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Thursday, February 27, 2014

C2OD14: Echo

Here is today's installment of my Countdown to Opening Day 2014.  Each countdown post will feature a section of my Miscellaneous Padres binders.  Separate from my Team Set binder, Rad binder, Tony Gwynn binder, and Player Collection binder, are a pair of binders that hold all the rest of my beloved Padres.  I think they're awesome.


E:
Adam Eaton – 1
David Eckstein – 5
Dave Edwards - 1
Juan Eichelberger – 5
Michael Ekstrom – 1
Donnie Elliott – 1
Todd Erdos – 1
Robbie Erlin – 1

Total cards - 16
Total players - 8
Most - Juan Eichelberger & David Eckstein (5)
Least - 5 are tied (1)
Oldest - Juan Eichelberger (1981 Topps)

Today is the Padres first spring training game!  I've been working all day, and now that I finally had time to check the progress of the game, the Padres are down 6-0, and they've only managed 4 hits.  Obviously, this is just spring training, so I'm not worried about anything, but it doesn't excite me about anything either.

Anyways, I suppose the important thing is that baseball is back, so let's get a move on with the alphabetical countdown.  It's a short one today, since there aren't a lot of cards that I'm a big fan of that start with "E" in the Miscellaneous Padres binder.  I mean they're all good, but these are the two most noteworthy

I'm not a big fan of Gypsy Queen, and the fact that there is a subset called "Sticky Fingers" kind of confuses me.  Maybe if it was a football set about wide receivers who always caught the ball, it'd make more sense.  Still, how can you not be a fan of David Eckstein?  Like the honeycomb background, along with a good action shot of Eck.

If you're familiar with the term used to describe the "sideburns connecting to a mustache" style of facial hair, please let me know in the comments.  While it's not a look that I'd be able to pull off with any success, Juan Eichelberger looks pretty bad ass.  I think my cousin Nathan takes/took pitching lessons from him at one point.  Either that, or it's a different Juan Eichelberger.  Man, I love those old Padres uniforms, but the design for the '81 Topps set is not a favorite of mine.

Like I said, short post today, but wait until we get to "H".  If you've checked the updated tabs on the left of the blog, I've added a "Misc. Padres" tab, which is a Google Drive spreadsheet of all the players in the Miscellaneous Padres binders.  Nothing too fancy like each and every card (ain't nobody got time for that), but just a list of the names of the players and the number of cards they have.

Speaking of E's, the Padres/Mariners game is finally in the books, and the Padres had 4 errors to go along with a 7-1 loss.  The Padres schedule says that it was a "charity game", and it seems like all proceeds went towards the Mariners' hitters batting averages.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Incoming!


By now, you've probably read or heard or seen that plays at the plate like the one pictured above are going to be illegal.  You know, if the ump thinks it's illegal.  Probably.

Can't say that I like it, and I got knocked over a couple of times as a catcher when I was in Pony League.  Loved it.  Probably a lot different when it's Carlos Quentin, but I have to imagine that's what you sign up for when you play the position.

What is still very legal is sending me baseball cards with no strings attached.

This happened recently with a bubble mailer I received from Jeff over at 2 x 3 Heroes.  At first, I freaked out because I thought, "Did we have a trade set up?  Why is this here?"  Then I read the note and remembered that he had posted that he was looking to "dump" a bunch of cards that he didn't want, and I had claimed all the Padres.

It was from a few months ago, but the great thing about free cards is that I don't care when I get them.  

Now, normally getting cards from the 2010 Upper Deck set isn't a very noteworthy occurrence.  Trust me, there were plenty from this set that got tossed into the "don't need 'em" pile.  But I can't pass up a good David Eckstein card.  He doesn't have any bad cards (well, at least as a Padre).  I actually had the Ernesto Frieri card a while back, but gave it to my brother Ammon, who was a big Frieri fan at the time.  Not sure how his fandom has changed now that he's an Angel.

