The jingle for a chain of auto parts stores popped in my head while I was trying to think of a Shohei Ohtani-related title for this post, so I decided to go with it.
With Ohtani officially signing with the Los Angeles Angels, I decided it was time to fire up my relatively-ancient copy of Paint Shop Pro and get to work on my first “Photoshopped” Hot Stove card of the season.
The downside of being the first is that I’m out of practice; I haven’t photoshopped someone into a new uniform since last February. Hopefully you won’t notice the difference, but I look at it and see things I could’ve done better. Ah, well… No matter…
One thing that occurred to me is that if Ohtani has any sort of success – and likely even if he doesn’t – we’re going to see an onslaught of rookie cards, inserts, Topps Now and other online exclusives, the likes of which we haven’t seen since… um… Well, if you’re tired of Aaron Judge now, you’ll probably be tired of Shohei Ohtani in December, 2018.
I spent a fair amount of time waffling about which statistical category to use for this week’s “2017 Leaders” card, but finally decided on doing Total Bases. This category gives us three players from the two 1993 expansion teams, and gives us one last look as Giancarlo Stanton as a Marlin.
Charlie Blackmon lead the Majors with 387 total bases. That’s 127 singles, 35 doubles, 14 triples and 37 homers.
Giancarlo Stanton came up second with 377; 77 singles, 32 doubles, no triples and 59 homers. It’s interesting how different Blackmon’s totals and Stanton’s totals are.
Nolan Arenado was third with 355; 100 singles, 43 doubles, 7 triples and 37 homers.
For the record, Jose Abreu came in 4th overall and 1st in the American League with 343 total bases.
As for Stanton, it’s looking like he’s going to the Yankees, which is a good thing for first-time manager Aaron Boone.
I don’t have anything against Aaron Boone, but as a Mets fan I am morally and legally obligated to wish nothing but ill on the Yankees, so here’s hoping that he’s unable to find enough playing time to keep his multitude of outfielders happy.
It’s been a while since I posted a sheet of U-KNOW-M stamps… “You love ’em because U-KNOW-M!”
Remember to look for U-KNOW-M stamp albums at your favorite virtual retailer!
Gigante is a mascot for the Single-A San Jose Giants; he amuses me because he kinda sorta reminds me of a friend of mine from High School (I guess that may not be the nicest thing to say about someone, but anyway…)
I screwed up a bit when I picked out the subjects of these stamps.. I thought that today would have been Kirsty MacColl’s birthday, but it was actually October 10th. Since it’s December, you may be hearing her sing with The Pogues on the Christmas-themed “Fairytale Of New York”. She had a few solo Top 10’s in the UK, but was largely unknown in the US… but if you listened to the right radio stations in the 1990’s, you might know songs like “Walking Down Madison”, “In These Shoes?” or “I Can’t Stop Killing You”. I found out about her from two songs on a 1989 mix tape, and she one of my favorite musical artists. Sadly, she was killed in an accident in 2000, but she’ll always have a special place in my music collection.
Although I originally knew her from The West Wing, Allison Janney really caught my attention on the short-lived Matthew Perry vehicle “Mr. Sunshine”…. She was easily the best part of that show. This stamp was originally intended to publish on her birthday, but in another birthday mishap I blew way past that.
…As Maxwell Smart would say, “Missed it by THAT much!”… or perhaps “Sorry about that, Chief!”