A couple weeks ago, I bought a box of Topps Triple Threads. The Topps Triple Threads usually costs 200 dollars and contains a low-numbered autographed triple relic and and a low-numbered triple relic card. I was pretty excited because this was actually my first time buying super expensive and high end cards.
After I received the box, I opened one of two mini-boxes that were inside. The base cards were nothing special as I got David Price, Willie Mays, Joe Mauer, along with some other players. Each mini box had 2 special cards that I was excited for. I got a Evan Longoria relic card and a Chris Heisey signed card. I thought my first box pull wasn’t too bad but also wasn’t that good. However, I was about to be amazed.
The next mini box I pulled out was incredible. The first card I pulled out was……
a CC.Sabathia, Clayton Kershaw, Cliff Lee, triple relic card which was 7/24.
The next card I pulled was…..
A 1/1 Mike Trout, Jesus Montero, Yoenis Cespedes autographed relic card. I was elated by the 2 amazing cards I got.
I personally recommend you buy the Topps Triple Thread boxes if anyone has money to spare.
Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher in MLB right now. Even though I’m a Giants fan, Clayton Kershaw is my favorite pitcher in baseball. It was no surprise when Clayton won his second CY Young award in only 5 seasons of his dominate career. However, it was a huge surprise when I had gotten an autograph from him a few weeks before the Red Sox won the world series. I had sent Kershaw a card to sign in the beginning of the 2013 season.
I actually was very surprised I had gotten his autograph because he is such a famous and well known player. This card is the best and favorite card I have received through the mail beating the Drew Stubbs card I had received a year ago.
Minor league baseball games are so much better major league ones. Yesterday, I went to the San Jose Giants game with my parents. The game started at 5:00 P.M so we left at 3:30.
We got to Municipal Stadium exactly when the game opened. There were crowds of people already there so I was pretty much baffled on what was going on because normally, there would be only a few people in the stadium. When I walked to the 1st base side bleachers, I was surprised by the crowds of people. I then learned that there was an event for the Junior Giants on the field which would make autographing harder.
I got my first autograph when I spotted San Jose Giants player Myles Schroder walking out of the batting cages. After giving up competing for a spot at the 1st base side, I walked on over to the Empires side of the field and got Angels top prospects Alex Yarbrough and Zach Borenstien’s autographs. Score!!!
Zach Borenstien’s Autograph
Alex Yarbrough’s Autograph
After the Angels players left because the Junior Giants parade blocked them, I proceeded to the Giants dugout side and got closer Derek Law’s autograph.
Derek Law’s Autograph
After that, the game was about to begin so I went over to Turkey Mike’s BBQ which is always delicious. If you never been to Turkey Mike’s, you need to go ASAP. I got a mouth-watering portion of a Philly Cheesesteak which is my favorite item for its menu. I then proceeded back to my seat which was in Section A.
The game proceeded rather quickly which both teams not scoring many runs. The only exciting part of the game was when Giants center-fielder almost got tagged out at 3rd with the hidden-ball trick. During the game, the Giants hold many fun activities in between games. During those activities, they started throwing sunflower seeds which my mom caught. I ate them the next day and they were really tasty.
Also, they had a nice event which you could buy 6 tennis balls for the tennis ball toss after the game for 5 dollars. If you got your ball into the hula hoops on the 1st base, 3rd base, home plate, or on the mound, you got a nice prize. In the ninth inning, Giants closer Derek Law came in and saved the game. Since the Giants won, players threw plush “Victory Balls” into the stands and my mom caught one. I walked over to the dugout and Giants catcher Eric Sim threw me a game used ball. NICEEE!
I then rushed down the stairs to begin the tennis ball toss. After observing others try to get there balls into the hula hoops, I began to throw. My last one went into the hoop and out. GAHHHH. Thankfully, I convinced my mom to let me buy 6 more balls and on the 4th ball, I got the tennis ball in. SCORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I proceeded to pick my prize on what I thought to be a Buster Posey bobblehead. However, apparently, you had to reach in a grab bag and hope you got a slip of paper saying that you won the bobblehead. I reached in and grabbed a thing for skis. REALLY???? Luckily, they ran out of ski prizes. lol. AND THEY GAVE ME A BUSTER POSEY BOBBLEHEAD!!! WOOT WOOT!
Nice right. This was probably the best game I have ever been to. AND THAT’S WHY MINOR LEAGUE GAMES ARE BETTER THE MAJOR LEAGUE ONES.
I haven’t been updating my blog with autographs in a long time. My bad. From the last time I updated my blog to today I gotten 4 new autographs from the mail. These include Yankee’s top prospect Mason Williams and Padres prospect duo Jace Peterson and Cory Spangelberg, and minor league outfielder Shawn Payne.
Nothing seems to be going right for the Giants. First, Angel Pagan was sent to the 60 day disabled thus ending his season and then the Giants lost 2 out of 3 against the Dodgers. I haven’t gotten any autographs in what seems like forever but I successfully ballhawked 2 balls from Municipal Stadium the other day. Watch out Zack Hampie…I’m going for your record of most baseballs snagged. haha jk.
The Giants should already give up on their season. No I’m not a bandwagon fan but I think the Giants should trade Hunter Pence, Javy Lopez, Barry Zito, and Timmy to contenders for decent prospects so they could be contenders again. They need to trade for decent pitching prospects so they could have great pitching again.
Right now, on July 8th, I would give the Giants a grade of a D+ to C-
I know I haven’t updated this blog in a long time but I should be able to more now that school’s finally over. Well, as most of you may know the MLB First Player Draft is next week. The San Francisco Giants have the 25th pick overall in the first round and many people are wondering who they would draft. Some rumors are suggesting the Giants draft SS Christian Arroyo and then converting him to a catcher but my speculation is that the Giants would take him in the second round.
