03 April 2017

OPENING DAY 2017

OPENING DAY 2017
PLAY BALL!

Today Monday 03 April, 2017 The Nationals take the field at home vs. The Florida  Miami Marlins. Stephen Strasburg will be the starting pitcher.

Opening Day Starting Lineup:
SS Trea Turner (R)
CF Adam Eaton (L)
RF Bryce Harper (L)
2B Daniel Murphy (L)
1B Ryan Zimmerman (R)
LF Jayson Werth (R)
3B Stephen Drew (L)
C   Matt Wieters (S)
P   Stephen Strasburg (R)

Here is the Nationals 2017 Roster:

Starting Rotation:
Stephen Strasburg RHP
Tanner Roark RHP
Gio Gonzalez LHP
Max Scherzer RHP

Catchers:
Jose Lobaton
Matt Wieters

Infielders:
Wilmer Defo SS/3B
Stephen Drew SS/2B/3B
Adam Lind 1B/LF
Daniel Murphy 2B/1B
Anthony Rendon 3B
Trea Turner SS/2B/CF
Ryan Zimmerman 1B

Outfielders:
Adam Eaton CF
Bryce Harper RF
Chris Heisey RF/LF
Michael A. Taylor CF
Jayson Werth LF

Bullpen:
Joe Blanton RHP
Coda Glover RHP
Shawn Kelly RHP
Oliver Perez LHP
Enny Romero LHP
Sammy Solis LHP

Closer:
Blake Treinen RHP

Not sure who will throw out the First Pitch since POTUS Trump declined. Hopefully since he IS the President he will throw out a first pitch at Nats Park sometime. I don't care what your politics are the President whoever he or she is should throw out the first pitch from time to time. Preferably on Opening Day.

Oh yeah show a Curly W card. That is what you want me to do instead of yakking about this season's roster. OK here is a First Pitch card from this year's Topps Flagship set. I'm not sure how many Nats First Pitch cards there are. I haven't checked the lists for the First Pitch insert sets, but I do need to get them. I think I have a First Pitch from last year somewhere, not a Nat forget what or who it is.


It wasn't Opening Day, but it was a special day 05 July, 2016 Nats Park. I think it was one of the Armed Services Recognition days. The ball hurler is Miss USA 2016 Deshauna Barber she finished top 9 in Miss Universe and is now a Captain in the US Army Reserve at the printing time of this card she was a Lieutenant. Her Wikipedia page shows her throwing out a first pitch in a Yankees jersey for a Yankees game, but she is more a DC girl representing DC in the Miss USA pageant. Born in Columbus, Georgia moved around as an Army brat. She has a degree from Virginia State University and a Masters from University of Maryland.


The Nationals lost that game 5-2 to the Milwaukee Brewers. Gio Gonzalez was the starting pitcher. The card I got for lets see ...99¢ + $3.50 shipping from Ebay received it Wednesday 08 March 2017. Mailday blogging sometimes comes in handy. Hehehe.

31 March 2017

An Ancient Contest From Trading Card Central

In trying to come up with a fun post I recalled a semi-annual contest that the Trading Card Central (TCC) forum used to have. I forget if it was done last year or not. I would occasionally participate in it even though it often stresses me out trying to come up with what to show/post in the limited time given. The winner of the contest would usually get a cool predetermined prize or a huge lot of cards for their PCs. Sometimes all of the above. The contest was called "The Battle Royal" and was a free-for-all elimination type of contest, any forum member could enter the contest. The structure of the contest was that once a week there would be a challenge to post cards from whatever the head judge came up with. Post your best game used card, best on card autograph, favorite player, favorite odd-ball card etc... The contestants then had a specific amount of time to post cards from their collection that met the requirements for that round's challenge. It was usually like 48 hours from the time the challenge was posted. After the contestants posted their entries, other members could vote on what they liked, but usually the head judge would choose which he liked best. Contestants were awarded points for each round. I think the eliminations began either before or after round three. The total number of rounds would depend on how many contestants there were and how the "ring leader" of the contest judged or scored things and how many contestants got eliminated each round.

For the 2015 TCC Battle Royal I managed to stick it out til the final 3.  The first challenge was a difficult one to decide on. Here is the challenge instructions:

Round 1- Field A Team

Cards/Team can be from any team sport and of any type. There must be a card for each position and the player depicted on that card must actually play or have played that position. If you choose baseball and use cards from an AL team, you must have both a DH and a P as well as the other positions. All players must have the same team on their uniforms.

Entries must be posted by 11:59 PM on Tuesday August 4th.

Let's Rumble.


