until a few months ago.

Next, here’s an abridged version the Cubs released today that updates it with celebration from 2016.

Finally, here’s my favorite.  Ernie Banks died just before the 2015 season started.  As mentioned, Banks was the impetus for this song, and a humbled Vedder performed it the day Banks passed away.  He changed one lyric, in the last verse to say “I wish he’d live 200 years” – talking about Banks.  Vedder references the concert he played in 2013 at Wrigley, when he played this song and Banks came on stage.  A bunch of my friends attended that concert.  I did not – I’m not a big music fan.  But I lived 2 blocks from Wrigley at that time and I sat out on my porch listening to the concert.

When you’re born in Chicago
You’re blessed and you’re healed.
The first time you walk into Wrigley Field.

We know someday we’ll go all the way
Yeah
Someday we’ll go all the way!





Sometimes life gets in the way – 2015 All-Star Stitches: Troy Tulowitzki

2 12 2015

I tend to do my posts a little bit in advance.  It’s easier to get ahead a bit and plan things out.  Because sometimes unexpected circumstances arise.  That happened to me earlier this week.  I thought my Monday morning after the Thanksgiving holiday would be pretty standard – you’d been out for 4-5 days, so there’s a ton to catch up on.  But everyone else is in the same boat, so you need a meeting or six to figure it out.

That’s not how my Monday morning went.  I woke up at 4 AM feeling discomfort that I thought was just the after effects of a turkey-lace weekend.  As soon as I stood, however, I could tell it was something worse.  I spent a little bit of time trying to be sure I wasn’t overreacting, than woke my wife up and said I needed to go to the hospital.  I’m the opposite of what you’d call a hypochondriac.  I avoid the doctor, dentist or anything medical at all costs.  Which is funny, because my sister is a doctor.  But it was good that I went in this case.

I actually drove myself to the hospital.  Got there around 6:15, and 2 hours later my guess was confirmed by the – I had appendicitis.  My wife called in from work and came to the hospital at that point, which I became very thankful for.  Because 2 hours after that, I still wasn’t in surgery and I took a really bad turn.  I was so glad she was there.

At about 11:30 I went into took 3 hours to get to surgery, and the next thing I remember is waking up with a lot of tubes around me.  The surgery went well, but I’d appendix had ruptured.  The difference between rupturing and not is much more significant than I realized.  The surgery is the same, but the risk is much worse.  And The recovery time is much longer.  So that’s where I’m at today – sitting in the hospital in my 3rd night of recovery.  But I’m alive and OK, which is the most important thing!

And here’s the post I teed up a few days ago.  The set name includes the words “stitches”, which is appropriate because I’ve got some stitches in my gut these days!

This is the 2nd card I got in my crazy idea to collect all of the cards in the All-Star Stitches set from 2015 Topps Update.  As a refresher, I went to the All-Star game and Home Run Derby in Cincinnati.  These cards that have swatches from the Monday practice festivities.

The first card was Clayton Kershaw.  The next card is Troy Tulowitzki.

2015 Topps Update All-Star Stitch Tulo

Card number:  STIT-TT

How I got the card:  trade with Mark of My Best Friend Collects Chipper Jones

Player:  Troy Tulowitzki

Position:  Shortstop

How he made the roster:  Like Kershaw, Tulo was a final vote candidate who was beaten out by Carlos Martinez but then got in anyways.  When Dee Gordon separated his thumb just before the game, Tulo became his injury replacement.

This was his 5th All-Star selection.

First half stat line:  .313/10/49, .351 OBP, .480 SLG

All-Star game:  0-1.  Tulo pinch hit for Anthony Rizzo in the bottom of the 6th in a pretty high leverage situation in the game.  The NL was down, 3-2, but had 2 runners on with 2 out.  Left-handed Zach Britton was pitching, so Tulo was a good option for a righty match-up.  Tulo grounded into a force out to end the inning.   As Rizzo was the DH, Tulo didn’t end up playing in the field.

