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Yeah, these are two months past due but I guess getting them up late is better than not at all.

These pictures are from the June 12th Twins/Cubs game at Wrigley. These were taken from our season ticket seats in the Upper Deck Box along the 3B line. This was before I upgraded my camera so I tried to zoom in as much as I could.

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Ok, doesn’t this just sum up the Milton Bradley experience this year? I mentioned earlier that this was the game where he tossed the ball into the stands with 2 outs.     

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The first picture is Joe Mauer before his first AB against Randy Wells. The second picture is Mauer taking Wells deep for an opposite field homer in said at-bat. The third is him getting congratulated by Morneau.

Here is Lou calling for the next schlub from the bullpen…

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Here is Mauer and Morneau on deck during the pitching change hoping they get inside pitches so they can hit it to Milty since he’s already lost a ball in the sun twice this day…

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And this one here is my favorite Morneau shot that I got from the day.

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I’m pretty confident this was just a fly ball to RF (I think he went 0-4 on the day) but the picture is still cool. I really wish that Morneau would actually sign through the mail since I would love to get this printed and actually have him sign it.

So there you go. The next time I post my own game shots, they should be a lot better. My wife and I splurged on a really nice camera a few weeks back and I’m still learning all about it.

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Back from Florida and back into my normal routine finally. I have to say that even though I was at a conference for work, it was nice to get away from my desk and the Illinois weather for a few days. A lot has happened though since my last post so let’s try to get caught up…

1. Baseball season is upon us!! I love all sports but I have to say that baseball is my addiction. People find it hard to believe that I am a baseball fan in general, but it’s true. I could watch any game involving any team at any time. There’s just something about baseball.

2. Milton Bradley is hurt….again….big shocker! Who had the over/under at 6 games?? Sheesh!!
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3. Adam Lind is making me look like a Fantasy Baseball genius!! I drafted Lind in our little blog authors fantasy league and he has come out of the gate on fire! I have followed Lind since he was drafted since he was from my home state of Indiana and I had heard quite a bit about him from people back home. So I knew he could swing the bat, but the way he has started this season is fantastic. I really hope he can keep it up. I think tonight I’ll do a “Cards I Used to Own” with the Adam Lind cards that I’ve had and then sold off. Ugh….regret.

And while we’re at it, what a great start by Toronto. Teams like the Yankees, Red Sox, and Rays dominated the off season chatter for the AL East but this Blue Jays team could surprise a lot of people. They certainly can slug with any team in the league, the key for them is the starting pitching once you get past Roy Halladay. I’d love to see them make a trade for another starting pitcher and really take a run at this. Baseball is a funny game….you just never know.

4. Nick Adenhart….seriously, how sad was that? When I saw the story on Thursday, I was in shock because I had just watched him pitch the night before and was happy to see him turn in a great performance after a rocky tenure with the team last year. The story also made me stop and think because here were three people who were killed and they did nothing wrong. They were struck down by someone else’s stupid decision. Just makes you realize that you can do everything right in your life and it can all be taken away so quickly by someone else’s stupidity. Sad….and scary.

5. NCAA Championship…..wow, what a let down. I was actually pretty excited about the game on Monday night and we piled into the sports bar in our hotel and camped out a good viewing spot of the big 25 foot screen. Then the game started and I think it was over in 90 seconds. Seriously….why on earth was Michigan State trying to run with UNC? I really thought Izzo was a smarted coach than that.

6. And now we finally get to Justin Morneau. jmMy man Morneau has gotten off to a so-so start this season, as the Twins have stumbled out of the block to a 3-5 record. Justin has a respectable 7 RBIs after the first week but all 7 of them came in two games (3 and 4). The worrisome thing for me is that Justin is sporting a 6:1 strikeout to walk ratio after the first 8 games. He has always struck out more than he’s walked, but the ratio has never been this wide. It’s still early but I think not having Joe Mauer in the lineup is going to have some pretty telling effects on Justin’s numbers. I still expect him to put up 30+ homers and 120+ RBIs but I think the average may be down this year and the strikeouts up since teams will go right after him since he doesn’t have the protection he once had.

I am pretty confident that that Twins will bounce back and take the AL Central division but they better not continue to suck for very long. I don’t see the winner of this division being a 90+ win team, but it’s best to not fall too far behind early and then spend your entire season trying to catch up. The starting pitching, especially Liriano, has been atrocious this first week. When you don’t have an overly potent lineup, you can’t afford to be giving the other team a bunch of runs. This team just isn’t going to outscore teams each night.

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I originally titled this post “Moreau Autographed Balls” but I had a feeling if I left the title as such, I would attract a whole different audience this time. So I changed it slightly. Anyway…

I figured I would break from the baseball card form and go with something different. Now that I finally managed to pick up the baseball that I needed to complete this little set, I figured it was time to show it off a little. I give you my collection of Morneau autographed commemorative baseballs…

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Let me start out by saying that I really love these special All-Star Game baseballs. I love how they have the special colored stitching to go with the team that is hosting the game. If you haven’t seen the ball for next year’s game in St. Louis, you’ll really like it. So if your favorite player has been in a recent ASG, I recommend tracking down one of these. They look great!

