Monday, August 23, 2021

Monday Mopup, 8/24/2021

What a wave of emotions it's been for me over the past few days.

From the low of my baseball hero, Bill Freehan, passing away, last Thursday night, to watching history on television yesterday afternoon, as the great Miguel Cabrera became just the 28th player to hit 500 career homers.

5️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ Cabrera's historical dinger cane off lefty pitcher Steven Matz, a 400 foot rocket that cleared the RCF wall at Rogers Centre in Toronto 🇨🇦. 

#️⃣5️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ This Topps NOW Card is available for 24  order it here

⚾️🐯 Topps BUNT players got this cool avatar today.

💙 Man, I love all the attention Miggy is getting,  it's very well deserved.

👏👏 Oh, and Tigers centerfielder Derek Hill made the catch of the year as well, helping the Tigers win the series against the Blue Jays.

📌 I may have sent a litte karma to Miggy yesterday, as my mailbox included a few new cards for the Cabrera Collection. 

⚾️ It's been quite the week in baseball, headed up by the Atlanta Braves, winners of nine straight games, and the Bronx Bombers, winners of 9 consecutive games themselves.

👉 The two teams meet in Atlanta today for a quick two game Inter-League series, and I'll definitely keep an eye out.

💜🔥💯 When the Yankees are on TV, I try to catch all of Giancarlo Stanton's at bats...he's Tracy's favorite current ballplayer.

🪙 On the flip side, the Chicago Cubs, who emptied their once mighty squad at the July 31st trade deadline, have lost 13 straight games at home, and 18 out of 22 games.

👉 Joc Pederson, one of my favorite ballplayers, has hit 15 HRs this season...11 of them with the Cubs, and 4 since being traded to the Braves.

1️⃣8️⃣ Another bad squad is the Baltimore Orioles, lovers of 19 straight games.

↘️ I was around in 1989 when the Orioles lost 21 games in a was to start the season, I believe. 

🌞🛥 I was feeling well enough on Saturday to make a trip to Marble Lake, about an hour east of Portage.

🤳😊 We ate hamburgers, hot dogs, potato & macaroni salad before gathering together with our church friends and taking a pontoon boat trip for a couple of hours.

(The camera loves my Princess...but not as much as I do!)

(Our Pastor, Tom Gregg, one terrific man of faith.)

😎 It was a good time go get out on the water and relax, something much needed for me, as my heart was, is, still sad because of the passing of my baseball hero, Bill Freehan. 

🐯⚾️ Freehan, 79, passed away last Thursday, after a long battle with Alzheimers.

#️⃣1️⃣1️⃣ was with me for all of my 5️⃣4️⃣  years as a baseball fan, and it's gonna be hard to get over that, even at my age.

Baseball is such a terrific game, the best game, the sport that has the most heart, romance, and history, and it's very difficult when our heroes aren't around anymore. 

No matter our age, be it 7, or, 61, our love of baseball will always be there, because deep down, the best times of our existence have been playing baseball on the sandlots of our youth, standing up to the plate pretending to be Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Stan Musial, Ernie Banks, AL Kaline, Roberto Clemente, and, yes, William Ashley Freehan. 

💙 I cannot thank ya'll enough for all the kind words about Bill Freehan since last Thursday, it's much appreciated. 

🙏 My hero is in a better place, free from all the suffering, and pain that took it's toll on his body.

👉 That great ball club in the sky got one heck of a catcher, and I know Cobb, Crawford, Heilman, Gehringer, Greenberg, Kell, Cash, and Al Kaline gave him a big hug. 

🔥💯🔥 I watched my first ever Summer Slam on Saturday night. 

I have Xfinity cable TV, so, Peacock TV is FREE. so, with absolutely nothing else to watch, I turned it on and it was terrific, especially because my #1 Favorite Wrestler, Charlotte Flair, was wrestling...and ,WOW!

💜💜 What a match it was, and "The Queen" winning made it even better.

📺 I'll definitely be watching the next big event on Peacock, as long as it's not during the college football season and my Wolverines are playing...Go BLUE! 💛💙🏈

😊 Thanks for taking the time out of your day to stop by and read this post, it's very much appreciated. 

Until next time, go out there, and have a wonderful week.

Play BALL!  ⚾️

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Miguel Cabrera Hits Career HR #500!

This afternoon in Toronto,  Canada 🇨🇦, Detroit Tigers DH Miguel Cabrera hit career HR #500 off the Blue Jays Steven Matz, a 400 foot dinger to RCF on Rogers Centre.

The homer was Miggy's 13th of the season, and his first since hitting #499 in Baltimore on August 11th.

Cabrera is the 28th big league ballplayer to collect 500 HRs, and, Miggy is the FIRST player to do so wearing YE OLDE ENGLISH D. 

For me, as a Tigers fan of 54 years, this is one of the best memories of my lifetime as a baseball fan. and I'm happy for Miggy, his family, his teammates, and all the amazing Tigers fans out there. 

Next up is the 3,000th career hit club...Miggy now has 2,555. 

Have a great Sunday, and, as always, remember, to PLAY BALL! 🐯⚾️🔥

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Bill Freehan, 1941-2021

My hero passed away today.

             ( From the Detroit Tigers Twitter Page.)

Bill Freehan was the best catcher in Detroit Tigers history, and, since I first saw him play at Tiger Stadium in 1967, has been my All-Time favorite ballplayer.

Most of you know what Bill Freehan has ment to me, so I won't go into to much right now.

I'm hoping to get a series of posts together, maybe starting later today, about Bill, the accolades I've seen today, thoughts on his career, and, of course, his baseball cards.

Please remember his widow, Pat Freehan, and his family today, I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks, again, for stopping by.

Rest in Peace, Bill Freehan. 

Monday, August 16, 2021

Happy Baseball Birthday! Akil Baddoo

Happy Baseball Birthday! best wishes go out to Detroit Tigers outfielder Akil Baddoo, who turns a very young 23 today.

My favorite card of Akil Baddoo, his 2021 Topps Living Set card.

Hitting a HR on the first pitch you see in the big leagues is pretty darn special.

This kid has been that spark the organization has needed for quite a few years now, and he's one of those players that you don't ignore when he's at bat.

Who's been that spark for your favorite ballclub

Akil should be back later this week, probably this weekend, after spending time on the IL after crashing into center fielder Derek Hill last week in Baltimore. 

Have a great week, and, as always, remember to keep kind to one another.

Happy Baseball Birthday! , Akil Baddoo

Play BALL! ⚾️