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It’s not often that you get a chance to plug something you’re doing to an unlimited amount of people, but with this blog I have just that opportunity so I am going to take it. sbb-2009-splash-main-jpg

I am the director of a fundraiser called the Swinging Bunt Benefit (www.swingingbunt.org). It is put on each spring and raises money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The main piece of our event is a slow pitch softball tournament that is done in “draft style”. What that means is that players sign up as individuals and then are “drafted” to the teams by the various captains. It ends up with very balanced teams and we have a great tournament. We have grown in numbers each year and this year we will have 216 players making up 18 teams and that makes us the largest Super Draft tournament in the country, which is a nice accomplishment.

We also hold a Benefit Party on the Friday night (4/24 this year) before the tournament. At the party we conduct a lot of raffles to help us raise our total donation to St. Jude. We actually sell raffle tickets on our website for anyone who cannot attend the party and it is open to anyone. So if anyone is interested you can check out our raffle items and buy a ticket towards anything you’re interested in winning. If you win, I’ll ship you the prize. Just so I know, put “NMM” in the comments field so I know you got there from here. 🙂

This is our third year doing this event and I have to say that it is well worth all the headaches I get from planning it. In our first year we managed to raise $3,200 for St. Jude, which I thought was great. Then last year we raised an amazing $8,000 and I was floored! I probably should have gotten this up a lot sooner in case anyone was wanting to order a shirt from us. If you are interested, drop me an email since I have a feeling we’ll be ordering extra shirts soon.

Our tournament is this Saturday and I’m excited and nervous both at the same time. I think I’ve ironed out all the bugs in our three years but it still causes me to lose some sleep in this last week. So if I’m not posting much this week, you now know why. 🙂

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I gotta be honest with you, early spring in the Midwest really sucks! For every one nice day we get, we have to sit through 4-5 nasty days. Hell….the other day the temperature dropped something like 20 degrees in a matter of hours and we had thunder-snows! What the hell is a thunder-snow?!?!

So when my manager emailed me the other day to tell me that someone had to back out of going to a conference next week and I was next on the list, it took me all of about 4 seconds to type out my reply of “YES!”. tpamc_phototour01

I mean….come on! Look at this place! Granted, this is a digitally enhanced marketing shot, but who wouldn’t want to spend 4 nights here instead of being in Central Illinois where I think there’s a chance of snow next week??

So Sunday I get on a place in the morning and I’m off to sunny Tampa, Florida until the following Thursday. I’ll be hanging out at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina with a ton of other data nerds attending the Enterprise Data World Conference. Sounds exciting, huh? Actually it is pretty interesting stuff and I’ve learned a lot from my past conferences so I’m actually looking forward to it.

Unfortunately the Rays will not be in town those days while I’m down there so I won’t get a chance to take in a baseball game. I also won’t have access to a car so I won’t be hitting any local card shops either, which sucks. But most of all, I’ll be away from my 2-year old for 5 days, which is the longest I’ve been away from her. That part will suck. She’s “my buddy” and I’ll miss her.

And I suppose I’ll miss my wife too. 🙂

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I’m jumping way off onto another tangent here but I just wanted to give you all a great movie recommendation. If you i_love_you_man2have a chance, you need to go see I Love You, Man as soon as possible. I promise you won’t regret it.

Last night I went to see this and I’m not real sure I can remember laughing so much during a movie. It is easily the funniest movie I’ve seen in the last 5 years or so.

Paul Rudd is one of the funniest actors around and in this movie he is unbelievably good. I don’t want to give away any of the funny parts but I will say that when Paul Rudd’s character talks to people as they are leaving or he’s leaving is an awesome running gag throughout the whole movie.

I actually didn’t go see this with my wife since I thought it would be a little too “gross” for her but when I got home I told her that if she wanted to see it that I would definitely watch it a second time.

Great cast (Rashida Jones, Jaime Pressley, Jon Favreau, Andy Samberg, etc), great rapport between Rudd and Segel, great jokes, and it has Lou Ferigno in it. How can you not love a movie with The Hulk in it!?! Two thumbs up from NeedMoMorneau!

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Is it time to move?

I fought it as long as I could but it might be time to make a change. WordPress is really giving me a lot of fits lately and I’m not sure how to go about fixing it.

The one thing that a blog needs to stay viable is readers. And the best way to keep readers informed of when you have new content is through the RSS Feeds. For some reason WordPress doesn’t seem to be doing a good job of getting the RSS feeds updated correctly for this blog. I’ll put stuff out there but things don’t seem to be getting picked up.

For example, I placed a post out here yesterday in the late morning but when I went out later in the day to check out some other blogs, I noticed that their feeds still showed the last update on here as being 3 days ago. So I may have to make a switch to another host if I can’t get that figured out. 

If a move is made, I’ll make sure it’s communicated out to everyone. Stay tuned.

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Rising like a phoenix!

