It's all my wife's fault.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
It's all my wife's fault.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
The last few days have featured the return of some of our favorite players. Hafner hit a monstrous HR the other night. Victor Martinez returned and hit a walk off a few days ago. And, the Tribe has won 5 straight to climb back to the mystical land of .500. Don't get me wrong, I didn't think we would see that this year, so I am happy. I just can't look back and think about what could have been.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
While trolling around ebay looking for game used and autos of Indians players I ran across one of Gellman's favorite kinds of sellers. It's the first time that an auction I was interested in was advertising a 1/1 when it clearly was not. I decided to fire off a question to the seller to see what his justification would be. Here is that exchange. (My misspelling included in the interest of full disclosure)
Me: "This item is no more a 1/1 than a 7/9 would be. Why is it advertized as a 1/1 in the description?"
Seller: "I DIDN'T MAKE THE RULES, THAT THE WAY CARDS THAT ARE THE FIRST ONE MADE,OR THE LAST ONE MADE ARE CONSIDERED. FOR SOME REASON THESE TWO CARDS ARE MORE SOUGHT AFTER. M.C.M."
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
When I’m out among friends it’s usually the typical bud light/ miller lite type stuff. You can have 1, 2, or 14 of those no problem. But they aren’t among my favorites. There are some beers that I’m not too fond of that others seem to like. Heineken (although Heineken Light is pretty good), Rolling Rock, and Yuengling are among them. For some reason my father in law, a great guy, has gotten it into his head that I like Heineken. So I get to drink that while he drinks Coors. I’d much rather have a Coors but I don’t have the heart to tell him after so long. Yuengling, if you haven’t heard of it, is “America’s Oldest Brewery”. You’d think they would have figured it out by now. The only thing I can figure that these beers have in common is that they are either in a green bottle or they are brewed in Pennsylvania. I don’t know if it’s the stench of Pittsburgh or what, but PA beer sucks, Iron City Beer being just about the most putrid shit I’ve ever tasted. But they seem to like it there. Hey, whatever floats you boat.
Now, I’ll list a few great beers, or rather breweries. First is Bells from Kalamazoo Mich. As much as I dislike the land up north, this is fantastic beer. I haven’t had one that I didn’t think was excellent. Try the Amber Ale or the Kalamazoo Stout; two ends of the spectrum.
The best brewery in the USA is Great Lakes Brewing Co. I’m crappin’ you negative, and it’s not just because I live in Cleveland. They make some of the best beer I’ve ever had anywhere, period. Around December they release their Christmas Ale. It is so good they ran out last year. People where buying up cases wherever they could find them. The easiest place to get it was on eBay but you had to pay twice as much. I highly recommend you try it.
My favorite beer for a long time has been Corsendonk. I’ve been drinking it when I can for a long time now. It used to be something that was hard to find, but now it’s fairly prevalent. It’s brewed in Belgium by monks, supposedly. I’ll tell you what, those monks know how to brew it, man. Just fantastic stuff. Pick up some Abbey Brown in the big bottle with the cork. You won’t regret it.
“Why the hell” you are asking yourself “is this idiot blathering on about beer?” Well, I’ll tell you. It’s because of Guinness. Everyone loves Guinness. Guinness has those cool cans. Everyone drinks Guinness draft. Guinness, Guinness, Guinness. I’m about the only guy I know that doesn’t like Guinness.
“GET TO THE DAMN POINT”
OK. Keep your pants on Susie. Because everyone likes Guinness except me; because it always looks good; because it’s not bad if you’re doing a car bomb; every year or two I try it again, convinced that I’ll finally be able to taste what everyone else tastes. I should like it. So I order a Guinness…and I still don’t like it.
That, in a nutshell, is the career of Dion James, second member of the Subhelmet Hat Alliance. Coming into the league he was a first round draft pick of the Brewers in 1980. He was in their organization for a while and even showed some promise, but never really lived up to the Brewers expectations. They didn’t really like him. He got traded to Atlanta for Brad Komminsk in ’87. The Braves thought he looked good enough to give up a decent player for him. But after 2.5 years the Braves decided that they didn’t really like him either. Cleveland, in ’89 thought “Dion James looks good” and traded another pretty good player for him in Oddibe McDowell.
Well, after a little over a year the Tribe had tried Dion James and didn’t like him. He was released. The Yankees thought “Hey, this guy’s alright” and signed him in ’92. Then released him in ’93. Then tried him again in ’95. Then released him again in ’95.
The Expos got in on it. “This guy SHOULD be good”. They released him in 1 month. The Yankees gave him ANOTHER shot. Released him in 1 month.
Dion James came full circle with the Brewers in June of ’96. They released him in 3 weeks. Baseball as a whole had finally come to the point that I have come to with Guinness. They were done fuckin’ around with Dion James. I’m done fuckin’ around with Guinness. What the hell took either of us so long, I’ll never know.