While I usually like saving the "best card" in a trade post for last (well, at least that's how it usually seems to shake down), I'll go ahead and jump the gun here.  This Luke Gregerson card has been on my "Lookout" list ever since he was traded to Oakland.  There are only five different Gregerson cards (not counting the endless parallel versions), and now I've got 'em all (the rest are from '11-'13 Topps and '13 Heritage).  I still like the Padres bullpen without Luke, but he's still a guy I'll miss.

Here are some entries to the Miscellaneous Padres binder as well.  Jimmy Baron never played a game for the Padres, but I just love the '92 Stadium Club set, so he's in.  I've gotten a bunch of Marc Kroon cards lately, and I like the look of this one as well.  While I am not really much of an Adrian Gonzalez fan, I suppose that in time I'll get over his Dodger-ness.  I watched the '98 NLCS Game 2 last night with Foster, and if I can forgive Kevin Brown (who went to LA right after the '98 season via free agency), I suppose that being traded there is less of an issue for me.

Here are two cards that I could've sworn that I already had, but didn't.  Love Khalil.  Mark Grant has a huge looking head.

Here are two cards that have made it into the "Padres in Catchers Gear" section of the Rad binder.  I think I have two other Mike Piazza cards that show him in an almost identical pose.  Still, it's a good shot, can't say I blame anyone there.  The other card is the back of Brad Ausmus' '94 Donruss card.

Gotta love Greg Maddux as a Padre.  Well, I mean, most people don't, but I have to.

Here's the last Padre of the post, a cool horizontal shot of Quilvio Veras about to tag out one of those Cub guys.  Ted Leitner, one of the Padres radio guys who's been around for a long time, calls Carlos Quentin "Q".  This bothers me greatly, since there can only be 1 "Q".  It is Quilvio Veras.

I'm sure a lot of Lawrence Taylor fans felt the same way about LaDainian Tomlinson being called "LT".  Whatever.

I must've also said that I'd take the A's off his hands.  I have a bunch of A's cards that I can't unload, but I take 'em because there's a lot of overlap between Padres and A's that I like: Kevin Kouzmanoff, Huston Street, Rickey Henderson, Mark Kotsay, etc.  Anyways, I got a Huston Street that I might keep, along with a  few others, but these were my favorite A's cards of the lot.  Kurt Suzuki is a known-mostly-for-his-defense catcher, which is what I related to as a kid.  Plus, we both went to Cal State Fullerton at the same time, so even though I transferred after a year, I still think it's cool to pick up his cards.

Thanks for dumping these cards on me, Jeff!  I have some token Sox cards on the way to ya soon as a thank you!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Random Tuesday


I like the idea of updating this blog daily, but sometimes it is unavoidable and a few days lapse.  I almost like to see how long I can go without posting, but the itch becomes too strong and within a few days, I'm back with something.  This is one of those days, after not posting since a big "trade bait" post from last Friday.

Since then, there's been some random stuff worth mentioning on here.  If not for your amusement, then at least so I can have it written down somewhere to look back later.

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Well, I guess we can start with a baseball card theme and work from there.  The card you see above is Andrew Cashner's base card.  I pulled it out of a pack this weekend, which was awesome, as it gets me that much closer to the rainbow that I'm working on.  Here's what I've got so far…

Acetate #/10, blue, red, red foil, green, purple, yellow, camo #/99, black #/63.
I had a copy of the gold parallel, but it had some corner issues that I wasn't thrilled about, so it's back on the want list.  Also need the pink one, which is numbered to 50.

Speaking of Andrew Cashner, pitchers and catchers reported a while back, and now position players are in Spring Training as well.  I had hoped to make it three years in a row attending Spring Training in Arizona, but we want to make sure that we have the cash to visit San Diego during the summer break, so we're saving our big trip for July or August.  This means that I'll be able to go to South By Southwest, a big music festival in Austin, which I have only been to once, when we first moved to Texas.  We'll see how that goes.

