Monday, February 22, 2021

Monday Mopup- 61st Birthday Weekend

Every year, as soon as the Super Bowl ends, I look forward to a pretty cool stretch in February, a stretch that includes my favorite American President Abraham Lincoln's Birthday, Valentine's Day, the reporting of pitchers & catchers, the running of the Daytona 500, and, as it just so happens, my Birthday. 

πŸ—“️ All of the above things happen between February 12-21 (latest Daytona 500 running, I think). 

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ President Joseph R. Biden was just down the road from my house on Friday, visiting Pfizer, the local company that developed the first Coronavirus vaccine.

The Company, known as UpJohn when I was a kid, has been around since the 1880s.

I wasn't able to go see the President, but is was an honor to have him in my Hometown nonetheless.

On Saturday, I got to actually go to a restaurant, sit down, eat lunch with Tracy, for the first time since we went to my Birthday dinner a year earlier.

πŸ₯ͺ The Turkey πŸ¦ƒ Club Sandwich was delicious! 

Before lunch we stopped by Fanfare, the "LCS" in our area, and picked up a copy of Beckett Baseball Magazine.

8️⃣0️⃣'s πŸ“Ό The last Beckett magazine that I read was the issue a while back featuring the Top Baseball Cards cards of the 1980s, and I for sure don't remember the last time a Tigers player was featured on the cover.

I aslo got three more Matthew Boyd cards for the BOYD Binder.

1️⃣3️⃣5️⃣- That gives me 135 total Matt Boyd cards, and brings the total of the BOYD Binder to 172.

Tracy also surprised me on Friday night with a blaster box of 2021 Topps that she a Barnes & Noble, of all places.

1️⃣9️⃣ I found out on Friday that I share a Birthday w/ fellow blogger Nick, @ Dime Boxes.

I don't have a top 5 favorite list of fellow February 19th Birthday buddy Dave Stewart, featured in Nick's post last Friday, but I do have a favorite card of the former pitcher known as "Smoke."

πŸ‘‰ Another Ballplayer born on February 19 is another Athletics pitcher, Daniel Mengden, and I have a favorite baseball card of his as well.

Other big league February 19th Birthday's include Josh Reddick, Tim Burke, and Russ Nixon.

On the celebrity side of February 19th Birthday's we have Smokey Robinson, Jeff Daniels, and, Victoria Justice.

Speaking of Spring Training, full squad workouts for the Tigers start tomorrow.

A prominent future HOFer has already shown up to camp, and, it appears, he's in terrific shape.

To end this weekend, I got one final present...a huge road win for my Wolverines Men's hoops squad, as they travelled down to Columbus, and beat the hated Buckeyes.

〽️πŸ€ Meanwhile, in Ann Arbor, the Women's hoops team was beating the Buckeyes.

Oh, and on Saturday night, the Michigan Ice Hockey guys were avenging Friday nights loss to Ohio State.

It was a pretty darn good weekend, and I thank everyone who reached out to me on social media, etc. w/ Birthday wishes. 

Have a great week, and, as always, thanks for taking time out of your day to stop by and read my blog.

Play BALL! πŸ’›πŸ’™πŸ€〽️


  1. Happy birthday! I want to say something snarky about a club sandwich as a birthday dinner, but it's not like I did anything for my birthday this past year with all that's going on. Hopefully I'll be in Singapore by the time my next one rolls around, and I'll probably eat a big bowl of noodles, so kind of the equivalent, you know?

  2. Glad you enjoyed your birthday.

    Mengden looks like a silent movie villain.

  3. Looks like a pretty awesome birthday week! Happy belated birthday.

  4. Happy belated birthday, John!