Wednesday, May 27, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 053, 054, 055 - Add wax to the draft stack

Heya! I am about to send the draft list to the managers. Before I did that, though, I want to add some more free agents to this week's draft.

2007 Topps Rack Pack

Damian Miller - Brewers - Free Agent
Bobby Abreu - Yankees - Thorzul (Wahoo!!)
Eliezer Alfonso - Giants - Free Agent
Nick Markakis (Rookie) - Orioles - Cobb County SuperChickens (Wahoo!!)
Brad Ausmus NL Gold Glove - Astros - Free Agent
Tony LaRussa - Cardinals - Super Dupermen (Wahoo!!)
Todd Helton - Rockies - Kentucky Quarrys (Wahoo!!)
Joe Blanton - A's - Free Agent
Adam Everett - Astros - Free Agent
John Smoltz - Braves - Captain Canucks (Wahoo!!)
Jonathan Papelbon - Red Sox - Thoughts and Sox (Wahoo!!)
Jose Valverde - Diamondbacks - Free Agent
Josh Fields - White Sox - Free Agent
Freddy Sanchez - Pirates - Free Agent
Freddy Garcia - Phillies - Free Agent
Moises Alou - Mets - Pedersejs (Wahoo!!)
Matt Holliday - Rockies - Maddings (Wahoo!!)
Matt Cain - Giants - RJBreeze (Wahoo!!)
Mark Mulder - Cardinals - Free Agent
Mark Loretta - Red Sox - Free Agent
Ubaldo Jimenez - Rockies - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!!)
Travis Hafner - Indians (Wahoo!) - Arkansas Tribecards (Wahoo!!)

Wow, we had NO multi-hitters in this pack. That seems very odd, but kinda cool as well. Congrats to everyone who picked up a card for their own stacks as well! I am pretty happy: I got Pronk'd

#PackADailyCircus - De Draft! de Draft! And a WINNER!!

Good day, everyone! I was finally able to run the draft that I had forgotten to tell the managers about for last week! Wahoo!!  The results are in:

For the curious, here is the unrandomized list of picks (click to enlarge):

The results have been added to the managers/Players list, though I just realized that I have some spelling anomalies that make the list seem a bit quite not unlike something that is not entirely alphabetized (or something like that). I'll get that fixed.

The draft for *THIS WEEK* will go out before the end of the evening tonight (Wednesday May 27). The deadline will be Noon on Sunday, May 31. NO SKUNKS will be Jennings64 and Ventura County Royals!

Let's talk about our WINNER!!

You may recall that I had mentioned a contest that would be announced in one of my video updates. Well, I announced that contest in the May 13 update. The contest? A free OOTP 16 code!

And, the winner?????

JoshD (aka Ventura County Royals)!! WAHOO!!

Josh, I will be sending your code very soon, so be on the lookout in your email!

Today's pack break will be released shortly!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 052 - Who gets 4 hits with a Back-to-Back!?

Hey there, everyone! Thanks for dropping by the site for today's pack break. I reached into the big ol' box and the pack we have here is another box of Nachos Grande's mini Allen and Ginter! I'm not sure how many of these he sent, so I hope we've got at least another box or two in our stash. I love these things!

Wil Myers - Rays - RJBreeze (Wahoo!!)
Sonny Gray - A's - Free Agent
Tom Brady - Patriots - Free Agent
Jose Fernandez - Marlins - RJBreeze (Wahoo!! x2)
Kevin James - Comedian/Actor - Free Agent
Troy Tulowitzki - Rockies - Kentucky Quarrys (Wahoo!!)
Manny Machado - Orioles - RJBreeze (Wahoo!! x3)
Dustin Pedroia - Red Sox - RJBreeze (Wahoo!! x4, Back-to-Back)
Sailor Jack - Spokesman - Free Agent
C.C. Sabathia - Brewers - Bo Rosnys (Wahoo!!)
Mr. Met - Mets Mascot - Free Agent
Yasiel Puig - Dodgers - Enamel Rods (Wahoo!!)

Wow! RJBreeze serves up 4 hits and goes back-to-back. That is unbelievable! Congratulations certainly goes to him, but also to the other managers who were able to sneak in and get some of these for their collections as well. On the upside for the rest of us, there are a nice selection of free agents in here! Okay, technically, they are available to ALL of us...

Monday, May 25, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 050/051 - Double helping of Sushi!