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Speaking of Andrew Cashner again (okay, I promise, last time), I joined a fantasy baseball league for the first time (I was the commissioner of a few six team leagues with my family members/friends a few years ago, but I've never blindly joined a league where I wasn't in charge).  The draft was really early, but here's my team: 


The league is already really annoying me because the commissioner weighted the points heavily in favor of home run hitters, which I kind of took into account during the draft, but didn't realize how meaningless a lot of the pitchers will be in comparison.  Whatever, I'm mostly in it to have fun, hence the five Padres you see on my roster (it'll be six once I drop Moustakas and add My Man Chris Denorfia).

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Oh, on Sunday I was in charge of cooking.  Doesn't happen a whole lot, unless we're doing grilled cheese or Little Ceasar's.  Since our church services don't end until around 5:00, we try to do crockpot meals on Sunday so it's all ready when we get home.

I made pulled pork sandwiches.  They didn't look quite like this, since we were too hungry to bother with making the cole slaw (and we were a few ingredients short), and we used King's Hawaiian Sweet rolls instead of the fancy looking one here, but they were still really good.  My wife was a little upset in the morning because I didn't use a recipe that was similar to ones that her friends had used, but I got the recipe from CHOW.com and it had good reviews plus a video to show how it was done (it was easy), and my wife agreed that it came out great.  Had it for dinner last night as well.

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My son Foster is a little over a year old, and while he is still a struggling communicator, he has been able to let us know how much he likes dinosaurs.  It's pretty rad, since indoctrinating his older sister has been a conscious effort (Ninja Turtles and "The Padres" are things that I make sure she is aware of and likes), but he picked it up pretty much on his own.  We have a few dinosaur books and those are ones that he wants us to read all the time.

Well, we were at WalMart running errands and we stopped to look down an aisle that had these little dinosaur toys collectibles on the end cap.  They were in opaque packs, so you couldn't see which one you were getting, but there were dinosaurs on the packaging, so Fozzie started getting really excited and tried to grab at one.  I had planned on just letting him hold it for a while and then putting it back, but he loved it (and started chewing on it), so we felt obligated to buy it.  Some of the dinosaurs looked pretty lame, but I think we lucked out with this pachyrhinosaur.  I was pretty much obsessed with dinosaurs as a kid, so it's cool to see the kid taking after his dad.

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One thing that I would love to have my kids get from me is also my love for music.  More specifically good music.  While some of the bands I listen to sound pretty similar, there is still a pretty large range of music that I enjoy.

One of my favorite bands is a band from Orange County called Limbeck.  I've shown some of their videos on here before, but this weekend I had a mentionable experience on twitter, something I'm becoming addicted to.  I'll show tell the story in tweets…

 I had been making a string of sarcastic tweets about how the Padres should go back to the all yellow uniforms from 1972.  This was in response to basically two groups of Padres fans who have been bickering over uniform choices for the past few years.  The "Bring Back The Brown" crowd (who I happen to identify myself with) been fighting to recognize the Padre heritage and have brown be a primary color in the uniform scheme.  The other party is in favor of keeping the current uniform with all of it's boring blue.  These people are morons.

Anyways, as I has making comments about how they should go back to the all yellow, I also commented on a tweet made by Limbeck (they've been inactive for a few years, but posted a photo of them mixing some songs on a laptop.  After commenting on that, this happened...

In twitter-land (man, there's a country I wouldn't want to live in), it's a big deal when someone famous "follows" you.  While it would be cool if a ball player I liked followed me, there is no ball player who is cooler (at least in my mind) than Limbeck.  And not only did they decide to follow me, they also supported the "Bring Back The Yellow" movement!  Kinda started doing it because I was bored, but still cool that they thought it was cool.

Anyways, I had a mini-geek out, and listened to Limbeck pretty much the rest of the weekend, and haven't stopped yet.