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STIT-AB A.J. Burnett – Pittsburgh Pirates
STIT-AC Aroldis Chapman – Cincinnati Reds
STIT-AE Alcides Escobar – Kansas City Royals
STIT-AGN Adrian Gonzalez – Los Angeles Dodgers
STIT-AJ Adam Jones – Baltimore Orioles
STIT-AM Andrew McCutchen – Pittsburgh Pirates
STIT-APO A.J. Pollock – Arizona Diamondbacks
STIT-APU Albert Pujols – Los Angeles Angels
STIT-AR Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs
STIT-BB Brad Boxberger – Tampa Bay Rays
STIT-BC Brandon Crawford – San Francisco Giants
STIT-BD Brian Dozier – Minnesota Twins
STIT-BG Brett Gardner – New York Yankees
STIT-BHA Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals
STIT-BHO Brock Holt – Boston Red Sox
STIT-BP Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
STIT-CA Chris Archer – Tampa Bay Rays
STIT-CK Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers
STIT-CM Carlos Martinez – St. Louis Cardinals
STIT-CS Chris Sale – Chicago White Sox
STIT-DB Dellin Betances – New York Yankees
STIT-DK Dallas Keuchel – Houston Astros
STIT-DL DJ LeMahieu – Colorado Rockies
STIT-DO Darren O’Day – Baltimore Orioles
STIT-DP David Price – Detroit Tigers
STIT-FH Felix Hernandez – Seattle Mariners
STIT-GC Gerrit Cole – Pittsburgh Pirates
STIT-GP Glen Perkins – Minnesota Twins
STIT-JA Jose Altuve – Houston Astros
STIT-JDE Jacob deGrom – New York Mets
STIT-JDO Josh Donaldson – Toronto Blue Jays
STIT-JK Jason Kipnis – Cleveland Indians
STIT-JM J.D. Martinez – Detroit Tigers
STIT-JPA Joe Panik – San Francisco Giants
STIT-JPD Joc Pederson – Los Angeles Dodgers
STIT-JPE Jhonny Peralta – St. Louis Cardinals
STIT-JU Justin Upton – San Diego Padres
STIT-KB Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs
STIT-KH Kelvin Herrera – Kansas City Royals
STIT-LC Lorenzo Cain – Kansas City Royals
STIT-MB Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants
STIT-MMA Manny Machado – Baltimore Orioles
STIT-MME Mark Melancon – Pittsburgh Pirates
STIT-MTE Mark Teixeira – New York Yankees
STIT-MTR Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels
STIT-NA Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies
STIT-NC Nelson Cruz – Seattle Mariners
STIT-PF Prince Fielder – Texas Rangers
STIT-PG Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks
STIT-RM Russell Martin – Toronto Blue Jays
STIT-SM Shelby Miller – Atlanta Braves
STIT-SP Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals
STIT-SV Stephen Vogt – Oakland Athletics
STIT-TF Todd Frazier – Cincinnati Reds
STIT-TT Troy Tulowitzki – Colorado Rockies
STIT-WD Wade Davis – Kansas City Royals
STIT-YG Yasmani Grandal – Los Angeles Dodgers
STIT-YM Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals
STIT-ZB Zach Britton – Baltimore Orioles
STIT-ZG Zack Greinke – Los Angeles Dodgers




Trade with Baseball Every Night

13 02 2017

Peter from Baseball Every Night reached out to me last month to send some cards my way.  I don’t trade anywhere near as much as I used to, but it’s always a good thing when I knock off some wantlist cards without spending some coin.  Peter collects John Kruk and Darryl Strawberry – so, Peter, look for some Kruk/Strawberry cards coming your way!

He sent me a few cards.  The best is this one.  I’m going after one card with as many parallels each Topps year, and in 2016 that was Addison Russell.  I have a ton of rarer Addison Russell 2016 Topps cards, but I didn’t have the Topps Gold card yet and this is a good pick up.

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Peter also sent me some other cards from 2016 Topps.

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Anyways, thanks for the trade Peter – your end is in the mail today!





