Thursday, October 23, 2014

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...

Sunday, October 19, 2014

2014 Spirit Base: 691-705

#691 - Alfredo Marte, #692 - Phil Gosselin, #693 - Steve Clevenger
Hopefully that Phil Gosselin tongue is funnier than creepy.

#694 - Allen Craig, #695 - Jorge Soler, #696 - Andre Rienzo
I'm not a big fan of New Era having their logo smeared entirely along the back wall of the dugout but there's no way I'm going to the trouble of photoshopping all of that out.

#697 - Jumbo Diaz, #698 - T.J. House, #699 - LaTroy Hawkins
Pretty happy with the variety of these shots, though it would've been nice to show exactly how jumbo Jumbo is.

#700 - Kyle Lobstein, #701 - Chad Qualls, #702 - Yordano Ventura
I'm not sure if I've had a trio of pitchers in home whites before. I'm just now noticing it.

#703 - Grant Green, #704 - Drew Butera, #705 - Dan Jennings
Luckily I was able to find one usable shot of Dan Jennings. It was kinda sad looking through his images since like 90% were devoted to the aftermath of him taking a liner to the head on the mound.

Friday, October 17, 2014

2014 Spirit Base: 676-690

#676 - Jimmy Nelson, #677 - Casey Fien, #678 - Kirk Nieuwenhuis
I'm glad I'm not a Mets fan. Typing Nieuwenhuis frequently would be a chore.

#679 - Chris Capuano, #680 - Adam Dunn, #681 - Cesar Hernandez
Even though I'm glad the Royals beat the A's and have made it to the World Series now, I still feel kinda bad for Adam Dunn. I guess it's Bob Melvin's fault for not even pinch-hitting him in the Wild Card Game.

#682 - Tony Sanchez, #683 - John Lackey, #684 - Yangervis Solarte
I figured I'd give Lackey a more flattering photo for his Series 3 card.

#685 - Andrew Susac, #686 - Stefen Romero, #687 - Erik Bedard
The lighting on the Bedard pic is sweet. It'd be perfect for some GQ/A&G-ization.

#688 - Robinson Chirinos, #689 - Kevin Pillar, #690 - Nate McLouth
I'll try not to overdo the diving in the outfield grass shot but this one was too cool not to use. This one has a shadow and carpet! Plus, Pillar didn't exactly have a ton of other shots to choose.

2014 Spirit Base: 661-675

#661 - Jake Lamb, #662 - Ryan Doumit, #663 - Alejandro De Aza
I've noticed a preponderance of night-time shots in Series 3. Maybe it has something to do with these lesser-known players getting into the game later or something.

#664 - Mookie Betts, #665 - Javier Baez, #666 - Scott Carroll
That Mookie Betts card is pretty cool, coming from the dugout with Yankee Stadium in the background. If he were to become a star I feel like this card would be iconic.

#667 - Manny Parra, #668 - Jason Giambi, #669 - Tyler Matzek
I wish the Giambi showcased his gray hair a bit more. It's pretty wild.

#670 - Ezequiel Carrera, #671 - Jake Marisnick, #672 - Jason Frasor
I'm guessing that Carrera's swing didn't result in a base hit.

#673 - Gordon Beckham, #674 - Darwin Barney, #675 - Chris Hatcher
Orange is really becoming a popular jersey colors these days. I guess it's the new black. (sorry)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

2014 Spirit Base: 646 - 660

#646 - Jeff Bianchi, #647 - Yohan Pino, #648 - Bobby Abreu
I wasn't aware that the Twins had a Pino-Pinto battery.

#649 - Martin Prado, #650 - Sam Fuld, #651 - Tony Gwynn, Jr.
I wonder how long it'll be before a "junior' overtakes his father in popular again, a la the Griffeys? Somehow I don't see it happening with the Gwynns.

#652 - Andrew Lambo, #653 - Tony Cruz, #654 - Tommy Medica
Not gonna lie, that Tony Cruz card is probably the worst in the set. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

#655 - Juan Gutierrez, #656 - Kendrys Morales, #657 - Brandon Guyer
Pretty solid set of photos here.

#658 - Rougned Odor, #659 - Ryan Goins, #660 - Asdrubal Cabrera
And a trio of second-basemen to finish up the post.