If all the media reports are to be believed, Derek Holland will make his final rehab start today at the Rangers Triple-A affiliate in Round Rock, Texas. Of course, we all know how suspect the media can be, a certain written publication in Watertown, NY being the exception of course.
Derek Holland is my favorite current Ranger so I've missed seeing him play this year. That said, I don't know if I really want him to try to come back in 2014. The Rangers season is lost and has been since May so he isn't going to help the team at all. Of course, he might just be looking to knock off some rust and checking out the ol' knee.
Even though Holland has been down for the count this year, I've still been adding his cards to my collection. I recently spotted a lot of 4 cards on Ebay I couldn't resist. Not for just over a buck each.
This 2013 Topps Chasing the Dream jersey relic is very common. I like the red swatch, even if it is from his dog's bath towel.
There are approximately 742 different types of autograph cards in 2014 Topps Tribute. I've got a number of these now, but I'll keep buying when they are selling for $1.20 each. This is the Tribute Traditions version #62/99.
Here is the base 2014 Tribute auto, #70/99. I love these on-card autos.
This is the Tribute to Pastime Green (really, not much green there) version #9/25. I bought one of these way back when and it never arrived. It had a tracking # and it ended up at a post office half way between here and that was the last time it "checked" in anywhere.
I hope Derek's rehab start goes well and if he does come back this season, I might just try to go see him pitch.
I found out my best friend from my childhood lost his father last Friday. The funeral was Sunday and I didn't know so I missed it. I actually read about it on Facebook and had to explain to my wife and kids why I was sitting at the table crying.
His name was Ronnie and he truly was like a father to me. My dad was on the road all the time working and once I became best friends with his son, Ronnie treated my like his son. It was this family who took me along on a summer trip from central Texas to Arlington in 1979 to see my first (and second) Rangers game as part of a doubleheader against the White Sox. Ronnie used to tell us to "be good boys and stay out of trouble" all the time. Well Ronnie, I hope I made you proud because I tried to do just that.
I feel bad that I missed the funeral, but even worse that I hadn't seen Ronnie in about 10 years. It's not that I didn't have the chance, but I just didn't make the time. He only lived about 3 hours from me in the same small town I grew up in and I just didn't make the time to go down and visit. I regret that now, but I hope to not make the same mistake with other people I know. Other people that are important to me.
Thanks for standing in for my father when he couldn't be there for me. I'll miss you Ronnie.
The card I'm going to show you today came into my possession only recently although I've "owned" it for quite some time. I'll let you ponder on that one for a bit.
This is a 2013 Topps Nolan Ryan Record Holder manu-ring a ling. The front is interesting.
The back is eye-opening. You can probably read the write-up on the back, but I'll type it up for you anyway.
"Ryan's record of 5,714 strikeouts demands perspective - perhaps by recognizing that a pitcher would require nearly 29 seasons with 200 to break it. Not only has no one ever played that long, the non-Nolan mark for 200-plus is 13 by Randy Johnson."
Did you get that? A pitcher would need to average 200 strikeouts a year for 29 years to break Nolan's record. Hell, a pitcher would need to average 300 strikeouts a year for 19 years to fall 14 short of the record.
The current active leader for strikeouts is CC Sabathia and I'm not sure you could call him active. CC has 2,437 strikeouts and won't ever hit 3000. There are three intriguing active pitchers.
Felix Hernandez is number 9 on the active list and number 90 on the all-time list with 1900 strikeouts. Felix will post his 6th consecutive 200+ strikeout season in 2014. If he ended 2014 with 2000 Ks, he'd have to average 200 Ks/year for the next 19 years to catch Nolan. Ain't happenin'.
Justin Verlander is number 12 on the active list and number 102 on the all-time list with 1789 strikeouts. Justin has 5 200K seasons so far. I don't think Verlander will hit the 3000 mark, much lest make a run at Nolan.
Now for the most interesting of them all.
Clayton Kershaw is number 26 on the active list and number 239 on the all-time list with 1380 strikeouts. He should easily get his 5th straight 200 strikeout season this year. He'll also finish this season with about 1500 career Ks if he keeps on his current pace. That would mean he'd need to average 200 Ks for the next 21 years to catch Nolan. I like Kershaw. He's a local boy and by all accounts a very good guy. He still isn't going to break Nolan's record.
What say you dear reader? Do you ever see Nolan Ryan's career strikeout mark being broken?
I thought I deserved a Triple Happy Birthday today. Not because I'm turning 44, but because it's 8/18 and over the last few months, I went out of my way to add some #8/18 cards to my collection.
It all started with this 2011 Triple Threads bat/jersey relic of three FORMER Rangers. I saw it listed on Ebay and it just happened to be #8/18. "Hey, that's my birthday" I thought. That led me to start searching for other Triple Threads #8/18 cards.
I'll just say this. There are lots of Triple Threads #8/18 cards on Ebay, but some of them are listed for absolutely ridiculous prices. The second one I picked up was this 2013 Chipper Jones card and it was a bargain.
I couldn't pass up this 2012 Triple Threads "COMMANDO" Adrian Beltre #8/18 for only $4.99. It sure helps that it's a Rangers card.
My buddy Judson is going to have fun with this one because yes, I actually bought a Diamondbacks relic on purpose. I found this one by accident though. I won a Rangers bowman auto and was looking at the seller's other items to take advantage of the combined shipping offer. I was happy to add another #8/18 card to my new collection.
The latest addition to the #8/18 collection is this 2013 Triple Threads Elvis Andrus. As a Rangers fan, I would like to add any Rangers card I don't have to my collection, but if they just happen to be serial #8/18, I'm not going to complain.
I hope you all have a great day on my birthday. That would be a great gift.