The National: Day one.

In the run up to The National we had to update all of our checklists, and the blog feels a little rejected. Sorry blog, but we’re back and in full swing! Speaking of The National…

If you’ve never been you’ve gotta at least check out one show. It’s everything a local show could be with hundreds more card, memorabilia, and oddball vendors – more than you could want. Next year’s show is in Cleveland, followed by Atlantic City. While these cities are great hosts, there’s nothing like a Chicago show. GoGTS shared that they heard this year’s show was the most attended since 1991! With the crowds as they were, we were kind of suspecting a huge show as early as the first day.

After landing in Chicago, we took a shuttle to our hotel to check in early. As we were checking in with the attendant we bumped into our local show promoter Rich Klein. He’s a long time hobby member and we shared stories on the way to the show floor to get our passes. We had early access passes and there’s something unique about being on the show floor before they open the gates to everyone. Tables aren’t setup yet, there’s a hustle and bustle in the aisles, and busy employees shuffling around. After a quick look around, we decided to grab lunch and wait for general admission to open up.

A few hours later, and the show is in full swing. The first thing we hit was the Topps Party where several athletes were signing free autographs and there was food provided for all. Inside we bumped into Sooz and gave away our first trade package of the show. Anyway I can get rid of Derek Jeter and Yankees cards, I will. Angela checked us into the Topps Q&A set for that Friday’s show. We then decided to hit the show floor and meet up with a few friends.

After signing at the Topps event, Jose Canseco had a free autograph session on the show floor. It was here we bumped into Rich and Mel who had a package for us. Namely off-centered and miscut cards. While the Johnny Briggs is a buyback, it’s even off-centered being tilted left a few degrees.

Our friend Ben asked us to have him sign something unique. It didn’t matter to him what, just something different. Ask and you’ll receive:

There were several vendors at the show with .10 cent bins, and this is where we picked up this shiny Jose Canseco. The same vendor had a few cards for other people…

1975 Topps MVP subset, and 1975 Topps Bill ‘spaceman’ Lee buyback for NightOwl, Ron Gant for Dub, and Jason Heyward for CardJunk. I think I spent 10$ on dime box cards. Harmless. Wandering around the show floor I then saw what I would’ve bought if we were rolling in dough. A dual signed Goose Goslin, Walter Johnson baseball. Gorgeous. From the bottom left go right one, up one and try not to be sticker shocked.

As for actual pickups on the first day the best may have been a dupe for the Ryan Eades collection. A Bowman Sterling base auto for I believe 2$. Yes please.

While walking back to the hotels with Rich and Mel, we decided to grab a meal at their hotel’s restaurant. Between swapping stories, and enjoying the excellent meal we had the best waitress we’ve had in awhile so if you go to the Hyatt Regency across from the Robert E. Stephens convention center, Rosanna was top notch. After dinner, we retired to our hotel and we’d soon crash in bed dreaming of Thursday’s happenings. :).

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Star Trekkin’

After yesterday’s celebratory Star Wars post, how about we look at the other half of nerdom and check the Twins record when Star Trek movies/TV series released/aired? Since it started as a TV show first, we’ll begin there.

TV

  • Star Trek: The Original Series aired September 8th, 1966 on NBC. The Twins didn’t play this day, but did win the next day 6-1 against the Baltimore Orioles.
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series first aired September 8th, 1973 on NBC. The Twins defeated the Chicago White Sox 6-2.
    Top performers: Larry Hisle(3-4, 2B, 3 RBI), Bobby Darwin(2-4, 2B, 2 RBI).
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation aired September 28th, 1987(the day after my birth…). My first full day on Earth, the Twins won 5-3. clinching the AL West. You can watch the final play here.
    Top performers: Steve Lombardozzi(2-4, HR, 4 RBI), Greg Gagne(2-5), Kent Hrbek(2-3, 2B, 2 walks), Ron Washington(1-3, 2B).
  • Star Trek: Enterprise debuted September 26th, 2001. On the fourth day back after the September 11th tragedy, the Twins lost to the Chicago White Sox 6-3. Starter Rick Reed fell apart in the 5th and 6th innings after previously holding the White Sox scoreless.
    Top performers: David Ortiz(2-4) A.J. Pierzynski(2-4, 2 RBI). Everyone in the starting lineup, *and* pinch hitter Bobby Kielty had at least one hit except Brian Buchanan(0-4, 1K).

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine(January 3rd, 1993), Star Trek Voyager(January 16th, 1995) premiered during the off-season.

