October 29, 2014

Random Royals #15: Bring Back Frank White!

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I'll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** 

Good old Hal's sideburns worked last night and so now we have Game 7 tonight! If only they would let bygones be bygones and let Frank White thrown out tonight's first pitch! The team and their former color commentator have been feuding since his contract was not renewed in 2011. The crowd would go nuts tonight if they did that and it would be good for both the Royals and White who is seeking election to the Jackson County Legislature.

2013 Topps Archives Fan Favorites Autographs #FFA-FW Frank White Autograph

October 28, 2014

Random Royals #14: If Anyone Can Save Us It's Hal McRae's Sideburns

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I'll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** 

Well, shit, it might all end tonight and I've still got too many Royals cards to post! If anything can save us tonight it's Hal McRae's sideburns. This isn't the best McRae sideburn card [that would go to 1976 Topps] but still those sideburns have the power to turn the World Series around and get us a Game 7!

1974 Topps #563 Hal McRae

Random Royals #13: Two Wins, Two Cards

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I'll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** 

The Royals need two straight victories to take the World Series crown and so here are two cards from 1982 Topps that you might take for doubles if you were just quickly glancing at them.

1982 Topps #35 Willie Aikens
1982 Topps #329 U.L. Washington

U.L. Washington and Willie Aikens were both key parts to the Royals playoff teams in the late 70's and 80's. The Royals made the playoffs in 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1984 and won the World Series in 1985. They could have been in contention for Team of the Decade if you counted from 1975 to 1985.

October 27, 2014

Random Royals #12: Hall of Fame Retirees

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I'll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** 

Although George Brett is the only player to have had a long playing career with the Royals to have made the Hall of Fame, the team does have an interesting history of signing formerly great players at the end of their careers. Both Harmon Killebrew and Orlando Cepeda were Royals for one season and in 1983 Gaylord Perry signed with the Royals halfway through the season after he was released by the Mariners. At the end of the season he retired and graced this 1984 Topps cards along with fellow retires Johnny Bench and Carl Yastrzemski.
1984 Topps #6 Bench, Perry, and Yastrzemski Retire

October 26, 2014

Random Royals #11: In Honor of Dan Quisenberry

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I'll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** 

A little known fact is that before Dan Quisenberry passed away from a brain tumor in 1998 he spent a lot of his free time writing poetry. A collection of his poems was published in 1998 called On Days Like This: Poems and includes the following poem about his rookie card:

1980 Topps #647 Royals Rookie Stars Renie Martin/Bill Paschall/Dan Quisenberry 

BASEBALL CARDS
that first baseball card I saw myself
in a triage of rookies
atop the bodies
that made the hill
we played king of
I am the older one
the one on the right
game-face sincere
long red hair unkempt
a symbol of the '70s
somehow a sign of manhood
you don't see
how my knees shook on my debut
or my desperation to make it
the second one I look boyish with a gap-toothed smile
the smile of a guy who has it his way
expects it
I rode the wave's crest
of pennant and trophies
I sat relaxed with one thought
"I can do this"
you don't see
me stay up till two
reining in nerves
or post-game hands that shook involuntarily
glory years catch action shots
arm whips and body contortions
a human catapult
the backs of those cards
cite numbers
that tell stories of saves, wins, flags, records
handshakes, butt slaps, celebration mobs
you can't see
the cost of winning
lines on my forehead under the hat
trench line between my eyes
you don't see my wife, daughter and son
left behind
the last few cards
I do not smile
I grim-face the camera
tight lipped
no more forced poses to win fans
eyes squint
scanning distance
crow's-feet turn into eagle's claws
you don't see
the quiver in my heart
knowledge that it is over
just playing out the end
I look back
at who I thought I was
or used to be
now, trying to be funny
I tell folks
I used to be famous
I used to be good
they say
we thought you were bigger
I say
I was
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September 30th marked sixteen years since the Quiz's passing...you are missed.

October 25, 2014

Random Royals #10: "Bye Bye" Balboni

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Steve Balboni provided the Royals with their power during the 1985 Championship. He hit career highs in home runs, hits, and RBIs but had nearly double the amount of strikeouts [166] than anyone else on the team. The 2014 Royals on the other hand  had only had one batter, Alex Gordon, who hit more than half as many as "Bye Bye" Balboni.

1985 Topps #486 Steve Balboni

My Favorite Mystery Science Theater 3000 Episode Explained

Mystery Science Theater 3000 has so many perfect and classic episodes it must be hard for some people to pick their favorite. You have the Joel vs. Mike debate, the TV's Frank era, the Pearl Forrester era and each period seems to have its own perfect episode. And when tasked with picking your overall favorite there are many episodes to serious consider. You have the episode which nearly single handedly put Manos: The Hand Of Fate on every bad movie list, the Canadian equivalent of Plan 9, and the many, many railings of Space Mutiny.


My personal favorite is The Giant Spider Invasion which is Episode 10 of Season 8. Directed by Bill Rebane [who also directed the outstanding Monster A-Go Go], the film is set in northern Wisconsin and so this episode is chock full of Green Bay Packers references and Badger State jokes. I've edited it down to just the good Wisconsin related parts and it is helpful to remember that this particular episode came out in May of 1997 just five months after Brett Favre led the Packers to a victory in Super Bowl XXXI. Enjoy.

 

October 24, 2014

Random Royals #9: Travel Day Giants

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I'll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** 

With yesterday being a travel day and no game to write about I'll let a few cards of a former Giant player slip into my Random Royals posts. You might not have noticed it but Barry Zito didn't pitch in the 2014 season and his career is most likely over. The Giants bought out the last year of his contract a.k.a. The Contract of Doom which forever hindered the Giants from winning the World Series...oh wait, that's not the case.

These three cards have come to me through trades with the amazing Reader Mike D. who takes my want list and converts it into actual cards! Your efforts are always greatly appreciated!

2004 Fleer Platinum #NPN/BZ Barry Zito Patch Relic #020/170
2000 Royal Rookies Elite 8 Autographs Barry Zito Autograph #313/2500
2005 Playoff Prestige #4 Barry Zito Jersey Relic