Wednesday, January 26, 2022
David Ortiz was elected to the Hall of Fame on his first ballot last night, garnering 77.2% of the vote. I will have a bigger post about this later on, but just wanted to comment. I am absolutely thrilled about this. Ortiz was one of the most dynamic Red Sox players that I have seen and he has so many great moments with the Red Sox. He was a part of three World Championship teams and was a terrific postseason hitter. On top of that, he hit more home runs than any Red Sox hitter not named Ted Williams. I may have to consider a trip to Cooperstown this summer.
Monday, January 3, 2022
Well, 2021 was quite the surprise. After the 2020 season was so bad, there were not a lot of reasons to be optimistic in 2021. Especially since many of the offseason moves were not exactly of the blockbuster variety and there were some pretty major questions about the pitching staff. Nevertheless, Boston got off to a quick start and ended up sneaking into one of the Wild Card spots. Then, the fun really began as they dispatched the Yankees in the Wild Card game and shocked the Rays in the ALDS. Three games into the ALCS with a 2-1 lead, they looked like they could surprise everyone by beating the Astros but, as was an issue frequently during the season, the bats suddenly went cold. Still, for a team that was not expected to finish higher than fourth, this season was a shocking success. Hopefully they build on it for 2022 rather than taking a step back.
FIVE FAVORITE PLAYERS
FAVORITE MID-SEASON ACQUISITION
Sunday, January 2, 2022
Here is another of those case breaks I picked up on Ebay. Stadium Club is a must-have every year due to the amazing photos on the cards. So I jumped on it as soon as I could.
Unfortunately, there were not a whole lot of photos that REALLY jumped out at me. I do like the Ted Williams quite a bit because it is one that has not been on a card before. Topps re-uses photos a lot, so any time we can get a new one is welcome. The best photo here is undoubtedly the J.D. Martinez with the huge shot of the ballpark in the background. I also like the Alex Verdugo because of the sparkle reflected off his sunglasses. It is nice to see Eduardo Rodriguez in the set. He did not appear nearly often enough in sets, and now that he is gone, I wish I had been able to get more cards of him.
Sorry for the bad picture here. The David Ortiz is a nice photo, but not exceptional. The Rafael Devers and Bobby Dalbec pictures are more fun. The Dalbec would be better if Topps did not do a few laundry cart home run celebration photos this year.
So, my favorite photo is the J.D. Martinez. I did not buy any packs of this, so I have not seen if there are any other great photos out there. I am sure there are.