Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Strange Things Are Happening To Me

Quick note: I don't know, exactly, what was causing my site to redirect to some weird ad site, but I've disabled all ads, counters, etc, and that seems to have fixed it.

So, now I will attempt to answer comments!

Thanks, --David

Monday, December 8, 2014

A tasty treat from Nachos Grande


Waaaay back in September, I got an envelope from Chris over at Nachos Grande. Somehow, I managed to forget to post what was inside! Well, we're taking care of that RIGHT NOW!

Inside the envelope was a cut-up pocket page, so I got a 3-pocket section. In each section, there were two cards, er items!

He sent me two "Crash the Game" cards (top), a 1991 Sandy Alomar Jr All-Star card from UD (lower left), a 1997 Score Hobby Reserve Kevin Mitchell, and two 1995 Fleer/Panini baseball Stickers (bottom right)!

These are very cool! THANK YOU so much, Chris! There are certainly a tasty Tribecards treat!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Cards, Packs and More from Hot Corner Cards!

Hello, everyone!
 Sorry I haven't written in a while, but as usually happens after the season ends, I took a break from posting to get myself ready for sorting and packing. That will be happening over the next couple weeks. I had planned to get it all done over Thanksgiving, but it didn't, so basically, we're looking at a Christmas delivery schedule.

In the meantime, I spent some time this past week in San Diego at a conference. While there, I walked over to Petco Park for the Winter Wonderland, which was awesome! I will post pics of that and the stories to go with them next time.

But, tonight, I am posting because Hot Corner Cards sent a BIG box of wax for next season's Tribecards Pack-A-Day Giveaway. When I say a BIG box, I mean it!


What is in this thing!? How about no fewer than 70 packs of 1991 Upper Deck!? How about at least three Qubi's!? How about several other wax packs (at least 9 of them) from various years/companies/etc!? The UD packs are opened, so I assume each one has whatever cards HCC didn't want out of them. Then again, maybe they were opened and who knows why. I do know that they seem to have a different amount of cards in the packs - some are thicker than others. I am not holding that against anyone! I will take gift wax packs any day of the week. This is going to be so much fun!

Top all that off with a plastic box of loose cards, most of which are Indians - one is a 1957 Al Smith no less! There is also a bubblewrap envelope with at least 100 Indians cards in there as well! And, I cannot forget to mention several loose cards just floating around the box. WOW! This is an amazing start to next year's giveaway program! (Er, excuse the extraneous sundries strewn about the desktop)


Okay, in the interest of full disclosure, I will sort through the Indians to see which cards I need for my personal collection. Any cards I already have will be used in next year's giveaway.

THANK YOU so much to HOT CORNER CARDS for this incredible gift!

Monday, November 10, 2014

#PackADailyCircus #ootp Awards! Who were the best the 2014 season?


Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Today, I am here to announce the winners of the various awards PAD Circus has to offer through OOTP. Each manager with a an award-winning player will receive some kind of bonus in their giveaway package! If you manage more than one winner, you will get a prize for EACH player that wins an award!


First Up, the Greatest Glove Guard Awards:

Best Defenders Announced by Blogger League: On the defensive side of the game pitchers always get the glory, but the best pitchers know their success hinges on the gloves behind them. The defensive dream team in the Blogger League for 2013 has been announced, and the Greatest Glove Guard trophies will be presented to these outstanding fielders:

Pitcher: Curt Schilling (Dominic FDNYs)
Catcher: Joe Mauer (Texas PlayAtThePlates)
First Baseman: Patrick Wisdom (Illinois Superduperman99)
Second Baseman: Omar Infante (California JoshDs)
Third Baseman: Don Kelly (Michigan PatWs)
Shortstop: Troy Tulowitzki (Oregon Erins)
Left Fielder: Alex Gordon (California JoshDs)
Center Fielder: Billy Hamilton (Pennsylvania NachosGrandes)
Right Fielder: Jon Jay (Illinois Superduperman99)

WordPress League Announces Best Glovemen for 2013: Good defense can be the difference between taking the championship and coming in second. The Wordpress League announced its top defenders at each position today. Here are the Greatest Glove Guard winners for 2013:

Pitcher: Chubby Dean (Pennsylvania BCs)
Catcher: Alex Avila (Texas RJBreezes)
First Baseman: James Loney (Ontario Jennings)
Second Baseman: Anthony Rendon (Tokyo Otakus)
Third Baseman: Evan Longoria (Ohio TSHensons)
Shortstop: Asdrubal Cabrera (Florida Workmans)
Left Fielder: Shane Victorino (Virginia Dawgbones)
Center Fielder: Junior Lake (Iowa Pedersejs)
Right Fielder: Kosuke Fukudome (Illinois PTownToms)


How about the Rookies for the year?

