The subject line popped in my head when I started this post… And who am I to argue with the random functioning of my brain?
…Go tell your hoodlum friends outside
You ain’t got time to take a ride
Don’t talk back.
OK, let’s get on to the titular custom wax (hee hee… ‘titular’)
I’ve played fantasy baseball for at least a dozen years, and one of the things I enjoy about it is that, by the end of each season, there’s always a player for whom I gain a profound appreciation. This year, that player is Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez.
The main reason I picked him up was because he has eligibility at 2B, 3B, SS and OF and was putting up good numbers… But the longer I had him on my team, the more I appreciated the consistent numbers he puts up and the fact that I never know where he’s going to get plugged into my lineup, but he will be in my lineup. Regular second baseman is day-to-day? Move Jose to 2nd. Outfielder is slumping? Move Jose his spot.
Jose is 2nd in the Majors in doubles and top 10 in the American League in batting average, on-base percentage and stolen bases. Another thing I really appreciate in this age of all-or-nothing batters, Jose is among the MLB leaders with a 9.0 AB/SO rate.
Here’s a new insert set for Series Four: “Shlabotnik Special”, which aims to be along the lines of Topps combo cards and the Fleer “Superstar Special” cards from the 1980’s.
I love this photo, and even though Albert Pujols is standing on a base, you get a good idea of how much bigger than Jose Altuve he is.
Aw man… I spoke to Quality Control last week about letting other sports slip into these baseball packs. I’m going to have to have another word with them.
I’ve done a fair number of “Ceremonial First Pitch” cards this season, but John McEnroe is notable for an unusual reason (among these first pitches, anyway).
Not only did McEnroe get it over the plate, the dude put some serious heat on the ball. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can check it out on YouTube here.
This next one is a last-minute addition, the 2nd entry in the “Father & Son” TSRchives insert.
Jeff Shaw was your average workaday swingman until the Reds converted him to a closer at the age of 30. 194 Saves, 2 All-Star Games and a Rolaids Relief Award later, it would appear that the Reds were on to something.
BTW, a couple of months ago I was talking about players making their first or last appearance in a uniform at an All-Star game… Well, Jeff Shaw was one of those guys, making his Dodger debut in the Mid-Summer Classic.
Travis Shaw took the 3rd base position away from Pablo Sandoval in Spring Training, and has played a significant role in the postseason-bound Red Sox season. In the Shlabotnik household, Travis Shaw is shortened to “Travishaw!”, but his popular nickname is “The Mayor Of Ding Dong City”. I saw a couple of references to this being a compliment regarding his ability to hit “ding dongs” (home runs)… which is better than my interpretation, based on my understanding of a ‘ding dong’ being a fool (in which case, one generally wouldn’t appreciate being named the Mayor of Ding Dong City).
Finally, here’s the Joe Shlabotnik insert for this pack.
…Such an honor to get pie’d in the face by Adam Jones!