Above footage from the 2001 WSU/Oregon game, where Onterrio Smith rushed for a school record 285 yards (recently broken by LaMichael James.)
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Why did Topps airbrush Matt's photo? Morris started his steep decline in the second half of the 2005 season with the Cardinals, but he was still able to parlay his past success into a three year deal with the Giants. San Francisco gave up on him during the 2007 season right before the trade deadline, and was shipped to Pittsburgh as part of a perplexing reverse-"seller" trade that saw Rajai Davis become a Giant. Sadly, one of my favorite pitchers was done as a player by April the next season.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Let's just hope that there is a Game 7.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I think that, pre-blog days, I was blissfully unaware of most Cardinals hatred. Yes, I realize that only the Yankees have won more titles than St. Louis. However, it seems like there's some festering perception that the Cards always win. Does 2 championship rings in the past 43 years sound like "always win" to you? Yes, they have a rich tradition, but I still get a bit excited when I run into a Cardinals fan out here on the west coast. I vividly remember being one of three people in a crowded bar during Game 1 of the 2004 World Series that wasn't rooting for the Red Sox, the others being the friend that I came with and a stray bartender. I remember sitting at a table full of Tigers fans the night that the Cards clinched their first title in my rooting lifetime (since I was a clueless American League fan for my first few years of existence, I didn't revel in the 1982 series as much as I wish that I did.)
I do feel like an underdog as a Cards fan. (Hell, no one around here even seems to like baseball anymore.) And yes, even though St. Louis still holds the home field advantage, they have fallen into that underdog role once again this year. They have been left for dead, many times over. Let's hope they're still some brainthirsty monsters ready for one last feast or two. (Please, let it be two.)
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Above footage from the 2002 Fiesta Bowl. Check out Maurice Morris's rollover play, one of the best I've ever seen in Ducks history!
Friday, October 21, 2011
Why did Topps airbrush Jim's photo? Here's something else about Jim Maloney: he never really played with the Cardinals. Arm injuries shortened his career, and after a rough stint with the California Angels, the Cardinals signed him as a free agent in the offseason with an eye on 1972. Unfortunately, things didn't work out with the Cards and he was released in early April without so much as a single Major League appearance. The Giants were next to take a run at him, but he wasn't able to return to health and retired in June, making his last appearance in the majors as an Angel.
(Feel free, of course, to ignore the fact that I used a Topps Archives version of this card because I don't own the original.)
Terry Crowley was a lefty first baseman and corner outfielder who spent the better part of his 15 year career as a bench player and occasional platoon guy. Crowley spent the bulk of his career with the Orioles, spread out over two lengthy stints. He's currently a coach in the O's organization.
Why did Topps airbrush Terry's photo? Much like Jim Maloney before him, Crowley never played for Texas. The Rangers purchased his contract in December 1973 for what I can only assume was an extra large bag of salted in-shell peanuts, and he in turn was "purchased" again a few months later by the Reds before the next season even started.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
With a postseason run that's involved squirrels, pet turtles and a childlike "happy flight" chant, I think Brendan Ryan would have fit in with this bunch wonderfully. It's too bad that he was one of the first casualties of last season's underachieving squad.
I guess I see what Topps is doing with this card. Just do yourself a favor and don't look at the stats comparison on the back, unless you like humor or something.
Topps has gone from inserting cheesy refractors in this product to still cheesy but not shiny exclusive inserts to just straight up colored parallels.
I'll have you know that I redeemed a 1990 Dennis Eckersley card with this code. Also, no one wants to trade anything I'm interested in for my die-cut Yovani Gallardo, but that's another story.
Part of me was really hoping the Tigers would make it to the World Series this year, just because it worked out so well last time.
I guess it's too easy to thank the Dodgers for the Cardinals success this season, when there are so many other things that happened in the last month that could have easily gone against St. Louis. One of the more obvious things was the Braves collapse, which the formerly unhittable Craig Kimbrel had a heavy role in.
Monday, October 17, 2011
I should mention that this post is brought to you with thanks to reader Matt from VA, who sent over a good stack of 2011 Allen & Ginter cards. Shane Victorino, in code parallel form, represents one of the vanquished foes of the brain-thirsty Cards. I was fortunate enough to pull his base card in a rack pack yesterday, so I'm all set in the Flyin' Hawaiian department.
*Actual baseball may differ ever so slightly from the image above. Consider yourself warned.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Above footage from ASU's 2009 visit to Autzen Stadium.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
US86 - Rafael Furcal (The single most important in-season acquisition. I'm convinced that the Cards would have been eliminated from playoff contention with plenty of days to spare without the Furcal deal. It's bizarre, because until this very moment when I looked it up, I could not have told you who the Dodgers got in return for Furcal. It turns out it was someone whose name I only recognize from his 2011 Bowman card.)
T60-120 - Ozzie Smith Topps 60 (Great looking card. This goes right into the Ozzie binder. I don't even think I recognize this photo, which is nice.)
US50 - Jered Weaver Red Target Parallel (It looks like in the Update Series they turned the retail exclusive Diamond Gemerald inserts into exclusive colored border parallels. I guess I am going to be suckered into wanting these things if they're Cardinals.)
US60 - Heath Bell All-Star (It's cool when you can instantly recognize a moment from a game you merely watched on TV.)
DD-26 - Buster Posey / Brian McCann Diamond Duos (These often pair young players with legendary Hall of Famers, but I guess McCann is just playing that role here by wearing a retro uniform.)
US294 - Edwin Jackson (Here's another one for the Blurry, Horizontal Pitcher file. This is also a cool TV moment for me, however, as I clearly remember the day and place that I watched Jackson's first start against the Small Bears.)
US223 - Arthur Rhodes (Rhodes must have come over to the Cards just a little too late for the deadline. This photo is great, although it makes Rhodes look extremely short for some reason.)
425 - Johnny Mize Vomit Parallel (Well... er... yes! Awesome. I have a hunch now that the retired legend parallels aren't more difficult to pull than your garden variety Jason Bartletts, but it's just a hunch.)