So here is Dion James in all of his sub helmet hat glory. Look at the separation on that thing. It’s fantastic. The best one I’ve run across. I doubt that this look is what got Dion James released all of those times. But, it sure as hell couldn’t have helped.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Recently I've taken to spending some time just screwing around on Baseball Reference.com. It's a fantastic site. If you like baseball you probably like statistics, and this site is basically just a bottomless pit of numbers. It's about as close to heaven as a bottomless pit can get. I can spend hours there looking at nothing but Indians stats.
Recently, I realized that it was possible to sponsor one of these pages. It seems kind of stupid now because its right there at the middle of the page for all to see. I just never looked at it and SAW it until the time I went and actually looked for it. This was very exciting news to me. How great was it going to be for me to be able to sponsor Ernie Camacho? How much could it possibly be? $10? $25? Then I get there and find this. Neil Schaublin? Who the hell is Neil Schaublin? Who the fuck does this guy think he is? 2nd favorite player? This is a travesty. This guy gets to sponsor Ernie's page all the while declaring his devotion to David Delluci. On Ernie's own page no less. This is wrong. IT'S WRONG!!
I had images of Ernie Camacho checking out his baseball page and seeing that it is sponsored by a lifelong fan. He might even click on the name and check out the blog. Heck, he may even shoot me an email to invite me for a beer next time he's in town. I may have ended up being bff with Ernie Camacho. But no, it's been ruined by some A-hole named Neil who has to put Enrie through the indignity of playing second fiddle to David freakin' Delluci ON ERNIE'S OWN PAGE! If that's not a kick in the nuts I don't know what is.
Well, as I surfed around in my Neil induced depression I happened across the page that lists the opening day starters. As I've said, I'm a lifelong Tribe fan. I've been to countless games. I'm not an authority, but I do know my fair share of Tribe trivia and history. Look at that. There's good old Julio Franco at SS from '83 - '87. I always liked Julio. He had a great stance. Great fun to mimic when I was a kid playing ball with my friends. Wait. What's this? Julio was a starter for us in '96 and '97? When did this happen? How do I not remember this? He played 112 games and hit .322 in '96, a season following a World Series appearance no less, and I have absolutely no recollection of Julio Franco being on those mid 90's teams. I'm sure it will come back to me at some point, but right now I'm crushed. I thought I was a fan. How the heck can I forget something like this.
And I sink further into my Ernie Camach page funk. I need something, man. I need something to pull me out of this.
Let's take a look at Grady's page. I love Sizemore. He's great. He plays hard. He plays the way I wish I would have played, and the way I hope my son will play. I doubt I'd sponsor his page. It probably costs more than I can justify. But let's see who is sponsoring it, just for shit's and giggles. Jimmy Shaarda. OK. He's got something nice to say. No problem there. Let's click on his name and check out his site. ....the fuck is this?
God bless you Jimmy Shaarda.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
This is the first signature card I got and it is by far the thickest damn card I've ever seen. Don't know much about Matt Cain but his stats look pretty good on baseball reference. I guess the point is to collect all of the letters and then display them in a row. Descent idea. I wonder if the /40 means there are 40 cards for each letter or 40 cards total? Either way, I've got nothing against Cain, but this card will probably end up on ebay when I figure out how that whole thing works.
The second "pull" is Andy Laroche. This is a By The Letter Rookie Sig, which is apparently slightly different. I spent the first 5 minutes after pulling this card trying to figure out why I keep thinking his name is Adam. Don't worry, I figured it out. The crazy thing is they're now BOTH on the Pirates. Does the back of their uniforms have both first and last names?
This card too will probably end up on ebay. I've got neither the time, nor the desire to track down the 3 other cards required for Matt Cain, much less the longer Adam ...err... Andy LaRoche.
Now, make a Jarrod Saltalamacchia and that's just ridiculous enough to try. Not that I feel strongly about Jarrod one way or the other. I just think you would get a tremendous feeling of satisfaction from completing something of that magnitude. Don't you?
The most exciting thing I came across was my second redemption card ever pulled. The first was from '94 Pinnacle and would have been Rob Nen. I barely missed the cutoff by 13 years so my collection remains Nen-less, as far as 94 Pinnacle goes. Oh well.
This Authentic card does sound pretty sweet. It's a /75 Chirography Duel Sig of Hanley Ramirez and Stephen Drew. I've looked up other Chiropraphy cards and they look pretty nice. Mine should have one of the most exciting young players in the game, a cornerstone around which you can build an entire franchise for years to come. AND, some guy named Ramirez. I hear he has potential as well.
I went straight online and put in the code. It said it should take 12-16 weeks. This one, I think I'll keep for a while as it will probably be the best card I have. You know, aside from Chuck Finley playing air guitar bat.