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We'll go ahead and end with another baseball card, this one of the Padres top prospect, catcher Austin Hedges.  I got this from a PWE from Hot Corner Cards.  Trying to curb my enthusiasm with Hedges, but the guys seems legit.  I played catcher when I was a kid, and I like watching good catchers.  It's been a while since the Padres had one of those.  Not that they've all been bad (though they mostly have), having an good would be nice.

I have a bunch of trade posts to get to, including great great stuff from Night Owl, Johnny's Trade Spot, Jay Barker Fan, and Jeff W., so hopefully I can get to those sooner rather than later.

Happy Tuesday to everybody!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Spring Cleaning / Trade Bait


I've been slowly recovering from whatever made me sick the past day or so.  My wife took our daughter to run some errands and go bargain hunting in the Austin area, and I got to hang out at home with Foster.  After having a rough first year or so, he's become quite the sweet kid, and in between reading books and watching Ninja Turtles with him (the ones from when I was a kid), he let me have some free time to do some card organizing.

I've been tinkering with my trade list tab on the right side of this blog, and it's been hard to keep up with what I have/don't have.  I also am not one to make long, extensive lists of cards that may not interest very many people.

So, today I decided to photograph some of those cards and make it a more "visual" trade spot.

At some point, I'll have to go through and add the cards that I have for trade from 2014 Topps (a pretty decent-sized stack) and a few other sets from last year, but the rest of what's not on there are more team-collector cards (not stars, random sets, etc.).

Anyways, I figure a quick post with minimal commentary will be a good start for the new list today.  If you see anything that interests you, leave a comment or shoot me an email.  If you have some cool Padres to trade, that's awesome.  If not, lemme know, I kind of would like to clear out some space anyways.

Love these Baseball Card Magazine cards, but have no need for these particular ones.

Frank Robinson patch.

Chromed out.

Minis.

2011 parallels.

2012 parallels.

2013 parallels.

2014 parallels.

New inserts.

A whole bunch of Cal Ripken cards.  There are a few more that I couldn't squeeze in as well.

A bunch of Nolan Ryan cards as well.

This is a pretty cool set as well that I thought about keeping as well, but somebody else may appreciate it more.  One of the Franklin Caramel sets.

2013 Inserts.

Black bordered Orioles and Rays.

Bowman.

For that Chien-Ming Wang collector in your life.

These are all numbered cards.  The Zobrist card is #/75, and I forget what the other two are.

Baseball cards.

Guys that now play for the team formerly known as the California Angels.

Emeralds from 2013.

Friday, February 21, 2014

C2OD14: Delta

Here is today's installment of my Countdown to Opening Day 2014.  Each countdown post will feature a section of my Miscellaneous Padres binders.  Separate from my Team Set binder, Rad binder, Tony Gwynn binder, and Player Collection binder, are a pair of binders that hold all the rest of my beloved Padres.  I think they're awesome.

I woke up feeling sick, then got ready for work feeling sick.  I got to work still feeling sick, then got everything ready for my class and left (thank you Mrs. B, who will never read this).  I am now at home.  Feeling sick.

The culprit is most likely the subject of ridicule of my last post: the new Chick-fil-A in town.  My wife was craving some yesterday, and being a great husband, I took the kids and brought some back home.  I also had a conversation before I left work yesterday with a co-worker that I hadn't missed a day of work this year, and that the only time that I had ever been sick as a teacher was from food poisoning.

I suppose I was asking for all of this.  Karma strikes again.

Anyways, I have these all queued up, so let's get a day closer to Opening Day.


