Sunday, May 30, 2021

Blog Bat Around: Alphabetical Favourites

 I'm still in the hospital, but this is something I can take care of from my room. I've read the latest blog bat around and figured I'd take part. For the most part it's limited to guys I saw play. There are a couple that were before my time as a fan, but I'll explain why they're there 

Without further ado... 

A: Roberto Alomar

1992 Donruss McDonalds MVP

Given the recent troubles he's had this is a controversial choice. I'm basing this solely on his playing days. Otherwise, he would not be here. 

B: Craig Biggio

1993 Upper Deck

Biggio was one of those scrappy players who could play multiple positions. He made himself into a Hall of Famer and besides, I love those Astros uniforms

C: Joe Carter

1996 Collector's Choice

This photo was taken after he hit the homerun to end the 1993 Series. In interviews I've watched with him he's down to earth and likes giving back to the community. 

D: Carlos Delgado

1993 Upper Deck

Yes, there will be many Jays on this list. I do not apologize for that. Delgado slugged his way into our hearts and minds. Started as a Catcher, tried in Left Field, and stuck at First Base. 

E: Mark Eichhorn

1987 Donruss

I admit, this one is solely on his delivery. Love the sidearm sweep of his pitches. 

F: Cecil Fielder

1991 Score

He started as a Jay, but really hit his stride as a Tiger. Hated seeing him come up against the Jays, but his homers were something to watch. 

G: Vladimir Guerrero


Vlad Sr takes the spot here. He was fun to watch and really looked good in those Expos unis. 

H: Roy Halladay

Upper Deck

Well, another Hall of Famer here in Doc. One of the best pitchers in Jays history. 

I: Jeff Innis
1992 Upper Deck

I have a thing for sidearm pitchers. I didn't get to see Innis pitch often, but I love this picture and really, his name is fun to say..

J: Fergie Jenkins
Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

Fergie was before my time as a fan. I did see a documentary put out by the National Film Board of Canada called King of the Hill.. It's on Youtube
The first Canadian born HOFer has to have a spot here.. 

K: Darryl Kile
1992 Pinnacle

Darryl Kile, if I'm not mistaken, had one hell of a curveball. Plus, those Astros unis again!

L: Adam Lind
2007 Topps

Lind is one of those weird choices. Kind of a favourite by default. 

M: Greg Maddux
1990 Score

I may not have been a fan of some of the teams he played for *cough* Atlanta *cough cough* but he was one of the best pitchers of the last 30 years.

N: Chris Nabholz
1991 Score

Nabholz is another favourite by default I think. 

O: John Olerud
1990 Score

1993 was a fun year to be a Jays fan. Making a run at consecutive World Series appearances, John Olerud flirting with .400 
Plus, look at this card from 1990.. Has him listed as an OF/P but playing 1B

P: James Paxton
2018 Big League

Big Maple. Threw a no-hitter against the Jays. First Canadian to throw a no-hitter on Canadian soil. 

Q: Paul Quantrill
1996 Fleer

Another Canadian. Did pretty well for the Jays

R: Nolan Ryan

Nolan Ryan was always fun to watch. I modeled my pitching windup after his. And of course, those Astros uniforms..

S: Ozzie Smith
1992 Donruss McDonalds MVP

The Wizard was a joy to watch. 

T: Frank Tanana
1991 Ultra

I just like saying his name, or changing it to Tanana Banana...

U: Ugueth Urbina

He's here by default. Expo. Not a fan of the off field stuff. 

V: Joey Votto
2005 Opening Day

Another guy who's fun to watch. Would like to see him in a Jays uni before he's done, but I don't think that will happen.

W: Larry Walker
1991 Score

The Second Canadian into the HOF. Great hitter, great fielder.. and just think.. He could have been a goalie had things worked out differently for him...

Y: Rich Yett
1990 Topps

He's here for his name.. Plain and simple.. 

Z: Gregg Zaun

2007 Topps

The baseball Don Cherry for a while. Outlandish suits on Jays pre and post game shows until his behaviour caught up with him..
In Toronto he was fairly popular when he was playing. He had a section of fans called the Zaunbies. 

So what say you? Who are your favourites?

