Not much of a story for this post other than looking at some nice cards and getting teary eyed nostalgic or something. The first card of Ryan Zimmerman, who may or may not be back on the Nats Roster in 2022. The other card of a couple of players that were real fun to have around but are no longer with the team.
31 December 2021
All Revved Up And Somewhere To Go
30 November 2021
2021 Topps Now Josiah Gray Call Up
Alright Today's (This Month's) featured card is a Call Up for a starting pitcher. It is from 2021 Topps Now and features young RHP Josiah Gray who was acquired from the Dodgers in that Scherzer/Turner deal. (Now Scherzer is going to be a Met BLAH). It commemorates his 22 Sep 2021 call up First Career Win where he got 8Ks in 6 innings of work vs The Marlins
31 October 2021
Grandstand Harrisburg Senators 2010 Team Set
Any way the set is the Minor League farm Team Set of the 2010 Harrisburg Senators by Grandstand. It is a 28 card set. It includes the Manager (Randy Knorr (Front Card)), Both the Hitting and Pitching coaches (Troy Gingrich, Randy Tomlin) and the Trainer (Alsushi Toriida (Back Card)). Key player cards and Notable Nats are: Stephen Strasburg, Drew Storen, Matt Chico, Danny Espinosa Jhonatan Solano, and Chris Marrero.
The design is nice and reminiscent of a 1990s Fleer or Upper Deck card.
Here is the team set shown in order as they were packed.
30 September 2021
2021 Downer Of A Season
The 2021 Nationals Season goes down as a big Loss. Not so much a HUGE loss of a season but still pretty much a downer. At least we didn't lose 100 or more games. Kind of close though as of this post the Nats have lost 94 games and 3 more to play. A final 3 game home series vs Boston.
I forget when it became apparent that this would be a losing season, but it was early enough that the Nats had a July Trade Deadline Fire Sale that I posted about last month. Seems like a year or more ago since we traded away Mad Max Scherzer and Treacycle Turner (now he's making smooth slides home for the Dodgers) but it has only been 2 months. At one point it looked like we might have gone into a 100 loss or more season. Fortunately this team wasn't THAT Bad, close very close though too close for any sort of comfort though. If they blow this last series the total losses will be 97 Yuck.
Anyway here is the card from the top of this post the right way around. It is the 2021 Topps Washington Nationals Team Card. Sigh I miss the old days when A Team Card was a group photo of the full team sitting on the stadium bleachers or on a special set of risers made for the photo shoot.
31 August 2021
July Deadline Fire Sale Trades Kill Washington
OH BOY! The Nationals had a Trade Deadline Fire Sale for a bunch of Prospects. Included in the Trades are Max Scherzer AND Trea Turner to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Another two Nats I really liked were traded to the Oakland Athletics Yan Gomes and Josh Harrison. The other players who are now ExNats are Kyle Schwarber to Boston Red Sox, Daniel Hudson to San Diego Padres, and Brad Hand to Toronto Blue Jays. Each and every one of these trades disappoint me. I like all of them, especially Trea and Max. Sending Trea to LA royally ticks me off.
Max Scherzer and Trea Turner were the big event traded for four players: Catcher Keibert Ruiz, Josiah Gray RHP, Donovan Casey Outfield, and Gerardo Carillo RHP. The Dodgers have two more Nats Killers and now a second named "Turner". Josiah Gray has been showing to be OK, but he hasn't gotten a win as a Nat yet.
Yan Gomes and Josh Harrison were sent to Oakland for RHP Richard Guasch, RHP Seth Shuman and catcher Drew Millas
Kyle Schwarber goes to Boston for RHP Aldo Ramirez
Daniel Hudson to San Diego for RHP Mason Thompson and Short Stop/ 2nd Baseman Jordy Barley
Finally Brad Hand goes to Canada for catcher Riley Adams. Riley is showing to be pretty good offensively.
Sadly the Nats will probably still have a losing season this year. Each year all I ask is for the Nats to at least go .500. Some years that is way too much to ask.
The images of Nats cards are from my collection except for the Josh Harrison card (I have it but didn't scan it) from tradingcarddatabase dot com. and Brad Hand Indians card also from tcdb.com
31 July 2021
Treacycle Turner Ties Record On Birthday
ESPN.com Washington National's Trea Turner becomes first player to hit for cycle on birthday in modern era
30 June 2021
Soto 1st Career Walk Off Single
31 May 2021
Topps Now Turn Back The Clock The Kid Takes The Helm
Originally I was going to post this card with the other card I had bought with it. Both are 2021 Topps Now cards. This one being a "Turn Back The Clock" card is appropriate to post today Memorial Day so I decided to go that route.
To some this might not be a big deal but to Washington fans I think it was a pretty big event. 07 April 1969 Hall of Fame player Ted Williams dons the manager uniform for the Washington Senators for the first time vs The New York Yankees. The Yanks win the game 8-4. Ted Williams would manage the Senators from 1969 to their last season in Washington in 1971 and on into their transition to The Texas Rangers until 1972.
29 April 2021
Sentators Single: 1952 Bowman Archie Wilson
31 March 2021
Expos Extra: Stadium Club Ultra and Gold
I started the idea for this post with the thought of showing a couple of base cards with their gold variant and then decided to toss in a few cards that were in the same trade package that the variants were in. All 8 of these Expos cards are from 1999 Fleer Ultra and 2002 Topps Stadium Club 4 cards from each set.
First I'll show a trio of bonus cards just the fronts:
RONDELL WHITE: 1999 Fleer Ultra Baseball 117 & 117G