Monday, August 4, 2014

#PackADailyCircus - Thome or not, here I come

Hey, everyone! I will be running through the draft later tonight. I was going to do it on Sunday, but after our shopping weekend, my wife and I spent the evening in her classroom getting it ready for the upcoming school year. She is truly one of the most creative and organized people I know. Her students are in for a treat, as usual!

Tonight, I will bust open yesterday's pack and then later tonight, I will bust open today's pack. Try to keep up and watch me for the changes...

Wow, small pack... 2013 Topps Series 2 with 5 whole cards. Let's see how we do:

Brian Duensing - Twins - Free Agent
Paul Maholm - Braves - Free Agent
Devin Mesoraco - Reds - NachosGrandes (Wahoo!!)
Wilin Rosario - Rockies - ProwlingCats (Wahoo!!)
Domonic Brown - Phillies - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!)

Hey! We started off slow, but finished out the pack with three hits in a row! Congrats, managers!

Before I go, I know I haven't said anything about Jim Thome and the statue unveiling in Cleveland. Part of that comes from being away without a real keyboard in hand (I only took my iPhone on our mini-vaca). Part of it is just letting the whole thing soak in. Thome is one of my all-time favorite players. When I was in Cleveland a few years ago, we got to see the place where the statue was scheduled to stand. I do not know if it is actually standing in the same spot or not. I knew then it would be something special. There are plenty of people who have said positive and negative things about Thome, his leaving, his return, his leaving again, and his final return. I was so glad the Indians let him retire as a Triber. When he goes into the Hall of Fame, I hope he is wearing an Indians uniform. It's weird to look back to the very early 90's and remember seeing him first come on the field. I remember the first card I got of his - Upper Deck rookie card, two bats on his shoulder and a ball tossed in the air. Even then, I knew there something about him that I had hoped: He would be great - on and off the field. And, he was, is. It's been fun watching Thome go from a young kid to a solid player and then maturing (in age) through end of his career. I don't know what he has in store for the next phase of his life, but I tip my Wahoo Cap to Mr. Thome. You were a what all ballplayers should aspire to be.

Below, a card I received from Kimaloo (blogger, artist) in 2008. It is truly one of my most prized cards:

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