Updating for 2017 – Hall of Famers in Topps sets

20 01 2017

Last year, I said “I wish Tim Raines or Jeff Bagwell had made it as well”.  They got their honor this year, though now I’m saying “I wish Hoffman and Vlad had made it”.  I think it’s a Rule of 10 issue – if Raines or Bagwell had made it last year, Hoffman would have made it this year.  And that would free up somebody who’s gonna miss by 5% or less next year.

But that’s not for this post.  This post is about baseball cards and updating stuff.  Last year I attended the HOF induction.  Unless something changes, I’m not attending this year (we are slated to go to Cooperstown in May).

The number of Hall of Famers in a given set has always been something that intrigued me.  I count the number of Hall of Famers for every new set I start, and post about it in my overview.  So, since there are now 3 new Hall of Famers to account for, I need to go back and update those posts.  This is a great group, too.  The only upside of it taking 10 years for Tim Raines?  Changes documented in this post span every year I’ve covered on this blog but 1 (1980).

In showing this stuff below, I will show the cumulative total as well.

 

First, the ground rules.  I include all Hall of Famers from the set.  That includes someone like Johnny Bench who had a Turn Back the Clock card in the 1990 set.  I also include managers who were Hall of Fame players (Frank Robinson in 1984 Topps, or my personal favorite – Yogi Berra as an Astro coach on their 1987 Topps team leader card).  I also include player cards of guys who made the Hall of Fame as a manager (i.e., 1969 Topps Bobby Cox).  If you have a bronze plaque in Cooperstown, I’m including you.

1980 Topps – 41 Hall of Famers

Johnny Bench, Bert Blyleven, George Brett, Rod Carew, Steve Carlton, Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Carlton Fisk, Goose Gossage, Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson, Fergie Jenkins, Willie McCovey, Paul Molitor, Joe Morgan, Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer, Phil Niekro, Tony Perez, Gaylord Perry, Jim Rice, Nolan Ryan, Mike Schmidt, Tom Seaver, Ozzie Smith, Willie Stargell, Bruce Sutter, Don Sutton, Dave Winfield, Carl Yastrzemski, Robin Yount, Earl Weaver (manager), Tommy LaSorda (manager), Dick Williams (manager), Sparky Anderson (manager), Lou Brock (HL)

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1981 Topps – 41 Hall of Famers

Gone (-2):  McCovey and Brock were gone after retiring

New (+2):  Whitey Herzog got a manager card when he was hired by St. Louis.  And Rock Raines got a card in the 1981 set as part of the Expos Future Stars triple player card.

  • The 2017 induction of Raines increased this number by 1.

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1982 Topps – 34 Hall of Famers

Gone (-8):  There was no manager subset in 1982, which accounts for the big drop – Weaver, LaSorda, Williams, Herzog, Anderson, Torre, Cox and LaRussa aren’t in this set.

New (+1):  Cal Ripken Jr. had the first new guy in this set.

  • The 2017 induction of Raines increased this number by 1.

 

1983 Topps – 45 Hall of Famers

This is the peak of HOF-ers in my Lifetime Topps project.

Gone (-1):  Willie Stargell retired and had his last card in 1982 (-1).

New (+12):  The manager subset came back, which led to 9 new cards of Hall of Famers – Weaver, LaSorda, Williams, Sparky, Herzog, Cox, Torre, LaRussa and Frank Robinson.  Additionally, Wade Boggs, Ryne Sandberg and Tony Gwynn entered the fray.

  • The 2017 induction of Raines increased this number by 1.  This is still the set with the most HOF-ers in my Lifetime Topps Project.

 

1984 Topps – 44 Hall of Famers

Gone (-1):  Earl Weaver had retired after the 1982 season, with no new Hall of Fame blood in this set.

Bench, Perry and Yastrzemski were only included in a subset card.

  • The 2017 induction of Raines increased this number by 1.

 

1985 Topps – 40 Hall of Famers

Gone (-6):  Robinson was gone after his stint as the Giants manager was over, while Bench, Yaz, Perry, Palmer and Jenkins had also had their last player cards.

