I can’t believe it has been exactly one year since I first started this blog. Boy! A lot has changed since the beginning. I have written more about collecting autographs nowadays. I recently had gotten over 300 views in less than one month as well. I hope to continue writing as the year goes on and like to thank my viewers for the support!
Warning: This has nothing to do with baseball
I was going to post this earlier but I had a ton of schoolwork to do. On Christmas, I got some pretty awesome sports related presents. All of them were Jeremy Lin related. If you guys don’t know, Jeremy Lin is an Asian-American point guard on the Rockets. He is also my second favorite player behind Stephen Curry.
First, I got an Linsanity DVD from my cousin which I just watched yesterday. It’s a very detailed and amusing movie that you guys should watch if you get the chance.
The second thing I got was this Jeremy Lin action figure that was cool.
Lastly, I got an JEREMY LIN AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO!!! I was super elated about that gift.
Before we begin, I like to saw that these rankings are based on my opinions. Feel free to comment if you disagree with the rankings.
1. RHP Kyle Crick-Crick is the top prospect of the Giants. I’ve seen him pitch a couple of times in San Jose and he seems really good. I think his control can get better to the point where he becomes an number 2 or ace.
2.LHP Edwin Escobar – Escobar really established himself last year by the way he pitched in San Jose and Richmond. I would say that his ceiling would be a number 3 pitcher and probably be a loogy at worst.
3. OF Mac Williamson- Had a decent season in San Jose but needs to cut down on some strikeouts and increase contact. I believe that he can be a regular starter at best and a bench player at worst
4. RHP Alberto Mejia- Had a good season at San Jose. I think will become better and bigger has he is still very young. He has potential to be a number 3 or 4 starter in the Giants rotation by 2015
5. SS Christian Arroyo- Arroyo has been better that what I had first thought of him. I like his bat a lot and think he might have a chance to stick at short. He is still very raw though and we have to wait a bit longer to find out if he is the real deal or not.
6. C Andrew Susac- very underrated catcher in my opinion. Has decent bat but needs to stop bringing injured. If Susac can improve defensively, he could move Posey to 1st in the future
7. LHP Ty Blach – Big fan of Blach. He has very good control and is a prospect that is going to break out in AA. He could be an effective bullpen guy in the future or an number 4 or 5 starter.
8. RHP Clayton Blackburn- had a bit of an disappointing season in San Jose but he is still very young. Hope to see him progress in AA next year. If he can make improvements, I would slot him as a number 4 starter in the Giants rotation by 2015.
9. RHP Chris Stratton – A bit worried about his performance in Augusta last season as he was an advanced pitcher in the draft. He still has potential to be moved to the bullpen if he continues to struggle.
10. RHP Derek Law – One of my favorite prospects on the Giants. Law had a breakout year last year in San Jose. He has a nice slider and could be a replacement for Sergio Romo by 2015 or 2016
Remember that Jeff Locke card that I had gotten on the day after the New Year? Well…. on January the 3rd, I had gotten 2 more cards back! That’s one of the best starts to year year I had ever had. The first card I got came from none other than this star in the making…..
This card was his Topps Pro Debut card that I had gotten a while ago.
I was nice to see that I had already gotten 3 cards back this year! Hope the coming months will bring even more good luck to me!
Happy New Year!
Hope you guys had an wonderful 2013 and are going to enjoy 2014. Right on New Years Day today, I recieved an autograph by mail. I guess that’s a sign that there are good things to come in the upcoming year. I got an autographed Jeff Locke card! I sent this card to Locke around July and he sent it back to me right on New Years Day! Anyways have a happy 2014!
As some of you guys might have known, 1st basemen Brett Pill was recently traded to KIA Tigers. Pill was traded to Korea because of the opportunity of being an everyday starter there. He was one of my favorite players on the Giants. I had actually gotten his autograph when he was on the Fresno Grizzles. I can only hope he will continue to strive and make it back to the MLB soon.
Dear Brett Pill,
I hope you will have an amazing time playing baseball in Korea. As a Giants fan, I appreciate the times you helped us beat the opposing team. I wish you luck in your future endeavors in baseball. On behalf of all the Giants fans, I hope that you will one day return to the Giants.
An appreciative Giants Fan
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.