Countdown to Spring Training – 18 Days

Eighteen days til pitchers and catchers report. Sadly there’s neither a pitcher nor a catcher in today’s card post. First up is Keith Hernandez. I know what you are saying: Whoa, hold on a minute there, Mr. All Things Ed. Are we talking THE Keith Hernandez? The five time all star, two time world champion,…

Countdown to Spring Training – 19 Days

Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn wore number 19 for the San Diego Padres. Gwynn played his entire career, 20 years, with the Padres, unusual for this day in age with free agency. Gwynn had a lifetime batting average of .338, highest of any player after World War 2 and fourth highest in the “live ball”…

Countdown to Spring Training – 20 days

Twenty days until spring training, and the number 20 presents the opposite problem I had with the number 21. Not only do I have cards of three great Hall of Famers who wore number 20, there are additional all time greats that wore the same number whose cards I do not have. Before I highlight…

Countdown to Spring Training – 21 Days

I really struggled with today’s post. The whole idea of my countdown was to create a “Bob Costas Advent Calendar” using baseball cards from my current collection as much as possible. I know there are some legends of the early years that I don’t have. Not too many people have a Babe Ruth or a…

Countdown to Spring Training – 22 Days. Perfect Imperfection

Wow, where to start. Pitched for 20 years all with the Baltimore Orioles…. Hall of Fame (1990), 3 time Cy Young award winner, 6 time All Star, 3 time World Series Champion, 4 time Gold Glove award winner…. And he does color commentary for the Orioles! I could go on and on about Palmer. He…

Countdown to Spring Training – 23 Days

Twenty three days. Just over 3 weeks. We can do this! Soon we will be hearing the pop of the ball in the glove, as first workouts start on the 13th for many teams. And I can’t wait to get down there to see some games! On with the countdown! Ryne Sandberg (HOF 2005) is…

Countdown to Spring Training – 24 days

Pitchers and catchers report on February 12th. And it can’t start soon enough! I thought I would do a daily countdown that will incorporate players’ numbers, and actual baseball cards from my collection. I’ve done some other posts involving my cards, but this one will be a bit different. I’ll occasionally drop in some other…

A Lean, Mean, Green, Pinning Machine

While the weather was snowy and cold outside, the action was hot inside the RAC on the campus of George Mason University this past Sunday as the Patriots hosted The Citadel. Mason won three of the matches by fall, and also had one major decision, and sent The Citadel packing with a 31-18 win to…

Diving into the deep end with George Mason Wrestling

When I was about seven or eight, I took swim lessons. My kids, who were district swimming champions and state qualifiers, find this very hard to believe because when I was training for a triathlon with my daughter years ago, we agreed that I basically swim like a set of keys….. Anyway, after I took…

George Mason Wrestling Doesn’t Disappoint!

I ventured over to George Mason University this weekend to catch a dual meet between the Patriots and the visiting Buffalo Bulls. One could look at the final score (26-7 Bulls) and be disappointed with the GMU team. But I disagree. These young men fought hard in every match, all the way to the end….

Being #UnCommon With Coach Frank Beasley of George Mason Wrestling

Frank Beasely is in his second year as head coach of the George Mason Patriot wrestling team. Coach Beasley came to GMU after serving as associate head coach under Pat Papolizio at North Carolina State. Beasley was also the recruiting coordinator. Just prior to today’s dual meet against the University of Buffalo I had a…

George Mason Wrestling: Being #UnCommon!

It was this time last year that I attended my first ever amateur wrestling event. I visited George Mason University to watch their Green vs Gold wrestle offs. I was a total newbie who knew nothing about the sport. I followed GMU during the season and saw them wrestle a couple of times, and saw…