Jump into the way back machine!

July 11, 2010

I picked up these cards as a gift from an excellent member (r2d2) on Freedom Card Board.  He had picked up team sets from some of Tampa’s minor league teams to get the cards of players he collectes, and then was left with a bunch of guys he doesn’t collect – including Josh Hamilton.

Its been a bounce back season in a lot of resepcts for Hamilton, I wish I could say the same for my collection.  One positive for me is that I like the looks of Hamilton’s cards in A&G – and he finally has a Ginter jersey card!  I am looking forward to picking those little guys up.  On the field, it has been exciting to watch Hamilton.  He seems to be well and truly back.  He was recently voted to the starting lineup for the 2010 All-Star Game – again.  He has declined to participate in the Home Run Derby, which I think is the right decision.  He doesn’t want to mess up his swing or throw things off for the second half of the season – a season in which the Rangers are gearing up for a potential playoff run.  And really – is there a chance that he can better his performance from his last appearance in the HR Derby?  I really don’t think so.

Hamilton’s appearance in the All-Star game will also give him a chance to do something that probably should have happened a few years ago – share the outfield with fellow 1999 draft pick Carl Crawford.  Hamilton and Crawford spent time together in a few minor league stops before Hamilton derailed his life.  They finally get the chance to play together in the majors.


2009 Topps Triple Threads All-Star Patch

January 26, 2010

I posted a little while back about my dilemma concerning having money to spend and not being able to decide.  Well, this card came along via BIN and it made up my mind.  Not only is it a low-numbered patch card – its from one of the defining moments of Hamilton’s career to date.  This probably isn’t the jersey that Hamilton was wearing when he was lighting it up in the Home Run Derby, but he was probably wearing it that day.

OK, that part sounded just a little bit creepy.  But – here it is.  My triple patch from Triple Threads /9.  I like it very much.


Josh on the ASG and Home Run Derby

July 6, 2009

Josh Hamilton is well on his way back into the lineup for the Texas Rangers.  He was selected as a starter for the All-Star Game by the fans this weekend, and plans to attend if the Rangers give him the go-ahead.  He won’t be participating in the Home Run Derby, though.

I’m going to cast my vote for Aaron Hill to get a shot at the HR Derby.  He’s got a sweet swing, and he has been hot lately.

Hamilton Voted in as ASG Starter

July 5, 2009

I have been following the announcements of the starters for the 2009 All-Star Game Starters.  Josh Hamilton was voted in as a starter.  No update on whether he will be able to participate.  I would lean towards ‘no’, simply because he still hasn’t put in any MLB time, but who knows.

It illustrates the follies of fan voting, though.  I love seeing Hamilton play, and I’d be happy to see him in the mid summer classic, but I can’t say he deserves to be there.  It hurts guys who do have all-star calibre seasons, and then they get passed over.   Someone like Aaron Hill who should be there, but might not due to Pedroia being selected as a starter.

2001 Upper Deck Minors Centennial Signatures

July 4, 2009

Some mail earlier this week brought in another Josh Hamilton autograph for the collection.  I have been picking up some of Hamilton’s older cards lately, especially the hard signed autographs.  Upper Deck released a few prospect oriented sets in the late 90s and early 2000s.  Upper Deck Minors was one of these.  These cards have a nice, clean design, and in addition to this autograph, and a game used bat card I featured a while ago, it features a dual memorabilia card with Hamilton and Joe Dimaggio.  I had a copy of this card lined up, but it arrived heavily creased and I reversed the transaction after consulting with the seller.  It will come up again.  I hope.  Until then, I am more than happy with this new autograph.

Some good news on the baseball front today.  Josh Hamilton played a full game yesterday, with the AAA Oklahoma Red Birds. He went 0-4, but seemed to be feeling fine.  He’ll play at least one more game in centerfield.   Hamilton is also still in position to start in the All-Star Game, holding on to third place among outfielders.  No word on whether he will partake if he is voted in.    He was also the leader as of the last time votes for the 2009 Home Run Derby were tabulated.  I’m not sure a guy coming off recent abdominal surgery needs to be taking home run cuts for an hour, but I am sure there are people more qualified than me to make that decision.

1/3 with a stolen base?

July 16, 2008

I’ll take it.

He didn’t hit one out of Yankee Stadium, but he got a hit, he stole a base, and he generally aquitted himself quite well.  I must admit, I haven’t been this interested in the All Star Game in quite some time.  Probably since Toronto hosted it waaaay back in the 90s.

And judging from this photo at the Red Carpet parade today, he’s been enjoying the goings-on as well.  Hopefully the same goes for all the new people who have stumbled upon this blog through various searches the past couple days as well.

Batting third and starting in center field….

July 15, 2008

I don’t quite know what to expect from the All Star Game itself tonight.  Can Hamilton go out and top what he did last night?  Will someone offer Clay Counsil a job throwing BP?  (He has a rubber arm, I don’t think I could throw 80 pitches).  I bet I could throw my age though, so we are even on that count.

I’ve come up with a couple things I think are fairly certain for this evening though.  One at bat.  Maybe two, depending on how fast they get through the order, but I can’t see him playing more than three innings in the field, so how ever many ABs that corresponds to.  In addition to the one AB – I’m thinking he gets a huge reception at Yankee Stadium tonight.  Another round of name chanting would be cool as well, but I’m thinking he’d have to homer for that to happen.

On my wish list of things to happen:  Hamilton steps to the plate in the bottom of the first, with two runners on and jacks the ball out of Yankee Stadium.  If you are going to wish – wish big.