Saturday, October 25, 2014

2014 Spirit Base: 841-855


#841 - Chris Owings, #842 - Tyler Pastornicky, #843 - Brian Matusz
I wonder how many NL Rookie of the Year votes Owings will get?


#844 - Joe Kelly, #845 - Justin Grimm, #846 - Eric Surkamp
I'm glad these three pitcher shots have some variety.


#847 - Pedro Villarreal, #848 - Josh Tomlin, #849 - Boone Logan
If trading cards had stooped to the level of greeting cards and added the little sound plug, I could imagine this Tomlin card would say "alright, alright, alright."


#850 - David Price, #851 - Jose Veras, #852 - Raul Ibanez
I thought I had better give Price a normal-looking card for Series 3 since his previous one features him with a cow and all.


#853 - Mike Morin, #853 - J.P. Howell, #854 - Andrew Heaney
I really like Heaney's card. Probably because it's one of the few Marlins' images that fits the color scheme.

Friday, October 24, 2014

2014 Spirit Base: 826-840


#826 - Jeremy Jeffress, #827 - Ryan Pressly, #828 - Jenrry Mejia
All three dudes have their arms stretched wide apart.


#829 - David Phelps, #830 - Dan Otero, #831 - Justin de Fratus
The Otero image is probably too close to the edges but I didn't have any more canvas to work with.


#832 - Ernesto Frieri, #833 - Oscar Taveras, #834 - Kevin Quackenbush
Ernesto Frieri just chilling on the mound, checking out all the intricacies involved in stitching together a baseball. Ignore the runner in the background in the midst of his homerun trot.


#835 - Jeremy Affeldt, #836 - Chris Young, #837 - Drew Smyly
That's as smiley as I could find Smyly.


#838 - Shawn Tolleson, #839 - Aaron Loup, #840 - Craig Stammen
The off-centeredness of Loup's delivery bothers me here but that's the best solution I could find.

2014 Spirit Base: 811-825


#811 - Eury De La Rosa, #812 - Emilio Bonifacio, #813 - Jimmy Paredes
Here are three image types I haven't used a ton of just yet. Unlike a lot you're about to see.


#814 - Brandon Workman, #815 - Hector Rondon, #816 - Matt Lindstrom
Pitch, pitch, pitch. That's all you ever do.


#817 - Donald Lutz, #818 - Scott Atchison, #819 - Tommy Kahnle
The Atchison photo was a last resort. Didn't find a lot with him in Cleveland. Another nice Rockies photo, too.


#820 - Jim Johnson, #821 - Gregorio Petit, #822 - Josh Willingham
Petit was a last-minute replacement when I couldn't find a usable photo of some other Astros reliever. Thems the breaks at this point.


#823 - Cory Rasmus, #824 - Jamey Wright, #825 - Tom Koehler
It's nice to have a high-angle shot everyone once in a while to break the monotony. Especially since most of us see the field and diamond when watching games instead of field level shots like these photographers get.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

2014 Spirit Base: 796-810


#796 -Rob Wooten, #797 - Anthony Swarzak, #798 - Dilson Herrera
I'd like to see the addition of a Yosemite Sam mustache so we could call him 'Rootin' Tootin' Rob Wooten'.


#799 - Chase Headley, #800 - Jeff Samardzija, #801 - Grady Sizemore
Hey, look! Three players that I'm sure everyone has actually heard of!


#802 - Jared Hughes, #803 - Randy Choate, #804 - Jesse Hahn
And back to the guys most people have only heard of if they've done something bad.


#805 - Jean  Machi, #806 - Austin Jackson, #807 - Kirby Yates
Man, has Machi fallen off the rails in the postseason. I wish he would return to his early-season form and start throwing gas again.


#808 - Dan Robertson, #809 - Todd Redmond, #810 - Jerry Blevins
I try to avoid having a card depict someone other than just the featured player, but Todd Redmond's photo choices were very limited. Luckily the catcher is still geared up so he's still somewhat anonymous.

2014 Spirit Base: 781-795

As much as I appreciate the Giants giving me a little extra time to finish these up before the World Series ends, they can go ahead and win three more games as quickly as possible, k? Thanks.


#781 - Chase Anderson, #782 - Gus Schlosser, #783 - Andrew Miller
Try to say 'Gus Schlosser' without slurring syllables. Can't be done.


#784 - Rubby De La Rosa, #785 - Kyle Hendricks, #786 - Zach Putnam
Wow, there are a lot of pitchers in the league.


#787 - Kristopher Negron, #788 - Bryan Shaw, #789 - Franklin Morales
I really like the Morales card. Nice colorful jersey, nothing too busy going on in the background. Really nice non-action shot.


#790 - Evan Reed, #791 - Jesus Guzman, #792 - Aaron Crow
I feel partially responsible for Aaron Crow's struggles. I used to have his NWA Naturals shirsey that I'd wear to the couple of games we'd make it over to see. He was moving along pretty well into the majors and stuff. Then I lost a bunch of weight so the XL shirt didn't fit me anymore. Since banishing his shirsey to Goodwill, he's struggled with the Royals, falling down the bullpen pecking order. He was even left off the postseason roster :/ I'm sorry, Aaron.


#793 - Jason Grilli, #794 - Pedro Baez, #795 - Bryan Morris
Seriously, so many pitchers.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

2014 Spirit Base: 766-780


#766 - Brandon Kintzler, #767 - Eduardo Nunez, #768 - Eric Campbell
The Campbell card looks like he's catching a fly ball hit just short of the infinite void but I actually just photoshopped a gaudy ad off a black outfield fence.