New (+2):  Kirby Puckett’s rookie card is in this set, and Yogi Berra had a card for his second (and controversial) stint as Yankee manager (+2).  When I started this blog, Puckett was the most recent rookie card of any Hall of Famer!  That claim now belongs to Piazza.

  • The 2017 induction of Raines increased this number by 1.

 

1986 Topps – 40 Hall of Famers

Gone (-3):  Torre was fired as Braves manager in 1984 and wasn’t gone until this set.  Berra was fired as well, and Joe Morgan retired.

New (+3):  Earl Weaver was back as the O’s manager, and we had a Turn Back the Clock subset that got Willie Mays and Frank Robinson into the mix.

  • The 2017 induction of Raines increased this number by 1.

 

1987 Topps – 38 Hall of Famers

Gone (-6):  Cox was no longer the Blue Jay skipper at this point, and Carew, Fingers and Tony Perez all retired. Robinson and Mays were gone from the TBC subset….

New (+4):  But Clemente and Yastrzemski replaced them.  Barry Larkin had his first card in this set, and Yogi Berra had the awesome TL card I mentioned earlier as coach of the Astros!

  • The 2017 induction of Raines increased this number by 1.

 

1988 Topps – 36 Hall of Famers

Gone (-7):  Mr. October, Lefty and Tom Terrific and Earl Weaver all retired at this point.  Clemente, Yaz and Berra were gone from subsets .  

New (+5):  Maddux and Glavine had their first base Topps cards, and the subsets were a wash due to 3 new Cardinals – Bob Gibson and Stan Musial from the TBC subset, and Red Schoendienst being featured on the Cards Team Leader card.  

Phil Niekro made it only on the Record Breaker subset with his brother in this set.

  • The 2017 induction of Raines increased this number by 1.

 

1989 Topps – 37 Hall of Famers

Gone (-6):  Sutton, Niekro (RB), Williams (mgr), Schoendienst (TL), Musial (TBC), Gibson (TBC)

New (+7):  Roberto Alomar RC, Randy Johnson RC, Craig Biggio RC, John Smoltz RC, Hank Aaron (TBC), Brock (TBC), Frank Robinson (back as a manager)

  • The 2017 induction of Raines increased this number by 1.

 

1990 Topps – 37 Hall of Famers

Gone (-2):  2 relievers exited the set – Bruce Sutter and Goose Gossage (who would be back)

New (+2)  Frank Thomas had his RC in the set, and Griffey Junior had his first regular Topps card.  The effect of the TBC subset was a wash, it went up to 3 HOFers from the previous year, but one of them was Mike Schmidt who didn’t actually have a base card after retiring mid-1989.

  • The 2017 induction of Raines increased this number by 1.

 

1991 Topps – 34 Hall of Famers

Gone (-5):  Rice (retired), Herzog (retired), Schmidt, Bench, Koufax (the TBC set had ended its 5-year run)

New (+2):  Torre and Cox, both of whom got back in the managing saddle

  • The 2017 induction of Raines increased this number by 1.
2 cards I posted back in the day!

2 cards I posted back in the day!

1992 Topps – 36 Hall of Famers

Gone (-1):  Robinson (fired as Oriole manager)

New (+3):  Gossage (back after a stint in Japan).  Pudge and Bagwell are in this set – true rookies were in the Traded set from 1991, but for both these guys this is their first base Topps card.

  • The 2017 induction of Raines, Bagwell and Pudge increased this number by 3!

 

1993 Topps – 38 Hall of Famers

Gone (-1):  Gossage (retired for good this time)

New (+3):  Tony Perez (Reds manager), Pedro Martinez (first Topps card), Mike Piazza (on a Prospects card)

  • The 2017 induction of Raines, Bagwell and Pudge increased this number by 3!

 

1994 Topps – 30 Hall of Famers (a mass exodus!)

Gone (-9):  Topps did away with manager cards in 1994, which meant no cards for Torre, LaRussa, Cox, Sparky, Perez and LaSorda.  Additionally, Blyleven, Carter and Fisk all retired.

New (+1):  Hank Aaron (tribute)

  • The 2017 induction of Raines, Bagwell and Pudge increased this number by 3!

