Friday, December 12, 2014
Monday, December 8, 2014
Today I visited my favorite store on Earth. It is called Baseball 365 and it is located in Bloomington, MN. They carry many many brand new baseball gloves, bats, cleats, and everything baseball! They carry name brands like Mizuno, Easton, Demarini, Rawlings, etc. I recently bought my Rawlings Gamer Glove there. Great prices too! The shop is owned by two guys named Ryan and Tom. They do a great job with the store. This store is FAR better than an average Dicks or Sports Authority. Their gloves and bats are the best brands at good prices and everything is brand new. They also carry cards and memorabilia. It is the baseball lover's dream shop! Since I am a die hard Os fan, I purchased a 1995 issue of Baseball Digest with Cal Ripken Jr on the cover. I was surprised at how much smaller the earlier issues are compared to the new Baseball Digest issues that are the standard magazine type. If you are ever in the area, please check out the shop!
|CRJ Baseball Digest Front|
Today I received 2 more cards in the mail. One was a Sporting News Rookie Star Card Dan Dobbek, a Senators and Twins outfielder in the 50s and 60s. The other was a Topps Bill Pleis, a pitcher for the Twins also in the 50s and 60s. I plan to send these 2 and the other 2 cards in my previous post out through the mail to be signed.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Today I received two eBay returns through the mail. They were both packaged and sent with very good protection so that's always nice. One was Dick Woodson, a former Twins pitcher who played in the 60s. The other was Frank Kostro, a utility player for the Twins in the 50s and 60s. Both cards are authentic from the 60s. I will send TTM to both players. I hope for a speedy return!
Yesterday the Atlanta Braves snatched rightfielder Nick Markakis up off the free agent market. This makes me EXTREMELY sad and a bit mad because I am a very big O's fan. I was sad when Nelson Cruz was signed by the Mariners and Cruz was only in Baltimore for a year! Markakis has been a life long Oriole. I can't believe that Dan Duquette didn't sign him. This is definitely not good for our fan base and our 96 win year last year probably won't repeat next season, sadly. Some reports say that the Orioles may be interested in Michael Morse who can replace Cruz with some pop at DH. But in my opinion, Kako is not replaceable. I do hope that Orioles stars like Manny Machado, Chris Davis, and Matt Wieters can have comeback years. Machado spent most of the last 2 seasons on the DL with bad knee injuries. Chris Davis did not have his remarkable 53 homers last year as he did in 2013. And Matt Wieters had Tommy John Surgery as a catcher. Ouch. I do believe that my O's will still win the East next year!
|Nick Markakis #21|
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
T-Hunt is coming home! The Twins signed Torii Hunter to a 1 year 10.5 million dollar deal! Torii Hunter spent the first 11 seasons of his career here in Minnesota. This deal will definitely give Twins ticket sales a boost. Also, as I think I mentioned in my previous post, I was looking forward to getting Hunter's autograph if he signed. If he is scheduled at Twins Fest, he will definitely be at the top of my priority list. I have never gotten Torii's
|Press Conference earlier today|
Sunday, November 30, 2014
I am very excited to attend the upcoming Twins Fest, from January 23 to 25. I am looking forward to try to get Nolasco's autograph. He was a no-show at a signing at last years Twins Fest. Too "busy" I guess? :I Also, I am going to try very hard to get Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano. I missed out on them last year and they would be great adds. They will hopefully be good for the Twins' future plans. I am hoping that Eddie Guardado will be at a booth since he recently agreed to join Paul Molitor's coaching staff. It would be great to see Joe Mauer, but unfortunately he is not a priority. I received his autograph two years ago. I hope to see more signings before January from Terry Ryan so that I can have a chance to get a new player's autograph. Maybe Torii Hunter will make a return? We'll see if Ryan can finally have a productive off-season and get a .500 record next season.
|Twins Fest 2015|
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
On Sunday I went to the Bloomington Card Show. It is held the first Saturday and Sunday of every month and I try to go as much as I can. On Sunday I bought two Minnesota Twins plaques. Joe Mauer's card was on one of them and Kent Hrbek was on the other. I also bought three packs of 2014 Topps baseball cards. I was happy to add the cards to my 2014 collection. My happiest purchase was five Twins prospects cards. They were Adam Walker, Nick Gordon, Jose Berrios, Kennys Vargas, and Eddie Rosario. I am especially pleased with finding a Nick Gordon card because he was just drafted by the Twins this past summer. He is even a top prospect in MLB's top prospects list. Kennys Vargas got quite a bit of playing time last season but it was still a great find. Eddie Rosario just played in the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game. Jose Berrios is expected to be a big league ace in a few year's time. Lastly, Adam Walker is a pretty big power threat in the farm and hopefully in the majors. I plan to get all of the cards signed next Twins Fest.