Moore This Year's Blogger League Best Rookie: It wasn't a stroke of good luck that got Utah's Henry Moore the 2013 Blogger League Best Newcomer, it was his skill on the field. The gifted left fielder performed well with a .379 batting average, while playing in 155 games and delivering 234 hits in 617 at-bats. His totals also included 1 home run, 80 RBIs, 99 runs scored, 58 walks and a .434 OPB.Eric Hosmer of the California JoshDs finished second in voting, while Lonnie Chisenhall of the Arkansas Tribecards finished third.

Over in the WordPress League, Cespedes Rewarded with Best Newcomer: All the votes are in for the Wordpress League Best Newcomer. The honor for 2013 has been presented to Yoenis Cespedes, left fielder for the EG9460s. He fashioned a .343 batting average, piling up 210 hits in 612 at-bats, 37 home runs, 61 walks, 136 RBIs and a .406 OBP.Bryce Harper of the Minnesota GCRLs finished second in voting, while Charlie Geggus of the Ontario Kazis finished third.


Blogger League Manager of Year:
DeShon of Illinois Voted Top Manager in BL: An outstanding season by the Superduperman99 garnered their manager Weston DeShon the Blogger League Manager of the Year award for 2013. He led Illinois to a 94-68 record this year and a third place finish in the Blogger League Leicester Division. Even so, DeShon seemed less than thrilled. "I don't give a damn about the award," he growled to reporters, "I just want this team to win championships!"

WordPress Manager of the Year:
WL Top Skipper is Workman of Florida: Matt Workman has molded the Florida Workmans into a top-flight Wordpress League team. The 2013 Skipper of the Year came into spring training with a commitment to getting the most out of his Workmans. "I told them I had no preconceived notions about them, that all of them were blank slates as far as I was concerned. I told them to learn my system and we would win. I told them all the spots on the roster were open, that the best players would play -- young or old, rookie or vet -- and that I expected them to hustle, to work hard, and play as a team. They bought into it and made me look good." And Matt Workman certainly got the most out of his ballclub. The Workmans wrapped up the season in first place in the Wordpress League Caring Cross Division with a 112-50 record.


Top Hurler Ring Toss Awards for Blogger and WordPress Leagues:

Madison Bumgarner Top Blogger League Hurler: 22-year-old Madison Bumgarner of the Dominic FDNYs put together a good year in 2013 for such a young player. Bumgarner was named today as the winner of the Blogger League Ring Toss Champion. Bumgarner crafted an impressive 22-5 record and a 1.81 ERA. In 244 innings he allowed 203 hits, struck out 247, and walked 34.Toad Ramsey of the Arkansas Tribecards finished second in voting, while Alex Voss of the Illinois Superduperman99 finished third.

Kazis Star Receives WordPress Ring Toss Champion: He's in the early phase of his career, but this past season Charlie Geggus performed like a veteran on the hill for the Ontario Kazis and walked away with the Wordpress League Ring Toss Champion in the process. The 22-year-old Kazis star fashioned a 27-3 won-loss record in 2013 with a 1.63 ERA. In 248.1 innings of work and 33 starts, Geggus struck out 340 while giving up 156 hits and 76 walks. He held opposing batters to a .181 average.Roy Halladay of the Texas RJBreezes finished second in voting, while Daniel Hudson of the Wisconsin Thorzuls finished third.


