Does Anyone Know The Way? There’s Got To Be A Way To Blockbuster!

If I’m not making semi-obscure references to 1970’s music, then I’m not doing my job.  Making comments on Topps Update cards is another part of my job…

I was surprised – in a good way – at the Blockbuster insert.  These are pretty nice looking cards, despite the huge “Trademark” symbols at the end of the team names.  I wonder if there’s a legal reason for this, that the symbol has to be a certain percentage of the text size, or if they just use the symbol that comes in that font and they don’t bother making it smaller.

“Well, that’s a pretty crappy photoshop job,” is what I said when I first saw this Eric Chavez card, but after a few seconds I realized that it was from the game where the Yankees and Red Sox both wore 1912 throwback uniforms.  OK, fine, it still looks weird.  I know a lot of people were gushing about those uniforms, but sometimes you can “throw back” too far.

Speaking of throwbacks, this C.J. Wilson card is the kind of card I like to see… almost, sorta.  As my regular readers know, I’ve been broadly hinting that Topps should feature throwback uniforms on throwback card designs, and we’ve certainly got that here… Unfortunately, it’s an early 1970’s uniform and a late 1980’s card, but I’ll give Topps some tiny little props anyway.  “Topps Propps”.  Wonder when that’ll end up on the shelves at Target….

Tyler Moore hit the go-ahead hit for the Nationals in Saturday’s Game 1.  Moore’s not exactly one of “my guys”, but I saw him play in the minors, which makes him a “potential guy”.  It’s always fun when a guy you’ve seen in the minors does good in the Majors.

What’s that? You want me to tell you what the subject line is referring to? It’s “Blockbuster” by Sweet… and if you want to get REALLY obscure, this song was one of the samples in “Doctorin’ The TARDIS” by The Timelords.

We’re Coming For You, Yankees

Luis Ayala says “I’m wearing pink batting gloves and holding a bat even though I haven’t had a plate appearance since 2009, but that doesn’t mean I can’t kick your ass.”

This is one of my favorite cards out of the Update blaster I bought, partly because I like the photo, but also because Ayala hasn’t had a card since 2009… at least, none that I can find.

When the Orioles had to face Yu Darvish and the Rangers in Texas, I quoted every Star Wars movie by saying “I’ve got a bad feeling about this”.  Instead they showed me that I should get over my pessimistic nature and believe in this team.

What’s interesting about how this has shaken out is that the Orioles didn’t use up a #1 starter on the wild card game, they used Joe Saunders, a guy they picked up in late August after he’d passed through waivers.  Also, while the Yankees have home field advantage in the next round, the two teams were 9-9 against each other this season, with the Orioles had a winning record at Yankee Stadium this year.  It should be fun.

When they announced the one-game playoff last winter, I was cautiously optimistic about it;  I don’t like the wild card to begin with, but if you’re going to have one, there has to be more of a ‘penalty’ than just having a lower seeding in the playoffs.  One-and-done might not be fair, but is best-of-three that much better?  No matter how you look at it, you play 162 games, and a bad game or two shoots it all to hell.  I won’t say that what’s in place is the best way of doing a wild card, but it might be the least worst.