2018 TSR: Forward Into The Past!!!

“Gee, I hope he gets back before all this dry ice melts…”  (A virtual fist bump to anyone who gets this reference).

So this season has been a bust (to put it mildly) for my Mets and Orioles.  We’re not even halfway through August and the Orioles have already been mathematically eliminated from winning the division.  That, my friend, makes for a long season.

Oh, and before I forget… Congratulations to Brian Roberts who was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame last night! This custom is from my 2013 TSR set:

Getting back to the tire fire that is this season… I started to think that maybe I should focus some of my custom card attention on some of the prospects coming down the road for both teams.

While I was thinking about this, the Astros and Mariners had a game on Friday night where both teams wore 1979 throwbacks, so I knew I had to do something with *that*. It was at that point I decided to put the future and the past in the same post.

When the Orioles traded Manny Machado to the Dodgers, they got five prospects in return. Of the players the O’s got, the biggest potential belongs to Yusniel Diaz who is one of the top 100 prospects in baseball and who hit 2 homers in the 2018 Futures Game.

Diaz is a 21-year-old Cuban who looks to be a center fielder with power. He’s currently playing with the AA Bowie Baysox.

On the Mets side, their top prospect is 19-year-old shortstop Andres Gimenez who is among the youngest players at the AA level.

Gimenez is talented with a bat and a glove, but is probably a couple of years away from the Majors… but he can always force his name into the conversation.

Another prospect who got traded as the deadline approached was Francisco Mejia, who the Indians sent to San Diego in exchange for relievers Brad Hand and Adam Cimber.

Mejia has been selected for three straight Futures Games, and during this past season he was regarded as the Indians’ top prospect and the top catching prospect in baseball.

Finally, to get some bloodlines in here, Bo Bichette is the son of former MLB outfielder Dante Bichette.

Bichette was a consensus Top 20 prospect going into this season and was selected to the USA team in the 2018 Futures Game.

Moving on to the “Past” part of this post… As I mentioned, this past Friday night the Astros and Mariners had a game which threw back to 1979. Me, I quite literally had this game marked down on my calendar, and I was not disappointed in the sartorial splendor of the throwbacks.

I forgot which team it was that did this, but to promote this game one of the teams had a little promotional video which used the word “Groovy”. As someone who was in high school at the time, I feel pretty confident in saying that the word “Groovy” was no longer in common use by 1979… not unless somebody was being sarcastic or was quoting a line from “The Brady Bunch”. Thank you for enduring my little rant.

Anyway, I honestly wasn’t “feeling” the 1979 Topps design for this post, but I figured that photos from 1979 were used in 1980 Topps, so that’s how I approached it. I’m just going to run through these customs without any bothersome text.

And finally, if I’m going to feature a manager from each team before the World Series is over, I can’t be skipping a week… so here’s the manager card from this special vitual pack:

The Indians are the only AL Central team with a winning record and they have an 11-game lead over the second place Twins.

Bear with me while I do another quick rant. Francona wearing his #77 on his sleeve reminds me of the argument people have over whether managers and coaches should wear uniforms like the players do. I personally don’t care if they dress the same way as the players, but part of the reason they’ve traditionally worn uniforms is because, unlike other sports, the manager and coaches are out on the field, and when I’m in the stands and somebody walks out of the dugout and talks to the pitcher, I greatly appreciate it when that somebody is wearing a number on his back so I know whether that’s the manager or the pitching coach.

End of my second rant, end of my post.


2018 TSR: Some Other Traded Guys And Some Other Asdrubals

Just like it’s fun when an update card set comes out and you can see players in new uniforms, I have fun when players start moving around and I can create customs representing players with new teams.

I’ll go straight to the weekly manager card this time, because it deals with some news which is still making its way out there…

This morning I went to look at the standings to see which team is hot, which is usually how I decide on the subject of the weekly manager custom. What I found instead was that Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Mike Scioscia is going to step down as Angels manager when his contract expires after this season.

After In almost every photo I found of Scioscia (aside from one where he was chatting with a former Tottenham Hotspur player about to throw out the first pitch at an Angels game), he looks extremely dour;  maybe he’s just had enough.

Scioscia’s first season as Angels manager was in 2000 when they were still the Anaheim Angels and wore those too-much-going-on “Disney” uniforms.  I was surprised when I was reminded of who Scioscia replaced as Angels manager… If you don’t remember, the answer’s at the bottom of this post.

