Monthly Archives: October 2010


Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum (Baltimore, MD)

This past summer, my family and I took a vacation to Washington DC and Baltimore, MD. There is a lot of cool stuff to do in DC, but not much baseball-related. My (at the time) 10-year old son and I took in a Nationals game, while all four of us went to an Orioles game. Before the Orioles game, we visited the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum.

I should have posted these photos months ago…and actually thought I had. Here they are…better late than never, right?

Chrome Contest

The Georgia Mindset blog is giving away a free box of 2010 Topps Chrome!

It’s beautiful AND it’s dangerous

Say what you will, Fergie has got an awesome voice for rock music. I love the Black Eyed Peas, and I like her solo album, but her work with Slash on “Beautiful Dangerous” (above) and their cover of the Guns N’ Roses classic “Paradise City” (below) is the best singing she has ever done.

How awesome would a Fergie-fronted Velvet Revolver sound? Can you imagine her pipes on “Fall To Pieces” and “Slither”?

Can you hear me now?

A mysterious time traveling cross-dresser appeared in Charlie Chaplin’s 1928 movie, The Circus. How do we know she was a time traveler? Because no one else had a cell phone in 1928! Yes, a time traveler caught on film!

I want to know who her provider is…that’s the company I want to go with!

Pop Tarts Graveyard!

Last month, I became obsessed with Choc-O-Lantern Pop Tarts, thanks to a blog entry at X-Entertainment. I searched high and low, put out A.P.B.’s on Twitter and Facebook, and finally found them. Today, my son and I made a graveyard, similar to the one featured on the back of the box…

I love Halloween!

Add this to my list of things better than the Giants/Rangers World Series

Not scheduled to hit theaters until next July, unfortunately in 3D. Hopefully there will be a 2D version too.

What gets me more excited than the Giants/Rangers World Series?

1. The fact that it’s not another Yankees/Phillies World Series. I’m sorry, I can’t really get excited about the Giants or the Rangers, even though those were the teams I was rooting for in the LCS. I’m glad Josh Hamilton is going, and I expect Mickey Mantle-ish things from him. Mantle hit 18 home runs in 65 World Series games.

2. The Dark Knight Rises. That’s the title of the new Batman film. No Riddler, though. The director did provide this bit of insight: “We’ll use many of the same characters as we have all along, and we’ll be introducing some new ones.” Wow. How intriguing.

3. Star Wars in 3D. To be honest, I think this is a terrible idea, but Lucas is a genius so I’m sure he will change my mind about it.

4. This Reggie Jackson baseball card. I was always a Reggie fan. He was on his way out when I started following baseball. Plus I love art cards. The 30-Year Old Cardboard blog just posted scans of the whole subset of Reggie Baseball Heroes cards today. Check ’em out.

5. Halloween. ‘Tis the season, y’know.

6. Speaking of October 31, that’s the launch date for FearNET HD. We just dropped our cable, but one of my favorite On-Demand channels was FearNET, and if it’s being made available as a regular channel, that’s just awesome. If you have HD, then contact your provider and find out when they are planning to add FearNET to their channel lineup.

7. Halloween at the Reds Hall O’ Fame.

8. Moving. If all goes well, I’ll be in a new house in a few weeks. We should be closing Friday (still waiting for final word from the bank) and then move a couple of weeks after that. Which means I’ll be able to finally get my baseball cards organized and start some new projects that I have jumping around in my brain.

9. Neil Gaiman’s awesome idea to give scary books to other people on Halloween. Seriously, are you ever going to read “Cujo” again? Let someone else read it.

10. New Star Wars movies. Sorry, let me try that again…


Yeah, baby. I don’t even think the Reds in the World Series could top that one.

What’s your favorite baseball season?

I can’t say I’ve ever been asked this question. Favorite team, favorite player, favorite baseball card…sure. But favorite baseball season? I had never even thought to answer this unasked question.

But the answer is an easy one for me. 1988. Hands-down, without a doubt. This was the first year I really paid attention to baseball. I had been collecting baseball cards for a few years before this, but besides watching a few Reds games on television and in person, I never really took notice of the game as a whole. In 1988 that all changed, with the emergence of some exciting rookies: Ron Gant, Mark Grace, and the eventual Rookie of the Year and still one of my favorite players, Chris Sabo. The excitement of the 1988 season continued in the postseason for me as I watched Kirk Gibson pull off the unthinkable pinch-hit home run off Dennis Eckersley in the World Series as the Dodgers went on to beat the Bash Brothers. I don’t care if you love or hate the Dodgers, that World Series was fun to watch.

The other two seasons that come to mind, but neither comes close to 1988 in my mind, are 1990 and 2010. 1990 saw the Reds go wire-to-wire, sweeping the Oakland A’s in the World Series behind the bat of Billy Hatcher and the pitching of Jose Rijo. It was a great time to be a Reds fan.

2010 was an exciting year as well, watching Joey Votto rise up as the next superstar produced by the Big Red Machine, seeing Jay Bruce and Drew Stubbs endure adversity and mature at the plate, and following the progress of the young pitchers, Mike Leake, Sam LeCure, Matt Maloney, and of course, the Cuban Missile Aroldis Chapman. Yes, the season ended on a sour note due to the manager’s foolish decision to start an injured shortstop in a playoff game, but it was a fun ride.

So what are your favorite baseball seasons, and why?

One week until Halloween…

I can’t believe it’s almost here…my favorite time of year! When the ghosts and goblins come out to play, and not even garlic keeps vampires away. Halloween! Halloween! It’s almost time to scream!

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