D:
James Darnell – 3
Ben Davis – 8
Bob Davis – 1
Mark Davis – 7
Willie Davis – 1
Jaff Decker – 1
Kory DeHaan – 2
Luis DeLeon – 1
Chris Denorfia – 1
Dave Dravecky – 2
Luis Durango – 3

Total cards - 30
Total players - 11
Most - Ben Davis (8)
Least - 5 are tied (1)
Oldest - Bob Davis & Willie Davis (1976 Topps)

Here's a patriotic card to begin the post.  Maybe if I had posted this earlier in the day, the USA hockey team might've fared a little better against Canada.  I do not care about hockey, or the Olympics, for that matter.  But I do like this card.  James Darnell has some great cards, for a guy who only got 62 ABs in his career (all with the Padres).  Might've been a good player for them, but was injured too often to make any impact.

Here is why I will never be a guy that freaks out about the next "hot prospect".  Ben Davis was "it" back in the late 90's.  While I can't complain about awesome cartoon superhero cards like this one (seriously, I think they modeled Clark Kent's chin after Ben Davis'), it gives me pause when I get really excited about current Padres prospects.  Austin Hedges has all the markings of being the next great catching prospect.  Nothing could possibly go wrong.  Right?

In the pantheon of Padres Cy Young winners, Mark Davis is probably a guy that gets overlooked.  Not that it's a large pantheon by any stretch.  I'm actually not sure if I'm using the word "pantheon" correctly.  But I do know that of the four Padres to win the award, he is the only relief pitcher to have done so, notching 44 saves with a 1.85 ERA in 1989.  He would sign with the Royals in the offseason, but return to San Diego in '93 and finish his career in '94.

There is only one Chris Denorfia card in the Miscellaneous Padres binder because my other cards of him are in other places.  He has cards in the Team Set binder, of course, and also has a couple of "rainbow" pages in the Rad binder.  But this one doesn't fall into any of those categories, and it'd be weird to keep this lone card in the Player Collection binder, so he falls into the MP binder.  Always a happy surprise to flip to this card and see a raging Deno charging around third base.

When I lived in Chicago, I was surprised by all the people who had the word "Durango" plastered across their back truck window, even if it wasn't a Dodge.  Then I found out that "Durango" wasn't just a model of truck, but it was also a state in Mexico, and those truck owners were just showing state pride.  Even though Luis wasn't born in Mexico (actually born in Panama), I always think about Durango, MX, when I see his cards.  He actually batted .305 for the Padres (though a small sample size: 18 for 59 in 37 games), but was more known for his speed (7 for 8 in stealing attempts).  All of the cards I have of him show him either bunting or on the base paths.

Alright, I'm feeling better already.

Ok, that's a lie.  I still feel sick.

Countdown Until Opening Day: 39 days

Thursday, February 20, 2014

C2OD14: Charlie

Here is today's installment of my Countdown to Opening Day 2014.  Each countdown post will feature a section of my Miscellaneous Padres binders.  Separate from my Team Set binder, Rad binder, Tony Gwynn binder, and Player Collection binder, are a pair of binders that hold all the rest of my beloved Padres.  I think they're awesome.

Been spreading the C2OD14 posts a little farther apart than originally planned, but sweet Andrew Cashner cards and children's birthdays will do that, I guess.

Before getting to the important stuff, I pose a question to the readership (both of you!): What is something that you would camp out overnight for?

If your answer includes a meal a week for a year from Chick-fil-A, then you shoulda been in my town yesterday afternoon, where the first 100 people to order for the grand opening get… that thing that I just wrote.  I don't know what time CfA opens this morning, or what is going to happen to the Tent City outside of it, but I hope it's worth it to them.  Oh to be unemployed with nothing better to do…

I like Chick-fil-A, don't get me wrong, but would I wait outside overnight for it?  Not a chance.

Anyways, onto the baseball players in Section C...


