…Not the name of an band or a film that played at Cannes, just three unrelated ideas that aren’t quite enough for their own post.
I went into this latest round of playoff with clear rooting interests (Cards & Tigers) but no real passion behind it.
Then I heard someone mention something about Carlos Beltran that I’d never realized…
This is Beltran’s 4th time in the NLCS – the previous times were 2004 with Houston, 2006 with the Mets, and last year with the Cards – but he’s never made it to the World Series. That’s a shame because he’s such a good player in general, and has outstanding postseason numbers… In 42 postseason games, he’s batting .333 with 16 HR and 34 RBI.
I always liked Beltran in his 6.5 years with the Mets, and never blamed him for any team failures. So I’ve decided I’m not rooting for the Tigers or Cardinals… I’m rooting for Carlos! Do it for Beltran!
Moving right along…
I’ve got a thing for baseball players who also played hockey, so this caught my attention. “A top hockey player at Chicago”? What does that mean?
It took a fair amount of Googling to find out what the cartoon was referring to, but I eventually found a reference to his playing semi-pro hockey in Chicago. OK, well, that’s less interesting than the cartoon made it sound.
The more interesting hockey fact I found out was that back in 1972/73, Fritz did color commentary on radio broadcasts of the New York Raiders of the World Hockey Association. If you’ve never heard of the Raiders, that’s because they only lasted the one season under that name, changed its name to the Golden Blades and ended up leaving New York just 20 games into that second season. While it would seem like a given that any wanna-be major professional league would have a team in New York, it seems that nobody in New York wanted anything to do with the WHA.
I wasn’t sure if there’d be any hockey cards which featured either the Raiders or Golden Blades, but I found an image of a 1973/74 Quaker Oats WHA card:
For what it’s worth, there’s currently a professional rugby team called the New York Raiders.
…and I didn’t even know there was professional rugby in the U.S.
This is the first wax box I’ve bought in 10 years. Usually by the time I get the opportunity to buy a box, I’d already bought enough packs and blasters to make it somewhat pointless to make a major purchase.
This summer I’d gotten so caught up in organizing and blogging that I’ve bought relatively few packs, and I figured that instead of trying to play catch-up with retail blasters, I’d take a different approach.
I gave some thought to buying a hand-collated Series 2 set when I realized – Well crap, nobody makes hand-collated sets anymore.
Wax packs are more fun anyway… and I got this hobby box for… um… $32? $33? Something like that.
There were other things of interest I got at the show, but I’ll save that stuff for another time.
…and why is it that, whenever I have a couple of “small” ideas that I combine to make one post, they always grow when I write them out?