Friday, April 23, 2021

Cards From the Night Owl

 These arrived to me a while back, before I had the laptop in the hospital and when I wasn't feeling as well as I am now. However, I just want to show today me in the physio gym standing doing an exercise. Today was the first day wearing full clothing rather than the hospital gown.

The Occupational Therapist asked me to smile..

Now, onto the regularly scheduled blog content 

Some random cards here including a Rediscover Topps Galarraga

These are NICE!!! 1980 TCMA Syracuse Chiefs. At the time they were a Jays farm team and were for many years. Some recognizable names here too: Mitch Webster, Lloyd Moseby, Willie Upshaw, Jackson Todd, Doug Ault and Garth Iorg. 

I know I thanked you on Twitter, but here's a proper thank you, Greg!

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Mail and an Update

 I want to show a couple things I got in the mail today. I ordered some cards from First Row Collectibles around my birthday and got it today while in hospital. 

Curtis sent me a few extras as well. 

I apologize for the photo quality. I took pics with my phone using my laptop as the table. 

These are extras thrown in. I was thinking "Oh 78 Topps.. Nice" then I looked.. These are all OPCs! I'm planning on working on 78 OPC at some point, so these help for sure.

I had to. Bill Lee signed card. 

I also got a small envelope from Team Collectors member Therion, Here's what was sent. 

Both shinies. I'm just glad these Donruss cards don't have the same variations as their inspiration..

Now, the update. I'm being told my estimated discharge date is May 5.. I've been wheeling myself to the rehab gym in the mornings and walking there in the afternoons.. I've also been doing stairs in the gym as well.. 

Friday, April 9, 2021

An Update

 I haven't done this recently here so I wanted to give an update on my progress..

I'm walking now with the aid of a walker. I can get out of and back into bed without the sling or mechanical lift. The last two pics are me with the two awesome ladies from physio I deal with. 

As an added bonus, a short video of me walking. 

I still probably have a month or so to go, but I'm progressing well. I want to thank those who read and have commented on my recovery previously, as well as those who follow me on the Twitter machine. 

Monday, March 8, 2021

Rumours of my Demise....

 Have been greatly exaggerated.

I have been in the hospital since January 29th with Septic Shock in my leg, accute renal failure, a gastrointestinal issue where I had internal bleeding, nasal passages filled with dried blood, mouth covered in large bumps and black spots on my tongue and mouth. 

Since then I've regained kidney function, my legs are almost cleared up, my nose and mouth are cleared up, the gastrointestinal issue has been cleared.. I just need to regain the ability and strength to walk. 

Since I'm in the hospital for the next little while, I won't be updating this aside to inform how my health journey is going. 

Love all my readers... All 10 of you :P 

I'll be back to it soon enough. 

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

End of Year

 With tomorrow being New Years Eve and considering the amount of time I've spent on the computer lately (Hint: Almost none) I figured I'd write a quick note tonight while my legs allow me to before they get too sore from being cold. 

With tomorrow being the end of the year, naturally we all look back at the events of the year, both good and bad.. This year, I'm sure we all want to forget it existed. 

I just want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and that 2021 actually be decent after the dual shitshows that were 2019 and 2020. 

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Health Update

Well, I just wanted to give a quick update on a few things.. 

First: My health. 

I've been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and am on medications for it. I'm also on antidepressants as a result of the stress and other issues. My legs are still an issue, draining enough to need dressings changed daily. I'm off work and have been since mid November. I may be off into January. 

My legs have been bothering me some days to the point where I was almost in tears due to pain. I haven't been on the computer very often and when I am, it's usually for about 15-20 minutes. Therefore, I haven't been able to keep up on my blog, or much of anything else, really. 

Second: Cards

I have received cards from a few people that I'd like to thank. Julie from A Cracked Bat sent me some cards from the Pick Pockets thing she ran after the election. 

Chris at The Collector sent me a few cards for Christmas, going into the Expos collection. 

I received a Sportlots order I purchased and it fills some holes. 1978 Topps, and 1986 Topps are complete and I'm working on 1983 OPC. I also have some Studio from 1991 and 1992. I also purchased some Canadian player cards, including a reprint Dick Fowler. 

I bought a card from First Row Collectibles. A 1992 Nabisco Bill Lee autographed card. 

So yeah.. That's what's going on.. Just wanted to let everyone know.. 

If I don't happen to get on before, Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays, all that jazz..