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Wanna play a game (and get some free cards)?

Baseball Cards

This is where I store my tradable cards, sorted by team. I started using this system more than a decade ago, when the Nationals were still known as the Expos and the Marlins claimed the entire state of Florida their home, rather than just Miami. Every drawer has something in it, even the six blank drawers. And I want to get rid of it all, a little bit at a time.

So let’s play a game. If you want the contents of one of the drawers, follow my Twitter page (@REALjtCarter) and retweet the pinned tweet (which links to this post). Then reply to the tweet with the team you want, or if you want one of the unlabeled drawers (1 through 6). I will randomly select one retweeter and reveal the contents of the drawer live on Periscope, then send it to you.

Every drawer contains something. It may be one card, or it may be twenty. Or it might be something else altogether. And one of those drawers contains a jersey card of a current major leaguer. Also scattered throughout the drawers are some autographs obtained through the mail of several former major league players. In addition, there are a handful of parallels here and there. Whichever drawer you pick, you get everything in that drawer!

A couple of things to keep in mind: the Expos and Nationals are in the same drawer. Other defunct teams are generally included with their current location (i.e., the New York Giants and San Francisco Giants share their space). If a card is misfiled, it doesn’t matter; whatever is in the drawer you pick goes to you. The unlabeled drawers may include baseball cards or non-baseball trading cards, or may include something else entirely. This game is open only to US residents. Oh, and you can only pick one drawer, so choose wisely.

If you want to play (and I think it will be fun), click here, make sure you follow me, then retweet this tweet, and respond with the drawer you want. You have until Sunday night to make your selection. I will go live on Periscope with the drawing and reveal at 11 p.m. eastern on Sunday, March 19.


Jackie Robinson in 1946

Jackie Robinson with the Montreal Royals

Everyone knows that Jackie Robinson broke the major league color barrier in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers…but where was he before that went down? Branch Rickey signed him in October, 1945, after one season with the Negro League Kansas City Monarchs; Jackie played in 1946 with the International League Montréal Royals before taking the field with the Dodgers on April 15, 1947. In 124 games for the Royals, Jackie batted .349 with three home runs and 66 RBI.

The Twitter account @Royals_46season follows Robinson’s 1946 with Montréal, beginning February 27. “Follow in real time the 1946 season of the Montréal Royals, when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in professional baseball.”

Only a handful of Twitter users are following @Royals_46season. It is an interesting look at #42’s first season under the Dodgers control, though he hadn’t yet worn a Brooklyn uniform. Nearly everyone focuses on Robinson’s rookie year in 1947, or his MVP season in 1949, or his contributions during the Dodgers’ six World Series appearances from 1947-1956. It’s nice to see some attention given to a different storyline, one that laid the foundation for his later success.

See also: The Infinite Baseball Card Set’s tribute to Robinson’s 1945 season with the Kansas City Monarchs.

The Writer’s Journey is now on Facebook!

facebookAdding another tool to keep you informed of new posts to the blog, you can now “Like” The Writer’s Journey on Facebook. Whenever a new post is published, you can be notified via your Facebook news feed.

This is in addition to our @TWJ_Cincy Twitter account (which is 100% automated, no interaction), @REALjtCarter Twitter account (with some non-blog conversations), RSS feed (add to your reader), and e-mail notifications (click “Follow” on this page).

We have a special set of photographs coming later tonight (or early tomorrow morning…sometimes time slips away), so be sure you are following The Writer’s Journey via Facebook, Twitter, RSS, or e-mail to be notified when they are posted!

This totally just made my day (@DelinoSr)

Go to Delino DeShieldsTwitter profile. Recognize the background?

I made that “fun card” in August, 2010. Here’s the original. Not much wordage on that post…but it still makes me feel old.

DeShields is currently the manager for the Dayton Dragons, the Reds’ Class A affiliate that regularly sells out games. I haven’t visited Dayton for a game yet, but I would like to change that this season if the budget allows.

DeShields, Jr., played for the Astros’ Class A affiliate Lexington Legends last year. Had I known that, I would have tried to go down for a game. Travel time to Dayton is about the same as Lexington, just in different directions.

Bip is a blogger and a tweeter! (@Bipster10)

Betcha didn’t know that! Bip Roberts–yes, the real Bip Roberts–has a new blog at Yard Barker! There is only one post so far, dated August 27, and according to Yard Barker the identity has been verified…so it’s really Bip!

AAANNNNDDDDD…… he’s on Twitter, too! @Bipster10 is his handle there.

I think it’s pretty cool for MLBers, whether current or retired, to participate in social media. So far, I think I’m following three MLBers on Twitter (Mike Leake, Sam LeCure, and Bip), and there are occasionally some cool photos posted by these guys that you don’t see on baseball cards and such. A peek into their personal lives, so to speak. For instance, Leake posted a picture of himself and Arthur Rhodes at a golf course a few weeks ago. That’s just not something you see every day.

I wonder if Bip is aware the baseball card blogosphere’s obsession with him.

Wax Heaven is a Twitterer!

Mario from Wax Heaven has recently joined the Twitter revolution! Welcome to the party, Mario.

You can follow Mario on Twitter @Wax_Heaven.

I’m also on Twitter as @REALjtCarter.

I think there are a few more bloggers in the Twitterverse, but can’t think of their @names off the top of my head…so leave a comment and tell us all where you Tweet!

Tweet! Tweet!

I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a separate Twitter account for my writing progress, and keeping the /hardrocknights account just for radio/music stuff. Then I decided, “I think that’s a good idea.”

There are just too many toys out there in the cyber universe. But maybe a site that forces you to be brief will benefit me in my quest to focus on writing. Since I cannot drone on and on and on (like I often do here…sorry), I will have to be to the point and say what needs to be said, then get back to doing what needs to be done.

So if you are so inclined to follow me on Twitter, there are two ways to do it:

For the music-related radio show feed, follow

For the writing-related feed, follow

Now I’m off to bed. G’nite!

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