#769 - Brandon McCarthy, #770 - Fernando Abad, #771 - Jake Diekman
A couple of stringbean pitchers here. I don't know if Diekman is as funny as McCarthy, though.


#772 - Justin Wilson, #773 - Pat Neshek, #774 - Odrisamer Despaigne
Poor Padres' fans. Where do you even start figuring out a cheer for Despaigne that isn't murder on your tongue?


#775 - Brandon Hicks, #776 - James Paxton, #777 - Cesar Ramos
It's a shame Hicks didn't quite work out long term for the Giants. It was pretty cool having three quarters of their infield named Brandon. At least he'll get a ring if the Giants happen to win the World Series.


#778 - Shin-Soo Choo, #779 - Dustin McGowan, #780 - Aaron Barrett
It's too bad that year one of Choo's seven-year contract was wasted in 2014. Hopefully they can rebound in the next couple seasons before he really starts to decline.

2014 Spirit Base: 751-765


#751 - Vidal Nuno, #752 - Alex Wood, #753 - Brad Brach
I've never seen Nuno pitch before but his delivery looks pretty wacky in photos.


#754 - Jonathan Herrera, #755 - Ryan Kalish, #756 - Ronald Belisario
That's a nasty-looking broken bat on Herrera there. I bet that stung.


#757 - Ramon Santiago, #758 - Kyle Crockett, #759 - Michael McKenry
Speaking of bunts, does anyone play Topps Bunt? Somehow I find Topps' handling of it even more frustrating than their printed products.


#760 - Blaine Hardy, #761 - Darin Downs, #762 - Francisley Bueno
Bueno with 80-grade fun name there.


#763 - Kevin Jepsen, #764 - Carlos Frias, #765 - Jordany Valdespin
I pulled a Valdespin autograph one time. It was like the day after he got suspended for his Biogenesis involvement. Somehow I've since found someone who actually wanted to trade for it. Go figure.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

2014 Spirit Base: 736-750


#736 - Francisco Rodriguez, #737 - Chris Colabello, #738 - Carlos Torres
I never understood the K-Rod nickname. Yeah, I get that he got a lot of strikeouts but that doesn't follow the standard procedures for Rod-based nicknames. F-Rod is obviously a non-starter but K-Rod is too big a of a stretch, imo.


#739 - Shane Greene, #740 - Jon Lester, #741 - David Buchanan
If you told me that these three pitched over 400 innings between them this season I woud've been like "Whoa, Jon Lester pitched 350 innings?!"


#742 - Vance Worley, #743 - Shane Robinson, #744 - Jake Goebbert
Goebbert's picture is pretty much perfect for a first baseman. Shows some action, the ball, a clear view of his face, fills the card well. Didn't have to look long for his.


#745 - Travis Ishikawa, #746 - Roenis Elias, #747 - Brad Boxberger
Ishikawa will never have to pay for a drink in San Francisco ever again.


#748 - Luis Sardina, #749 - Marcus Stroman, #750 - Blake Treiner
If not for Jose Abreu, Stroman would be a dark horse AL Rookie of the Year contender.

2014 Spirit Base: 721-735


#721 - Tuffy Gosewisch, #722 - David Hale, #723 - Ryan Webb
I feel like I've made fun of too many names already, so I'll leave Tuffy alone.


#724 - David Ross, #725 - Chris Valaika, #726 - Daniel Webb
Guest commentary from my wife: "He (Chris Valaika) doesn't have a butt."


#727 - Carlos Conteraras, #728 - Carlos Carrasco, #729 - Charlie Culberson
Would you believe me if I told you these three being grouped together was a coincidence? Three double-Cs and all of them with some form of Charles as their first name.


#730 - Joakim Soria, #731 - Tony Sipp, #732 - Pedro Ciriaco
Remember back when Beckett would have the section where the readers would submit cards that were altered so they'd be funny, kinda like what Baseball Card Vandals is doing now? The Ciriaco card is tailor-made for altering.


#733 -Huston Street, #734 - Justin Turner, #735 - Brad Hand
All three last names are playable Scrabble words.

Monday, October 20, 2014

2014 Spirit Base: 706-720


#706 - Zach Duke, #707 - Caleb Thielbar, #708 - Daisuke Matsuzaka
It's nice to see Dice-K still kicking around in the league.


#709 - Dellin Betances, #710 - Jesse Chavez, #711 - Reid Brignac
Thoughts on the Jesse Chavez pic? I like that it's different but I could see somebody thinking it's just too odd.


#712 - Gregory Polanco, #713 - Seth Maness, #714 - Rymer Liriano
Polanco and Liriano's pics are pretty similar, along with them both being rookie rightfielders.


#715 - Jake Peavy, #716 - Chris Denorfia, #717 - Grant Balfour
That's actually Peavy's follow-through and not a celebratory fist pump. The Denorfia photo is the only viable one I could find with him in a Mariner's uniform. Luckily it's excellent.


#718 -Adam Rosales, #719 - Danny Valencia, #720 - Nate Schierholtz
The Schierholtz broken bat shot is actually from this year's playoffs but I airbrushed the postseason patch off his sleeve. We'll just ignore the fact that in the real world, these cards would've been printed by the time this photo would've been taken...