Yeah OK. My first thought was to do a Redskins team, but Football requires too many offense and defense players. I'm pretty sure I could cover all the positions, but trying to decide on some of them would be difficult and for QB would I go with Sunny J. or Sammy B.? I also thought about the Capitals  My problems with them would have been to decide on some of the representatives for some of the positions. I also thought about using the Nationals but I had to make sure I had them in Nats uniforms, some of my Nats guys at the time I didn't have them in a Nats uniform. Long story short I decided to field a vintage Senators team. In the end it is sort of my Fantasy Pre-Expos All-Time Senators/Nationals Team.

I only showed the card fronts on the forum. I'll add the backs here as a bonus. I had scanned any backs and fronts I was missing at the time of the contest, but due to the image limit on the forums I had to leave the backs off. Note some of these cards I have already shown previously on this blog somewhere.

Here is my (two post) entry pretty much how it was posted (with the exception of the backs added here and slightly different format):

Dang what a way to start this thing. Sheesh. OK so I'm gonna kick it old school with my Homie Senators.

Da Pitchman: Tomorrow
Walter "The Big Train" Johnson
1994 Ted Williams Baseball 89 Walter Johnson

Da Catcher: Today
Paul Casanova
1969 Topps Baseball 486 Paul Casanova

INFIELD:
1st Base: Who
Mike Epstein
1970 Kellogg's 3-D Baseball 24 Mike Epstein

2nd Base: What
Bernie Allen
1970 Topps Baseball 577 Bernie Allen

3rd Base: I Don't Know
Eddie Yost
1950 Bowman Baseball 162 Eddie Yost

Short Stop: I Don't Give A Darn
Ed Brinkman
1968 Topps Baseball 49 Ed Brinkman

Uh Oh almost forgot the image limit. It's what only 10? 6? 5? Been ages since I've posted tons of pics here. [For the record the image limit at the TCC forums is 10 images per post. That was post 1 now post 2]

OUTFIELD:

Left Field: Why
Roy Sievers
1956 Topps Baseball 75 Roy Sievers

Center Field: Because
Whitey Herzog
1958 Topps Baseball 438 Whitey Herzog


Right Field: Nobody
Frank Howard

1968 Topps Baseball 320 Frank Howard

Even though the Senators (2.0) moved before the DH came about I wanted to have Killer in the lineup somewhere and since I had already used 3rd Base. Killebrew did have some at bats as the DH for the Twins in the last couple of years of his career.

DESIGNATED HITTER:
Harmon Killebrew
1960 Topps Baseball 210 Harmon Killebrew

MANAGER:
Ted Williams

1969 Topps Baseball 650 Ted Williams

COACHES:

Ellis Clary
Sam Mele
Bob Swift
1960 Topps Baseball 470 Coaches

Senators and Nationals mentioned:
Bernie Allen
Ed Brinkman
Paul Casanova
Ellis Clary
Mike Epstein
Whitey Herzog
Frank Howard
Walter Johnson
Harmon Killebrew
Sam Mele
Roy Sievers
Bob Swift 
Ted Williams
Eddie Yost


28 February 2017

Opening Day Like Its 2008 Or Something

Eek it is the end of the month. Lets see, Spring Training 2017 has started and right now with 3 games under their belt the Nats are 1-2 .333 as are the Braves and Marlins, the Mets and Phillies are both at 2-2 .500 so nobody in the division is doing that poorly or that great with the Spring Training only about 4 days old.

OK so Nats Opening Day 2017 this year is 03 April home vs. The Marlins. If I had planed things out I should have shown a Josh Willingham, Nick Johnson or Ivan Rodriguez card. But I didn't so I won't I will show a couple of Opening Day Cards I scanned a while back but haven't posted yet ...til now.

Opening Day 2008 (Oh Wow I didn't even think about this) was on 30 March vs. The Atlanta Braves and was the first regular season game at Nationals Park in SE DC.The Nats won 3-2 with a Walk-Off homer by Ryan Zimmerman. The Opening Day Roster was:

  1. Cristian Guzman SS
  2. Lastings Milledge CF
  3. Ryan Zimmerman 3B
  4. Nick Johnson 1B
  5. Austin Kearns RF
  6. Elijah Dukes LF
  7. Ronnie Belliard 2B
  8. Paul Lo Duka C
  9. Odalis Perez P (LH)
The Nats came in last place in the NL East that year, their usual spot for several frustrating years, with a 59-102  .366 record. Fortunately the Nationals have been doing much better in recent years.

OK so the two cards I'm a-gonna-show are of two players who have been long gone from the Nats. For one of the two players 2008 would mark his last MLB appearance and for the other 2008 was spent in the minors having made his Major League Debut in Sept of 2007.