Hello, everyone! Today is Memorial Day. If you have not taken a moment or two to stop and consider the sacrifice so many have made while serving in the US Armed Forces, please just take a moment here. We enjoy busting packs and collecting cardboard and doing whatever it is we do to earn our living, but sometimes, we need to look beyond ourselves to pray or think about loved ones we may have known - or have never known - that were sent to a place they might not have ever been before to die away from family and friends, loved ones and colleagues.

In the recent poll for which cards to scan, we had a tie between "All cards" and "Currently Drafted Players." So, I will start posting certain packs with all the cards scanned just to see how that goes. We'll start with today's for fun.

Today, we're breaking packs for yesterday and today. So, two packs for your viewing pleasure.

First up, a pack of 1991 Upper Deck:

Gary Scott - Cubs - Free Agent
Geronimo Pena - Cardinals - Free Agent
Glenn Wilson - Astros - Free Agent
Junior Felix - Blue Jays - Saitama Sushi (Wahoo!!)
Mark McGwire - A's - Wilsons (Wahoo!!)
Dave Stewart - A's - Free Agent
Gary Scott - Cubs - Free Agent
Juan Agosto - Astros - Free Agent
Kevin Seitzer - Royals - Free Agent
Jeff Reardon - Red Sox - Bo Rosynys (Wahoo!!)
Mike Felder - Brewers - Free Agent
Jack Morris - Tigers - The Balking Dead (Wahoo!!)
Kirk Gibson - Dodgers - Free Agent
Nolan Ryan Baseball Heroes - Astros - Saitama Sushi (Wahoo!! x2)
Montreal Expos Team Logo Sticker - Expos - Free Agent

Congratulations to the Sushi for getting two hits from this pack! Also, congrats to the other three managers who picked up cards, too.

Next pack: A Bo Rosny custom "BoPack"

Dave Stieb 1993 UD - White Sox - Free Agent
Roberto Kelly 1992 Score Select - Yankees - Saitama Sushi (Wahoo!!)
Kansas City Royals Logo Mini Circle Sticker - Royals - Free Agent
John Burke 1993 UD Top Prospect - Rockies - Free Agent
Brad Pennington 1993 UD Top Prospect - Orioles - Free Agent
Rafael Paleiro 1993 UD - Rangers - Play at the Plates (Wahoo!!)
Jose Uribe 1993 UD - Astros - Free Agent
Dick Schofield 1993 UD - Blue Jays - Free Agent
Tom Brunansky 1993 UD - Brewers - Maddings (Wahoo!!)
Wally Joyner 1998 UD - Padres - Alecs All-Stars (Wahoo!!)
Jason Giambi 1993 UD Draft Pick - A's - Saitama Sushi (Wahoo!! x2)
Fredi Gonzalez 2007 Topps - Marlins - Free Agent
Aaron Hill 2007 Topps - Blue Jays - Kazis (Wahoo!!)
Steve Bedrosian 1989 Topps - Phillies - Captain Canucks (Wahoo!!)
Jerry Nielson 1989 Star Red - Prince William Cannons - Free Agent
Art Calvert 1989 Star Red - St. Petersberg Cardinals - Free Agent
John Faccio 1989 Star Yellow - Beloit Brewers - Free Agent

Wow! The Sushi grab ANOTHER two-hit pack! Way to go! This was a fun pack to open. I really like these custom packs you guys have come up with. I don't know if they are randomly filled or if there is a method to the packing of the packs, but either way, I'm enjoying them. Congrats to each manager who pulled one of these random cards.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

#PackADailyCircus #ootp Customization - 048/049 - Two Pac(k)s and 50 cent(s) worth

  • **NOTE (added after this post originally released): OOTP automatically fills out teams, regardless of my "cleaning house." So, rosters, etc in game and at may not reflect actual drafted players and/or ONLY drafted players. Welcome to my world. The Players/Managers list should be accurate, however.

Hello, everyone! I did not realize until today that I did not post a pack yesterday. The missing draft had me a bit bamboozled, I guess.  I want to thank Stealing Home and Bo Rosny for supply me with cards! That is awesome!! I will do a separate post for those soon.

In addition to Indians cards, Bo included a slew of pack, including his own custom version called "BoPack!" I am looking forward to opening those during the season.