Back to the topic at hand. The two balls on top are from Morneau’s two All-Star Game appearances so far. I hate that the 2007 ball has some wear around the ASG logo, but I’ll get over it. The Home Run Derby ball was my most recent addition and I’m very pleased with it. All are certified and authentic and are on my display shelf along with an unsigned 8×10 of Morneau at this year’s HR Derby and an ASG patch card from this year’s Triple Threads. I have room on the shelf for the ASG patch card that will likely be in next year’s Triple Threads. I will be getting one. 🙂

 

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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.

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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. 🙂

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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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It’s been a slow week on the acquisition front (although I’ll have a post tonight after I can get some scans) so I thought I would post about some of the remaining 2008 baseball products (in order of current release date) from a Morneau and general perspective.

2008 UD SP Authentic
Release Date:
10/14
After having “By the Letter” sets in each of the last two SPA products, Upper Deck has thankfully left Morneau out of that line this year. Last year’s product was a major headache for some player collectors as the BTL cards had more than one combination and different numbering. The base cards are blah and I imagine they’ll be the same this year. With boxes over $90 per, I’ll be passing on this until the price drops down a ton, which it will if this product is anything like last year.

2008 Topps Stadium Club
Release Date
: 11/5
This is one of those products that I really have no idea on. I haven’t seen a checklist on this anywhere so I have no idea if Justin Morneau will have anything in here other than a base card. The boxes here are pretty pricey (~$220 per), but you do get 12 autographed cards and some other goodies per box. Now, if the auto checklist is better than the crap list from this year’s Triple Threads, then I could see maybe picking up a box. But the fact that we’re now less than a month out for this one and I haven’t seen a checklist makes me think this will end up being overpriced garbage.

2008 Upper Deck Sweet Spot
Release Date:
12/20
Normally Sweet Spot is a pretty good product for player collectors. Each player seems to have a few different cards with varying material (ball leather, bat, glove leather) and various inks used for signatures. Plus, these cards don’t hold a ton of value and can be picked up on the cheap on the secondary market. You get 6 packs per box this year and only one will have the “Sweet Spot” autographed card. It strays from the tin idea last year with 1 pack per tin and the auto in that pack. This is more like how Sweet Spot was initially with the boxes with multiple packs. The checklist shows a Morneau “Sweet Spot” card but that’s all it says. Hard to say if this product will be worth the coin (~$100 per box), but my guess is that it will fall well short. This is another “wait until the market bottoms out” product.

2008 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection
Release Date:
12/30
Hopefully I’m not alone in thinking this way, but last year’s Ultimate was a train wreck! Ugly cards, bad relic pieces, lame checklist, and seriously overpriced. There are Morneau cards from that product that I have absolutely ZERO interest in chasing. This year it looks like UD has decided to try to really beef up this product. Morneau doesn’t appear in the current checklist all that much….just a base card and a couple cards with his signature with a couple other players. I’m pretty disappointed in this since UD has some really cool cards in this product this year featuring signed oversized jersey swatches and oversized bat barrel pieces. The product to me actually looks so good, I’m considering doing a case of it and I don’t do cases all that much anymore. I just wish there was more Morneau in there.

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I guess I’ll kick things off on here with a couple cards I got in the mail today.

The first one I got was this 2002 Bowman – Signs of the Future autographed card. When I came across this one on ebay, I didn’t even know it existed. I knew Morneau had an autographed card in the 2001 Bowman product but I didn’t know he was in the 2002 as well. I love the Bowman autograph cards because they are all hard signed on the card itself and not on a sticker. I have one friend who is a firm believer that years from now all those sticker autographs are going to disappear and fade away completely. He may be right.

The other card I received today was this autographed relic card from the 2007 Topps Triple Threads product. All in all, this is pretty bland as far as autographed relics go. For some reason, it seemed like Morneau got the shaft in the 2007 edition since most of his cards featured 3 bat pieces and none (at least none that I’ve seen) seem to have anything cool like a patch. I originally gave some thought to trying to collect one card from each parallel color from the series but after giving it some thought, I dropped that idea. If the relics were a little cooler, I would consider it, but as they are, I can skip them. This one was the Emerald parallel and is numbered #42/50.

Another solid game tonight from Morneau (3-5, 2 RBI) but the Twins lost and didn’t get a chance to gain a game on the White Sox (who also lost). Honestly, I’m a little torn on whether or not I want the Twins to win the division. On one hand, it would be cool to see them win. On the other hand, if they win, I could see Morneau getting quite a few MVP votes. A second MVP in 3 years would drive up the price on his items and make my life tough.

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