Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Seems Like Forever Since I've Been Able To Say This...

The Kansas City Royals are in sole possession of first place in the American League Central!

Please don't rain on my parade by telling me things like:

"We're only two weeks into the season."
"The Royals haven't played anyone except for the Yankees, and they went 1-2 against them."
"They won't go anywhere with Sidney Ponson and Horacio Ramirez in the starting rotation."

I don't care, because the Kansas City Royals are in first place!

2009 Topps Heritage Gil Meche
2009 Topps Heritage Jose Guillen
2009 Topps Heritage John Buck
2009 Topps Heritage Joakim Soria
2009 Topps Heritage Alex Gordon
2009 Topps Heritage Zack Greinke
2009 Topps Heritage Mike Aviles
2009 Topps Heritage Luke Hochevar
2009 Topps Heritage David DeJesus

Monday, April 13, 2009

Bird Is The Word

One of the greatest characters in baseball history passed away today. Mark "The Bird" Fidrych was found dead at the age of 54. I was a young kid and just starting to love baseball when Mark burst into the spotlight in 1976. His career was cut way too short by injury, but he truly shined in 1976, going 19-9 with 24 complete games (out of 29 starts), posted a 2.34 ERA and 1.08 WHIP and was voted the AL Rookie of the Year. But it was his unique habits such as talking to the ball, jumping over chalk lines and grooming the dirt on the pitchers mound with his own hands. He was nicknamed "The Bird" due to his likeness of Big Bird, thus bringing about one of the great SI covers of all time. Baseball needs more players like "The Bird".

Mark Fidrych SI Cover

1979 Topps Mark Fidrych