With the 25th pick, prospects that I would like the Giants to draft like Mississippi outfielder Hunter Renfroe are most likely already taken. My draft board that I’ve made is below.
1. RHP Phil Bickford
2. RHP Hunter Harvey
3. 3B Eric Jagielo
4. C Nick Ciuffo
5. LHP Marco Gonzalez
I personally hope the Giants draft Hunter Harvey or Phil Bickford because of their potential. Also, with the decline of the Giants major league pitching, drafting a pitch would booster their rotation. Also, 3B Eric Jagielo could take over 3rd base when Pablo Sandoval becomes to big to play and C Nick Ciuffo could be a major league catcher when the Giants decide to move Buster Posey to 1st.
Tell me who you think the Giants will draft in the comments section below!
As the Giants have started their second week of the season with I record of 4-3, I wanted to review how the young season has treated the Giants. The pitching, lead by aces Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner have done really well. Although Ryan Vogelsong’s first start was a concern, I think he will bounce back on his second start. The offense however is pretty miserable. Aside from hot hitting Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval, the Giants have about no hot starters with Buster Posey and Brandon Belt struggling.
Down at the Farm
The farm system has been very impressive as of the first season. 3rd round draft pick Mac Williamson has been tearing the ball of the cover by hitting 0.333 with 2 homers. Also, Grizzles outfielder Roger Kieschnick and Francisco Peguero have been hitting above the 0.400 mark. Another hot hitter is slugger Adam Duvall who is hitting 0.438 with 2 homers. The San Jose Giants starters have been doing well with Clayton Blackburn and Kyle Crick leading the way. 1st and 2nd round draft picks Chris Stratton and Martin Agosta have also have pitched really well for the GreenJackets. However, top prospects Gary Brown and Joe Panik have been hitting a lowly average of 0.182 and 0.200 respectively.
Why do I have such bad luck at fanfests?
Lines, lines, and even more lines. That was the main attraction when I went to 2011′s San Francisco Giants Fanfest. With more than 50,000 people there, the day was not that pleasant. You could barely move without bumping into people and the food lines were crazy long.
Fast forward to 2013. When the SJ Giants announced that they were hosting a fanfest on April 2, I was ELATED! I pestered my dad into taking me as I knew that there were not going to draw huge crowds like the ones in SF.
We drove to Muni Stadium at around 5:15 and got there when the gates were “supposed” to open at 5:30. Somehow, the gates were not letting people in after 5:30 so the crowd of 500 people were left waiting outside. I was kind of annoyed by this so I walked to the front to see what the problem was. I would not know why as even the staff did not know what was going on.
Finally after 30 minutes, the gates finally opened and people were lead inside. Me and my dad hurried inside only to find ourselves stuck in another line for autographs. We decided to first get some food with consisted of hamburgers and hotdogs. (Later, after I had gotten home, I found out that I maybe was food poisoned by that hamburger which was not fun). After another grueling 30 minutes wait, we were let into the autograph booth which consisted of all the players and coaches.
The tables looked like this.
After making my way through all the booths and chatting with player like the newly acquired pitcher Jeff Sopic and top prospects Mac Williamson and Clayton Blackburn, I had collected many autographs.
Then my bad luck struck. when I had gotten home,I looked at my autographs to find that most of the signatures had smeared. Only one signature had survived because it was signed with pen, not Sharpie. I will try to replace the bad ones in the future when I go to the games but sadly, my bad luck while attending fanfest continues.
Top prospect Kyle Cricks Autograph(this one was not badly smeared)
Baseball is BACK! My dad decided to take me to my first ever game at Oakland Coliseum. I was excited as this was an exhibition game against my Giants. We arrived at about 11:05 and thankfully, there were about only 20 people in line. We got our ticket scanned and I head straight towards the visitor’s dugout.
There was already TONS of Giants fans lined up trying to get autographs so I decided to go to section 106 where the Giant’s bullpen was located.
View when I got into the stadium
None of the Giants player walked to the bullpen area so I was disappointed. I saw that only one player, Brandon Crawford, signed autographs but I was too far away.However, as the game neared, all the Giants pitchers came over to my side! Ryan Vogelsong was pitching today but he did not sign to my disappointment. The only autograph I got was from pitcher George Kontos.
Vogelsong’s Bullpen Session
I found out after going to At&t Park so many times that Oakland Coliseum was totally not the same as At&t Park. Their concession stands did not have much choices like they do at At&t Park and were a bit pricy(8 dollars for a burger). Nevertheless, I enjoyed the entire atmosphere of the ballpark and especially section 149. The Giants lost however but my first game this season was memorable.
And finally…Josh Redick’s HUGE BEARD
The Rockies were in town and on the mound that day was Barry Zito. It was my first game of the 2012 season and boy, was I excited. I hadn’t been able to get any autographs last time when I came here in the 2010 season. We got to San Francisco at around 10 AM as it was an 1:05 game. Once we had gotten into the stadium, I headed straight toward the home dugout. Thankfully, there was only about a couple people there when I got there. After Sergio Romo and George Kontos walked past me, I was able to get my first ever ball of the season when one of the coaches threw it right at me. After that, everything seemed to go uphill for me. I had managed to get about 4 autographs including one from former Giant Shawn Dunston which I had wrote about last week at http://baseballatthebay.mlblogs.com/2013/03/13/an-autograph-from-a-legend/ . The players I gotten included Hunter Pence, Santiago Casilla, and Joaquin Arias.
Santiago Casillia’s Autograph. Kind of looks like Santa Claus. Haha
After, me and my dad watched the Giants pound the Rockies 9-6 and I left the ballpark happy with the win and my new autographs.