Austin Jackson is technically with his third organization of 2018, but when he was traded by the Giants to the Rangers, the Texas front office told him not to report to the team. Sure enough, he was released by the team as soon as he cleared waivers. About two weeks later he was signed by the Mets, and he’s played pretty well for the Mets.

I’ve always wanted Austin Jackson to become a star because he’s a former Yankees prospect and I always like to see prospects they give up to do well (sadly, that doesn’t happen as often as I’d like). Jackson went to the Tigers in a three-team trade that also involved Max Scherzer, Curtis Granderson, Ian Kennedy and Edwin Jackson.

Brian Dozier was traded by the Twins to the Dodgers for Logan Forsythe and two minor leaguers.

I was going to do a Forsythe card as well, but couldn’t find a good photo (yet).

The Cubs acquired their second big-name former-Ranger pitcher when they traded for Cole Hamels.

Will this work out better than Yu Darvish has so far, or is this some sort of cosmic retribution for the Cubs trading Fergie Jenkins to Texas back in 1973?

The Red Sox lost Dustin Pedroia to injury after just three games, and they’ve been playing Eduardo Nunez, but decided to trade for the Angels’ Ian Kinsler… who was lost to injury after just three games.

Many Orioles fans were sad to see Jonathan Schoop join other players in heading out the door as part of a rebuild. For all the trades the Orioles made, the only name player coming back to the Orioles was Jonathan Villar.

I would say that a rebuild will be painful… but honestly, how can it get worse?

I spent too much time on other custom cards this week, so for the 1988 tribute we’ll feature an All-Star card of Manny Machado.  Yes, I know that’s two straight weeks of 1988-themed Machado customs.  Deal with it.

Let’s get into some Asdruba-mania!

The Adrubal that is most familiar to baseball fans is Asdrubal Cabrera, who was traded by the Mets to the Phillies for a pitching prospect.

I had never heard of the name Asdrubal before Cabrera, but it’s apparently not completely unusual.

I found out there’s also a Spanish soccer player who goes by just “Asdrubal”. He was in Australia playing for the Central Coast Mariners, but is now playing for a second division Spanish team.

The third Asdrubal I found was Asdrubal Sierra of the band Ozomatli; with all the talk lately about the 1991 ProSet Super Stars MusiCards, especially on Night Owl’s blog, I felt like i had to make a similar custom.

I became vaguely aware of Ozomatli about 10 years ago when I got a free download (probably through iTunes) of their song “Magnolia Soul”.  I liked the song well enough that, unlike most other free downloads, I still listen to it.

My main exposure to the band was when they did a stint as the house band on “Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution”, which was on Comedy Central a few years ago and led to the song “Hey, It’s Fluffy!”

But me, I prefer a little sweet Magnolia Soul.


Late in the 1999 season, Terry Collins stepped down as the Angels manager and was temporarily replaced by bench coach Joe Maddon – Maddon’s second stint as interim Angels manager.

2018 TSR: Traded Players, All Stars And The Like

I thought this week’s virtual pack of custom cards would be bursting at the seams with just-traded players, but a lot of the intended subjects haven’t appeared with their new team yet, or I just couldn’t find many good photos.  There are some traded players in this post, but there’ll likely (hopefully) be more next week.  The biggest trades may be the ones yet to come!

With the disappointing (to say the least) season the Mets are enduring, it wasn’t surprising to see them trading off some of their potential free agents.  Mets closer Jeurys Familia was traded to Oakland, and having the Athletics as deadline buyers was a surprise all in itself.  With the A’s, Familia is the setup guy for closer Blake Treinen (who was acquired from the Nats *last* July)

In 3 appearances (5 innings) with the A’s, Familia has 2 wins, gave up 2 hits, 1 unearned run, 4 K’s, 0 BB’s and hitters are managing just .118 against him.

The Orioles, meanwhile, traded Zach Britton to the Yankees where the player who once converted 60 straight save opportunities is just another reliever in the Yankee bullpen.

Normally I’d wish a former Oriole or Met well with his new team… but it’s the Yankees, Zach, so too bad, so sad.