 

1995 Topps – 25 Hall of Famers (further depleted!)

Gone (-6):  Brett, Ryan and Yount (all retired for good).  Sandberg (retired temporarily).  Dawson (left out of the set, though he is in ’95 Traded).  Aaron (tribute)

New (+1):  Babe Ruth (tribute)

  • The 2017 induction of Raines, Bagwell and Pudge increased this number by 3!

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1996 Topps – 26 Hall of Famers (an actual increase!)

Gone (-2):  Winfield (retired), Ruth (tribute)

New (+3):  Mickey Mantle (tribute), Dawson (back after ’95 snub), Sandberg (back in baseball after a year-plus hiatus)

  • The 2017 induction of Raines, Bagwell and Pudge increased this number by 3!

 

1997 Topps – 23 Hall of Famers

Gone (-4):  Dawson, Puckett, Smith (retired), Mantle (tribute).  Puckett was the first HOF player to start in my

New (+1):  Jackie Robinson (tribute)

  • The 2017 induction of Raines, Bagwell and Pudge increased this number by 3!

 

1998 Topps – 19 Hall of Famers

Gone (-5):  Murray, Sandberg (retired), Robinson (tribute), Henderson (snubbed – he even has an insert card in the product), Raines (also snubbed).

New (+1):  Roberto Clemente (tribute)

  • The 2017 induction of Bagwell and Pudge increased this number by 2.  Raines did not get a card in 1998 or 1999 Topps 😦

 

1999 Topps – 18 Hall of Famers

Gone (-3):  Molitor, Eckersley (retired), Clemente (tribute)

New (+2):  Nolan Ryan (tribute), Henderson (back after snub)

  • The 2017 induction of Bagwell and Pudge increased this number by 2.  Raines did not get a card in 1998 or 1999 Topps.

 

2000 Topps – 19 Hall of Famers

Gone (-1):  Nolan Ryan (tribute)

New (+2):  Hank Aaron (tribute), Tim Raines (back with a regular card!)

  • The 2017 induction of Raines, Bagwell and Pudge increased this number by 3!

 

2001 Topps – 27 Hall of Famers

Gone (-2):  Wade Boggs (retired), Tim Raines (temporarily retired – but this was his last base Topps card)

New (+10):  The manager subset was back, which meant new cards for Torre, Cox and LaRussa.  There was also a Golden Moments subset, which had new cards of Bill Mazeroski, Reggie Jackson, Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Nolan Ryan, Lou Brock and Carlton Fisk.

Hank Aaron’s Tribute card was gone in 2001, but he was still in the Golden Moments subset.

  • The 2017 induction of Bagwell and Pudge increased this number by 2.  Raines did not get a card after 2000.

 

2002 Topps – 19 Hall of Famers

Gone (-9):  Cal Ripken retired, and the Golden Moments subset was gone, which meant those cards of Mazeroski, Jackson, Robinson, Clemente, Ryan, Brock, Fisk and Aaron were gone.

New (+1):  Tony Perez managed the Marlins at the end of 2002, and got a manager card in this set for it.

  • The 2017 induction of Bagwell and Pudge increased this number by 2.

2003 Topps Traded Ortiz Pudge Carpenter

2003 Topps – 18 Hall of Famers

Gone (-2):  Tony Gwynn had retired in 2001, but still got a 2002 card.  He was gone from the set in 2003.  Perez was no longer a manager, so his card was gone as well.

New (+1):  Frank Robinson became the Expos manager in 2002, and got a card in this set.

  • The 2017 induction of Bagwell and Pudge increased this number by 2.

2004 Topps Bagwell Biggio Berkman

2004 Topps – 18 Hall of Famers

Gone (-1):  Rickey Henderson retired.

New (+1):  Mike Schmidt was included in a subset card along with Jim Thome.

  • The 2017 induction of Bagwell and Pudge increased this number by 2.




Pearl Jam Fenway pack (2016)

17 01 2017

I did a couple other fun purchases last year that I’ve been meaning to post about.  This one is a pack of cards from a Pearl Jam concert.  Pearl Jam has done concerts at Wrigley Field a few times – Eddie Vedder is an unabashed Cubs fan who penned the theme for the Cubs hope before they went “All the Way” in 2016.

