What’s your favorite Rush album?
To be honest, I don’t have one. I’m not a huge fan. Never have been. I remember one of my guitar teachers in high school was a huge Rush fan, and tried to teach me a couple of songs, but they just never clicked with me.
The original drummer for Rush was John Rutsey. He played on the band’s debut 1974 album, which included the songs “What You’re Doing” and “Working Man.” It is more of a hard rock album in the vein of Led Zeppelin than the progressive sound they became famous for.
It’s a good bet that Geddy Lee would have been the band member to be featured in Kellogg’s “3-D Super Stars” set back in the day, if they focused on rockers instead of ballers.
The impetus for this post, however, is Neil Peart. Peart, one of the greatest drummers in rock history and the primary lyricist for the band after joining in mid-1974 (his first studio record with the group was 1975’s Fly By Night), passed away January 7 from glioblastoma.
I’ve listened to some Rush over the past couple of days, and they’re starting to grow on me. I’ll never be as big a fan as my guitar teacher, but I won’t automatically change the radio station when their songs come on either.
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TWJ contributor Patrick started working on a “traded” card for Aroldis Chapman in the style of 1974 Topps soon after the deal to the Dodgers was announced. Then off-the-field problems came to light and caused the Dodgers to have second thoughts, and the trade fell through. So Chapman is still a Red for the time being, and we have a virtual “fun card” error. Sort of bring to mind the whole “Washington Nat’l League” fiasco of the 1974 base set, doesn’t it?
I hope Chapman is able to work out whatever issues he has, and that the Reds can find an acceptable deal for the closer. While I said a few days ago that we would miss him in Cincinnati—and we certainly will miss his talent—the team doesn’t need a personality like that in the clubhouse negatively influencing the younger players.
Inspired by a conversation with Patrick, here are a few more Will Ferrell “fun cards” I created while watching the seventh season of True Blood early this morning.
The Dodgers needed a pinch-hitter/sixth-string outfielder, and the Reds needed another pitcher that likes to allow the other team to score (6.51 ERA in six major league starts). Matt Magill was roughed up in the bigs, but he didn’t fare much better in the minors, posting a 5.21 ERA at AAA Albuquerque. Of course, Chris Heisey‘s .222 batting average isn’t much to get excited about either, regardless of how nice a guy he is.
TWJ contributor Patrick e-mailed these 1974 Topps “Traded” cards to me last night to post on the blog today. They look great, though I would like to learn how to airbrush the logos rather than Photoshop to make it more faithful to the original style. They are great cards though, and I wish Heisey the best of luck in Los Angeles.
TWJ contributor Patrick is at it again! He sent over this sweet-looking 1974 Topps Pete Rose card commemorating the Hit King’s night in Florence, Kentucky. There is something awesome about the 1974 Topps baseball card set, especially horizontal cards, and Rose. A few months ago, this post from Mets Baseball Cards Like They Ought To Be popped up in my RSS feed, and it blew me away. I love the simplicity of this set.
HAPPY OPENING DAY!
TWJ contributor Patrick sent this “fun card” to me back in December after some of the coaching changes were announced, but it slipped my mind before I got a chance to post it in a timely manner. After I found it again, I decided to hold it until today…the start of a new season, and a new era, in Reds baseball.
2014 is going to be a great season in Cincinnati! GO REDS!
The Reds have a very good pitching staff, and extending him another year for $14 million just didn’t make sense. Arroyo met with several teams over the winter months, including the New York Mets and Minnesota Twins, but in the end Arizona was the only team that was seriously interested. He is a dependable starter and will fit in well at the bottom of the D’backs rotation, but still seems a bit pricey for a #4 starter in my opinion.
I attempted to go old-school with the Photoshop “fun card” above. It has a bit of airbrush quality to it, but still uses the real Arizona logo because I couldn’t digitally draw that if my life depended on it. At least not in less than ten minutes, which is all the time I wanted to spend on it.