Speaking of former Orioles, I decided to make a 1988-themed custom of Manny Machado in his new Dodger uniform.  Under other circumstances it would be odd to see someone whose done so much for the O’s wearing Dodger Blue, but I resigned myself to Manny’s exit months ago.

I also had enough fun with my 1988 All-Star template that I made a few more, including another A.L. All-Star shortstop, Francisco Lindor.

The Angels’ Francisco Arcia would’ve been a feel-good story just by stepping on the field.  Arcia spent 12 seasons in the minors with the Yankees, Marlins and Angels organizations before playing in his first Major League game.

…But then it got better, because in his first 2 Major League games, Arcia has two homers and 10 RBI.

Mets custom of the week

Jeff McNeil was never one of the Mets’ top prospects, but he’s been hitting the ball in AAA Las Vegas and the Mets traded Asdrubal Cabrera to the Phillies, so McNeil is apparently going to get a long look at 2nd base.

Manager custom of the week

As a Mets fan, there is a significant amount of schadenfreude directed towards the Nationals this year.  At the beginning of the season they were regarded as (if you’ll forgive the Chris Berman references) a team which COULD!  GO!  ALL!  THE!  WAY!, but instead ended up stumbling, bumbling to a 52-52 record (as of this morning).  Dave Martinez is muttering to himself “Dream job, my ass…”

I wonder if Dusty Baker gets some kind of bitter satisfaction out of the Nationals’ struggles after his firing.

Orioles custom of the week

Renato Nunez is only 24 and was once a prospect for the Athletics, having appeared in the 2014 and 2015 Futures Games.

Orioles fans will likely focus on the fact that the new guy fighting with Danny Valencia and Jace Peterson for time at third base was claimed on waivers twice this year.

BTW, I didn’t set out to include so many “high five” themed cards, it’s just the best photos I could find of each player.

I’ll wrap things up with another Faux Set Sports Of The World Card

While making this weeks’ customs I found out that the FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup is currently going on.  Now I should point out that what North Americans call “Hockey” is “Ice Hockey” to the rest of the world, and what the world calls “Hockey” is “Field Hockey” to us unworldly Americans.

SPOILER WARNING:  I’m going to make a brief reference to what’s going on with the USA team;  stop reading if you care and aren’t up to date

Team USA has lost to Ireland and drawn with England and needs to beat India today to make the playoffs.

Kathleen Sharkey has played for Team USA in the Olympics and in the World Cup. She also somehow seemed to lead Team USA in “number of good photos I could find”, so she represents the United States in my virtual set.

Sharkey is from Moosic, PA, which is also the home to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, AAA team of the Yankees. I was in PNC Field during a previous baseball life when the team was the Red Barons. At the time it was my favorite minor league ballpark, but that was 20 years ago, I don’t know how it would hold up now. Has anybody been there recently?

2018 TSR: The Best Laid Plans…

I had all kinds of things in mind for this post.

I was going to make an All-Star version of my original custom set, but nothing I did looked as good on my laptop screen as it looked in my head.

“That’s OK”, said I, “I will feature all of the players who’ve been traded, like Manny Machado!”

…But I couldn’t find any good photos of Manny as a Dodger, it’s too soon to feature recent Mets closer Jeurys Familia with the A’s, and I couldn’t find any photos at all of Brad “Aloha Mister” Hand with the Indians.

Dismayed, I decided that I’d do one of my 1988 throwback customs – because Topps didn’t give us a 1988 throwback insert this year – of an All-Star player I liked… Nick Markakis, perhaps, or All-Star Game MVP Alex Bregman.

Just as I was pondering whether to substitute “ALL-STAR” for the team name at the top of a standard 1988 card, I had a realization and did a facepalm at my own foolishness… There was, of course, an All-Star subset in 1988 Topps, complete with its own similar, but distinct design.

I set about spending more time than I really should making a new template, so I hope you’ll appreciate this:

If you’re wondering what’s with the funky bat, well that’s the All-Star Game MVP trophy, which is a crystal bat. It’s dark at the ends because the background was relatively dark.

So anyway, that turned out OK. For my second and third custom in this virtual pack, you’ll have to forgive me while I go on a small rant.

