Friday, May 18, 2018

Today's Post Cancelled Due To Flooding

You may have seen the news reports about the flooding in Frederick, MD and the surrounding counties if you live in the DC / Baltimore / Gettysburg Metro areas.

Luckily, my town just to the north was spared, so I just have been helping Mom squeegee some water from her basement and rec room last evening.  Nothing too severe, just some saturated carpet and a full drain that finally started working again this morning.  Hopefully, the forecast for more rain today and over the weekend doesn't fill it all back up again.

Anyway, LET'S GO CAPS!  They seem to like playing on the road better....

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

This Day In Baseball History

May 16

1965 Future Hall of Famer Jim Palmer, pitching 3.2 innings in relief, wins his first major league game when the Orioles defeat the Yankees at Memorial Stadium, 7-5. The 19 year-old Orioles' rookie right-hander makes the day more memorable when he hits a two-run homer off Jim Bouton in the fourth inning.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Just Call On The Brother, When You Need A Yaz

It's another fine vintage mailday last week when I got a package of 1963 Fleer baseball.

Marvelous Marv has been my go-to guy for vintage for quite a while now.  When I asked him about '63s, he referred me to his brother Jay.  Jay came through with some nice ones.

The bast one was this gorgeous Yaz.  Just off to the left a bit, but almost perfect otherwise.  This will upstage most of the ones I have.

Filling in down the line are these guys.  I had seen them many times, but hadn't found one I liked enough to bring home.

And rounding it out is this nice Gibby for the back end of the set.

Thanks Jay!

Oh and here's where the title came from...

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Dare To Dream

On this day in baseball history, Larry Miggins hit the first of his only two home runs in major league history. 

It came off Preacher Roe in 1952 at Ebbetts Field, where Miggins' Cardinals would eventually fall to the Dodgers 14 - 8. 

Back in the day when Larry was growing up, he and a friend had shared their dreams of major league baseball during an assembly in prep school. 

That friend was also at the game, and had also accomplished his goal.  They had wondered what the odds against both of them making it would be.

The friend's name was Vin Scully.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Vin Scully Said It Best

In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened!

Everyone thought the Washington Capitals would struggle to compete in their division this season.  They knocked off their arch nemeses Monday night and advanced the furthest into the playoffs than they've been since about 1998.

That's never gonna get old.  Especially the radio call.

I was shocked to see Pierre McGuire interviewing Caps players on our local NBC Sports Washington channel after they cut away to the other game very quickly once this one ended.  I figured he and the other NBC guys would be too distraught to continue since their favorite team lost.

The players say they're only halfway to the real prize, but this is better than the Redskins beating Dallas to go to the Super Bowl.

I usually say "Watch for lightning!" when something happens like this that's so against the status quo, but in this case, it's literally true.   But the confidence of the Capitals will be so much higher after this series, that Tampa better strap in tight.

I just hope they don't end up facing Vegas in the Final.  That would be a shame to have to spoil those guys' run.