Jim Knows Best!

Ok, check this out. On Steinersports.com you can find a Jim Leyritz autographed baseball with the inscription “Don’t Drink and Drive”. So is he sending a good message or making money off of a mistake? it looks to me like Steiner and Leyritz are profiting of his drunk driving accident that killed Fredia Veitch. To be fair Fredia Veitch was drunker than he was and was not wearing a seatbelt. That may be why he was acquitted of the DUI Manslaughter charge.
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Classic Nolan Ryan 8×10


On September 8, 1990 Nolan Ryan was starting for the Texas Rangers against the Kansas City Royals. Bo Jackson hit a line drive, which caught Ryan in the face to start the second inning. He refused help and refused to leave the game. If he wasn’t a legend before, he certainly was now. (more…)

TTM: Shots in the Dark

I use sportscollectors.net (SCN) to track my TTM stats and look for safe bets, in terms of who I send autograph requests to. However, sometimes it’s fun to skip the safe bet and go after an unlikely candidate. This usually ends in you never seeing your cards again. I can’t tell you how many guys I’ve sent to and will never see a return from. That’s part of the game. A lot of those guys I sent to before I had my SCN account so I wasn’t trying for the long shot on purpose. In a recent case however, I did go for the long shot.

Mark Quinn played 4 seasons for the Kansas City Royals after paying for the Rice Owls in college. I’m not entirely sure why, but I always liked the guy and recently considered sending an autograph request to him. I looked him up on SCN and the numbers were glaringly bad. He had a 34% success rate and no one had been successful since 2007. I decided to put him in my TTM queue anyways and wound up sending my request a few weeks later.

38 days later I open up a self-addressed stamp envelope and find these: (more…)

UPDATED: NRI List

Just a quick note. I made some major updates to the consolidated non-roster invitee list. These updates primarily involved the Colorado Rockies, San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, New York Mets, Atlanta Braves and Tampa Bay Rays.

I hate the fact this “quick note” will get a Yankees tag, which will cause it to increase in size and might draw your attention to the fact that amidst my complaining of the media focusing too heavily on Boston and New York, I too write about them disproportionately.

And to make this more interesting. A video.

Magenta Madness! Another “Josh Anderson 1/1 Post”

Josh Anderson 2008 Topps Co-signers Magenta Printing PlateWell after a long wait I was able to reel in my third Josh Anderson 1/1. This one a 2008 Topps Co-Signers Magenta plate. So I’m wondering… Does this make me a supercollector yet? I also have a game-used and autographed Anderson bat, plus around 15 other different certified autographs of him and 9 different base cards I’ve gotten signed by him. Am I there yet? I’ve collected Eric Davis for years, but never considered myself on the supercollector level. (more…)

Dock Ellis and the LSD Induced No-Hitter

If you have never heard the story of Dock Ellis’s June 12, 1970 no-hitter this is the way to hear it. In fact, even if you have heard it, you still need to see this. You see Ellis was high on LSD, not to mention he’d just taken Benzedrine when he threw that no-no. Now using drugs isn’t cool at all. But with that being said, one of the reasons it’s not cool is that drug users tend to accomplish very little. So it’s pretty remarkable that Dock was able to go out and throw a no-hitter while in such a state of mind. So listen to his account of that crazy day.


It should be noted that Dock Ellis later went on to live a drug-free life and worked as a full-time drug counselor before his death in 2008 and accomplished much more in his life than simply throwing a no-hitter on LSD. (more…)

What’s the Point, Tim?

Current Colorado Rockie, former Houston Astro, Tim Redding decided to accuse former teammate Mike Bacsik of grooving a pitch an a succesfull attempt to give up Barry Bond’s 756th homerun.
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Astros Caravan Luncheon at Dell Diamond

The day after meeting Texas State University assistant coach, Jeremy Fikac, I headed to Round Rock, Tx to attend the Astros luncheon there. The event was emceed by the venerable Milo Hamilton. Nolan Ryan’s son and Round Rock Express owner, Reid Ryan, came by my table and talked to everyone there like we were old friends. He even gave us advice on how to run into his dad at Round Rock games, which could be very useful information.

During the program Milo invited the Swedish speaking Matt Lindstrom up to speak. Matt talked a little about learning Swedish during Christian missions trips to Sweden which I thought was cool. He was definitely more shy than the other guys, but saying someone is more shy than Bud Norris is like saying water is wetter than coal. (more…)

Quick Conversation With Jeremy Fikac

I graduated from Texas State University in May of 2008, but like most alumni from most schools, I continue to take an interest in their athletics. I recently noticed former major league pitcher, Jeremy Fikac had been hired as an assistant coach. Jeremy had pitched for the San Diego Padres, Oakland A’s and the Montreal Expos and made one last stop in the San Fransico Giants minor league system before retiring with a respectable 4.56 ERA. I got into contact with him and he offered to meet with me next time I came into San Marcos. Well I finally got down there and was able to talk to him for a few minutes before he had to get to work. (more…)

Oh Say Can You Sing?

I just got my “Oh Say Can You Sing?” CD. It was released in 2005 apparently, but I just now heard of it. All of the recordings feature vocals by current Major Leaguers, plus one by Ozzie Smith. It’s a very cool concept, but several of the songs just sound like someone recorded karaoke. But the guys who play their own instruments (Matt Ginter, Ben Broussard, Scott Linebrink) more than make up for the karaoke sound. The CD also includes Coco Crisp and Jimmy Rollins who perform their own original rap songs. Omar Vizquel, whose accent… Well I feel mean but it’s funny. More importantly it’s endearing. That’s not a knock on Omar. The list is rounded out by Jeff Conine, Sean Casey, Kelly Wunsch and Aubrey Huff. (more…)