Custom Card Sunday: Former Oriole Makes His Mark In Japan

The customs are all over the place today… Sometimes that’s the best place to be.

Former Oriole, Brewer and Astro Dennis Sarfate was named the MVP of the Japan Series (the NPB equivalent of the World Series) by picking up two saves and pitching three scoreless innings to get the win in an extra-inning, series-clinching Game 6 for the SoftBank Hawks against the DeNA BayStars.

Sarfate had a season to remember, because he also set an NPB record with 54 saves during the regular season as well as the career saves record for a non-Japanese pitcher.

Meanwhile, back in the States…

A number of managerial press conferences have been held lately, and as a result we’ve got more of my “Hot Stove” customs coming your way, including this one based on 1963 Post Baseball.

For those who might be wondering, the “3-D” customs will be coming once players start moving around, and the design to be used for this offseason’s customs is from 1972 Kellogg’s.

We’ll wrap things up with another sheet of U-KNOW-M stamps… You’ll love ’em because U-KNOW-M!

I’m sure by now most of you have seen the clip of Carlos Correa proposing to his girlfriend Daniella Rodriguez during the World Series post-game show.  It was fun to watch when it happened (I’d fallen asleep on the couch, woke up for the last out and watched some of the post-game), but I was not prepared for the coverage it got the next morning.  Good thing she said “Yes”.

Although I’d never seen him perform, it seemed like Myron Noodleman had been everywhere during any given minor league season… So I was sad to see that he recently passed away from an aggressive form of cancer.  Noodleman was named the “Clown Prince Of Baseball” in 2004 and will be missed.

A certain person who has been in the news lately has indirectly made me think of George Harrison’s cameo in Monty Python’s Life Of Brian. George, who stepped in at the last minute to underwrite the film under his newly-created HandMade Films production company, appears very briefly as “Mr. Papadopoulos”, and his one spoken word, “Hullo”, was actually overdubbed later on by Michael Palin.

When I was a kid I bought a remaindered album called “Dick Clark’s 20 Years Of Rock ‘N’ Roll”. The 20 years in question were from 1953 to 1972, and that two LP set was my introduction to musical acts like Carl Perkins, Brenda Lee, Dion and the Belmonts and Fats Domino.  The song featured on that album was “I’m Walking”, which remains a favvorite of mine, but Fats was also known for “Ain’t That A Shame?”, “Whole Lotta Loving”, and, of course, “Blueberry Hill”.  He was an inaugural member of the Rock Hall Of Fame, and recently passed away at the age of 89.

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Custom Card Sunday: And The Offseason Begins!

To use a British slang word I like, I’m chuffed about how this first custom turned out. (Chuffed: Very pleased, delighted)

It came out of the convergence of several ideas, it’s the official kickoff of the 2017-18 TSR “Hot Stove” set, and it’s my first custom of new Mets manager Mickey Callaway!

For those who aren’t familiar with the design or can’t put a finger on the particular year, this is based on 1963 Post Baseball, and will be my particular vehicle for new managers and other customs based on press conference photos.

…And just to allay any fears you might have, these will not replace the faux Kellogg’s cards and cereal boxes of the past couple of winters… Those are coming later.

I’d planned on spacing these out, but what the heck, here’s another Hot Stove custom, this time featuring new Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire, who remains a favorite of mine from his time as an infielder with the Mets in the early 1980’s

Gardenhire takes over for the fired Brad Ausmus and has a long road ahead of him managing the newly-rebuilding Tigers.


Guess what!  These cards come with another sheet of U-KNOW-M stamps!  You love ’em because U-KNOW-M!

Sonequa Martin-Green is currently the lead for the behind-a-pay-wall Star Trek:  Discovery TV series, and before that she was Sasha on The Walking Dead.  I’ve been a Trekker since I was a pre-teen, but I’ve only seen the pilot of this new series.  Can anybody give us a quickie review of the series (so far)?

My inner 7-year-old, who can’t help but snicker over the name of Brazilian soccer star Kaká, was disappointed to find that Kaká had announced that he won’t be back with the MLS’s Orlando City SC next year.  Now who am I going to search for in packs of 2018 MLS cards?

Today (October 29th) is the birthday of Dan Castallaneta, who is best known as the voice of Homer Simpson.  Happy birthday, Dan!

Finally, Halloween is coming this week and I have to admit that I like the Saturday Night Live character David S. Pumpkins (played by Tom Hanks) even though I really can’t explain why.  “Any questions?”