And, finally, we have the Super Stick Swinger Awards:

Votto Nabs Blogger League Super Stick Swinger: It's been a year of triumph for veteran Joey Votto of the Pennsylvania NachosGrandes as he hit his way to the 2013 Blogger League Super Stick Swinger. The 28-year-old veteran compiled a .354 average and .454 on-base percentage by putting together 218 hits, 42 doubles, 4 triples, 38 home runs and 114 walks. He also scored 146 times and drove in 117 runs.Matt Kemp of the New York Night Owls finished second in voting, while Albert Pujols of the Missouri Wilsons finished third.

Great Year Gets Gonzalez WordPress League Super Stick Swinger: Adrian Gonzalez has been around PackADaily League enough to know a good hot streak when he sees one -- and he got to see one firsthand all year. For his standout run through the 2013 season, he's taking home the Super Stick Swinger in the Wordpress League. The Minnesota first baseman put up a batting average of .403 with 62 doubles, 1 triple, 32 home runs and 131 RBIs.Lance Berkman of the Texas RJBreezes finished second in voting, while Ryan J Braun of the Wisconsin Thorzuls finished third.


Congratulations, Managers and players! I will most likely come up with other PAD-Specific Awards as well, so be sure to check back. Plus, I will have a season wrap-up post, talking about the good, bad, and ugly of hosting this past season's Tribecards Giveaway.

Thanks to EVERYONE that played along or watched from the bleachers! This was a lot of work, but was also some of the most fun I've had collecting and doing the giveaways!

Friday, November 7, 2014

#packadailycircus #ootp World Series Game 7: It all comes down to this...


Hello and welcome! Tonight, we bring you coverage of the 2014 PADCircus World Series Game 7 action. The Florida Workmans play host to the Dominic FDNYs in a final match-up that determines who walks away the first-ever Tribecards Pack-A-Day World Series Champion!

In order to help keep the suspense, the game ran and immediately generated the log. So, I am going by the game log batter-by-batter. I have no idea who is going to win or how things turn out! Tonight, we all get to find out just who gets to take home the crown.

I will bold each batting result. I will bold italics each scoring play. For the sake of space, I will remove pitches and other irrelevant info between outs/runs.

TOP OF THE 1ST
Dominic FDNYs batting - Pitching for Florida Workmans : RHP Jake Peavy
Pitching: RHP Jake Peavy
Batting: SHB Emilio Bonifacio 0-0: Ball
2-1: Ground out 4-3 (Groundball, 4)
Batting: LHB David Ortiz 0-0: Ball
1-0: Ground out 5-3 (Groundball, 15S)
Batting: RHB Will Middlebrooks 0-0: Ball
3-2: Base on Balls
Batting: RHB Mike Napoli 0-0: Ball
3-1: SINGLE (Line Drive, 34D)
Will Middlebrooks to second
Batting: LHB Logan Morrison 0-0: Ball
1-2: Strikes out swinging
Top of the 1st over - 0 run(s), 1 hit(s), 0 error(s), 2 left on base; Dominic 0 - Florida 0

BOTTOM OF THE 1ST
Florida Workmans batting - Pitching for Dominic FDNYs : RHP Casey Kelly
Pitching: RHP Casey Kelly
Batting: RHB Drew Stubbs 0-0: Swinging Strike
0-2: Strikes out looking
Batting: RHB Donovan Solano 0-0: Ball
2-2: Ground out 6-3 (Groundball, 6M)
Batting: RHB Miguel Cabrera 0-0: Ball
1-0: Ground out 6-3 (Groundball, 6)
Bottom of the 1st over - 0 run(s), 0 hit(s), 0 error(s), 0 left on base; Dominic 0 - Florida 0

TOP OF THE 2ND
Dominic FDNYs batting - Pitching for Florida Workmans : RHP Jake Peavy
Batting: RHB Jackie Jensen 0-0: Ball
3-0: Base on Balls
Batting: RHB Frank Malone 0-0: Swinging Strike
0-1: Grounds into double play, 6-4-3 (Groundball, 6)
Batting: RHB Joe Dolan 0-0: Fly out, F3 (Popup, 3DF)
Top of the 2nd over - 0 run(s), 0 hit(s), 0 error(s), 0 left on base; Dominic 0 - Florida 0