DMITRI YOUNG
 2008 Topps Opening Day 117 Dmitri Young Nationals

ROSS DETWILER
 2008 Topps Opening Day 200 Ross Detwiler RC Nationals


26 January 2017

Welcome to CoopersTown Pudge (and Rock)


With the announcement of the 2017 Hall of Fame Class The Natxpos Franchise has two count them TWO players accepted to Cooperstown. Expos Tim "Rock" Raines (Non-DC Years) and Nats Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez (going as a Ranger aka: Senators 2.0). Raines got in on his 10th and final ballot and Ivan got in on his first ballot. Oh and there was also some guy named Bagwell but since he has no DC connection I won't mention him or show a card of his, sorry fans he doesn't fit the scope of this blog. There was another Expo who was under consideration but didn't make it this year Vladimir Guerrero missed out on the first timer train. Maybe Vlad will get in next year.

IVAN "Pudge" RODRIGUEZ:
2000 Upper Deck Baseball: Most Wanted: MW3 Ivan Rodriguez Rangers

For this next card I played with the adjustments on the scan for the front of the card to try to make Pudge's name easier to read. I wasn't satisfied with the result it looks too grainy. This is actually the second scan of the card as the first one had a hair or thread across the lower left of the card and I couldn't have that.
 2002 Fleer Ultra Baseball: 7 Ivan Rodriguez Rangers

TIM "Rock" RAINES:
1983 O-Pee-Chee Baseball:  227 Tim Raines Expos

 1988 Topps Baseball: 403 Tim Raines All-Star Expos

21 December 2016

Senators Singles: Mad Max Ace Diamond King

Mad Max Ace Diamond King

I scanned this card late last month when I was scanning cards for my Max Awards 2016 post. I decided not to show it at that time. So now with just a little time left in December I'm posting it as one of those "quick fix make sure I have something for the personal quota this month" posts. Yes I"m being lazy.

This card is one of the 2016 Panini Diamond Kings cards. I am so-so on this set. I sort of like the painting-like images used, but they do repeat the same "photo" on the back. It is also one of those unlicensed sets. I wish the sports leagues would back off on the exclusives for trading cards and let he full names and logos of sports teams be used. Most people know what they are anyway so there is no serious attempt at disguising which team it is. The plainness and lack of names and logos makes even the most professionally made card look like it was done by cheap ass amateurs. Most collectors hate the plain look anyway.

 2016 Panini Diamond Kings Baseball - 88 Max Scherzer Nationals

29 November 2016

Max Awards 2016

2015 Topps Stadium Club 296 Max Scherzer

Well there were a few Nats up for some of the big end of the year awards. 2nd Baseman Daniel Murphy was up for NL MVP but came in second. He did, However, pick up a Silver Slugger award (his first) and the Player's Choice "Outstanding Player" Award. Catcher Wilson Ramos also got a Silver Slugger award a surprise first. Rookie Outfielder Trea Turner was up for the "Rookie of the Year" (ROY) but came in second and Skipper Dusty Baker was up for the "Manager of the Year" (MOY) but came in 3rd. UGH. Golden Boy Pitcher Max Scherzer came through with the NL Cy Young Award his second he won his first back in 2013 while with the Tigers. He is the 6th player to win it from both Leagues.

Here are some cards to look at starting with the back of the 2015 Stadium Club Max Scherzer card that is featured at the top of this short post.

2015 Topps Stadium Club 296 Max Scherzer (back)

Since it is his second Cy Young award here is another Max card this one is his 2015 Gypsy Queen

 2015 Topps Gypsy Queen 93 Max Scherzer
(Front and Back)

Silver Slugger Catcher Wilson Ramos.
 2011 Topps Update US295 Wilson Ramos
(Front and Back)

I don't recall the exact location of any of my Daniel Murphy cards so I didn't get a chance to scan any. I also didn't scan any Dusty Baker cards. I don't recall if I've gotten one of him as the Nats Skipper yet. Anyway the last card I'll show is the almost ROY Trea Turner. Here is his 2016 Gypsy Queen card.

 2016 Topps Gypsy Queen 64 Trea Turner
(Front and Back)

2016 Award Nominations for Nationals:
MVP - Daniel Murphy - 2nd
Cy Young - Max Scherzer - Winner!
ROY - Trea Turner - 2nd
MOY - Dusty Baker - 3rd

Silver Slugger: 
2nd Base - Daniel Murphy
Catcher - Wilson Ramos

Player's Choice Awards:
Outstanding Player - Daniel Murphy

Congrats Nats for the nominations and the actual wins. I was really hoping for Trea to get the ROY. Oh well he came in 2nd like Ryan Zimmerman did 10 years ago.