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.

National Chicle

May 1, 2010

This seems to be the hot product out right now.  It is getting a lot of favourable reviews.

I don’t think I am a fan.  Granted, this is simply from looking at online pics (the Hamilton singles I have picked up haven’t arrived yet), but it isn’t really working for me.  The picture on the Hamilton card looks nice, but for me this product doesn’t have the ‘wow’ factor I was expecting.

I think Topps got lazy by using the same pictures from the base set on the relics.

Back on the baseball front, it appears Josh Hamilton’s power stroke might be returning a little bit.  He has three homers, but his RBIs are way down.  His average is OK, but hopefully he pulls things together again.

MLB Extra Innings

April 11, 2010

There is a bit of a long story that goes along with why I have the Extra Innings package this year, and I am going to share it with you, but the important part is – I get to watch Rangers games, even when they aren’t playing the Jays.  Hamilton stroked a double this afternoon against the Mariners, and he looks good out there.

As to why I have the Extra Innings package – here goes.  Around the start of the NHL and NFL regular seasons, I was pretty much confined to my desk because I was on a tight deadline to finish writing my PhD thesis.  So, I figured I would treat myself to the sports packages on my cable – I love watching a game while I write, because you can pretty much follow it without having to watch it all.  The deal with my cable provider is $26.99/month (for 12 months) for two of the sports packages (Center Ice, Sunday Ticket and Extra Innings) or $29.99/month (for 12 months) for all three.  For an extra $36 over a year, it seemed silly not to get all three, even though I was planning to be done writing my thesis long before baseball season started (I was done January 16, 2010).

And now it has all come together.

And in the time it took me to write this post, Hamilton got forced out at the plate.

Hamilton Gets a Hit!

April 10, 2010

That was a slow, painful start to the season for me and my fellow Josh Hamilton fans.  Josh got his first hit of the season (a double) last night against the Seattle Mariners.

Here’s hoping he is getting back in the groove.

A trip to Holland

May 23, 2009

Well, not really.  What we really have in this post is another addition to the Goose Joak set.  Today’s card is Texas Rangers rookie pitcher Derek Holland, taking part in one of my favourite traditions in baseball – making the rookie pitcher wear a silly backpack out to the bullpen with all the necessities in it.  Derek Holland is wearing Disney Princesses in this photo.

2009 Upper Deck First Edition

May 23, 2009

Josh Hamilton is back in the lineup for the Rangers tonight, after a few days off to rest a sore groin he suffered while running into the wall in the process of making a highlight reel catch.  He’s had a bit of a battle with the injury bug so far this season, but hopefully he can shake it off.

Celebrating his return to the lineup, is this 2009 Upper Deck First Edition card.  Nice and simple.  A great picture, and a simple design.  Its just a baseball card.  Its good to be reminded of that every so often.

He plays defense too….

May 18, 2009

Josh Hamilton gained most of his notoriety last season with his bat.  Since his return from the disabled list, he has shown some of that prowess again, but he is also helping out with some excellent defense.  Much to his wife’s chagrin.  She has asked him to be careful and stop running into walls.  His response?  “Honey…I want to win.”  And the Rangers are winning. The only picture I could find was a screen grab from an online video.  If anyone has a better one, shoot me a link.

MLB.com has a story (and there is video of his catch to go with it!) with some more responses from other interested parties:

  • “..one of the most unbelievable catches I’ve ever seen.”  Rangers outfielder David Murphy.
  • “When I hit it, I didn’t think he had a chance.”  Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick.
  • That saved the game.”  Rangers manager Ron Washington.

Unfortunately, Hamilton left the game with a tweaked groin shortly after the catch, but he is said to be ‘day to day.’  Hopefully he can avoid another trip to the disabled list.