I don't have much time, but I wanted to give a big shout out to Joe who runs Friars on Cardboard. I recently won a contest he was holding for a handmade 1/1 card. Do I care about Robert Fick? No not in the slightest. This card is beyond awesome!!
I borrowed TTG's photo
It is basically 3 or 4 cards cut and put together with a huge piece of Fick's jersey inside it. I must say I fully admire your dedication to above and beyond Joe. Also included were some cool Mariners cards, a couple of which I needed. They were even packaged in there own little cool case that was hand decorated. I can't say thank you enough, and I have a nice stack of Padres cards ready for you to hopefully go out in the next few days, if I can get off work and make it to the post office befor they close.
It is that time of year again. I decided to wait a little while for everyone to run to their local stores and card shops and get their fix of new Topps cards. As I have done since the 2010 run of cards, I'm asking/begging you for your extra Mariners in series 2. All I want to do is get the few that came out in base card form to add to the Super Set of Mariners cards. Could you help out a fan of a not very good team collect these cards:
#378 Brandon League #397 Hector Noesi #430a Felix Hernandez #430b Felix- Larry Bernandez #526 Casper Wells #537a Ichiro #537b Ichiro- Sunglasses #548 Charlie Furbush #627 Justin Smoak #645 Kyle Seager
An early thank you to all the bloggers out there who I know will help out and make this happen. You pull me through every year and I appreciate it!!
As we all know our friend, the great Fuji-San, is holding his annual contest. What card do you think is a must have? I came up with a couple. First off, I think you should own any card from my favorite set that I am blogging about:
Now you don't have to own Charlie's card here, but you have to have at least one from the 1979 Topps set. It is a classic, and my first set I ever saw. I'm also of the opinion that this is the greatest set ever made for a few colorful reasons. You had cards with black, blue, green, and red players names:
Another reason is the awesome team cards like this one:
I say go out and get yourself some 1979, and 1980 Topps cards today!!
It is sad to say that probably is no one close to having even a sniff of the Hall of Fame in this Mariners lineup. These guys are more schizophrenic than Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. They have had a perfect game against them at home, scored 21 runs against the Rangers, just threw a no hitter at the Dodgers, and now this. That's right, they lost a Felix Hernandez start to the Padres, and get shut out last night for two losses in a row to a lowly team in the San Diego Padres (sorry Padres fans for the description).
I'm sure you see this and think this guy is a HOF'er, and he is. The reason why I took his picture is it is being used by our friend Matthew at Number 5 Type Collection. His blog has hit the 4 year mark and he is holding a contest. Click on the name of his blog to go there. While I admit I don't pimp too many contests because everybody does it and the blog world get overrun with pimp posts. I wanted to rant about the Mariners first anyways.
Also, for all of those who didn't stay up or were in bed out east, a big Congratulations to Matt Cain. Matt threw the first perfect game in Giants history last night. It was fun to flip back and forth to watch him pitch last night. It is a nice sight to see for the faithful that brave the weather at AT&T Park. Way to go to Matt Cain and the Giants!
For those of you that don't live out here on the West Coast, you were asleep when it happened. That's right folks, that's the manual scoreboard from Safeco Field last night. The Mariners worked together to NO-HIT the team with the best record in baseball.
As I sat on my couch last night I decided to watch the game since I don't get to see the Dodgers very often. While Kevin Millwood has been up and down at best for the M's, I thought there was a chance for the hometown 9 since they weren't facing one of the top of the rotation guys. Millwood actually looked like he was special last night right out the gate. Kevin was perfect through 4 innings, but walked Juan Rivera to start the 5th. No big deal the no hitter was still intact. Kevin got out of that inning and cruised in the 6th. The replays look like he did something on the final strikeout of the 6th, and after the first warm up toss in the 7th he was done. There was a small scare with an error and a runner on 2nd in the 7th inning, but wiggle off the hook did the Mariners. In the bottom of the 7th the M's get two on, and my choice for the Mariners All Star this year gets a single off the shortstop's glove to give Seattle a 1-0 lead.
Two walks and a sacrifice fly get the Dodgers in business with 1 out and runners at 2nd and 3rd. Somehow the bullpen comes through and gets out of the inning with a little help by "Donkey" Chone Figgins making a nice catch in left. It was then "closing time for the Bartender" Tom Wilhelmsen. Tom throws 9 pitches, gets the 3 outs and the Mariners make history. Was Dee Gordon out on the play in the 9th? I still can't say for sure, but I guarantee you the umpire didn't want to be roasted like Jim Joyce for a close call either way in the last inning.
The Mariners combined to use six pitchers to get the no-no, and because Millwood didn't get the decision because of the right groin strain it went to an unlikely guy. Just one week ago on June 1st the Mariners called up rookie Stephen Pryor from AAA Tacoma. Because Pryor got the final out in the top of the 7th inning, his first MLB win comes in the form of a no hitter. Let's see what the Mariners can put together tonight against Clayton Kershaw. GO MARINERS!!!
That's right folks I said the greatest ever! I know what you are thinking, how can some other guys that wore #21 not be the greatest? That's because they didn't play for the Mariners. I decided in honor of the Mariners scoring 21 runs on the Rangers the other night, I wanted to put up a card of the greatest #21 to wear Mariners colors. Here is the first card I pulled of Alvin from a pack of 1985 Topps:
While Alvin Davis never got the national recognition he deserved minus the 1984 Rookie of the Year, he was a great player and person. Alvin went to John W. North High School in Riverside, CA and then attended Arizona State. He quickly made his way to the Mariners and never looked back. AD would spent 8 seasons as the Mariners anchor at 1st base and was always a solid hitter in the lineup. He would spend a brief time with his hometown California Angels at the end of his time, but he will always be "Mr. Mariner." One Mariner I think is really coming into his own this year is Kyle Seager. I think this kid has a shot at the All-Star team in Kansas City soon.