BOTTOM OF THE 2ND
Florida Workmans batting - Pitching for Dominic FDNYs : RHP Casey Kelly
Batting: RHB Matt Davidson 0-0: Called Strike
3-2: Ground out 5-3 (Groundball, 56)
Batting: SHB Asdrubal Cabrera 0-0: Ball
2-2: SOLO HOME RUN (Flyball, 9LD), Distance : 365 ft
Batting: SHB Carlos Santana 0-0: Fly out, F5 (Popup, 25)
Batting: RHB Mark Trumbo 0-0: Ball
1-2: Fly out, F3 (Line Drive, 3S)
Bottom of the 2nd over - 1 run(s), 1 hit(s), 0 error(s), 0 left on base; Dominic 0 - Florida 1

TOP OF THE 3RD
Dominic FDNYs batting - Pitching for Florida Workmans : RHP Jake Peavy
Batting: RHB Casey Kelly 0-0: Ball
3-2: Strikes out swinging
Batting: SHB Emilio Bonifacio 0-0: Called Strike
1-2: Ground out 4-3 (Groundball, 34)
Batting: LHB David Ortiz 0-0: Called Strike
3-2: Strikes out swinging
Top of the 3rd over - 0 run(s), 0 hit(s), 0 error(s), 0 left on base; Dominic 0 - Florida 1

BOTTOM OF THE 3RD
Florida Workmans batting - Pitching for Dominic FDNYs : RHP Casey Kelly
Batting: RHB Albert Belle 0-0: Ball
1-1: Ground out 6-3 (Groundball, 6)
Batting: RHB Jake Peavy 0-0: Ball
3-2: Strikes out looking
Batting: RHB Drew Stubbs 0-0: Called Strike
2-2: Strikes out swinging
Bottom of the 3rd over - 0 run(s), 0 hit(s), 0 error(s), 0 left on base; Dominic 0 - Florida 1

TOP OF THE 4TH
Dominic FDNYs batting - Pitching for Florida Workmans : RHP Jake Peavy
Batting: RHB Will Middlebrooks 0-0: Ball
1-0: Fly out, F5 (Line Drive, 5)
Batting: RHB Mike Napoli 0-0: Called Strike
0-2: Fly out, F6 (Line Drive, 6)
Batting: LHB Logan Morrison 0-0: Ball
1-2: Fly out, F9 (Line Drive, 9M)
Top of the 4th over - 0 run(s), 0 hit(s), 0 error(s), 0 left on base; Dominic 0 - Florida 1

BOTTOM OF THE 4TH
Florida Workmans batting - Pitching for Dominic FDNYs : RHP Casey Kelly
Batting: RHB Donovan Solano 0-0: Ball
3-1: Ground out 5-3 (Groundball, 5L)
Batting: RHB Miguel Cabrera 0-0: Ball
3-2: SINGLE (Groundball, 56S) (infield hit)
Batting: RHB Matt Davidson 0-0: Called Strike
0-2: TRIPLE (Line Drive, 9LS)
Miguel Cabrera scores
Batting: SHB Asdrubal Cabrera 0-0: Ball
3-2: Strikes out swinging
Batting: SHB Carlos Santana 0-0: Called Strike
0-1: Fly out, F7 (Flyball, 78XD)
Bottom of the 4th over - 1 run(s), 2 hit(s), 0 error(s), 1 left on base; Dominic 0 - Florida 2

TOP OF THE 5TH
Dominic FDNYs batting - Pitching for Florida Workmans : RHP Jake Peavy
Batting: RHB Jackie Jensen 0-0: Foul Ball, location: 2F
1-1: SINGLE (Line Drive, 6M)
Batting: RHB Frank Malone 0-0: Ball
1-0: Fielders Choice at 2nd, 4-6 (Groundball, 34)
Batting: RHB Joe Dolan 0-0: Ball
2-1: SINGLE (Line Drive, 6MD)
Frank Malone to second
Batting: RHB Casey Kelly 0-0: Sac Bunt - play at first, batter OUT! U3
Frank Malone to third
Joe Dolan to second
Batting: SHB Emilio Bonifacio 0-0: Called Strike
0-1: SINGLE (Groundball, 4MD)
Frank Malone scores
Joe Dolan to third
Runner from 3rd tries for Home, SAFE, no throw or cutoff
Batting: LHB David Ortiz 0-0: Foul Ball, location: 2F
Emilio Bonifacio steals 2nd base
3-2: DOUBLE (Line Drive, 9LM)
Emilio Bonifacio scores
Batting: RHB Will Middlebrooks 0-0: Ball
2-2: Ground out 4-3 (Groundball, 4)
Top of the 5th over - 3 run(s), 4 hit(s), 0 error(s), 1 left on base; Dominic 3 - Florida 2