They passed out cards in 2013 at the first concert back to Wrigley, and in 2016 Pearl Jam played in Fenway Park as well.  They did a similar set there.  The concert had 2 dates – August 5th & 7th.

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I bought a pack of the Fenway cards on eBay a little after the concert.  Each pack has 10 cards that are done in the design of 1991 Topps.

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In addition to those 10 cards, you get a sticker that resembles an old school tobacco card:

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There are 60 card in the regular set, and they form a puzzle on the back.  There are 6 stickers, and then there’s a card of Rob Skinner that has a photo of the full puzzle on the back.

Unlike Chicago, Boston isn’t home for any of the band members – so they’re just doing this as baseball fans who happen to be rock stars.  I bought the full Wrigley set tonight when I found a good deal on it.  Haven’t been able to do so for Boston, but I’ll post about the Wrigley set when I get it and hopefully I can complete the Boston set at some point.





2015 All-Star Stitches #30: Josh Donaldson

12 01 2017

Here’s the next card from my 14 card All-Star Stitches purchase from COMC last December.  As a reminder, I went to the All-Star game and Home Run Derby in Cincinnati.  So I’m collecting this All-Star Stitches set!  These cards that have swatches from the Monday practice festivities.

This is the 30th card toward this set.

The halfway point!  Seems like the AL MVP from that year is a good option for that.

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Card number:  STIT-JDO

Player:  Josh Donaldson

How I got the card:  COMC in December (Black Friday)

Position:  Third Baseman

How he made the roster:  Donaldson was voted in as the AL starter by the fans.

This was his 2nd All-Star selection.

First half stat line:  .293/21/60

All-Star game:  Donaldson had what must be described as a boring All-Star game appearance.  He walked both times he came up, in the first and then the third innings.  He was stranded on first base both times.  The most mention-worthy thing that happened was he had a throwing error in the 2nd inning that led to the NL’s first run and a tie game at the time.

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STIT-AB A.J. Burnett – Pittsburgh Pirates
STIT-AC Aroldis Chapman – Cincinnati Reds
STIT-AE Alcides Escobar – Kansas City Royals
STIT-AGN Adrian Gonzalez – Los Angeles Dodgers
STIT-AJ Adam Jones – Baltimore Orioles
STIT-AM Andrew McCutchen – Pittsburgh Pirates
STIT-APO A.J. Pollock – Arizona Diamondbacks
STIT-APU Albert Pujols – Los Angeles Angels
STIT-AR Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs
STIT-BB Brad Boxberger – Tampa Bay Rays
STIT-BC Brandon Crawford – San Francisco Giants
STIT-BD Brian Dozier – Minnesota Twins
STIT-BG Brett Gardner – New York Yankees
STIT-BHA Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals
STIT-BHO Brock Holt – Boston Red Sox
STIT-BP Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
STIT-CA Chris Archer – Tampa Bay Rays
STIT-CK Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers
STIT-CM Carlos Martinez – St. Louis Cardinals
STIT-CS Chris Sale – Chicago White Sox
STIT-DB Dellin Betances – New York Yankees
STIT-DK Dallas Keuchel – Houston Astros
STIT-DL DJ LeMahieu – Colorado Rockies
STIT-DO Darren O’Day – Baltimore Orioles
STIT-DP David Price – Detroit Tigers
STIT-FH Felix Hernandez – Seattle Mariners
STIT-GC Gerrit Cole – Pittsburgh Pirates
STIT-GP Glen Perkins – Minnesota Twins
STIT-JA Jose Altuve – Houston Astros
STIT-JDE Jacob deGrom – New York Mets
STIT-JDO Josh Donaldson – Toronto Blue Jays
STIT-JK Jason Kipnis – Cleveland Indians
STIT-JM J.D. Martinez – Detroit Tigers
STIT-JPA Joe Panik – San Francisco Giants
STIT-JPD Joc Pederson – Los Angeles Dodgers
STIT-JPE Jhonny Peralta – St. Louis Cardinals
STIT-JU Justin Upton – San Diego Padres
STIT-KB Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs
STIT-KH Kelvin Herrera – Kansas City Royals
STIT-LC Lorenzo Cain – Kansas City Royals
STIT-MB Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants
STIT-MMA Manny Machado – Baltimore Orioles
STIT-MME Mark Melancon – Pittsburgh Pirates
STIT-MTE Mark Teixeira – New York Yankees
STIT-MTR Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels
STIT-NA Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies
STIT-NC Nelson Cruz – Seattle Mariners
STIT-PF Prince Fielder – Texas Rangers
STIT-PG Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks
STIT-RM Russell Martin – Toronto Blue Jays
STIT-SM Shelby Miller – Atlanta Braves
STIT-SP Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals
STIT-SV Stephen Vogt – Oakland Athletics
STIT-TF Todd Frazier – Cincinnati Reds
STIT-TT Troy Tulowitzki – Colorado Rockies
STIT-WD Wade Davis – Kansas City Royals
STIT-YG Yasmani Grandal – Los Angeles Dodgers
STIT-YM Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals
STIT-ZB Zach Britton – Baltimore Orioles
STIT-ZG Zack Greinke – Los Angeles Dodgers




