Sunday, July 22, 2018

Scripture Sunday - Ezekiel 38:20

Today we are going to look at a verse from the Old Testament in the book of Ezekiel.

Ezekiel 38:20
"The fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the beasts of the field, every creature that moves along the ground, and all the people on the face of the earth will tremble at my presence. The mountains will be overturned, the cliffs will crumble and every wall will fall to the ground"

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Cutch V Batman: Dorkness Recesses aka F**k Batman

San Diego Comic Con is in full effect at the time of typing this.  I had always wanted to attend it just once as I am a nerd deep inside.

Fans were previewed a trailer for the new Titans TV show exclusive to DC's streaming service.

The trailer begins with Robin saying "F*** Batman".  The DC Universe aka Zak Snyder's playground is always so dark.  When I think of the Titans I think more fun than brooding and morbid.  The show should have followed in Marvel's footsteps and did something similar to how the characters of Guardians of the Galaxy interact.  Instead we get "F*** Batman"

Let me clarify something, I am a big fan of Batman.

I am not a big fan of the Reds.  They historically have beaten my Pirates in all the important games.

Let's travel back to the year 2012.
With the Pirates on the cusp of finally breaking their 20 year losing streak they would have to face the Reds in the final home series and win out or risk losing their 82nd game and thus ensuring another losing season.  That year, like the previous year, the Pirates were in first place at the All Star break.  Like the previous year the team suffered a second half collapse.

On September 28th, 2012 the Pirates would face Homer Bailey.

Homer Bailey, who looks an awful lot like Christian Bale, made sure the Pirates would lose their 82nd game in a way only the Pirates and their faithful fans could bear witness too.  Bailey was masterful that day as he pitched a no hitter using 115 pitches over 9 innings.

His only blips were a walk to Andrew McCutchen and an infield error that Scott Rolen booted off a Clint Barmes one base error.

With Bailey having a terrible season, it seems appropriate to show off how well Cutch has hit Bailey over his career.

Oddly enough, the only year that Bailey contained Cutch was during Cutch's MVP 2013 season.

Following the 2013 season, Bailey met with new Reds manager Bryan Price and wanted to make sure the team was heading in a direction of winning divisions and competing for the postseason.  The Reds seemed determine to go deep in October and signed Bailey to a 6 year $105million extension in February 2014.  It is currently one of the worse contracts given out in the past few seasons only being outdone by the Chris Davis Orioles contract.

I took advantage of a 20% off coupon on eBay a few months ago and snagged this card that I had long desired.  While the price is still too high for a guy who has had a WHIP over 2 and ERA in the 6s the past few years, I wanted the card to remember the guy who secured the Pirates 82nd loss of the 2012 season as it would be the last time the Pirates would have a losing season for 3 years.

Oh and "F*** Batman" this is one of only 2 copies in world.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Woah....that's trippy

Ever come across a parallel that is so different looking you just have to get it?

I have said before that despite the lack of logos Prizm has THE BEST color parallels on the market.  Yes, they are better than Bowman Chrome and Topps Chrome.

Need proof?

Check out this trippy tie dye parallel from 2015 Prizm.

Best of all it can go in the Cutch22 section of my collection as it is numbered 22/50

This card makes me want to listen to some Jimi Hendrix.
What are your favorite Jimi songs?

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Mannywood 2.0?

The long awaited inevitable realization for Orioles fans came to fruition Tuesday night when news broke at the All Star Game Manny Machado would be heading to the LA Dodgers.

This isn't the first time the Dodgers acquired a Manny though. In 2008 they traded for Manny Ramirez from the Red Sox in a deal that sent Jason Bay to Boston.

Allen & Ginter released this week.  Keep me in mind for ANY Cutch Ginter cards you may come across.
I know a lot of people break a box or more of Ginter and there are some nice Cutch cards I wouldn't mind trading for.  The 2014 Pastime's pastimes insert is still one of my favorite inserts of all time from Ginter.  I just love that black border chalkboard look.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Cardboard Insider: Piano Legs & Gonzo

Baseball is a game with a rich history.  It's been described as a thinking man's game and all the statistics, sabremetrics, analytics would help support that.

Sometimes though we forget about the history.

That's where the cardboard insider comes in.  The job of the Cardboard Insider is to reveal how my favorite player, Andrew McCutchen, connects to the game's rich history.

I have to be completely honest, prior to looking at the back of this card, I had never heard of Charlie "Piano Legs" Hickman.
Why am I bringing up Charlie Hickman on a blog about Andrew McCutchen?
Because Hickman, Luis Gonzalez, and Andrew McCutchen are THE ONLY PLAYERS IN THE HISTORY OF THE GAME to extend a hit streak to at least 15 games with a walk off homer.
(The front of the card will be shown at the bottom along with a recap of the game)

Considered to be a utility player, Piano Legs was one of the original pitcher/hitter players.  Playing before Babe Ruth and Shoehei Otani, Ol'Piano Legs hit 59 homeruns and won 10 games in his career.

Take that Shohei!!!  I wonder what his "Piano Legs" Bowman Bubblefractor Autos would have sold for.

Luis "Gonzo" Gonzalez might be one of the most underrated players of the 90s and early 2000s.
In addition to having the most memorable hit in Diamondbacks history, Gonzo also accumulated 51.5WAR, 5 All-Star appearances, and is on a who's who list of players with over 300HR/300SB, 500 doubles, 2500hits.  That list is pretty exclusive and includes names like Bonds, Mays, Rodriguez.

Do you ever look on the back of cards and see a name you have never heard of?
If so, do some research and you may find it very interesting to learn more about the history of the game.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

All Star Game Thoughts

It is the 8th inning of the 2018 All Star Game and here are some things I am coming away with.

I miss seeing Cutch appear in all star games.

Charlie Morton, born in my hometown, is in line for the win. 

I still don't like the Brewers players.  Yelich loses ball in lights allowing a hit off Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez.  Then Yelich redeems himself by homering off my other PC player Charlie Morton.  National League is losing to the American League because of a Brewers pitcher giving up a 3 run homer to a former Brewers player.

It is good to see Shin Soo Choo continue his on base streak in an exhibition game.


Trout is a freak when on the national spotlight.

The card pictured above is my only autographed card of Cutch in an All Star uniform.  It is from 2015 Update and is numbered 5/6.  It has a massive patch containing the "L" in National. 

If Cutch doesn't appear in another ASG, his last at bat was a Homerun. 

Monday, July 16, 2018

HR Derby

I am watching the HR Derby and am disappointed that Alex Bregman and Javy Baez are both already eliminated.

Cutch was a last minute add on for the 2012 Home Run derby.  He was eliminated in the first round when 10 non homeruns eliminated your time in the box. 

I definitely prefer the new version compared to that style.