BOTTOM OF THE 5TH
Florida Workmans batting - Pitching for Dominic FDNYs : RHP Casey Kelly
Batting: RHB Mark Trumbo 0-0: Ball
1-0: SINGLE (Groundball, 6MD)
Batting: RHB Albert Belle 0-0: Ball
3-2: DOUBLE (Line Drive, 5L)
Mark Trumbo to third
Runner from 3rd tries for Home, SAFE, no throw or cutoff
Batting: RHB Jake Peavy 0-0: Ball
1-1: Sac Bunt - play at first, batter OUT! 5-4
Albert Belle to third
Batting: RHB Drew Stubbs 0-0: Ball
3-0: Base on Balls
Batting: RHB Donovan Solano 0-0: Called Strike
Drew Stubbs steals 2nd base
2-2: Fly out, F7 (Line Drive, 7S)
Batting: RHB Miguel Cabrera 0-0: Ball
2-2: Fly out, F8 (Flyball, 8RM)
Bottom of the 5th over - 1 run(s), 2 hit(s), 0 error(s), 2 left on base; Dominic 3 - Florida 3

TOP OF THE 6TH
Dominic FDNYs batting - Pitching for Florida Workmans : RHP Jake Peavy
Batting: RHB Mike Napoli 0-0: Called Strike
1-2: Strikes out swinging
Batting: LHB Logan Morrison 0-0: Foul Ball, location: 2F
3-2: Fly out, F3 (Popup, 3SF)
Batting: RHB Jackie Jensen 0-0: Ball
1-2: Strikes out looking
Top of the 6th over - 0 run(s), 0 hit(s), 0 error(s), 0 left on base; Dominic 3 - Florida 3

BOTTOM OF THE 6TH
Florida Workmans batting - Pitching for Dominic FDNYs : RHP Casey Kelly
Batting: RHB Matt Davidson 0-0: Called Strike
1-2: Strikes out swinging
Batting: SHB Asdrubal Cabrera 0-0: Called Strike
3-2: Ground out 1-3 (Groundball, 13)
Batting: SHB Carlos Santana 0-0: Called Strike
2-2: Strikes out swinging
Bottom of the 6th over - 0 run(s), 0 hit(s), 0 error(s), 0 left on base; Dominic 3 - Florida 3

TOP OF THE 7TH
Dominic FDNYs batting - Pitching for Florida Workmans : RHP Jake Peavy
Pinch Hitting: LHB Boston Red Sox Team Logo 0-0: Called Strike
0-1: SINGLE (Line Drive, 9S)
Pinch Hitting: RHB Ralph Kiner
Pinch Runner at 1st Deion Sanders: 0-0: Ball
Deion Sanders steals 2nd base
2-1: Fly out, F7 (Flyball, 78M)
Pinch Hitting: RHB Dave Kingman 0-0: Ball
2-1: Ground out 5-3 (Groundball, 5L)
Batting: SHB Emilio Bonifacio 0-0: Called Strike
2-2: Ground out 5-3 (Groundball, 56S)
Top of the 7th over - 0 run(s), 1 hit(s), 0 error(s), 1 left on base; Dominic 3 - Florida 3

BOTTOM OF THE 7TH
Florida Workmans batting - Pitching for Dominic FDNYs : RHP Casey Kelly
Pitching: RHP Juan Abreu
Now at SS: Johnny Watson
Now in CF: Alex Liddi
Batting: RHB Mark Trumbo 0-0: Ball
3-2: Strikes out swinging
Batting: RHB Albert Belle 0-0: Called Strike
1-1: Ground out 5-3 (Groundball, 56S)
Pinch Hitting: RHB Jose Abreu 0-0: Called Strike
0-1: Ground out 6-3 (Groundball, 6M)
Bottom of the 7th over - 0 run(s), 0 hit(s), 0 error(s), 0 left on base; Dominic 3 - Florida 3