Saturdays Suds: Baseball & Beer #74 Wachusett Green Monsta IPA

24 12 2016

I did a bunch of posts about all the beers I’d had from Cooperstown Brewing Company – but I did get one more baseball related beer on my summer trip to baseball’s hallowed grounds.  When in Western Massachusetts, I found this beer at a store and, given my posts like this, obviously had to pick it up!

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Brewery:  Wachusett Brewing in Westminster, MA

wachusett-green-monsta-aleBeer:  Green Monsta IPA

Description:  “An All-American yeast teams up with Cascade, Amarillo and Centennial for a home run of hops in every sip.”

It pours a copper color and is a traditional IPA with hoppy bitterness.

Medium:  I had it from a 12 oz bottle, but I’ve seen cans and you can find it on tap around Massachusetts.  It’s not a seasonal brew or anything – it’s always available.

How it’s related to baseball:  The brewery is obviously playing off the large green wall in left field of the ballpark on Yawkey Way.  And playing off the Boston accent.  Kudos!





Saturdays Suds: Baseball & Beer #71 Prohibition Pig You’re Killing Me Smalls

22 10 2016

I’ve been trying to catch up on Cooperstown Brewing Company beers from my trip to the Hall of Fame back in July.  I had or picked up four baseball-themed beers on that trip that weren’t from CBC.  The first was the .394 Ale from AleSmith (Tony Gwynn’s concoction), the 2nd was Grand Slam Homerun Beer from the Vermont Pub & Brewery.

This is the 3rd one.

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Brewery:  Prohibition Pig, Waterbury VT

pro-pig-your-killing-me-smallsBeer:  Prohibition Pig You’re Killing Me Smalls

Description:  “A porter aged on cocoa nibs, graham cracker crumbs, and roasted marshmallows.”  I’ve seen it called a brown ale and a porter in a couple of different places, and can’t remember exactly what the restaurant brewery had on their menu (it’s no longer available).  To me it seemed like a porter.

Medium:  Draft is the only way to get this beer.  I got it in a mini howler on draft at the Prohibition Pig, which is a brewery & restaurant in Waterbury.  After Cooperstown, I drove through Vermont, heading to Stowe, VT to check out the new Alchemist Brewery.

How it’s related to baseball:  It’s named after one of the great quotes in baseball movie history, from the Sandlot.  It’s appropriate, for 2 reasons.  Pro Pig is known as much for the combination of great brews and great BBQ – and Ham Porter utters the quote.  Second, they brewed it with graham crackers, cocoa nibs & marshmallow.