Movies

  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan premiered June 4th, 1982. The Twins beat the Orioles 6-0 improving to a 13-41 record….
    Top performers: Ron Washington(3-4, HR, 1 RBI), Jesus Vega(1-3, 2B, 2 RBI), Gary Ward(1-4, HR, 2 RBI), Terry Felton(3.1 IP, 1 H, 3 Walks, 6K) – struck out Cal Ripken to enter the game with the bases loaded, with the O’s down 0-4 at the time after starter Brad Havens allowed single to Ex-Twin Disco Dan Ford, Benny Ayala singled, and walked Ken Singleton.
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock came to theaters June 1st, 1984. The Twins faced the Royals, and lost 7-1 falling to 24-26. We’d get the better of Royals starter Charlie Leibrandt in 1991. :D.
    Top performers: Kirby Puckett(2-4), Tim Teufel(1-4, 1 RBI), Tom Brunansky(1-2, 2BB), Ron Washington(1-3, 2B).
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier opened in theaters June 9th, 1989. The Twins faced the Angels(California at the time…), and lost 9-3. Starting pitcher Allan Anderson, relievers Mike Dyer, Gary Wayne, and closer Jeff Reardon all got slammed, with Wayne allowing the least ER(1), everyone else allowed 2 or more earned runs…
    Top performers: Brian Harper(3-4, 2B), Kent Hrbek(1-4, HR, 1 RBI), Gary Gaetti(1-4, HR, 1 RBI).

Star Trek: The Motion Picture(December 7th, 1979), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home(November 26th, 1986), and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country(December 6th, 1991) all premiered in the off-season.

Much worse record than during Star Wars release nights. Interestingly, the Twins two losses follow the “…only watch even numbered Star Trek film” mythos – winning ST: II, losing ST: III, ST: V. The Twins fared much better for TV releases, winning two of three – including clinching the 1987 AL West. However, the Twins record in Star Wars release nights(5-1) vs. Star Trek(2-3) is just another reason why I’m a bigger fan of Star Wars. :D.

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That Snow Moon.

Been a busy week here, we’re taking care of a stray German Shepard until we can find it a home. :/. That said, it’s May 4th, Star Wars day(as in… “May the Fourth be with you”), and I thought it would be cool to check how the Twins fared on Star Wars release days.

Original Trilogy

  • Star Wars(VI) was released May 25th, 1977 – on that day the Twins played a double-header against the Boston Red Sox. The Twins won both 13-5, and 9-4 respectively.
    Top performers: Game One(13-5) – Rod Carew had four singles and a double, Lyman Bostock(2 doubles), Larry Hisle(5 RBIs, all with 2 outs), Larry Hisle, Dan Ford mashed home runs. Game Two(9-4) – Rod Carew(1 RBI), Lyman Bostock(2 walks, 1 RBI), Glenn Adams(3 RBI) with two hits each.
  • The Empire Strikes Back(V) was released May 21st, 1980 – on that day the Twins took the field against the Chicago White Sox, and won 3-2. Despite giving the Sox a run in the 9th, the Twins prevailed.
    Top performers: John Castino had 4 hits, and Jose Morales had two of his own, including a HR. Geoff Zahn pitched 9IP/7H/2R/2ER/4BB/2K finishing the game in 2 hours and 33 minutes – 30 minutes longer than Empire.
  • Return of the Jedi(VI) was released on May 25th, 1983 – the Twins played the Baltimore Orioles that night, winning 7-4 with the 4 run second inning being the difference.
    Top performers: Kent Hrbek(2-5, 4 RBI), Bobby Mitchell(2-5, 1 RBI), Gary Gaetti(3-4, 1 RBI).

Pre-quel Trilogy

  • The Phantom Menace(I) was released May 19th, 1999 – the Twins played the Seattle Mariners and were 5-hit shutout in a 7-0 loss.
    Top performers: Chad Allen(2-3, SB).
  • Attack of the Clones(II) was released May 16th, 2002 – the Twins destroyed the Kansas City Royals 14-5 with 18 hits! Another double filled Twins/Star Wars night, as Jay Canizaro, Denny Hocking, David Ortiz, Bobby Kielty, and Brian Buchanan tallying two baggers. Ex-Twin Chuck Knoblauch went 0-3, with a walk and two stolen bases.
    Top performers: Torii Hunter(4-6, 2 HR, 4 RBI), Jacque Jones(2-6, HR, 2 RBI), Cristian Guzman(HR, 1 RBI), Tom Prince(2-4, HR, 3 RBI). Kyle Lohse(4), Jack Cressend(1), Bob Wells, and Mike Trombley(4) only gave up nine hits through 9 innings.
  • Revenge of the Sith was released May 19th, 2005 – the Twins matched up against the Toronto Blue Jays that day(first non-night game), winning 4-0 on a 7 hitter by starter Joe Mays.
    Top performers: Michael Cuddyer(1-4, 2B, 2 RBI), Mike Redmond(2-4, 2 RBI), Joe Mays(9 IP/7H/0R/0ER/0BB/2K).

We all lost the night Phantom Menace was released(the jokes write themselves…), but all in all, the Twins play really well on Star Wars release nights(5-1). The Force Awakens opened December 18th, 2015, Rogue One December 16th, 2016, and The Last Jedi is set to open December 15th, 2017 – but Episode IX returns to a May release – the 24th in 2019. I predict a win! May the 4th be with you. :).

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