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Yankees win World Series, Red Sox fan rejoices …briefly

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on November 4, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

JeterringsWhen the Red Sox were eliminated from the playoffs a few weeks back, I openly stated that I was cheering for the Yankees to win their 27th World Series. It was a statement that drew a little criticism from fellow Red Sox fans. Well, now that the Yankees have won their freakin’ title, I can briefly enjoy the moment for it has re-ignited my hatred for the Yankees.

For the last five years Red Sox fans have had it good with their two World Series titles, and to some degree, a great deal of success over the Yankees. But I also feel that Sox fans have become a bit complacent in the notion that the team from Boston has been better in theory than the team from the Bronx, New York. This Yankee title should fire up the Red Sox Nation and put a charge into BoSox management to make the moves that will again put the Red Sox on top. Seeing the Yankees raise the trophy Wednesday brought back a lot of negative emotion for me, the same kind I felt in 2003 when Aaron Boone took Tim Wakefield deep in Game 7 of the ALCS. I would hope that those who call the shots in Boston feel the same way.

As for the true baseball fan in me, I will say that I am happy that Derek Jeter got his fifth ring and A-Rod his first. I am also pleased that with the team of hired guns, the World Series Most Valuable Player was a player who was on the outs, Hideki Matsui. However, I am saddened that the season is over and for the next six months there will be little baseball to be watched. I am just hoping that the MLB Network can give us something worth watching, not just replaying this 2009 World Series on a loop.

Card of the Day: 1969 Topps Bob Gibson World Series Highlight

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 18, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

1969toppsbobgibsonfrontEver since the MLB Network went live in January, it seems as if a night doesn’t go by without there being some reference to Bob Gibson, the great Cardinals pitcher. Most recently, it seems the network has been running on a loop the highlights of the 1968 World Series, the Fall Classic that featured Bob Gibson and the Cardinals against Al Kaline and the Detroit Tigers. In Game One, Gibson struck out a record 17 hitters.

About two weeks ago, while wasting time on eBay, I stumbled upon this beautiful little card that commemorates that performance. The cost: $1. Truthfully, this thing isn’t worth much; Beckett has it listed at $8 and if you really wanted one, I’m sure you could find one for the same price I bought my copy. But as it turns out, this is my first vintage Bob Gibson card. I’m still aiming to add his 1959 Topps rookie to my collection, but I’m not going to be doing that any time soon. For the time being, this card will have to do.

As a side note, this card has a story to go with it. I actually forgot about this card after I paid for it. And I did not remember it until the seller contacted me apologizing for delayed shipping. The reason: She was busy helping her brother move out of Arkansas where tornadoes recently hit. Continue reading

Dear MLB Network, Part I

Posted in Dear MLB Network, Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

johnmilescardThe last few days I’ve had the great pleasure of watching the MLB Network while watching over my newborn daughter during the day time and in the early morning hours. And one thing has become increasingly more apparent: There is no new content on this channel during the weekend.

For the love of God, can someone in New York mix in something new? I don’t care if I end up watching the Yankees pummel the Red Sox for an entire day. Anything but another re-run of the 1986 season. Continue reading

MLB Network, I Love You

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 1, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

109_1191I’m not sure what to say today.  I’m waaaaaaay too happy that the MLB Network has finally arrived.

Should I be this excited?

Is this Heaven? (3:42)

I started a thread (its still on-going) at today about my giddiness, but it reached a whole new level while watching Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series. While watching this game,  I saw a Gillette shaving blades commercial, and in it was a special offer for the Vest-Pocket Encyclopedia of Baseball, a free gift with your purchase of blades.

Well, as it turns out, I actually own that freakin’ encyclopedia! Continue reading