2018 Topps Allen & Ginter came out this week, and while some of the inserts look pretty cool (especially “Flags Of Lost Nations”), they dropped the ball with their “Exotic Sports” insert set. I have no quarrel with Sumo wrestling or Sepak Takraw, which are genuine sports and are truly exotic… but Cornhole? Speed Stacking? C’mon, Topps, this is a tremendous missed opportunity.

Case in point… Netball.

I’m vaguely aware of Netball through my friend Amanda. She grew up in South Africa and when we were newly acquainted she’d mentioned in conversation that she played tennis and netball in school. Me, being a lifelong resident of the United States said “Netball? What the heck is Netball?” Apparently, the answer is “a sport invented by someone who decided that basketball was far too rough and tumble for young ladies to be playing”.

I couldn’t decide between the two customs I made, so I figured I’d post them both.

Quick Netball rundown from what I can remember: It’s like basketball in that players are trying to throw a ball through a basket which is over their heads; it’s unlike basketball in that the net is lower, there’s no backboard, there’s no running more than a couple of steps while one has possession of the ball, and players are assigned to certain zones of the court.

I’ve probably bollocksed that description up, but it’s close enough for amateur blogwork.

From videos I’ve watched it’s an interesting yet odd sport. It moves fast – Pass! Pass! Pass! Pass! Pass! Pass! Pass! – and then everything slows down while the player with the ball shoots at the basket.

This video for England’s shocking Gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games gives a little taste.  If you watch it, stick around until the end for celebratory gymnastics which put Ozzie Smith to shame.

So, yeah… instead of truly exotic sports like Netball or Kabbadi or Australian Rules Football, Allen & Ginter give us “Quidditch”.  Yay.

I spent much too much time on the prior customs, so I’m going to quickly run through the “base cards” in my little virtual card set.

I’ve got nothing in particular to say about Justin Verlander, but I made this custom early on and it just came out well..

Same for this Curtis Granderson.

Each week I feature a manager on a card – because Topps doesn’t – and this week it’s Clint Hurdle, whose Pirates have won 8 straight games.

Back in Spring Training, when it wasn’t unreasonable to expect both the Mets and Orioles to contend for at least a wild card slot, I committed to featuring one custom of both teams each week. Here are this week’s… again, not a whole lot to say this time around.

Amed Rosario has been a top Mets prospect who’s starting at short this year.

Like pretty much anything involving the Orioles this year, the catching situation hasn’t played out quite as hoped… but Caleb Joseph has been hitting .333 in July, so we’ll take what we can get.

That’s all for this virtual pack; now, I’d better get on with my weekend to-do list.

2018 TSR: I Need An All-Star Break

So yesterday I was able to go to a card show… This is noteworthy in that the last show I went to was this same show from last July, and like pretty much any shows I attend, it involved fives hours of driving on top of the five or six hours on the show floor. The upshot of this is that I’m worn out, and I have obligations for today, given that my Saturday was largely devoted to the show.

But of course, the way things always go with me… I intended this to be a short post, but it’s not… not really.  I kept thinking “Oh, just one more thing”.  I’m apparently the Columbo of sportscard bloggers.  (Kids, ask your parents)

Among the best players on the Orioles this past week has been – not surprisingly – Zach Britton. Trade rumors have been circling around him, and perhaps Zach is doing his baseball best to get across the message “GET ME THE HELL OUT OF HERE!”

During the past 7 days, Britton went 1-0 with 2 saves and 5 K’s in 3 innings pitched.

Robert Gsellman had a similar week for the Mets. He pitched 3.1 innings, got a win and a save. Interestingly enough, he pitched 2 innings for the save and only 1 inning for the win (an extra-inning walk-off against the Phils).

When double-checking the spelling of Gsellman’s name, it occurred to me that I probably could search on just “Gsellman” and get information about Robert. Not only was that true, but the only other people who turned up in “Searches related to Gsellman” were for Trisha Gsellman, Robert’s mother who passed away in 2009, and Bob Gsellman, Robert’s father, who played four seasons as a catcher, largely in the Phillies organization.

Manager of the week time… In the nobody’s-great-but-nobody’s-awful National League, the Rockies have managed to stay in the thick of the NL West race, going 8-2 this past week to find themselves in third place, but just 2.5 games out of first.

If you were wondering what uniform that Bud Black is wearing, the photo was taken on July 4th… ‘Nuff said.

