Former Pittsburgh Pirates closer, Matt Capps signed a card for our set. Matt was selected to play in the 2010 All-Star game while he was a member of the Washington Nationals. Matt's last big league appearance came in 2012 with the Twins. I remember Matt best for being one of those cheap closers you could pick up in the late rounds for your fantasy baseball team. # 201 - Matt Capps Progress: 526/990
Hey it's Gregor Blanco! You may remember him from the 2014 NL Champion San Francisco Giants. Gregor has been a staple in the Giants outfield for the past three seasons. I picked up his signed 2008 Topps card from a friend on SportsGraphing.com last year. # 468 - Gregor Blanco Progress: 525/990
Edgar was with the Diamondbacks for parts of six seasons. This was during a time when I wasn't really following the team closely. He started 35 games and had an ERA just under 6. I was surprised to see that Edgar is still playing. In 2013 he made 8 appearances while splitting time with the Astros and Blue Jays. I bought this card from a friend on SportsGraphing.com well over a year ago. # 477 - Edgar Gonzalez Progress: 524/990
Wow a lot has happened since my last blog post. I went to 15 Diamondbacks games this year. The D-Backs lost in 13 of them. Daniel Hudson came back from his second Tommy John surgery and looked pretty good out of the bullpen. The Diamondbacks fired Kirk Gibson and hired Chip Hale. The Royals made the World Series. Over the past few months I haven't bought many baseball cards. Maybe a blaster of Topps Heritage and a few random singles off eBay but that's it. I think I just got burnt out. Recently I started reading everyone's blogs again and I figured it was time for me to return. The posts might be sporadic but I'm back.
It's March 17th and I haven't blogged all month. Yikes! There's been a lot of other things vying for my attention lately and blogging has taken a back seat. I've got a stack of new stuff to scan and a photobucket full of cards already scanned. I'll be back soon!
I spent most of last week driving around the valley going to different Spring Training sites. I found myself near a Goodwill store and decided to go in. To my surprise they had this Andrew Bogut Milwaukee Bucks bobblehead for a dollar. I'm not sure how it ended up in Phoenix but it's now mine.
Man, I've been procrastinating on blog posts again. Since my last post I've been to a D-Backs autograph event, Fan Fest, and a spring training practice. I guess those are three pretty good excuses for not blogging.
The day before Fan Fest, I met up with Daniel from It's Like Having My Own Card Shop to get a few autographs. You can check out what he got here. We had a good time. The next morning was D-Backs Fan Fest. It was also the preregistration sale for San Diego Comic Con badges. I chose to try my luck at SDCC badges instead of getting to Fan Fest early. I failed miserably.
We got down to Chase Field later than I would have liked. The day wasn't lost because I was able to score autograph tickets for the afternoon autograph sessions during the online sale which took place on Friday. My son and I got autographs from Miguel Montero, Addison Reed, Randall Delgado, and Alan Trammell at the regular autograph tables. We also hit up the alumni signing at the Game Seven Grill and got Brandon Webb, Shea Hillenbrand, and Augie Ojeda to sign a few cards. Afterward we checked out the last session for the kids' tables. We got Brad Ziegler, Dave McKay, and Daniel Hudson. There was no line for Huddy so I was able to talk to him for a minute. He gave me an extra Fan Fest 5x7 plus the one for my son. Thanks, Daniel! They set a record for attendance so the lines for the games and other kids stuff were extremely long. We didn't get to do quite as much as we would have liked but that's okay. All in all it was a great time.