Ok, so maybe getting back to this blog really isn’t that dramatic but I do feel like this thing is coming back from the dead.

Most of the time I make my daily posts on here during the day while I’m at work. I usually get some free time to dink around the net so I get on here. Two weeks ago I was on Jury Duty so that killed most of the week since I was either at the courthouse sitting around or at work trying to play catch up. Last week at work I was in all week “direction setting” sessions so that didn’t afford me much time to get on here. This week has been the fallout from those sessions. So obviously making posts on here was tough for awhle.

When I left we were still trying to put together a group break of 2007 Sweet Spot. The names I had then are still the names I have now. Seeing as though we’re pretty far away from the 30 slots necessary, I feel we should probably scrap that idea. I guess the interest just wasn’t there and I think group breaks are only worthwhile when you’re doing them at a full or 1/2 case level since that increases everyone’s odds of snagging the “case hit”.

Sorry to those of you who were excited about doing it. I still think we can pull one off at some point, we just need to find a product that brings in more interest.

Now that I’m back, I thought of something new I want to implement. I’ll have a post up later tonight with the details.

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Sometimes I really don’t check out as many blogs out there as I would like. I think part of it is because I tend to feel the need to earn my paycheck here, but it’s also partly because some have flown under my radar and I just never noticed them before. So I’m going to highlight a couple here in case anyone else has missed them.


The first is Crackin’ Wax. Somehow I never made it over to this one and now that I’ve found it, I’ve been here multiple times over the past couple days and left a handful of comments. 

CW was started not too long ago so catching up on the whole blog is certainly doable. I’m a big fan because the author seems to be a big Twins and Morneau fan so that works in my book.  And if you get a chance, check out his Game Day Graphers. Easily the coolest thing I’ve seen in awhile and I’m going to have to find some trade bait to get me some. 🙂


The next one is the Sac Bunt Baseball Card Blog. Again, not sure how I missed this one. The authors (Chris and John) talk about a wide range of baseball and card topics but also talk Twins as well so it’s now on my daily read list.

I’m a firm believer in the blog community promoting their own, so if you get a chance, bounce on over to these sites and take a look. I’ll try to get them both added to the RSS feed to the right sometime today.

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Cards or Memorabilia??

Any of the guys who read this site (Jim and Blake) who really know me are well aware of the fact that I change my collecting focus like I change my socks. I jokingly tell my wife that I am under the impression that I have Adult ADD since I rarely can sit still and I’m easily bored. I’m also way too easily entertained as proven by the fact that one time I sat at work for a full 30 minutes and played with a thumbtack and a magnet. Anyway…

After the debacle that was the 2006 Ultimate Collection case, I started thinking about what I really wanted out of my collection. Honestly, looking back I don’t really know what I was thinking when I decided to buy the case. Regardless, because I did so poorly (need to get cards listed on ebay this week), I likely missed out on a chance to get a real nice looking full sized game used Morneau bat that I’d been eyeing for months. Ugh! Anyway…

So I got to looking at and thinking about my collection over the weekend and started to ask myself whether or not I want to continue to chase cards or not. For example, if I had a chance at a rare Justin Morneau card or a rare Justin Morneau full sized game used bat, which would I choose? Surprisingly, it didn’t take long for me to come to the decision that I’d take the full sized bat in a heartbeat.

Don’t get me wrong, the thrill of cracking boxes and cases is amazing and I really do get a kick out of it, but I’m starting to lose interest in chasing down small bits of cardboard. I’ve been chasing Morneau cards for awhile now and with a few exceptions, I think I own all the cool looking cards that I want. I’m trying to stay true to my “quality over quantity” mantra. Sure, there will hopefully be more cool looking Morneau items that come out in the coming years and I’ll evaluate them on a piece by piece basis.

So then you’re asking, what’s going to be going on here then? Well, like I said…I’ll still chase down some hopefully cool looking Morneau cards so that won’t change. But after that, I think I want to work on my memorabilia collection. I posted earlier this month that my New Year’s Resolution was to “thin” out my memorabilia collection and that still remains true (to a degree).  At that point, my memorabilia collection was all over the place. There was a time when I was just buying autographed baseballs of anyone so I needed to condense my collection down and I think I did a good job of that by selling off some of the baseballs.

My memorabilia focus will now shift to guys that are either in the Hall of Fame or who I consider to be on their way to being in the Hall. I have a pretty good start on that with baseballs from Koufax, Ryan, Gwynn, Ripken, Rivera, Pujols, and Santana. I also have photos from Jeter, A-Rod, and Sandberg. Ultimately I would like to get baseballs from Mantle, Williams, and DiMaggio but those are pricey so that’s why my card collecting is going to go into major slowdown.

Don’t worry though, I don’t really see the content of this site changing. I’ll still whine and complain about the direction this hobby is headed and the teams I support. I’ll also be able to still do the occasional product review since I have access to guys that bust TONS AND TONS of wax so I get a real good insider look at that.

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