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.

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“…a heck of an outfield..”

October 23, 2008

A few more great quotes from Josh on the Rays having such a successful season were gleaned from a Canadian Press wire story.

“That would’ve been a heck of an outfield. Carl, Rocco and me, running balls down, throwing guys out, hitting home runs.”  I guess Josh sees himself in the BJ Upton role, which I guess is a good fit.  No love for former Blue Jay Gabe Gross though.  Three of the four in the outfield, and one as a DH would be very potent indeed.  I know the Rays are doing just fine without him, but I have a terminal attraction for very bad teams (I’m a Toronto Maple Leafs fan), so please allow me my dreams.

“I’d go up to them and tell them how happy I was for them.  I told them to go all the way, get it done. And they might do it.”  On his conversations with some Rays throughout the season.  Hamilton progressed through the Rays minor league system with Carl Crawford, until he was suspended for drug use.

There’s also a note in the article about why Hamilton hasn’t had his tattoos, which are a constant visual reminder of his past removed.  He gave it a shot, but “Imagine how it hurts going on and times it by about 10 coming off.”


Hamilton’s Pulling For the Rays

October 16, 2008

With a new spate of interviews and press releases coming out to coincide with Hamilton’s book release and brief tour, there’s a lot of material out there about Josh to pick through and post.  I’m anticipating a bit of a lull in news stories over the winter, but hopefully there will be lots of card pickups to tide me over.

A release posted on Trading Markets about Hamilton’s book has a number of quotes, about the book, about Hamilton’s life and about baseball.  Towards the end, the subject of the playoffs comes up, and Hamilton reveals he is pulling for the team that drafted him, the Tampa Bay Rays.  Carl Crawford was also drafted by the team in 1999, and their paths crossed in the minors and at the few spring trainings that Hamilton attended as a member of the Rays.  Hamilton says about his former team, “You know, they’ve been doing good since they dropped ‘Devil.'”

I was hoping for a Rays / Dodgers World Series, but Rays / Phillies would suit me just fine as well.  I really like Jason Bay, but I just can’t bring myself to cheer for the Red Sox.