Moving on to the 1988 Topps tribute of the week…

Jake Bauers had quite a week, batting .393 with 5 doubles, 3 homes 11 runs scored and 9 runs batted in.  I wouldn’t normally feature a rookie in this spot, I couldn’t resist this time around.

Aside from giving me an opportunity to make a 1988-style card of a team which didn’t exist in 1988, I have to admit I have something of a soft spot for the Rays.  I mean, I’ve got enough baseball misery in my life between the Mets and the Orioles, but there’s just something about the Rays doing the best with what they got (as well as needing all the support they can get) that draws in the Shlabotnik side of me.

Here’s an interesting bit of trivia:  As the Devil Rays the team had a .399 winning percentage and never won more than 70 games, but they made the World Series in their first season as the Rays, and have a .527 winning percentage as the Rays.

Here’s your bonus card of the week, a 2018 Faux Set card which just sort of happened after I read some of the morning headlines.

Wayne Rooney, who established himself as an all-time great with Manchester United and as captain of the England team, made his debut with D.C. United yesterday as the United also unveiled their new soccer-only facillity near Nationals Park.

I went to check if Rooney has made it to Topps MLS Now, the least popular “Now” there is.  As of my writing this, he has not, but I don’t believe today’s cards have gone yet.  What really threw me about MLS Now is how low the print runs are.  Almost all of this year’s cards are double-digits, one as low as just 26, with the triple-digit ones coming only for world-famous footballers like Zlatan Ibrahimovic

When I was a kid we had the North American Soccer League which tried to boost interest with internationally famous players in their thirties like Pele, George Best, Rodney Marsh and Franz Beckenbauer.  These days, MLS is trying to boost interest with internationally famous players in their thirties like Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.  Fill in your own comment.

While reading up on Rooney, I found that he’s England’s all-time leading goal scorer, and he’s also the second-most capped player England has ever had, behind Peter Shilton.  To this bit of information I said aloud “Wow, that sounds impressive!  What the hell does that mean?”  If I understand this correctly, ‘most capped’ means to have made the most appearances in international competition.






2018 TSR: Players Who Ought To Be In Topps Update

I have a feeling that upcoming custom card posts will focus on players moving around before the July 31st trade deadline, but I thought that now that we’ve hit the halfway mark in the season it might be interesting to see which players more-or-less qualify for statistical ranking (3.1 AB’s / game or 1 IP / game) and see which of those players are still lacking a mainstream 2018 baseball card.

Recently on Twitter, the esteemed Night Owl (blog, twitter) has been voicing concern that Max Muncy, who’s breaking out this year with the Dodgers, will get the same neglect from Topps which Chris Taylor received last year.  I can’t control Muncy getting any physical cards, but I can make a custom for Mr. Muncy.

Max Muncy doesn’t qualify for a batting title just yet, but it’s hard to argue with 20 homers, 38 runs and 39 RBI.

Muncy had been cut loose by the A’s at the end of 2017 Spring Training and gave thought to walking away from the game.  He signed with the Dodgers, played 2017 with AAA Oklahoma City and didn’t make his L.A. debut until April 17th this year, but since then he’s been making Dodger fans happy that he isn’t at home finishing off his degree from Baylor U.

According to tradingcarddb.com, Muncy’s 2018 cardboard consists of two Topps Now cards he shared with Joc Pederson:  #376 “First time two players hit 10+ homers in a month in franchise history” and #409 “9 XBH in back-to-back games for first time since 1929”.  Muncy’s only prior MLB cardboard was a 2015 Topps Update rookie card he shared with Tyler Ladendorft.

Max Muncy isn’t the only player getting short shrift from Topps, however…

Teoscar Hernandez is playing regularly for the first time.  Like Muncy, he’s a bit short of qualifying for a batting title (not that he’s a challenger with that .260 anyway), but he brings 39 runs and 35 RBI to the table.

2018 Cards: the Topps Toronto Blue Jays team set and Donruss Diamond Collection (relic inserts)

The Brewer’s Brent Suter has started 16 games, has a 8-5 record, a 1.189 WHIP, 7.5 K’s per 9 innings.

2018 cards:  None.  Nada.  Zilch.  Bupkis.  Bugger all.

Similarly, the Giants’ Chris Stratton has an 8-6 record and is averaging 6.8 K’s per 9 innings.

2018 cards:  Topps San Francisco Giants team set.