C:
Everth Cabrera – 5
Mike Cameron – 6
Ken Caminiti – 29
Chris Cannizzaro – 1
Raul Casanova – 1
Andrew Cashner – 2
Joe Carter – 5
Vinny Castilla – 1
Andujar CedeƱo – 1
Mike Champion – 1
Floyd Chiffer – 1
Jack Clark – 1
Jerald Clark – 10
Matt Clement – 3
Nate Colbert – 4
Scott Coolbaugh – 1
Kevin Correia – 1
Will Cunnane – 2
Aaron Cunningham – 1
John Curtis – 1

Total cards - 77
Total players - 20
Most - Ken Caminiti (29)
Least - 11 are tied (1)
Oldest - Chris Cannizzaro (1970 Topps)

Last year, two players on the Padres were suspended for PED use.  One was Yasmani Grandal, who returned after the first 50 games and got injured for the rest of the season a month later.  The other was the Padres lone All-Star representative, Everth Cabrera.  While I am not one to root for cheaters, especially in today's game, Cabrera's apology to the fans seemed a lot more genuine than Grandal's.  For that, I remain optimistic about Cabrera's return to the Padres, while I am counting down the games until Austin Hedges is ready for the bigs and I don't have to think about Grandal (or any of the weak options the Padres have at catcher, for that matter).

Ug.  Long paragraph.  I don't have a lot of Cabrera cards, but this is easily the best one, as it 1) shows a smooth double play, 2) has beautiful Petco Park in the background, and 3) mentions that the Padres beat the Dodgers.  Good recipe.

I have to think that when most fans think of Mike Cameron, they think of his horrendous injury that might've ended his career (shown here at the 3:00 mark, if you've got the stomach for it) in 2005.  However, he rebounded the next year with the Padres and won the third and final Gold Glove of his career.  That it was commemorated with this awesome catch at the wall is very fitting.

Ken Caminiti will go down as one of the most infamous players in Padres history.  Well, maybe "infamous" isn't fitting, but "controversial" sounds too.. well, controversial.  Truth is, he was a key piece to the great Padres teams in '96 and '98, and was the first Padre to ever win the MVP award.  However, his legacy is tainted by steroid use and he took his own life three years after retiring from the game.  I've made peace with Caminiti's role in Padres history and choose to look at the positive things he did for the team and for the city.  RIP Cammy.

Normally, the Miscellaneous Padres binders are a spot where you'll see lots of no-name guys.  But so far, we're on a roll with four Padres all stars in a row!  That's right, Chris Cannizzaro was the Padres' very first representative to the All-Star Game in 1969.  Checking out his baseball-ref page, he was third in the league in runners caught stealing (41) in that year.  Unfortunately, he also was third in the league in stolen bases allowed (58) and passed balls (14).  Such is the life of a catcher on an inaugural team.  Chris should've known what to expect, as he was also an original member of the Mets in 1962.

And the All-Star streak is broken.  I mean, Joe Carter was an All-Star, but not for the Padres.  I have a few good Carter cards, but I especially love the "Smokey The Bear Autograph Day" screen in the background on this one.  The use of brown in the border on the Padres cards in the '90 Fleer set looks good as well.

The Padres have been short on power hitters in their (comparatively) young history.  Case in point: Nate Colbert had 163 in during his six years in San Diego, and that is enough to lead the franchise.  Adrian Gonzalez is close (161) and Phil Nevin is right behind him (156), but Nate has been the club leader… well, basically since the beginning.  Colbert was an original Padre, drafted from Houston.  Don't have many Colbert cards, but this is easily the best one.  Love the Kellogg's 3D cards.

I have little memory of Will Cunnane, or very many other late 90's middle relief guys for that matter.  Then why did he make it into a binder?  Because I make a point of keeping cards that have battleships as backdrops.  Doesn't everybody?

This is Aaron Cunningham's only Padre card.  Ever.  Well, unless he comes back to the Padres via trade or free agency, which is highly unlikely.  Cunningham barely played 100 games in his two seasons with the Padres and batted below .250, but I remember liking his hustle and attitude towards the game.  He's the last guy in the Section C, and while the card is not great, that i's one of those gritty underdog types is good. 

Alright!  Three down, a bunch more to go!  I'll start churning these out a little faster as Opening Day approaches.

Countdown to Opening Day: 40 days