Thursday, July 17, 2014

Two reasons I'm looking forward to the end of this baseball season

1.  The Rangers are terrible.

Don't get me wrong, I still love 'em.  I know a big reason they are doing so poorly is injuries.  Matt Harrison, Mitch Moreland, Jurickson Profar and Prince Fielder--done for the season.  Derek Holland--he's my favorite, but practically done for the season.  Seemingly everyone else that matters has had at least one stint on the DL.  They've already used 50 players this season and we have 67 games to go.

I know none of the Rangers read this, but just in case they run across it I want to say -- Keep your heads up and DON'T GET HURT!!

Some people say it's the curse of Nolan, but I don't believe it one bit.  Well, not much anyway.



This is my newest addition, a Nolan Ryan Ginter box topper.  


2.    I am SICK and TIRED of the Never Ending Celebration of All Things Derek Jeter*.  The endless reports of his round the league tour and gift ceremonies.  The 2014 All Star Game to Celebrate Derek Jeter sponsored by Brut for Men and Fox Sports.

I'm not trying to take away from Jeter's career.  I'm just tired of it and him and it's really not even his fault. He seems like a nice guy and may not even want all the attention.  I hope the Yankees don't make the playoffs because they will literally kill all of us with Jetermania.

*I'm fairly certain my rant against Jeter is partially, if not entirely, due to the fact that my Rangers are in the cellar and don't look to be getting much better this season.  Of course, it might also be due to my long-standing disdain for the Yankees.  

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Rangers finally get home field for the World Series!!

It could happen.

The A's are 59-36 so if they go 42-25 the rest of the season, that would put them at 101-61.

The Rangers are 38-57 so if they can go 67-0 the rest of the way, that would put them at 105-57!

Take that Oakland!

Seriously though, the Rangers once sat at 35-35 and were "only" 7 games back.  Throw in a 3-22 run up to the All-Star break and you get a 38-57 record which leaves them 21 games out with the worst record in all of baseball.  The 3-22 stretch ties for the worst 25 game record in team history.  Ouch.  Tying or breaking team records is generally fun, but when the record is for futility, the fun is out the window.

My team may be in the toilet, but I still have my cards.




Even if they do make the players look like convicts.

Friday, July 11, 2014

C'mon Tuesday

It's official.  The Rangers are the worst team in baseball.  Does that mean we get the #1 draft pick?  Since we already own the rights to Russel Wilson, maybe we can draft Johnny Manziel next.

It's been a long time coming, but I finally found out I got the new job.  It's really a promotion, since I'll now be supervising my former co-workers.  That means I'll be primarily working days once my night shift position gets filled.  That will be a change for me after working deep nights for over 8 years.

That's not why you're reading this post though.  You want to know what next Tuesday will bring.

I'll finally be getting some of the long promised packages in the mail from all the 5000 count boxes I sorted.  I just packed up the boxes for Once A Cub, Mark Hoyle, Hiflew, Robert at $30 a Week, and Angels in Order.  I'll need to make a trip to the store to get some more boxes, but I should have more ready before the trip to the post office.  I'll also have packages for Nachos Grande, Night Owl, Mark Aubrey and some others that don't need a box.

I appreciate all of you being patient.  I hope you enjoy what the you get.  I think some of you that sent money for shipping sent more than you needed to so I'll put the extra back in the box for you.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Lost Season

This is a lost season for the Texas Rangers.  Considering it's been 11 days since I posted, you might think this blog is going down the same path.  Rest assured, I'm still here.  The Rangers poor season is part of my problem, but I'm going through that thing we call "real life" and it's distracting me like you wouldn't believe. Most of you have been there so you probably would believe it.

Back to my Rangers.  I was listening to them get destroyed by the mighty Astros on the radio as I drove to work last night and I heard some stunning stats.

Tonight, the Rangers will start Phil Irwin.  That's right, Phil WHO?  Phil will be the 46th player to appear for the Rangers this season.  They had 46 players make an appearance in 2013 and that includes the September call-ups.  In 2012, that number was 39 players.  You kind of get an idea how the season is going when you hear those numbers.

The Rangers sit at a stellar 38-51 as I write this and if by some miracle they play .500 ball from here on out, they'll have their worse season since 2003 when they finished 71-91.

As hard as the Rangers are to watch and root for right now, I'm still collecting and surprisingly, the guy I'm after the most hasn't played an inning this year.




My most recent Derek Holland pickup is this 2014 Gypsy Queen mini patch #7/10.  It only cost me $3 and change and has a nice piece of blue patch, probably from a strip of couch upholstery in the clubhouse.

For those of you that are waiting for packages, rest assured, I haven't forgotten you.  I'm really trying to get those out starting in the next few days.  Thanks for your patience.


Friday, June 27, 2014

I've been Tuloed, Shipleyed and McCoyed

Yesterday, I walked in and found this waiting for me.



That is a medium flat rate box and it was stuffed with goodies from Dennis over at Too Many Verlanders.
Inside the box were 100's of basketball, baseball and football cards that I asked for in his Spring Cleaning Contest.  How cool is it to have a contest where you get entries by claiming FREE cards?  Very cool if you ask me.




I somehow managed to land first on the randomizer and I chose the Troy Tulowitzki auto.  Dennis threw in a graded 1990 Donruss Nolan Ryan card.  I remember these were included in some Donruss boxes back in 2001 and I actually have 8 or 9 of these myself.  I didn't have the Nolan and who doesn't need a 1990 Donruss card with a sweet grade of 7.5.




I could have picked out a ton of cards to show, but this first year Dirk Nowitzki Stadium Club caught my eye.  Apparently Dirk was playing 1 on none for this shot.




I told you I had been Shipleyed and McCoyed.  That's a healthy stack of Jordan Shipley and Colt McCoy cards.  My son is going to snatch these up because he likes the Longhorns and he has a small collection of Shipley and McCoy cards.

Dennis, thanks for the great contest and all the cards!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Cruz Control

Sometime last night blogger finally started working again.  I could see everyone's posts in my reading list and I realized how much I missed reading your stuff.

I got a package from Judson over at My Cardboard Habit.  He was looking for some Ebay funds to further his single-minded pursuit of 2014 Bowman Luke Jackson cards.   I couldn't bear the thought of breaking up such a nice family of Nelson Cruz cards so I made a few bids and yesterday the cards made their way across town to me.



The two cards on top were bonuses and much appreciated.

Thanks for the cards Judson.  I'll give them a good home.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Is anyone else having problem with their reading list on Blogger?

For the last two days, I can only see one post in my reading list.  It changes based on the most recent post written by someone I'm following, but no matter what I can do, I only see one post.

Is anyone else experiencing this problem?