Jurickson Profar is primarily a shortstop, but has also played at 1st, 2nd, 3rd and in left field one game.  He’s scored 48 runs and has 45 RBI.

2018 cards:  Topps Now Road To Opening Day

Leonys Martin has appeared in center field in 67 games, has 44 runs and 29 RBI.

2018 cards:  Topps Now Road To Opening Day

Marco Gonzales has started 18 games, has a 9-5 record, a 3.64 ERA, a 1.223 WHIP and 8K’s per 9 IP’s.

2018 cards:  Topps Now #386 “First career complete game leads Seattle to fifth straight win”

In 72 games, Matt Duffy is batting .309 with 27 runs and 25 RBI.

2018 cards:  Topps Now Road To Opening Day, Topps Tampa Bay Rays Team Set and Topps Now #320 “1-0 walk-off win on two-out RBI single”.

Quick aside:  Looking at the 2018 Topps Rays team set made me realize that 4 of the 17 cards are for players who aren’t in Topps Series 1 or 2:  Duffy, Jesus Sucre, Chih-Wei Hu and Dan Jennings.  Sucre has been in the Majors on and off since 2015, and this is his first MLB card.  It appears that this isn’t unusual for the lesser-represented teams;  the Tigers also have four players who don’t show up elsewhere.  I haven’t checked any other teams as of yet.

Finally, there’s Tyler Skaggs, who has 16 starts, a 6-5 record, a 2.64 ERA, a 1.217 WHIP and 9.8 K’s per 9 innings.

2018 cards:  None, and this is for a guy who was in Stadium Club last year (although that may have been as much about the photo as anything else).

My research was not exhaustive, and clearly took more time than I really shold have spent… but I may have missed players along the way.

Are there any players you follow who should have 2018 cards and don’t yet?

Update:  I realized after I finished the post that I’d forgotten one player whose custom I’d created back at the beginning of the season: Miles Mikolas (9-3, 2.63 ERA, 1.034 WHIP and who hurled a 4-hit, 9 K shutout on May 21st  – granted it was the Royals, but still)

2018 cards:  Topps Now #239 “First career shutout in a 6-0 complete game win”

Moving on to the “every week” customs…

The 1988 Topps tribute of the week goes to Francisco Lindor.  During the past week, he had 2 doubles, 3 triples, 2 stolen bases, 13 runs, 10 RBI and batted .458

For the Manager card each week I like to feature someone who has gone 8-2 or better over the past 10 games, and who (of course) hasn’t already been featured. This week the honor goes to the Red Sox’ Alex Cora, who currently has the team in first, 2 games ahead of the Yankees.

Wrapping up with the Mets and Orioles customs for the week… Honestly, neither team was tremendously inspiring this past week, so I just grabbed a couple out of the already-made customs I had.

2018 TSR: AAUGH!

I don’t want to start this post in a excessively negative way, so the “AAUGH!” part comes at the end.

You know what makes me happy?

Tributes to 1988 Topps.

Powder blue throwbacks and 1985 Fleer customs and guys named “Seranthony”.

Small market teams going on a 12-2 streak.

A good “Pointless Pairing”

Being happy is good.

So it turns out that it wasn’t just my imagination that June was a terrible month for my baseball teams, the Mets and the Orioles.

The Mets were 5-21 in June;  that’s the worst June in team history.

Let that sink in a moment… worst in NEW YORK METS HISTORY.

The 1962 Mets lost 120 games, but they managed to go 8-23 that June.  The 1965 Mets lost 112 games;  they went 9-21 in June.

Even the Orioles, on a pace to lose 117, had a slightly better June (6-20).

The Mets have the worst record in the National League.  The Orioles have the worst record in the Majors.

“AAUGH!”, indeed.

There aren’t a lot of Mets and Orioles worthy of the effort of creating customs, but I managed to find two players who didn’t suck during the month of June, and who haven’t already been featured…

Wilmer Flores appeared in only 15 games in June, but he batted .286 with 6 runs scored, 13 RBI, 4 doubles and 3 homers.

Mark Trumbo batted only .209 in June, but he managed 6 homers, 11 runs and 15 RBI.

I do appreciate the fact that he isn’t overly gleeful in his celebrations.

Here’s hoping that July is better for both teams…

I’m not sure it can get much worse.