Before we get into the packs tonight, let's talk about the OOTP portion of the giveaway. This may get a little detailed, but hang with me, it is worth it (or at least worth 50 cents, right?):
  • I am cleaning up all the rosters in the game. All non-drafted/game-created players are off the teams. Exceptions are Erin Rose and ProwlingCats because they do not have enough draftees to make up a team.
  • Most teams will now have all players on the active list (or injury), since most of us barely have 25 players drafted so far. There are certainly exceptions!
  • I believe I have the settings corrected. So, each team will have the game's AI provide lineups, batting order, etc for each team.
  • Contradicting the previous statement: If *YOU* would like to manage your lineups, active rosters, etc, let me know. I will do my best to make those changes for you. I haven't figured out how to list reserve players online yet, but you can use the player search to find any player. I will update the online game after team rosters are fixed.
  • Since you can now see your team colors online, feel free to drop me a line if you don't like the colors the game generated for your team. You get:
    • Team Color
    • Team text color
    • Ballcap Main Color
    • Ballcap visor color
    • Jersey main color
    • Jersey secondary color
    • Jersey pinstripes color
    • Away jersey color
    • *Note, if you know the hex code for the color(s) you want, that works best. Otherwise, I may have to interpret your color requests. Haha!
  • You can edit your basic stadium information, if you like:
    • Name of ballpark
    • Type: Open, Retractable Roof, Dome
    • Surface: Grass, Artificial turf
    • Seating capacity: Exact number, example: 48566
  • If you have any questions about the OOTP game we're running, please drop me a line. I'm pretty open to making the game as "personal" for you as I can.
Okay, now let's bust open two packs!

How about one of the "custom 2015 Opening Day" packs sent to us and a pack of 2015 Heritage:

Derrek Lee 2003 Fleer Ultra - Marlins - Pedersejs (Wahoo!!) - As crazy as it may sound, I like the aqua and orange on this card. I must be delirious.

Wayne Gross 1986 Topps - Orioles - Free Agent - I recognize him from his Indians cards, of course.

Adam Dunn 2013 Archives - White Sox - Northampton Therapists (Wahoo!!) - Topps sure loves those cheesy bat-over-shoulder shots, don't they?

Paul Konerko 2011 Topps - White Sox - SoxFan4Life (Wahoo!!) - This might as well be a UD unauthorized card. Heck, it almost would even have to be approved by MLBPA with its look.

Charles Hudson 1988 Donruss - Yankees - Free Agent - I once worked with a guy named Charles Hudson. Different guy. There ya go.

Dave Bergman 1988 Donruss - Tigers - Play at the Plates (Wahoo!!) - His face says, "I'm going to be stuck on this Donruss card forever, aren't I?"

Matt Garza 2010 Topps - Rays - Free Agent - Someone had been assigned Garza in the OOTP game. I fixed it. Sorry, Sushi...

Jesus Guzman 2013 Topps - Padres - Bo Rosnys (Wahoo!!) - I was never a fan of the "camo" look. But, at least the whole shirt is camo and not just one stripe or something.

Troy Tulowitzki 2013 Archives - Rockies - Kentucky Quarrys (Wahoo!!) - Somone is peeking out of the lower corner, presumably out on the play.

Clint Sammons 2008 Finest Certified Auto - Braves - Free Agent - This card... This card is GREAT! It is numbered 60/99 to boot!

2015 Heritage:

Didi Gregorius - Yankees - Free Agent - For some reason, I thought someone had him on their list. Ah, okay, he was on Arpsmith, but that was computer-assigned. Now you can try to draft him if you wish.

Jose Altuve, Victor Martinez, Michael Brantley AL Batting Leaders - Astros, Tigers, Indians (Wahoo!) - New Jersey Hadsalls (Wahoo!!), Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!!), TSHensons (Wahoo!!) - Heya! A triber on a leader card! WAHOO!! There is also an ex-Triber as well. Great stuff!

Daniel Corcino, Yorman Rodriguez Rookie Stars - Reds - Free Agent, Free Agent

Tom Koehler - Marlins - Free Agent - Well, I can't think of a single thing to say about this card. I don't know if that is good or bad.

Anthony Rendon - Nationals - Free Agent - Hanging out on a bench. It doesn't look like a dugout bench, though. At least he's smiling at whatever is happening to the side of the photographer.

Logan Morrison - Mariners - Free Agent - There is something weird going on in the lower left of the card. It is as if his back/arm was hit with a Photoshop cloning eraser.

Julio Teheran - Braves - Cobb County SuperChickens (Wahoo!) - This image has the "old school" look to it - shot from just below chest height, a little washed on image, pitcher staring off to the side a little.

Rusney Castillo, Anthony Ranaudo Rookie Stars - Red Sox - Free Agent, Free Agent - I don't know how old Rusney is, but man he looks like a kid. Something is amiss with Ranaudo's pic - looks heavily edited and flattened or something.

Bob Melvin mgr - A's - Jennings64 (Wahoo!!) - He does not look too happy to having his picture taken. It is as if he is saying, "Does Topps seriously still take manager pictures? This is 2015, right?"