Apologies to anyone who noticed my absence from the blogosphere for the past few days… We were “experiencing technical difficulties”, as they used to say in the TV biz, and I had too much going on otherwise to be able to work around the technical difficulties.
I did manage to find my way into cyberspace long enough to bust open a virtual pack of my TSR customs…
James Loney looks a bit odd in a Mets uniform…
…but he’s been playing pretty well since the Mets brought him in while Lucas Duda is on the DL.
In a previous pack I was talking about how the Phillies and Brewers threw back to 1976, but I couldn’t make 1976 customs of everyone I wanted because I only had the 1976 Topps “icons” for a RHP and an OF in my template. Well, I have managed to work a catcher in there… behold!
Man, I love 1976.
Speaking of the Phillies, rookie Zach Eflin recently added another name to the list of “Pitchin’ Zachs/Zacks/Zacs”
Unfortunately for Eflin – and I have to constantly remind myself that his name is EF-LIN, not ELF-IN, this is not The Lord Of The Rings nor a Keebler cookie ad – he got whacked around in his debut. Eflin was originally a Padres draft pick, but before even sniffing the Majors he was involved in trades for Matt Kemp and Jimmy Rollins.
Last Minute Update #1: I made this custom without realizing that Jim over at The Phillies Room had used the same image for his Chachi custom… I normally avoid using the same image as other custom card makers but like I said, I’ve been MIA for a while.
Time for a first pitch insert…
I’ll admit, I don’t have much to say about Ziggy Marley. Five-time Grammy winner… New album, on tour… newborn son, happy Father’s Day to Ziggy!
TSR commemorates Ichiro’s recent double to give him more hits than Pete Rose, if you combine Ichiro’s hits in Japan’s NPB with his MLB hits. While it’s not a record, it is an impressive accomplishment.
Even if you dismiss this achievement as meaningless piffle, you can’t take away from Ichiro that he’s rapidly closing in on 3000 Major League hits despite the fact that he was 27 years old as a MLB rookie.
I have a tremendous amount of respect for Ichiro… I’d probably like him a lot more if he hadn’t spent three years with the Yankees (turns to spit on the ground) and this year and last with the Marlins (turns to spit on the ground again). I will say right here and now that I will be VERY upset if Ichiro doesn’t go into the HOF with a Mariners cap. Three non-all-star years with the Yankees should not affect anything, even if it is the Yankees.
Idle conjecture… I wonder how much merchandise the Marlins sell in Japan….
Another mini! Everbody wants minis!! …Or so I’ve been told.
This insert was semi-inspired by a post on 83 Bats from two weeks ago:
I’d had the idea a long time ago, the post made me spring into action. For those unfamiliar with Stan Papi, he was an infielder who played in the 1970’s and early 1980’s and Red Sox fans still can’t believe that the Sox traded Bill “Spaceman” Lee straight up for Papi.
Last Minute Update #2: I couldn’t resist adding a custom featuring the odd sight of Tim Lincecum pitching for the Angels.
The Freak pitched well, giving up four hits and a run over 6 innings.
To all of the fathers out there, Happy Father’s Day!