Countdown to Spring Training – 14 Days

Just two weeks until pitchers and cathers report. A mere 14 days. Unlike yesterday’s post with just one player, today we’ll be looking at a few players. It’s always fun digging into my box of baseball cards. I have each team in there own sealed plastic bag, then arranged by year in each bag. I…

Countdown to Spring Training – 15 Days

It is with great pride that I announce that Thurman Munson is today’s honoree in the Countdown to Spring Training. Munson proudly wore number 15 for the New York Yankees for 11 seasons, and is honored not only for the statistics that he compiled during his shortened career with the Bronx Bombers, but the great…

Countdown to Spring Training – 16 Days

Two words. That’s all you need. Just two words: Bo knows. Most readers know all about Jackson. For the uninitiated who never saw him play, he was an electrifying player to watch, and he combined power and speed. He was the first player ever to be named an All Star in two professional leagues (NFL,…

Countdown to Spring Training – 17 days

We are down to 17 days before pitchers and catchers report. We are getting close!! A friend of mine the other day asked me why pitchers and catchers report early. I was going to joke and say that pitchers aren’t real athletes. But I didn’t want to offend anyone with that. Seriously, I did wonder…

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…