Ham Porter:  Hey, Smalls, you wanna s’more?
Smalls:  Some more of what?
Ham Porter: No, do you wanna s’more?
Smalls: I haven’t had anything yet, so how can I have some more of nothing?
Ham Porter:  You’re killing me Smalls!  These are s’mores stuff! Ok, pay attention. First you take the graham, you stick the chocolate on the graham. Then you roast the ‘mallow. When the ‘mallows flaming… you stick it on the chocolate. Then cover with the other end. Then you scarf. Kind of messy, but good! Try some!

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Saturdays Suds: Baseball & Beer #67 Vermont Pub & Brewery Grand Slam Homerun Beer

17 09 2016

I’ve been trying to catch up on Cooperstown Brewing Company beers from my trip to the Hall of Fame back in July.  But I had two beers on that trip that weren’t from CBC.  The first was the .394 Ale from AleSmith (Tony Gwynn’s concoction).  This is the 2nd one.

Vermont Grand Slam Homerun Beer

Brewery:  Vermont Pub & Brewery, Burlington VT

Vermont Pub & Brewery Grand Slam Baseball BeerBeer:  Grand Slam Homerun Beer

Description:  “A light-bodied American pale ale dry-hopped with ALL Vermont Nugget hops. This was the brainchild of Greg Noonan. He had said, privately, that he felt that he had nailed the style for what he had planned and hoped for. Enjoy this light, summer ale while watching your favorite team play. It’s a homerun!”

So I need to digress a minute.  Greg Noonan is a brewing icon.  Maybe, for America, the brewing icon.  Here’s a good write-up.  He trained Jon Kimmich from Alchemist, who brewed (and continued to brew) the most important IPA in the business.  So going to a brewery that was founded by someone viewed as the founder of craft beer – it was pretty cool.  Considering this was a beer he thought hit the mark -that’s pretty cool.

It’s not a beer that I’d give 5 stars by any means.  I thought it was a solid pale ale that was worth drinking and I was happy it wasn’t too strong.  I drove 3 hours to Burlington and had 30 minutes to drive after that – so I needed to pick 2 light beers with my dinner.  This was a good one.  It’s not something they should bottle and mass produce, but it’s a tasty, smooth-drinking ale.

Medium:  I got in on draft at the Vermont Pub & Brewery.  I was driving from Cooperstown, heading to brew heaven in Stowe, VT (Alchemist).  As far as I know this is the only way to get this beer.

How it’s related to baseball:  It’s brewed by one of the founders of craft beer specifically to specifications to watch baseball.  And it’s called Grand Slam.  That’s all I need.

Vermont Pub Grand Slam Beer





Saturdays Suds: Baseball & Beer #66 Cooperstown Nine Man Ale

10 09 2016

Another Cooperstown Brewing Co for this Saturday’s post.  I’m going to do as many “Saturday Suds” as possible from this brewery when the appropriate day of the week comes around.  Have about 5 or 6 more.  This is Cooperstown Brewing Company beer #3.  I posted about the brewery itself about a month ago.

CBC 9 man 6 pack

Brewery:  Cooperstown Brewing in Milford, NY

img_2212Beer:  Nine Man Ale

Description:  “A classic English pub ale with a complex malt center brewed with Hallertau and Cascade hops.”

This is Cooperstown Brewing’s golden ale.  It’s a refreshing ale that is halfway between a pale ale and a lager.  I like the IPA spectrum better, so this is definitely not my favorite beer.  But it’s one that meets in the middle – halfway between an ale and lager.

My wife doesn’t really like my hop affliction, but she’ll drink this one gladly.  It’s very good on a hot summer day.  At a baseball game, or doing yard work…

CBC 9 man yard

Medium:  I bought it in a 16 ounce tall boy can.  You can also get it in 12 ounce bottles or on tap at the brewery.

How it’s related to baseball:  All of CBC’s beers are baseball themed; they’re built around the idea that a brewery around Cooperstown should focus on the baseball part of the town.  This beer focuses on the set up the game – 9 players to field a squad.  A good name to me, as this would be a great beer to bring to your local softball team’s game.  They also sell it at Citi Field from time to time, as well as at the Binghamton Mets park.

It’s also one of the 2 logos on their corn hole boards.

CBC 9 man ale