Sunday, September 24, 2017

Get that SOB off the field; he's fired--Bruce Maxwell

     Remember when Major Leaguers used to serve in the military on a large scale?  Me neither, but that's only because it last happened about 65-70 years ago during WWII and the Korean War.  A few of the players that served in the military include: Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Phil Rizzuto, Pee Wee Reese, Bill Dickey, Whitey Ford, Ed Collins, Don Newcombe, Stan Musial, Willie Mays, Rod Carew, Joe DiMaggio, Larry Doby, Hank Bauer, Curt Simmons, Ernie Banks, Jerry Coleman, Bobby Doerr, Ty Cobb, George Sisler, Tommy Lasorda, Gil Hodges, Hank Greenberg, Tris Speaker, Johnny Pesky, Christy Mathewson, Yogi Berra, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Warren Spahn, Bob Feller, Hoyt Wilhelm, etc.


     My previous post just touched on the topic of patriotism, and how it brought me back to baseball after military service.  When the other sports starting doing their flag and anthem protests, it didn't take much for me to pull back any of my financing towards those sports since my focus has mostly always been on MLB.  Just a few minutes ago, I saw this photo on the Washington Times: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/sep/23/oaklands-maxwell-first-mlb-player-to-kneel-during-/.  Of course I was completed disgusted, and will be waiting to find out how long it takes MLB to remove this cancer from its sport.  It took the Mariners less than a day to remove Steve Clevinger last year when he called the rioters in his hometown of Baltimore, animals, on his private social media site during his own time.  Where was his right to free speech?


     I had just changed my profile picture on the Tradingcard Database to the one below, before seeing the picture above.  Now, I might have to find a Boycott MLB photo if this type of behavior is allowed to continue. 


     I don't want to see any more of this in America's favorite pasttime.  Please send this loser down to the minors and cut him during the off-season.  I don't ever want to see him in a professional baseball uniform again.  Let him protest on his own time, and not the company's dime.  I just wonder what other successful country is more inclusive than the U.S.?



     Mark Canha apparently thinks he's a modern-day Pee Wee Reese by showing his support for Bruce Maxwell with a hand on his shoulder.  The difference is that 70 years ago (1947), we were celebrating integration, not disrespect towards the National Anthem and American flag.


Mark Canha needs to go too.  Let him play out the rest of his career in AAA.



     If this doesn't stop, I will most likely have to cancel my season tickets to my local sports team, stop listening to MLB on SiriusXM, and stop watching games on television in favor of a more patriotic pastime.  I know MLB will stay rich, but at least I can say that I don't contribute to it anymore.  I'll stick with vintage cards until MLB gets this fixed.  I didn't like the incomplete statistics on the back of 2017 Topps anyways.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Have We Already Forgotten 9/11?

In August 2001, I left military service near NYC ready to begin my new life somewhere in the middle of the country.  One month later, I witnessed the greatest attack on American soil since the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941.  What I saw next forever sealed my love for the sport of baseball.  We didn't see anyone kneeling during our National Anthem.  No one came onto the field with their hands up to protest against our police forces.  Displaying the American flag insulted no one living in these United States from what I could tell.  Now, 16 years later, the town I live in has announced that the annual 9-11 memorial service will be cancelled for the first time since 2001.  My, how quickly things have changed.  God bless our nation and the families of the fallen. 























Saturday, September 2, 2017

2017 Topps Houston Astros

It's kind of hard not to cheer for the Astros after watching Houston's recovery from Hurricane Harvey.  In response to its destruction, the Astros organization have unveiled their Houston Strong logo in time for their first home game since Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast on August 25th, 2017. They enter today's doubleheader against the Mets with the best record in the American League.  









Where have all the '70s babies gone?

The number of MLB players born in the '70s continues to dwindle rapidly as they all start approaching the age of 40.  The 2017 Topps base set features only 20 players born in the '70s--and at least one of them has already retired.  Hold on children of the '70s, it's not over yet!







Monday, July 17, 2017

2017 All-Star Game MVP: Robinson Cano, American League

After initially being passed up for selection to participate in the 2017 All-Star game at Marlins Park in Miami, Robinson Cano came up to bat in the 10th inning to hit a game-winning HR off of Wade Davis.



Cano ended up going home with the MVP award for the 2017 All-Star Game.


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Partial Career Statistics on the back of Topps baseball cards now?

So, I just picked up my 2017 Topps baseball card factory set yesterday.  I got the new-style square-box version with the 5 Rookie Image Variation bonus cards and the exclusive MLB Legend Chrome bonus card.  I went through my normal ritual of dividing the set up into team sets.  I put all the league leaders and checklists with the team sets, leaving only the 4 World Series cards to be placed in the back of my binder (but I'm thinking to put even those with the team sets, meaning I'll have to go back a couple of years and do the same).





Since the season is not over yet, I put the team sets in order by their current winning percentage, which I'll continue to update occasionally until the season is over.  When their are multiple cards of each player, I put the newer card first.  For example, the league leader cards represent last year, so I put them after the base card.  For the checklist cards, there are often multiple players, so I'll typically put them in front of the youngest player, but sometimes behind the oldest player if he's a much bigger star.  I put the rookie image variations in front of the base cards because they are newer.







Last night, I got through inserting about half my set into pages, and took that binder with me to look at for a while.  That's when I noticed that the statistics on the backs didn't go back further that about 2012.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?  David Ortiz has only been playing since 2012?  This is garbage.  I can't believe that Topps committed the sacrilegious act of listing partial career statistic on the back of their baseball cards.  This is the first time Topps has done this since 1971.  I am very disappointed about this, and hope Topps never does this again.