TOP OF THE 8TH
Dominic FDNYs batting - Pitching for Florida Workmans : RHP Jake Peavy
Pitching: LHP Tommy Layne
Batting: LHB David Ortiz 0-0: Called Strike
0-1: Ground out 1-3 (Groundball, 13)
Batting: RHB Will Middlebrooks 0-0: Ball
2-2: Hit by Pitch
Batting: RHB Mike Napoli 0-0: Ball
1-2: Grounds into double play, 1-6-3 (Groundball, 13)
Top of the 8th over - 0 run(s), 0 hit(s), 0 error(s), 0 left on base; Dominic 3 - Florida 3

BOTTOM OF THE 8TH
Florida Workmans batting - Pitching for Dominic FDNYs : RHP Juan Abreu
Pinch Hitting: RHB Hank Greenberg 0-0: Called Strike
1-1: Fly out, F9 (Flyball, 89D)
Pinch Hitting: SHB Yasmani Grandal 0-0: Ball
1-1: Fly out, F7 (Flyball, 7M)
Batting: RHB Miguel Cabrera 0-0: SINGLE (Line Drive, 9S)
Batting: RHB Matt Davidson 0-0: Called Strike
2-2: Fly out, F3 (Popup, 3L)
Bottom of the 8th over - 0 run(s), 1 hit(s), 0 error(s), 1 left on base; Dominic 3 - Florida 3

TOP OF THE 9TH
Dominic FDNYs batting - Pitching for Florida Workmans : LHP Tommy Layne
Now at 3B: Maicer Izturis
Now in CF: Chris B Young
Batting: LHB Logan Morrison 0-0: Swinging Strike
2-2: Fly out, F1 (Line Drive, 15)
Batting: RHB Jackie Jensen 0-0: Foul Ball, location: 2F
1-1: Fly out, F8 (Flyball, 8LM)
Pitching: RHP Chris Perez
Batting: RHB Alex Liddi 0-0: Ball
2-2: SINGLE (Groundball, 4MD)
Pinch Hitting: LHB George Kottaras 0-0: Ball
Alex Liddi is caught stealing 2nd base
Top of the 9th over - 0 run(s), 1 hit(s), 0 error(s), 0 left on base; Dominic 3 - Florida 3

BOTTOM OF THE 9TH
Florida Workmans batting - Pitching for Dominic FDNYs : RHP Juan Abreu
Pitching: RHP Larry Jansen
Now at SS: Sandy Alomar Sr
Now in RF: Wladimir Balentien
Batting: SHB Asdrubal Cabrera 0-0: Called Strike
0-1: Fly out, F8 (Flyball, 89D)
Batting: SHB Carlos Santana 0-0: Foul Ball, location: 2F
0-2: SOLO HOME RUN (Flyball, 9LD), Distance : 359 ft
Bottom of the 9th over - BALLGAME! Florida wins 4-3!!

Game log:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JFOLFoIsb6LIoZ5tgp7Kt3YACnB6gBSAapL9kcmaZOw/edit?usp=sharing


There you have it, folks!! The 7th game of the PAD World Series comes all the down to the last half of the last inning! Congratulations, FLORIDA WORKMANS!! WAHOO!! The Workmans and the FDNYs fought to keep things tied but in the end, the Workmans send one flying out of the park to end the game and win the series!

Workmans will receive a special Prize Pack and FDNYs will also get a special prize for coming in as runner up.

Thank you so much to the folks at OOTP for providing such a cool program to play with and for all their tech support when I was first trying put the logistics together of running a 44-team league with access to every single player in the system.

Thank you to each of you that participated in this year's giveaway! You made doing this so much fun! I am looking forward to what happens for next season's pack-a-day giveaway!

I will start sorting and packing up everyone's cards and will post on here as I hit certain milestones.

Before we go, I want to congratulate the FLORIDA WORKMANS once again for winning the PAD World Series!!